30+ People Share How They Accidentally Conditioned Their Pets To Learn Unusual Skills Or Habits (25/43)

“My cat thinks it’s normal for me to roam about making talkative noises all the time because I talk to myself all the time. He’s talking if he’s awake. I think it’s adorable, but it drives my husband crazy, resulting in a lot of ranting from him (don’t worry, the cat isn’t bothered). Now the cat thinks that’s how my husband speaks, so every time he sees him, he imitates him by yelling at him really loudly. My cat will stop whatever he’s doing and yell SO LOUDLY in my husband’s face as he walks into the room. It’s hilarious; the guy got exactly what he deserved.”

u/shoonpo told that the idea for the article occurred to them while they were… on the toilet! “When I go to the restroom, one of my cats has discovered that he receives a lot of attention and scratches. He constantly looks forward to going to the potty since he knows he’ll get scratches. I was curious whether anyone else had inadvertently conditioned their cat in this way, and I posed the subject in the hopes of hearing a few adorable pet anecdotes.” says the Redditor. However, as you can see from the list, cats aren’t the only ones who can learn quickly!

Any reward-motivated animal, including dogs, cats, chickens, and even fish, is the easiest to train, according to Bell. “When it comes to training, their species don’t matter as much as you may assume! The more treats, pets, attention, or a specific toy they demand, the easier it is to train them. My two treat-obsessed cats are so simple to train that I can teach them a new trick in just a few 5-minute sessions. But it takes more time, effort, and patience to train my cat who isn’t fond of rewards. Helpful training tip: I only provide treats during training. They know they’re in training mode when they hear the treat bag crinkle and are ready to learn when they hear the reward bag crinkle. This increases the reward’s worth, which aids in training.”

30+ People Share How They Accidentally Conditioned Their Pets To Learn Unusual Skills Or Habits (14/43)

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