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Do Tell: What Sounds Can Your Pets ID?

Come and get it! I can think of several food commercials that play on the catty cliché of a kit and can opener, showing felines popping up out of nowhere at just one turn of the crank. Now even though these creatures have better hearing than we do regardless, even dogs can recognize the sound of scooping food or rustling of wrappers.My pooch easily names that jingly tune as I take his harness and leash off the hook for a walk, comes running the minute I throw the covers off and set foot on the floor, and naturally his overjoyed excitement at the brrrring of my door's buzzer prompts me never to have anyone ring it. What melodies do your pets know by heart?

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Pup-Fan Pup-Fan 7 years
@Ellenora - Bella does that with the TV too. There's some commercial running frequently now where people are on a game show - every time they ring in she goes into doorbell mode. :)
Ellenora Ellenora 7 years
Pup fan--When a doorbell that sounds like ours goes off on the television, Zena does her whole "doorbell routine." It's endless amusement. She knows when the treat bag is being opened too. She's just huge ears! stellaRuby--Yep, she knows the sound of my opening the pill box for my allergy meds. I can put on my shoes, take my inhaler, and put on my sunglasses and she won't move, but the minute I grab the keys and take my allergy meds she goes bananas. It's the strangest thing!
stellaRuby stellaRuby 7 years
Ellenora, the allergy medicine!?!? That is too awesome.
Pup-Fan Pup-Fan 7 years
The thing I think it's funniest that Bella reacts to is the sound our TV makes when you turn it off. No matter where she is or if she's fast asleep, when she hears that sound she jumps up and makes a beeline for the backdoor. Time to go out before bedtime! (Maybe this means I just watch too much TV.) Elleonra, Bella goes bananas when she hears the doorbell too! We were at the vet a few weeks ago and their door chime rang - she mistakenly thought it was a doorbell and went nuts!) Riley's Mom, Bella does the same thing around bathtime... she knows we only use the guest bath when it's time for her to get a bath, and makes herself scarce. She can also hear the treat drawer being opened from anywhere in the house, the fridge door opening, etc. I attribute it to her big radar dish ears and ridiculous appetite. :)
Ellenora Ellenora 7 years
Zena knows the sound of: 1. Our car pulling into the driveway 2. The fridge being opened. 3. The sound of keys + the sound of my taking my allergy meds = WALK 4. Food hitting her bowl 5. The drawer containing her HeartGuard, ACE, and Frontline being opened. 6. The front door and/or garage being opened 7. The sound of chip bags being opened. 8. The doorbell. She goes bananas. I think that's it. She's got some huge ears so she definitely hears just about everything.
stellaRuby stellaRuby 7 years
The dogs know the sound of: 1. dad's car pulling into the driveway. 2. the dog across the street coming into our yard ( they can hear the dog's tags jingling). 3. their food hitting their bowls 4. the sound the TV makes when it turns off means time to go into their crate. I am a news junky, so when I am home the news is usually on. When I turn the news off that means I am leaving and they need to go to their crates.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
Nushi Kitty knows the sound of the dry food container by heart. She appears out of nowhere, begging for food. Missy Puppy and Billie Kitty know the sound of the car pulling in to the driveway. Adam Fish and Tory Fish, believe it or not, recognize the front door opening and someone coming in! Goldfish are sensitive to vibrations. When Adam and Tory hear someone coming in the house, they rush to the northeast corner of the tank (where I drop their food) and wait to be fed! Tiki the parakeet is the most impressive, though. He recognizes and can copy the lovebirds, the robins outside, the tea kettle, and Nushi Kitty's meow.
BloodyFuFu BloodyFuFu 7 years
My dog knows the crinkle of food packaging, the sound of an airsoft gun (I work in an odd place), and what I say when I'm cooking and drop food on the floor.
kawiiashley kawiiashley 7 years
My cats come running at the sound of the can of wetfood be opened, lol. And my ferrets come running to the cage door ( there's 4 of them! ) when they hear their bag of treats being opened, or when they hear me near the cage. ^.^ <3
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