What's The Best Thing You Didn't Mean To Train Your Pet To Do? (r/AskReddit)

Fresh AskReddit Stories: What’s the best thing you’ve accidentally trained a pet to do, like a behavior that is specifically from interaction with you and couldn’t just be a quirk or learned themselves? — LIKE AND I WILL UPLOAD MORE REDDIT STORIES!

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  1. MadMikeRyan on March 29, 2022 at 3:23 am

    We have this one Halloween decoration, it’s an animatronic witch about 3 feet high with a motion sensor that springs to life whenever someone walks past, we put it next to the entryway to our living room at first and only put it outside on the porch on Halloween night. You already know what I’m getting at here… We have a dog that was so afraid of the witch he refused to go anywhere near it for a long time, so we shut off the motion sensor and tried to show him it was safe to go near the witch now by putting cookies on the floor right in front of it. He would walk up slowly and cautiously, snatch the cookie up from the floor, and then run past the witch into the living room. The thing is he would still do this every time he walked past the witch even if there wasn’t a cookie. Soon enough he warmed up to the witch, and would walk past it more casually, not creeping up to it anymore but still checking the floor for cookies. This eventually turned into an everyday process where as he was walking by he would stop directly in front of the witch facing it for a second while he tapped the floor with his nose before moving on. Now the kicker is these days we have a Christmas decoration, a stuffed animal flamingo wearing a Santa hat, that we put in the exact same spot that the witch usually goes. Naturally my dog was terrified of the flamingo from the moment he saw it and figures he has to do the same thing. So now whenever my dog wants to go into the living room he stops in front of the flamingo for a second and lowers his head to tap his nose to the floor before he dares to walk past it. Cue the mental image of my dog bowing down before a stuffed flamingo in a Santa hat like it was his liege lord.

  2. Angel on March 29, 2022 at 3:24 am

    These are cute
    My dog will whine for water or to go outside and when I get up he takes my bed

  3. Bella G on March 29, 2022 at 3:24 am

    So we have a VERY smart goldendoodle, to the point of where it takes 20 minutes to learn commands like Sit, down, speak, Pray, Paw, etc. And about a month in (my dog is very spoiled by my mom) my mom starts giving her Cheerios every night to get her in bed after having difficulties before.(I’ll get to that in a second) It took her about 2 nights to realize when my mom said “night night” to my dog then that means she got Cheerios, so she’d run to my room and immediately find somewhere to lay down and wait for her Cheerios which she always has.

    Before the whole Cheerios thing, she would be pacing around the room, I’d take her out at like10:30 and she wouldn’t go. My mom was getting mad, so she said through the door “YOU GET YOUR BUTT IN THAT BED RN!” And she surprisingly knew exactly what that meant. She immed

  4. h on March 29, 2022 at 3:26 am

    when my tiny dog wants me to open a door she scratches at it

  5. Kai Capone on March 29, 2022 at 3:27 am

    My dog learned to spell certain things too 😂😂
    When my first rat wanted attention he would run his lil hands on the bars of the crate to make noise because he’s clumsy and if he fell it would make a similar noise. When he made that noise I would drop everything to check on him. I think he actually trained me. It got to the point where it even woke me up. He was such a baby. I miss my rat baby’s so much

    Also I purposely taught my cat to turn off light switches using the laser pointer which is not only a fun game but also great if you’re lazy

  6. izzywolflover on March 29, 2022 at 3:27 am

    When I go to the bathroom at night my girl dog thinks its bedtime and goes to my room and socks on mean walk or car ride. I accidentally taught my boy dog to burp at on in peoples faces.

  7. Amy Michelle Wiley on March 29, 2022 at 3:28 am

    My kitty would suck germs out of me. If I got sick she would stick her face right in mine for a while. Many colds and flus can be passed between humans and felines (and canines). So inevitably she would get sick as I was getting better. I believe she thought she was taking the bug away from me and would get sick on purpose. How sweet is that?

  8. Living is pain. on March 29, 2022 at 3:28 am

    My parents always yell "dinner time!" when food is done for dinner, and our dog kind of just assumed that meant food when it was said. Now when anyone says dinner, he comes running to you happily waiting for food.

