Teaching an old dog a new trick

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Teaching an old dog a new trick

I have a Cardigan Welsh Corgi named Charlie.

He's eleven years old.

Here's a recent photo of him:

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He doesn't really know any tricks, but my sister has taught him to do one thing that might be against his nature.

She has taught him to kill mice and rats even though he is very friendly otherwise.

Corgis are herding dogs, not terriers, so he's not really a natural at it.

We have Desert Pocket Mice and Desert Pack Rats around here, and we consider them to be vermin.

Every time he kills a rodent he gets a treat, so he's very enthusiastic about it.

Most of the rodents that he gets are ones that get caught in a "humane" trap.

I know it's not very humane to just kill rodents, but that's the breaks.

Yesterday we had a rather large rat in the living room, and Charlie tried to get it, but he didn't get lucky.

Hopefully the rat decided to leave as it is not welcome here.

Has anyone else taught their pet something strange?

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Joel The Cat (stray) knows when I take my car to work, and about the time I’m coming home he parks himself on my stoop waiting for food.

Never saw him wearing a watch, so…

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I would have figured Charlie was a natural at killing rodentia. Good dog! Looks like a keeper and a sweet family member.

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My friend Jimmy has a dog that looks like yours and it is a great dog and loyal companion.
Had a black lab once that would nail rat before the cat would see them.
One time squirrel got in and the cat wanted nothing to do with it but that lab nailed it at lightning speed.
Miss that dog.

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Our Border Collie mix rescue can close the back door on command. There’s an old jump rope tied to the doorknob, but, hey, without opposable thumbs, he needs a little help.

Several of his other tricks are good for laughs, and I think putting the treat on his nose and making him wait to flip it off and catch it in his mouth until I tell him to is even more impressive. Border Collies live to learn new tricks.

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manithree wrote:
Border Collies live to learn new tricks.

I used to drive one crazy with the “Got your nose!” bit.

He could never figure it out.

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Many years ago I had a girlfriend who owned a Belgian Shepard (?).
A gorgeous black long hair. He was amazingly well trained.
He did the open the fridge and get can of pop trick.
He needed a rope on the handle.
He always brought a Coke or Pepsi – Never a beer.

He would leave people food alone – if you told him to.
One Thanksgiving we had a great dinner.
In the kitchen were the remains of the Turkey.
He got the thing off the counter and he and the Cat had a really good time.
His look said – Err – sorry – But you didn;t say not to.
The Cat just ignored us.

That same cat taught himself to open doors with lever handles for door knobs.
He also use to take a running jump and land in a hanging wicker chair.
It would swing back an forth and make a unique noise.
He never did it when anyone was in the room.
Made us nuts until we figured out what the noise was.
Girlfriend move away. I had that cat for 21.5 years.
I still miss him.

Then there is this….

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we taught the cat to sit in a chair at the table, since he just walks across the eating and food surfaces as he pleases. if he behaves he gets a treat. so far so good. i’ve taught him to stand on his back legs and walk like a human.

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I’ve trained dogs to do many things, but that usually means modifying natural behavior. That’s probably happened to your dog. All dogs will naturally have the drive to chase pray, killing small rodents is natural behavior.

I’ve trained two to find guns and ammo.

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UPDATE:

There was a foul smell in our kitchen.

My entire family could smell it, but my sense of smell isn't that great (luckily) so I didn't smell it.

At first we thought it was the dirty dishes in the sink.

Nope.

It turned out to be the rat!

It crawled under one of our refrigerators and passed away.

The dog didn't get to chew it up, but the rat may have had a heart attack.

Honestly, we don't know why it died, but we are glad that this rather large rodent is out of our house now.

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Hope it hadn’t jumped a ship from China. (or a package from there)