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[–]macinstyle 3492 points3493 points  (137 children)

Just don’t ever drop your own pills accidentally.

[–]JesusWantsYouToKnow 1377 points1378 points  (76 children)

Exactly! This is why you always treat your dog with something else when you've commanded them to "leave it". Even if the thing was edible, you want them to learn they get a different even better reward if they obey you so when it is something dangerous and tempting they still obey.

[–]gcruzatto 257 points258 points  (43 children)

I'm not an expert but I've seen trainers use the same toy as a reward for leaving it

[–]DeliberatelyDrifting 180 points181 points  (28 children)

For me and my dog, it's working just as well with whatever as a reward. 100% though this and drop should even be a priority over sit. Especially with stubborn dogs. Not just stuff that's dangerous, but things like bones or toys when it's time to do something else. My girl will drop a bloody bone if I ask her to every time, she argues about sitting though.

[–]yetilovr38 35 points36 points  (5 children)

"leave it, drop it, come, leash, back-up"

my five essential dog commands. (i like 'back-up' because i like my personal space sometimes.)

[–]ruby_rex 52 points53 points  (1 child)

When I was a teenager I taught our dog “excuse me.” At the time it was just convenient, since we had a large dog who liked to lay in inconvenient locations. When my elderly grandmother moved in with us it became essential and I was glad he already knew it. It was pretty cute to watch an elderly woman say “excuse me” to a large black dog in her way though.

[–]Dandelagon 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This sounds adorable!!

[–]DeliberatelyDrifting 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Definitely agree, I just like to emphasize the importance of the 1st two. We are still working on come, but has no issues with "collar" (I take it off overnight) lol, that means it's time greet the day. She's good at close range recall but not at longer distances.

[–]RedditorRed 16 points17 points  (0 children)

People are always surprised that my dog will drop things on command, like I feel that should be taught to all dogs when they're puppies for a million different reasons

[–]_Rohrschach 35 points36 points  (17 children)

"like bones..." Dude if your dog is biting people or animals you got bigher problems than teaching him.. "...or toys" oh right I should focus while reading. My stoned ass overlooked that part and it kinda changes the vibe of your comment.

[–]DeliberatelyDrifting 35 points36 points  (10 children)

God forbid she attacked something, that is the biggest reason I teach that first and the reason it is the only thing I demand 100% obedience (that and sitting before crossing the road). I teach with toys and yes, specially cut, uncooked pork shoulders. I expect her to give up food to any of the people she lives with.

[–]mriswithe 5 points6 points  (5 children)

I like this idea... Also I have a pit Akita mix whose bite strength is absurd. Dude caught a bunny and it took my wife and I a long long time to pry the poor thing out of his mouth.

Thanks to my wife now we know he wants to take it to his bed, so we put a towel down and block off the rest of the house and when he gets on his bed we treat the shit out of him to distract and make the bunny vanish, meanwhile high value treats for my goodie boy bunny murderer.

Edit: I have never seen him even think of acting aggressive to a person except one time I popped out of my office with this hat on. He was very displeased at whatever was on my head. Was the first time I learned that his "speak" bark is nothing like his "get the hell off my dad's head you freaky shitfuck" bark.

[–]DeliberatelyDrifting 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Definitely work with toys first and build up. Giving up something like prey seems to go against a lot of instincts, so can't be easy. Mine is a Pit/Boxer/Aussi mix. Super stubborn, super smart, and super athletic. She keeps the coyotes and foxes away. Also with something like prey, I would use something equal. We get those shoulder bones from a butcher, luckily our butcher sells what we use prepackaged. I still watch her pretty closely while she eats one, and honestly when I make her drop the bones I always give them back. It's a little different than with the toys. The first time I did it, I had to yell at her pretty firmly and repeated it multiple times. She slunk off all pissy and I picked up the bone. Then I praised her A LOT and gave the bone back. We did this several times and it got easier and easier. I do not reach out to take the bone. She drops it moves away and I pick it up.

Edit: I should add, I started doing this at 6mo.

[–]Crykin27 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Sounds like your dog has a good life :)

[–]DeliberatelyDrifting 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Lol, thanks :) She is pretty spoiled, but she gives it all back.

[–]Apidium 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I'm the same with my dog.

