21 Things People Have Accidentally Conditioned Their Pets to Do

‘My tortoise stands on my foot when he is hungry’
21 Things People Have Accidentally Conditioned Their Pets to Do

While it’s great to teach your pet to sit, fetch or roll over, the things they learn to do by accident are much more entertaining. One Redditor’s parakeet, for example, learned to make a “bebop” sound when he was ready for bed after associating the noise with a phone charger being plugged in at bedtime. 

Other Redditors have shared the things they’ve accidentally conditioned their pets to do, and one dog has really learned how to broker a deal.

gallanttalent . 3y If he hears me on the phone with my sister it's automatically time for a walk. We usually chat when I take him out and he is now very aware of that. Also outside clothes and putting on makeup means I'm going out probably without him. If I take my backpack- won't be back until after work (he's happy that hasn't happened in awhile) ... 14.1k
LizardPossum . 3y My tortoise stands on my foot when he is hungry.
Kayleiighm . 3y When I was little I would constantly carry around one of my cats, Feist. Since my hands were full with her I would use one of her outstretched paws to turn on lights whenever we entered a room. Now the little bastard switches them on and off for fun. ... 35.5k
Pile_Of_Cats . 3 3y Somewhere along the way, my dog learned 'get your toy' means to pick up his nearest toy. I didn't purposely train him to do it, but it's good for when he's about to leave one of them outside and I want him to bring it in. If there's no toy around and I say this he'll grab the nearest soft thing, usually some piece of clothing laying around. One time he tried to pick up the cat. ... 26.5k
bb_or_not_bb . . 3y My niece loves to FaceTime my mom to talk to her dog. When the dog was a puppy, my mom used to pull her onto her lap when she would get FaceTimed. Now the dog is 80 lbs and will jump in your lap if your phone or tablet starts making the default FaceTime ring. ... 29.6k
 . 3y I take baths with my cat by letting her float in a plastic box. I keep the box in my closet. I only started doing this about a month ago, but now when I turn the bathwater on she runs to the closet and jumps in her box. ... 24.5k
nerednegnav. 3y Our dog puts himself to bed when we turn the Xbox off ... 8.3k
kellieowns . 3y My kitten will aggressively headbutt my face every night before bed, for top of head kisses before she goes to sleep. ... 8.8k
FretfulMemo7 . 3y My wife and I have pretty set sleep schedules during the week. If we stay up later on the weekend or w/e, our dog gets VERY huffy/offended and will sigh passive- aggressively at us until we go upstairs to bed. Oh, and if one of his bowls is empty he licks it (also passive-aggressively) and then makes direct eye contact. ... 12.6k
Meggs8bacon . . 3y My dogs know the sound of the drawer the cheese is kept in the fridge. They could be asleep in a completely different area, but if you open the cheese drawer they come running and sit like good boys for their cheese. They are herding dogs and will also herd the cat away if she won't stop meowing at me when I'm busy or if she tries to scratch anything. ... 5.6k
Kevin_Uxbridge . 3y Fear rubber gloves. We live in a place with lots of fleas and ticks so we goo them every month. I figure the stuff goes through cat skin readily so it'll probably go through mine, so I use surgical gloves. Whenever I pull out the box, the smarter of our two immediately bolts for the deepest recesses of the the house. The dumber one just looks at me even though he finds the process distasteful too. ... 536
ijflwe42 . 3y Bring me dirty laundry. One day my cat brought me a sock and it was so cute so I petted him and praised him. That started a cycle of it and now he's constantly bringing dirty laundry to me. ... 3.4k
tstock415 . 3y My dog knew he would always get some ice to chew when I went to the fridge so any time he heard the ice machine on the fridge start he would come running in. Once he became deaf he would feel the vibrations in the floor from it and knew it was ice time! ... 26.6k
TheMidnightScorpion . 3y VERITAS VINCIT Upon hearing the Windows 7 sonata log-off sound, she jumps up and starts running around the room since I always locked my computer before leaving. And when I'm leaving, that usually means she's going to daycare (i.e. my Mom's house). It's been 3 or so years since I switched to Windows 10, but just playing the sound on YouTube still gets a reaction out of her. ... 3k
witchyage 3y 1. I accidentally made it so when you whistle this is the song that never ends (frequently stuck in my and my SOs head) the cows come running for grain.. if i dont have grain get mooed at until i go get some 2. the chickens know that i get excited about eggs and when they lay they get the good scratch and will sometimes wait until im in the barn, squawk and lay an egg im front of me And 3) if the cat is thirsty he will knock over every drink container/cup he finds while meowing
theshizirl . 3y Somehow we taught our dog the concept of trading. When we eat something she really wants she will go get one of her bones or toys, and if we carelessly take them from her she will casually try to take what we are eating, as if we shook on an exchange. ... 309
pandora_panda988 . 3y Opening the fridge and touching a plasic bag means they get a carrot. (my mom gives my dogs carrots because they steal it from our rabbit.) ... 2.1k
unoriginal_or_sumin . 3y Changing the sheets on the bed means play time. My cat likes to sit on the bed as I throw on the sheets likes that rainbow parachute elementary game. She tries to attack my hand if I straighten the edges while she's there too. ... 4.9k
theothersoul . 3y After my roomate got a cat, my dog answers to Kitty Kitty Kitty cause he wants love and/or treats ... 16.4k
C8H10N402Addiction 3y I picked my kitten up a few times to kill some spiders up high for me. So now whenever I pick her up she looks up at the ceiling and looks for spiders. ... 27k
UpsideDownwardSpiral Зу My ex had a parakeet with the most personality I have ever met in a bird. The birb used to mimick the sound that 'beeboop' sound that an android maked when you plug it in the a charger, and knew that meant it was time for bed. So, whenever the bird was tired, it would make that noise, because that meant it was time to sleep. It mimicked it so perfectly that I found myself checking my phone whenever it was naptime for the birdy. I miss you Pistachio! ... 315


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