  9. lenore duncan on March 29, 2022 at 3:28 am

    I taught my dog to pull the curtain aside for me when I wanna see who’s at the house but I’m too lazy to do it myself

  10. Jeonghan’s judging face on March 29, 2022 at 3:30 am

    i taught my dog to give me a kiss when i made a kissy noise or said "can i have a kiss" (was probably more like "c’ave a kiss" lol) and he would like my face. i never taught him it but i guess i did it so often that he learned. the other dog just turned his head away and gave me those side glances they give like "wtf"

  11. Tekrimar on March 29, 2022 at 3:31 am

    If i say yummy yummy my cat comes to me and think shes gonna get food

  12. SpoiledMilk on March 29, 2022 at 3:33 am

    Lmao my dog name is BonBon and I usually scratch his chin, but when I saw some videos on doggy tricks I wanted to try some out. So when it came to the paw trick I held out my hand and- he put his chin on my hand. It was fricken adorable.

    Its his own way of the paw trick.

  13. brow9749 on March 29, 2022 at 3:34 am

    I accidentally trained my cat to ask for kisses. When she was a kitten, whenever she stuck her nose in my face I would kiss her little nose. Now in the middle of playing or whenever I come home, she’ll run over and stick her nose in my face, and get upset if I don’t kiss it right away. It’s adorable

  14. Madeline Garber on March 29, 2022 at 3:35 am

    My younger cat Sanjay will bring me a toy when he wants to play. He also figured out how to open the basement door from the inside and outside. He’ll also come when he’s called sometimes if I pat my legs and say Sanj! In a high pitched voice. Not always, but a good 75 to 80 percent of the time. Especially if no one else is home. It’s kinda adorable.

  15. CannibalKitty on March 29, 2022 at 3:36 am

    11:55 I want that dog

  16. DamagedVixen on March 29, 2022 at 3:36 am

    I taught my step dads dog to dance…

    I don’t even remember how this started, but I will raise my hands above my head to paw at the air and swish my hips going “dance puppy dance!” And she will pop up to sit on her butt and paw at the air while she wiggles in place.
    She won’t do it for anyone else, just gives them this look like “mmmn…. no that’s OUR thing”

  17. Cuddles D.L.C on March 29, 2022 at 3:37 am

    One time my dog turned of the PlayStation with his nose and we all looked at him like WERE THE DUCK DID U LEARN THAT (I think he learned it from my brother because sometimes he turned it off that way)

  18. Danielle D on March 29, 2022 at 3:39 am

    I’ve accidentally taught my dog many things, whenever she hears my door open (no matter where she is) she will come running, she can also walk out around with me without a leash, she doesn’t listen to anyone else but me and I taught her to kiss my cheek whenever I tap my cheek twice (sadly it only really works if I have been gone longer than a day) she’s a pretty smart dog and I’m glad I have her

  19. Kai Umbras on March 29, 2022 at 3:39 am

    Got two cats, one learned he can pat me when I’m sleeping to wake me up when their food bowl is empty, or when he just wants attention. I still don’t know where he learned that from. He also learned that if I say his name in a sing song voice I want him to come to me, he learned that when he was briefly forced to be an outside cat when I lived with my grandma because he dogs would chase my cats out the house. I would call for him before I went to bed because I couldn’t sleep without knowing he was safely inside. I’ve moved and he is happy as an inside cat.

    My other cat knows, because I accidentally taught her as a kitten that if I wiggle my fingers and make a come her gesture that means she will get pets.

  20. Blair on March 29, 2022 at 3:39 am

    My small dog gets stepped on sometimes. I give him attention/treats as an apology. If you walk too close to him he acts like you’ve stepped on him for attention/food. He still gets it just cause I love him anyways and it’s funny and clever.

  21. Charlie on March 29, 2022 at 3:42 am

    Everytime i sit on the floor (which is a lot) my dog comes over and sits in my lap. He’s a full grown golden retriever. He doesn’t fit.