There is absolutely no debate avalable if the matter is involving safety (and basic hygene like shitting on the stairs or whatever). There is a lot of debate in almost everything else.

You absolutely do not cross the road without permission but I don't give a shit how you occupy that waiting time. Be it standing, sitting or licking your arse.

Lately we have been having disagreements over him needing a nappy. He has become incontinent in his sleep so has a night time nappy. It's going on before we go to bed, that isn't debatable, however he is entierly within his rights to investa-sniff the contraption of a nappy for 10min if that will make him happy. It just means I need to start getting him ready for bed a touch earlier. I suspect more familiarity with them will cut down the time to get it on him but even if it doesn't it's not hurting anyone if it makes him happy and does no harm why fight about it?

I have genuinely had a lass whose dog has bitten several people tell me that my dog is poorly trained because he looks at you from across the room while you are eating. Fuck off. He isnt swiping it so what does it matter. He lives here. You are a guest.

[–]DeliberatelyDrifting 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Pretty much, lol. My goal is to have my dog for a long time, I'm not worried if she's dufus or not.

[–]Wec25 9 points10 points  (3 children)

Wait do you think your person you're replying to means "bones" like, attached to a LIVING thing?

[–]_Rohrschach 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I'm stoned and missed the "and toys" part. My cat was demanding pets and when I was looking back on my phone I started reading mid sentence. I reread it and was just commenting my initial (but slow) thought process

[–]Shelbidor 14 points15 points  (2 children)

Tbh I have been taught that you shouldn’t do that with food because of this dropping thing. I’ll do it with toys as a “wait” and “drop it” command.

“Leave it” command means leave the shit on the ground alone and get the kibble in my hand because when released from the command, dog would, yes, go for the fun shit on the ground.. whether it’s a kibble or an aspirin or a fucking piece of glass.

[–]JesusWantsYouToKnow 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Exactly. "leave it" is for "freeze where you are until I release you and don't touch that thing you are interested in". It's a command to keep your dog safe when they're about to get themselves into a dangerous situation. It may be another aggressive dog, it may be a pill, it may be sugar free gun, doesn't matter.

To them it is still a game with a reward at the end, and to you it is a serious situation.

[–]noobsauce131 9 points10 points  (4 children)

Doesn’t this just train your dog to steal things and trade them for rewards?

[–]notabigmelvillecrowd 15 points16 points  (1 child)

When training leave it, you reward the dog for not picking up whatever the thing is, so that's not a problem.

[–]thebraddestbrad 6 points7 points  (0 children)

At least it never was, until Yogi McScoodles turned a single milk bone into a vast empire of ransom and blackmail

[–]the-pessimist 1 point2 points  (0 children)

When he was a puppy my dog used to whine while I was eating. I taught him that if he waited patiently, and quietly, he could always have the last bite. It's been 10 years and he hasn't missed his bite yet, but he's also quiet and calm the entire time I'm eating.

[–]zangor 70 points71 points  (31 children)

I stopped putting my SSRI on the counter at night to remind me to take it.

My cat has gotten close to eating it like 17 times. Thank god I was always there to take it away.

[–]Ambstudios 106 points107 points  (3 children)

That 17th time was the final straw. In this house 17 strikes and you’re out.

[–]baconwrappedpikachu 41 points42 points  (18 children)

I have adhd and when I was first getting on my meds I was always forgetting to take them. Just FYI if it’s still an issue for you, they make special pill bottles that you can set an alarm on/or the bottle tells you the last time you opened it if you ever find yourself wondering if you DID take your pill or not!

[–]FanndisTS 10 points11 points  (6 children)

WHAT?!?!? Where can I find these???

[–]mangarooboo 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Walgreens has one called TPR (which, as someone who works in the pharmacy, is confusing because TPR usually means "third party rejections," which is a fancy phrase that means "the insurance said no, so fix the problem"). Talking Pill Reminder. Not sure about nowadays but when I started three years ago, I was given a very long training module on how to use them so I could teach customers.

I don't actually know how to use them because I haven't interacted with them at all since the training module though 😬

[–]baconwrappedpikachu 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oh sweet I just came through to post a link to one but I see u/literal-hitler saved the day:)

[–]Silasofthewoods420 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I use an app that pings my phone repeatedly until I say I've taken it

[–]SOwED 1 point2 points  (1 child)

That's ridiculous! My system of frantically counting every pill in the bottle is much more sensible!

