Jack and the Dog Door

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jackcheatingToday we have some SlimDoggy Jack Monday Mischief. Last week, the fallen avocados became overwhelming and we just couldn’t let the dogs out in the front yard anymore until we get them cleaned up. Not a big deal until it came time for a game of “find the food”. This is a serious and competitive activity at our house. Typically, the dogs stay inside while Steve and I ‘hide’ little treats around the front yard. Hide is a misnomer – it’s more of a scatter, but we live on an acre plot and the front yard is pretty big, so it’s a fun time for the dogs.

As I said, there were too many fallen avocados to let them out front, so I decided to play in the backyard – something we’ve never done before. I grab the treat jar and go out the door onto the deck, leaving then inside while i hide the treats. They are excited, but not quite sure what’s going on. I hide some treats on the deck and then go down into the yard and hide some pretty close to the house around either side and some in the flowers beds.

I let them out the back door and while a bit uncertain, they kind of know what’s up – because I had the treat jar – but they aren’t quite sure WHERE TO LOOK! They know all the ‘hiding’ places in front, but in the back – wow, it was like first day of school after a long summer. They finally caught on and had a grand old time running all over – it occupied them for a good 20 minutes. We all enjoyed it so much I decided to play another game.  I closed them in the house and went about hiding the treats. As I walk over to the side of the house – where the dog door is – I see, well, really I HEAR Jack barreling out the dog door on his way out to find the food! He ran through the house from the sun room down to the back door and out the dog door because he knew I was in the back yard and what I was doing!

I was able to get him back into the house and keep him in there until I was ready, but I had to laugh.  It’s bad enough he climbs on the bench and watches us through the front window when we play out front. He watches, but it doesn’t do him any good (I think he has a bad memory like me). But this! Poor Maggie won’t use the dog door yet (still too afraid) so it was a giant head start! The little sneak.

(Although I have to say I was proud of him for figuring that out.)

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  1. Haha, what a cute game! I like to do fun things like that on occasion as well.
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  2. Sounds like a great game! I like hiding treats in the house and boy does Titan love finding them!
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  3. A yard full of fallen avocados…now that is my dream.
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  4. Our dogs love find it too! I wish we had an enclosed yard to play it in – I don’t trust them in our yard. Bravo for using the door Jack! Lee and Phod
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  5. ‘Find it’ is such a fun game–Mom and I played it the day it was 97 F here this week. ‘Cept we did it indoors. 🙂
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  6. Thanks for the “sneak peek”
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  7. Smart Jack! That’s one of Mr. N’s favorite games as well. Sometimes I have to physically hide his eyes with my hand so he doesn’t get a peek.
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  8. Haha Jack is a smart doggie. He figured it out!
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  9. That’s such a great game and I think I might try that one day with Sherman and Leroy!
    I think Sherman would be like Jack trying to sneak a peek at where I was hiding the treats!
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    • I think he would…
      It is a great game, I bet the boys would love it.
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  10. Hooray for dog doors! I wish I could have one, but our back door is glass with blinds inside. 🙁 Good job, Jack! So much freedom for dog and owner once they figure it out.
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    • They are a pretty great invention – we’ve had one for years.
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  11. That’s too funny. He’s a smart pooch.

  12. When I play that game in the house, Jimmy will cheat by trying to quietly sneak into the room and watch wear I hide things. I catch him peaking around the corner. So much for his rock-solid Stay command!
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  13. That dog deserve an avocado for being so smart and clever!
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    • He’s too smart for his own good.
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  14. WTG Jack! Good job on outsmarting the hoomin 🙂 This sounds like a great game and one I have to play with Gizmo…Thanks for sharing it … Speaking of avocados, i just notice one on my tree this morning (it’s a sparse producer) so now I’m watching it to make sure I can grab it before the squirrels get to it…First one of the season for me
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    • I should send you some – we have WAY more than we could ever eat…I throw them away 🙁
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  15. That is a wonderful enrichment activity. Wish we had a big fenced yard where I could play that game. You did good Jack!
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  16. I’m definitely going to have to play that game with our dogs, they will love it. I just have to be sure they don’t get too competitive! Good for Jack for figuring that out….even though it was at a time you didn’t want him to! 🙂
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    • I know – sometimes they are smart when you don’t want them to be and sometimes they are dumb…no, they are never dumb, just dogs I guess 🙂
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  17. We play that game in the house sometimes. Mostly when we have bad weather, or on the weekends when the dogs are itching for their walk but I’m not motivated. It is a good game for them to sit and practice their waits and stays, yet it engages their minds and nose as well as their bodies. Poor Sampson though, he usually just looks to me to point the treats out to him. 😉

    Good for Jack for figuring it out, my sister has a dog door with a ramp and my dogs will not use it.
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    • Some dogs will use it and some won’t – Maggie won’t – she’s just still too afraid, b ut I bet I could motivate her with some treats!
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  18. We’ve got a dog door and love it 🙂 Clever Jack to figure out what you were up to! You can send me some avocados too, I love them, very yum.
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  19. That game sounds like lots of fun!
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    • They love it – you should try it Clowie.
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  20. LOL! Well, you wanted to challenge him… I think he took you up on that 🙂
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  21. Lol jack your too funny and cute. What a fun game to play. I love avacados I want a tree.
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