  22. AxelFireDancer on March 29, 2022 at 3:43 am

    My bird learned to raise her wings when we stretch, she then learned to pair this with the word Flex

  23. ShmoopyRoo on March 29, 2022 at 3:45 am

    I accidentally trained my chickens that things landing in the yard is food, we would throw scraps into the middle of the yard and they will run to check it out and eat it. But they do that if it’s a rock or whatever. I actually used that to escape one of my roosters cornering me on a table in the yard. They have also learned to basically line up to exit the coop in the morning when I let them out for the day. They always go one at a time

  24. tiny0820 on March 29, 2022 at 3:46 am

    My cat realized that whenever i grab my keys that means i was leaving the house. She started hiding them to prevent me from leaving, hence her becoming the best wingman ever when females ended up staying the night due to not being able to find keys.

  25. Abelgas, Maria Ronnette on March 29, 2022 at 3:53 am

    "You give miming to my life."
    The cat on the thumbnail: *nabalaka*

  26. Kim Larsen on March 29, 2022 at 3:53 am

    When i was younger, we had two Irish setters. Beautiful smart dogs. They had two litters of puppies. We kept one of the puppies from the first litter and named her Clover. I loved carrying her around. They had a dog house they could climb up onto. I would pat the roof of the dog house and Clover would jump up. One day i put her paws on my shoulders and picked her up like she was a puppy (by then she was 2yrs old). After that, everytime i would pat the top of the dog house, Clover would come running so I could carry her around. i could just walk up to the doghouse and she’d come running towards me. I miss her so much.

  27. Olliesaurus Rex on March 29, 2022 at 3:54 am

    When I was little (about 6) we had a retired police German Shepherd. He was the sweetest thing and absolutely loved our old, obese cat. Cat did not like him, however. Our dog learned that the cat has no grip on the linoleum kitchen floors, so he would "play" by batting her with his paws. We would joke about him "getting the cat" and it eventually evolved into "get the cat". He would go bounding into the kitchen and smack her with his paw and she would go sliding across the floor, too fat to do much of anything

  28. NessaWyvern on March 29, 2022 at 3:55 am

    I accidently taught my farm cat to work for milk.
    If he caught a mouse, I used to get some pet milk out for him to make him drop it (since he always kills it first), and he gets the milk as a treat. Now when he catches a mouse, he accepts the milk, and then goes out to catch another get get more milk. Sometimes he tries to bring in mice he already brought in before to cheat the system.
    My mum was wondering why he was looking at her funny, and following her around when he caught a mouse, after she chucked it out without giving him any milk. You’re not honoring the agreement mum, you gotta pay him, he doesn’t work for free.

    I have had 2 cats teach themselves how to play fetch, and one of them learnt how to open doors from watching me open a door. This cat also learnt to find anything that rustles in my room, and make a bunch of noise when she wants to go out, as I used to put her outside while trying to sleep because of how noisy it is.

  29. h on March 29, 2022 at 3:58 am

    my aunts dog learned that she could open doors by getting on her back legs and pushing the handle now

  30. Kirishima_the_bean on March 29, 2022 at 3:58 am

    Im lying in bed

  31. Hejter on March 29, 2022 at 3:59 am

    I accidentally taught my hamster to sit on my shoulder like a parrot.
    Sometimes, when I was busy but wanted to have mt hamster with me, I’d put him on my shoulder and he just sat there, waiting, with perfect balance.
    So now and then, when he is sitting on my lap and feels I’m slowly getting up and possibly grabbing him, he starts to climb up my shirt and onto my shoulder and just… sits there until I’m done doing my thing, like doing the laundry or something.

  32. human guy also person on March 29, 2022 at 4:00 am

    We accidentally trained out cat to open the door but It can’t close it so now we have to lock the back door other wise it will leave the door open for other cat’s

  33. Ghost Dragon on March 29, 2022 at 4:00 am

    My cat Ichigo learned how to get extra food from my dad.

    Ichigo would meow to my dad if he wanted more food. But my father is deaf. So my dad never notice he was asking for more food.

    So one day he rubbed my dad’s legs, and my dad hates stuff touching his legs. My dad looked at the bowl and fed him.