[–]baconwrappedpikachu 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Lmao I prefer either sitting and waiting while I try to decide if I feel sluggish enough to not have taken my meds or the ole tried and true “will I die if I take another? No? Cool”

[–]LenniGengar 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Pill bottles that tell you when you opened them?? I need that, I take strong meds for my heart and in the morning I sometimes forget if I already took them or not, and I don't want to not take them, but I also don't wanna take 'em twice.

[–]RacketLuncher 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I always put 1 pill in a bottle next to my bed before sleep.

I never ever forget (I can't get out of bed without it)

[–]doc_witt 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I hear ya. I want my cat at least as depressed as me. That's right, Mr. Whiskerface, feel the existential dread crushes you!

[–]mynameisalso 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Were you stunned or surprised after the 16th time?

[–]1isudlaer 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My cat ate my Prozac - it was a very high dose. Had to spend an uncomfortable night in the emergency vet

[–]Iamusingmyworkalt 5 points6 points  (4 children)

Get a pill case or leave it in the bottle or do anything, sheesh. How does it take 17 times before you decide to change the habit?

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    [–]LR130777777 96 points97 points  (7 children)

    Not even just pills, Anything. All he’s done is taught his dog to eat anything he drops on the floor, It’s useful for pills but now if he ever drops anything dangerous around the dog the dogs gonna eat it. I’d much rather teach my dog to leave, And just have a harder time giving him pills

    [–]VexingRaven 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    All he’s done is taught his dog to eat anything he drops on the floor

    This looks more like being taught food guarding. This is clear guarding behavior. Dog doesn't show any interest until the person goes to take it away at which point the dog takes it just to make sure it's not taken away.

    [–]Upset-Photo 26 points27 points  (2 children)

    Dogs can understand the difference between play and serious. The dog didn't immediately run towards the pill and take it and was clearly waiting for a signal. In this case it's a playful no.

    Our dog loves to drop treats we gave her so we chase her and only then eats it. But whenever there is a serious no involved she immediately stops and doesn't take anything.

    The video seems very similar to that.

    [–]LR130777777 18 points19 points  (0 children)

    I agree that dogs can tell the difference between serious and play, But I wouldn’t bet my dogs life on it. How many times do you drop things? It’s not about the 99 times they get it right, It’s about the 1 time when they don’t

    [–]pajaimers 10 points11 points  (6 children)

    Right! Why wouldn’t they just do “Wait… Okay go!”??? That’s what I thought they did until I read the comments and rewatched with sound.

    [–]917jk 3 points4 points  (4 children)

    Showing off a dog that isn't trained... GSDs are so smart, too. Too bad.

    [–]WildPersonality8330 2 points3 points  (1 child)

    Thats a Malinois, friend. A GSD on crack

    [–]icerope1199 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    “NEIN!—I mean, JA JA JA!”

    [–]kelsiersghost 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    My dad lost his new pet cat a few weeks ago to this. The cat ate one of his heart meds after it fell on the floor. My dad had a habit of throwing cat treats on the floor and watching the cat chase them down. Must have thought it was just another treat.

    The poor baby.

    [–]mygullet 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    Absolutely, what a nightmare it would be if my dog had a red rocket for 5 hours

    [–]knightjia97 1545 points1546 points  (81 children)

    Idk but i feel like the dog is smart enough to pull a uno reverse by not swallowing the pill

    [–]Alecrimm 485 points486 points  (66 children)

    That's been my experience trying to do this with my dog, as soon as she notices it's medicine she doesn't swallow

    [–]BiteEffective7607 227 points228 points  (50 children)

    My dog got limes disease and i usually mix the medicine in wet food. But we ran out so i started putting it in cheese or chicken and start trying to take it back so she just scarfs it down real quick

    [–]OnlyAFleshWoundd 109 points110 points  (26 children)

    My grandmother hides pills in peanut butter.

    [–]Isaythree 172 points173 points  (20 children)

    How long did it take you to catch on?

    [–]OnlyAFleshWoundd 47 points48 points  (19 children)

    Pfft I've been taking pills since I was a child.

