What do you think ?

In a room there sits a man near a open fire and his dog is beside him. He gets up to pour a drink , comes back and his dog is in his chair. He says ' down ' and the dog gets down and sits by his feet.

Then the dog whines near the door and the man gets up out of the chair to let him out. The dog seeing the chair is free runs over and sits in the chair. The man again asks him to get down.

Question. Did the dog want to go outside, then see the chair free and think I'll get into the chair. Or did he intentionally go to the door knowing the man would get up and then he would be able to get into the chair ?

What are your thoughts ?

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  • My guess would be, he intentionally went to the door knowing the man would get up and the chair would be empty and the Dog could sit on it. My precious Golden Retriever use to do this bless her she was so cute, when she sat on my chair I'd turn to see where she was and she would be sat there with a big beautiful smile she was so funny. :)

  • My cat does that, animals are a lot smarter than we thinnk they are x

  • Yes I think it was a diversion tactic they often use it to get their own way :) Alth0ough the other day on the table was a slice of pitta bread . I was telling someone how brilliant they are I saiid to sussie NO you cannot go out int it . She walked pass me deliberately whipped her head up and nicked the bread. This was so uncharacteristic for her she never steals food ad not from my side on the table. We laughed but she was in trouble. xgins

  • Yes I think it was a diversion tactic they often use it to get their own way :) Alth0ough the other day on the table was a slice of pitta bread . I was telling someone how brilliant they are I saiid to sussie NO you cannot go out int it . She walked pass me deliberately whipped her head up and nicked the bread. This was so uncharacteristic for her she never steals food ad not from my side on the table. We laughed but she was in trouble. xgins

  • Maybe the dog did want to go out but then, seeing the chair had become free again, simply changed his mind.

  • Could be either. Clearly the chair was the priority though.

    Animals are smart. I see that in my family of animals all the time. I do include all members there.....human, feline, even fish. The cats are really clever. To watch them figure things out (like when our youngest kitty worked out that nice food was kept in the fridge and now jumps in to it given the chance....she did that by watching us take food out for ourselves). My eldest cat always sleeps with me when I'm ill. He actually growled at a friend who'd come to check on me when I was very sick after a rather drunken night. He wouldn't leave me the whole night apparently. Bless him. He's still with me, although he's almost 20 now (in October). Smartest cat I've ever known. <3

    And the most amazing thing I've ever known a cat to do was not one of the smartest but.....years ago we got locked out of the house by my delightful son and only the cat was inside. She kept wailing at us (a balinese) and jumped onto the cooker, stood on her hind legs and rubbed against the window catch (it was an old style window as we lived in an old cottage at the time). She dislodged the catch and we were able to get back in the house. I never knew if it was purely by accident or she knew what she was doing.

    P.

  • I think it was deliberate. One of my dogs will beg for food at the table when we have visitors and sit at the big table, doesn't do it usually! If I don't oblige, he will scrape at the door to go out but when you get up will run to your chair, jump on it and steal your food. Like Gins did we laugh at the tactics, but he is in trouble!

  • I agree with Mary, definitely deliberate, my jack Russell does it all the time, sometimes I can't see her sizing up a situation and how to work it to her advantage . My old cat was really intelligent, I lived in a flat in a large old rectory on the first floor. Firstly she realised that if she sat beneath my window and meowed, I would go downstairs and let her in, anyway I soon got used to the noise and didn't respond, so she cleverly managed to ascend a yew hedge nearby from where she could jump into the flat through the living room window............. Animals are so much smarter than we give them credit for.

    Foggy x

  • I agree with Mary, definitely deliberate, my jack Russell does it all the time, sometimes I can't see her sizing up a situation and how to work it to her advantage . My old cat was really intelligent, I lived in a flat in a large old rectory on the first floor. Firstly she realised that if she sat beneath my window and meowed, I would go downstairs and let her in, anyway I soon got used to the noise and didn't respond, so she cleverly managed to ascend a yew hedge nearby from where she could jump into the flat through the living room window............. Animals are so much smarter than we give them credit for.

    Foggy x

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