    So Ichigo figured out that if he rubs my dad’s legs get gets more food.
    My dog terra learned how to let him self back in the house. He would pull the back door and slip in, stand on his hind legs and push the handles down, to second door and managed to pull the door open and then push the wooden door open

  34. EmberRater on March 29, 2022 at 4:01 am

    I have two dogs one is diablo who is an aggressive male and the other dog shadow who is a loving female, they both know how to open doors BUT they barely know how to respond to the command "sit" when there are people coming over and we put them in other rooms and forget to lock the doors they just open it and go in. (they are both Dobermans btw)

  35. cat in a closet on March 29, 2022 at 4:01 am

    Picking my nose

  36. Mila Gelfand on March 29, 2022 at 4:02 am

    Every time we open the cabinet that has the cat treats, my cat will yell at us if we don’t give him treats even if we are trying to get something else we have to give him treats!

  37. Yarden Wallace on March 29, 2022 at 4:04 am

    I taught the cat that every time she goes outside she gets a treat so she goes outside for five minutes, comes back in, then gets her treat, and repeats. And I taught her to let me touch her cat belly because below fluff is the best fluff

  38. Szymon Kutchin on March 29, 2022 at 4:04 am

    So I got an add right after someone replied that you can’t leave us without a video of the pup toots. You do not know how disappointed I became when it was an add instead. ;(

  39. The Omnitrixster on March 29, 2022 at 4:04 am

    My mother trained my cat to steal my straws from my slurpees but the joke is that she chews anything plastic and now my mother now needs to keep cleaning because the cat keeps shreding any form of plastic

  40. Caitlin Morris on March 29, 2022 at 4:06 am

    These stories are already funny, but I love the misinterpretations (eg: mother in law on you shoulder, lipstick on the dog)

  41. Tina Ditrius on March 29, 2022 at 4:07 am

    I would put on leggings to go jog with my dog. If he saw me in leggings he’d go batshit and bark at the door in anticipation

  42. Adrian Love on March 29, 2022 at 4:12 am

    I trained my Dad’s cat to sing the Meow Mix song. I’d start it and Greasy would start singing. This usually meant cuddle time though

  43. DillyDally on March 29, 2022 at 4:12 am

    My cat hobo learned to paw at my face to wake me up when he is hungry. My other cat yogurt will bite my legs if I’m not fast enough. And my dog learned that if he lays on top of the couch he will get a bit more attention. Also unlike a normal family we dont take our dog out the front door to do his business. We have a Sauna room and he will sit next to the sauna door to indicate he needs to tinkle. There is a window we let him out with.

  44. largol33t1 on March 29, 2022 at 4:13 am

    From my dad’s experience: the family husky liked to hang out in the back yard when it was cold. When it snowed, she built an igloo! She would just dig up snow in a pile and then dig a hole through the middle. He swore to my mom he never taught the dog how to do it. The dog was perfectly comfortable at even -15 deg!

  45. Cecilia Jacobs on March 29, 2022 at 4:14 am

    One night while I was sleep walking I fell down the 3 steps from my kitchen to the foyer. After that night if I got out of bed, and I went into the bathroom, she would watch me from the bed. If I walked past the BR, she would come to see what I was doing. She has woken me up on many occasions. She was not taught to do this, did it on her own.

  46. P0SS1BLYS4N3 on March 29, 2022 at 4:15 am

    I accidentally trained my dog to come over to me to the command of "bring your ass". I also trained him that "Ima sit on you" means get up or I will "sit" on him. He also knows Ow means stop roughhousing (we would play roughly, I would get hurt and he would stop). The Ow thing has gotten to the point where he will be playing on the couch beside me, I’ll get up, stub my toe and say ow and he will stop playing and try and comfort me.

  47. Peter-Peter Pumpkin Eater on March 29, 2022 at 4:17 am

    My dog realised pretty quickly that I’ll turn around whenever he does that sound where it sound like he’s crying- so now he does it every morning when I need to leave

  48. pA-rA-nO-iA -insomnia on March 29, 2022 at 4:19 am

    All the dogs in our family respond to the words "Go to your room" as to go to there kennel or their dog bed. And we don’t even know how they learn this, we just tell them "go to your room" when their bothering us and they just walk to their bed. Like we didn’t even teach them that their "room" is their bed. Some of our cats learned this too

  49. Bumbelle_Bee on March 29, 2022 at 4:20 am

    Well henlo curious cow! I’m currently bein lazy in front of my fan! It’s hella hot here TvT

  50. Margaret Todd on March 29, 2022 at 4:21 am

    My oldest cat learned that if he starts getting into the fish tanks, I’ll give him a fresh bowl of water

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