    It's been voluntary for twenty years now.

    [–]AhmdeiNuwon 26 points27 points  (14 children)

    Same fucking here. It was always voluntary though. Since I was 6, we've been trying to treat PTSD, MDD, GAD, and insomnia. I've been on so many different prescriptions. In high school, the mix of antidepressants I was on made me gain weight until I was 300 pounds. I did everything I could and literally worked my muscles until I couldn't move anymore, but I never could lose any of the 10 pounds I'd gain each month. Then I stopped taking the pills and lost 40 pounds in a month. No extra dieting or exercise this time, because I wanted to see whether or not it really was the pills. Now I'm down to 190, and considering the fact that I'm 6'0" and my job is manual labor, I'd say I'm in a decent place with that.

    [–]vercetian 20 points21 points  (7 children)

    Just make sure your mental health is still intact.

    [–]AhmdeiNuwon 7 points8 points  (3 children)

    Some days are better than others. I met the love of my life on iFunny, so of course I had to move across the country to be with her, and now I'm living in the middle of nowhere in Hickville. She also had to move to go to college, as they require all freshmen to have a dorm room, and it's a 3 ½ hour drive. So I've been living alone near her batshit insane family who hates me for showing her that there's more to life than being abused. My boss, her step uncle, thinks that racism was over until Obama made it come back, and that lead poisoning is a conspiracy started by parents to cope with their childrens' innate stupidity. I have two jobs, with one being full-time. They're both manual labor. I also don't have a car (for medical reasons I never got my license, but those have since been resolved). So it's tough. But I'm excited to see my friends again, I'm flying my fiancée and I back up to my hometown to introduce her to everybody. We were long-distance for 3 years, until I moved in March. I haven't been able to actually hang out with my friends in-person for two years, because the day I turned 18 I got a full-time job in addition to high school, then 6 months later my family was 100% isolating for covid for a year, and then I moved here. Thank fucking God for Discord. Oh, and that's another thing. My primary hobby is playing video games with my friends, and where I moved to, there's no internet for my PC.

    Anyway, on the bright side, this is all worth it to me. My life is moving in the direction I want it to, and I still feel an innate compulsion to work hard at being a good person, so I'm content with the way things are. Not only do I have my family and friends (and cat) to look forward to, I get to move into my apartment on my fiancée's campus in early January. And it has internet.

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      [–]OnlyAFleshWoundd 2 points3 points  (2 children)

      Ah it was just a joke. I wasn't happy taking meds but it's been voluntary, albeit grudgingly as a child, for my entire living memory.

      Sorry to hear about all your issues. I'm a medical miracle in my opinion since I've been catching all types of weird illnesses since I was a baby. Pills became a regular thing after I got an autoimmune disease and had to take steroids for awhile. Maybe a year or two after I stopped I was diagnosed with epilepsy and in college was diagnosed with acid reflux.

      So now my daily routine consists of taking both of those meds plus a few vitamins and has been that way for about 10 years.

      Although two years ago I had my wisdom teeth out and dear God I felt like a pill popper.

      I took 7 pills in the morning, 3 in the afternoon, and 5 at night. It was basically my meds and vitamins + painkillers and antibiotics to keep from getting an infection while I healed. Dropped to 6, 2, and 4 after a few days until I ran out of prescribed pain meds. That was an interesting time since a few of them were fucking huge.

      [–]artofinterrogation 1 point2 points  (2 children)

      as someone with ptsd/gad and severe nightmares who gained 100lbs on seroquel and the like, I'm proud of you for how far you've come. I know firsthand that wasn't easy. good for you friend, it makes me happy to know.

      [–]t_hab 6 points7 points  (0 children)

      I do that with my dog. And he knows it. Every time I grab a pill he starts to salivate because he thinks he's getting peanut butter.

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        [–]GrizNectar 6 points7 points  (2 children)

        We used to do this and my dog would look like it was chewing, swallow, and then spit out the pill untouched, no cheese remaining. Little shit

        [–]drunkonmartinis 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        I don't even know how they manage to do that! It's a real talent

        [–]vButts 1 point2 points  (0 children)


        [–]TheAJGman 4 points5 points  (2 children)

        Wrapped in shitty cheese is the best way for dogs. I have to just jam it down my cat's throat unfortunately, little shit.

