Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Washington State
We have a kitten named Tweaker who evidently knows that the door handle is to open the door. When we first started letting him outside, he would run to the door and jump to the handle. I thought in excitement. So we taught him that he has to tap the handle to go out. If he wants out he usually does this with a few loud meows if no one is right there, then repeats when you walk up to the door. In the mornings he does it with lots of jumping and yowls after breakfast, I assume because he needs to go out to relieve himself.
He is turning out to be quite the smart dumpster cat, now that he has gotten a bit older and calmed down. Now if he would stop stalking the chickens for sport.
All of our cats have been trained by bell to come home, if that counts for anything. Makes dinner time and cat head counts really easy. Though the bell is kinda country- it's a tin can with rocks and bolts in it with a lid. lol The obnoxious sound carries farther.
My mare plucks the barb wire fence to get attention. Only in winter though. And only if you are outside and not paying attention to her. I have watched plenty though windows and she never does it with no humans around. She must like the pine cones thrown in her general direction as she gets yelled at.
She also does the downward dog yoga pose nearly every morning, though only in the cold months as well. No one taught her. She just does it. The first time she did it with me on her back scared the carp outta me! lol I hadn't seen her do it yet. At the time she was boarded, and our trainer at the barn was her previous owner. The trainer looked at me and laughing said, "Oh yeah, she likes to to do that, though she's never done it with a rider!"
When this same mare was a baby, her breeder had taught all the babies to be be field-caught by scratching butts as she walked through the field. So every now and again, she will line up just right and walk backwards up to you so you scratch her butt for her.
I'm sure there are others from everyone, but I can't remember them right now.