rockermom wrote: Also he is learning some tricks and I want to teach him to close the screen door behind him. So I started by just using my hand as a marker now am using a coffe can lid and soon will start a pole.
Don't laugh, but I got really irritated with my dogs opening the bathroom door and barging in when I am on the throne.
So I taught them to close the door.
I took a piece of American cheese, broke it into eight pieces and licked one piece, sticking it to the door at nose level.
Then I called Birdie over and showed her the cheese, which she promptly set to licking to get it off the door. As soon as the KA-CLICK from the door latching sounded, I "marked" it with my "aw roight" and fed her another piece of cheese.
Then repeated 3 more times, until I had no cheese.
I only had to do this a few times and they got the picture. CLOSE THE BATHROOM DOOR!
(And before you tell ME to close the bathroom door, Petey can open door knobs, he bites them, puts teeth dents in them and turns his head. Birdie hasn't quite gotten that yet, so she goes and gets Petey to do it for her!)
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