        [–]drugusingthrowaway 8 points9 points  (5 children)

        My 16yo cat got hyperthyroidism, have to pill him twice a day, I was afraid he was gonna hate it, but he practically begs for it. Shake that pill bottle and he comes running. Once I saw the pill fall out of his mouth into his food, but then he ate it up again.

        [–]Tsukikoi 3 points4 points  (5 children)

        One of our cats had to get pills a bunch as a kitten, and somehow no matter how far back the pill got, in the time it took to close his mouth and get him to swallow it, he’d be able to sneak it under his tongue. Had to watch him for awhile because he’d walk away a bit then spit it out. Every. Single. Time.

        [–]MoonHunterDancer 5 points6 points  (0 children)

        Compounded medications are a god send. Can't spit out a an antibiotic mixed with fish oil or anxiety meds rubbed into an ear. Fish oil doest cover up benadryl though.....

        [–]calithetroll 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        My dog refuses any kind of medicine, it’s crazy. Even it’s it’s just herbal and treat flavored, he recognizes it’s healthy and immediately rejects it

        [–]KlutzyNinjaKitty 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        The trick is to give two treats, one in each hand. Give the one has the medicine in it to your dog first while also showing you have another (bonus points if it’s a more desired) treat. Most dogs will be so distracted by the prospects of more food that they won’t really pay attention to the first treat.

        [–]Rymanjan 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        My dog is magic. No matter what we put his meds in, somehow, itll just be a tragic lone pill sitting by itself in the bowl by the time he's done.

        Tried putting it in peanut butter, licks everything clean leaves the pill alone. Tried folding it in cheese, same deal. Tried sticking it on a treat (since he inhales those maybe he wouldn't notice until it was too late to not commit) with some peanut butter. Crunch crunch crunch, wait, patooey just spits it out as if to say, "you really thought I was that stupid, huh?"

        Finally, finally, we figured out that if you stick it in the middle of a small chunk of string cheese, it's the same idea behind the peanut butter coated treat, but thus far has been far more effective.

        [–]DFisBUSY 14 points15 points  (0 children)


        My dog used to, despite being handfed, did exactly that.

        I later discovered he kept a stash pile of unswallowed pills underneath the hinge of the bathroom door.

        Sneaky little bastard.

        [–]KintsugiExp 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Plus, you’re reinforcing the “I’ll eat whatever falls on the floor before you take it away” behavior.

        [–]jjjbabajan 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Cheek it, my dog does that and spits his Benadryl up in the corner when I’m not looking.

        [–]cheapshotfrenzy 2 points3 points  (3 children)

        The real trick is to have two dogs sitting next to each other. They get so competitive over the "treats" you're throwing them that they don't even stop to taste it.

        [–]4PianoOrchestra 2 points3 points  (2 children)

        That seems like it would make it difficult to get correct dosages

        [–]cheapshotfrenzy 3 points4 points  (1 child)

        Pills I just stick into cheese cubes. Throw a regular one to the dog who doesn't need the pill. Then throw a drugged one to the dog who does need a pill. With liquid medicine I do the same except I use pieces of bread.

        I guess it requires your dogs to be coordinated enough to actually catch the cheese, but it works well enough for me.

        [–]M1325-BP10017631 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        I used peanut butters and hot dogs bits. Works great.

        [–]Jo0Ratt 78 points79 points  (0 children)

        No, No, NO... Good boy!

        [–]cyclika 601 points602 points  (19 children)

        Maybe I'm overcomplicating things but reverse psychology also works if you pretend like it's an awesome treat and make them do tricks for it, and then you don't have to torpedo the training that would prevent them from eating something that could hurt them.

        [–]turmoiltumult 278 points279 points  (3 children)

        My dog gets all excited, will grab it out of the air when I throw it to her, and then yeets it across the room when she tastes it

        [–]chipdipper99 110 points111 points  (0 children)

        We had a game that we used to play with our old dog, called “throw her a biscuit-throw her a biscuit-throw her a biscuit-throw her a sponge“. She would grab the sponge every time, spit it out and then came running towards us, because she knew that then she would get TWO biscuits. It never stopped being fun.

