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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-15-2013, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone else's Dobes do this?

Hmm, I think Brandy is too smart.

I finally got her one of those giant Kong Wobbler dispenser things on the weekend, and she LOVES it! However, she has figured out how to unscrew it, and will quickly gobble up all the food inside, then leave it somewhere in the house in two pieces! I tested her right in front of me three times, and every time, without fail, she unscrewed it in less than five minutes! I bought this two days ago, and she already figured it out! Gah!

Also, she has figured out how to open/close doors! We have French doors in our kitchen, and she will hook her paw around on it, and push down to open it! Now we have to lock it!

She also somehow knows to open the garage doorknob! She will run in there (the door closes automatically), the door will click shut, but then somehow, the door will come open slowly, and she comes trotting out! I have no clue how she does it! I didn't think it was possible, but how else could she have gotten out of there? She only does this with the garage, and not any other doorknob in the house! Which makes me wonder.. why doesn't she use the other doorknobs in the house? How strange..

Also, if my room is really hot, she will sometimes go under my bed (the space under my bed is huge because it is really tall), and play with a toy because it is cooler under there. However, if she is playing with a toy and it rolls under the bed, she won't put in the effort to go get it, and she will look at me with these sad eyes and let out a sigh and sit on my bed instead!

To continue, she also knows how to make the couch foot-rest raise up (we have a remote with some buttons on it), and she will adjust herself accordingly! I have to take a video and show you guys! Brandy does the strangest things...

Any other Dobies do weird things like this?

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Ivan's figured out the Wobbler quickly.

Neico, rescue foster, had the door handle figured out. When I moved into my house I intentionally changed the type of handle on the one door to prevent this very issue.

Don't know of any that do the door knob. Ditto for the footrest.

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Yeah, Murphy figured out the Wobbler. Unfortunately, it was during his chewing stage and he decided to chew on it. Mummy caught him just in time that it was still close-able, and FAR more difficult to open with the bent plastic. Now he must play with it like a normal dog.

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I have those stupid doors that slide into the wall and he would stick his little nose and shake it til it was big enough for his head to fit then he would just walk on in. We had to get hooks for our doors! Hope landlord doesnt notice we screwed hooks into his doors :/

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I have door handles rather than knobs and Thor can open those. He mainly does it so to get into the bathroom if I manage to shut the door or to get into the office if I'm in there and shut the door. I don't think he manages to pull the doors open, since all those door push into the room he want's to get into.
He can also open sliding glass doors if he can get so much as toenail in between the door and the frame.

Cleo knows how to get ice cubes out of the icemaker in the fridge door so I have to keep it locked. She is also a master climber if there is anything she really wants that would ordinarily be out of her reach.

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Yep! and chewed it up enough so it will not screw back in properly!
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My Miley knows how to open doors! She is only about 4 months! She is such a smart little girl! She is also will play with her toys under the bed mainly to hide from our other dog lol. She steals his toys and bones and runs under the bed and he is a big 83 lb Pittie so he isnt fitting under there. My miley is prob the smartest dog i have ever owned so hapy with choice on adopting my doberman
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What a smart dobe you have! The first day I brought my doberman home, Jasmine, I noticed that she intently pays attention to everything that I do (open doors, turn on the facet, and so on...). Well, later that day I witnessed her trying to open the front door knob with her mouth (door was deadbolted, sorry Jasmine). Jasmine has now decided to work in cahoots with my cat. My cat can open doors from both the inside and outside (if they aren't deadbolted). I finally caught them in the act one day!
When I"m playing games with Jasmine, I sometimes have to wonder if she's really playing games with me ha! She will give me her Kong Wubba, and if I don't take it, she will keep nudging me with it, then when I go to grab, she takes it away! Sneaky sneaky! Sometimes she's almost too smart lol. I am just fascinated by the intelligence and interaction level from dobermans.
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I'm pretty certain she inherited the smarts from her sire.......
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All these stories make me want to pat Rambo on the head and tell him it's ok because he learned how to push an unlatched door open. *sigh* he is the most loving and affectionate dog I've owned. I think his heart takes up most of his brain....don't get me wrong I love that boy to pieces but it isn't for his smarts.

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Juno is a natural tracker. I can touch a stick, throw in it a pile of other sticks without her looking, and tell her to find it. And she'll bring me the stick I touched.
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My boy used to open doors,the microwave,the fridge and any bin ever invented! Just wish I had taught him to close the door. With my new pup (10 more days ) I am going to try to discourage,but it is such fun to watch them figure it out. My GSD just looks at doors and prays,has nothing like the gumption to work things out,but she is wonderful in different ways.
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