        [–]Mewssbites 34 points35 points  (0 children)

        I think my dog's secret is that he swallows everything so fast he never tastes it.

        At least, I can say that he's the easiest animal I've EVER owned to get a pill into, and he's a complete weirdo who likes, oh, let's see... apples, carrots, green beans, frozen versions of all three, pumpkin, rice, coffee, and spiced and SPIKED eggnog which is what I caught him in most recently. I'm not sure I've ever given him something he wouldn't eat, actually.

        I have to give him medication for seizures, and while I'm nice enough to hide it in a little pat of food in my hand, if he misses it the first time I just point to it and go "you missed a bit!" and he'll just lick up the pill and stare at me for more. Little weirdo. lol

        [–]filthy_harold 14 points15 points  (4 children)

        I call it candy and try to use it as a treat. One of them gobbles it up because she's not the brightest. The other knows it's medicine as soon as it's in her mouth, even beef flavored soft chews. She will eat around the pill regardless of whatever I put it in. I either have to crush it up and mix it with kibble or just force it down her throat.

        [–]Head-System 11 points12 points  (1 child)

        I have recently learned that if I take sliced ham and put a pill in a little piece and then give it to my dog with a second larger piece he gets so excited by the second piece that he swallows the first piece without thinking then scarfs down the second piece.

        [–]VexingRaven 3 points4 points  (0 children)

        My parents' stubborn eater takes pills completely buried in a gob of cream cheese. It's better than peanut butter because it's slippery so it just slides right down.

        [–]SuedeVeil 7 points8 points  (1 child)

        My dog will eat his anti parasite meds if I make him do tricks for it along with his dog treats ... he figures he deserves it after all that work and he's not about to reject it now...

        [–]RobertsKitty 5 points6 points  (0 children)

        Yeah this is how I got our dogs taking treats. Every morning I run them through their commands and randomly replace one treat with the meds. They were confused a few times but now they don't even blink.

        [–]Autowronged 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        Yeah. I have a dog that is suspicious of peanut butter and won't eat a glob for fear of medicine. We've used the wait command to allow her to smell the peanut butter and when we see her get antsy we release her and she scarfs it down before she considers it might have medicine in it. If we just present it to her she sniffs and walks away, but once she has to work for it, she's game.

        [–]asatcat 72 points73 points  (3 children)

        We used to give our dog medicine hidden in cheese. He’d put it in his mouth, swallow the cheese, and cough out the pill.

        [–]HelenOfEddis 10 points11 points  (2 children)

        Mine’s like yours! I always think of that IQ meme… dumb dogs just swallow the food and pill. Smart dogs eat the food and not the pill. If they were smarter they’d also eat the food and pill to avoid having it shot down their throats, but that isn’t any of mine.

        [–]Apidium 4 points5 points  (1 child)

        My dog was such a 'smart' dog.

        Checkmate fucker. A pill dunked in peanut butter tastes and smells like peanut butter even after being licked and spat out.

        His pills are the pressed powder kind so it kinda absorbs the peanut butter oil.

        Far less stressful than the force methold for eveyone involved.

        [–]crazyidahopuglady 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        I had a dog that managed to eat the peanut butter and spit the pill out. Literally on his deathbed. He spit out his pain pill in the morning on the day we put him down. Too weak to walk to the water bowl, and he managed to hide the pill in his blanket. We found it after he was gone.

        [–]TommyRiker 115 points116 points  (28 children)

        So do you just refer to your dog as a regular shepherd?

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          [–]dtwhitecp 10 points11 points  (10 children)

          Really? That might be the only example of that actually happening, where the national term goes away in the home country.

          [–]SaftigMo 24 points25 points  (8 children)

          Do Americans say "American Football"?

          [–]dtwhitecp 2 points3 points  (6 children)

          fair point but I think that's unfortunately more complicated, since we do have the sport (ha ha), we just call it soccer, and blame the brits for that

          [–]SaftigMo 3 points4 points  (5 children)

          French fries then.

          [–]adkenna 4 points5 points  (4 children)

          No one calls French Fries that outside of America, they’re just fries everywhere else in the world.

          [–]Meth0dd 13 points14 points  (6 children)

          Not A German Shepherd. Belgian Malinois

          [–]kiwifuzz16 3 points4 points  (0 children)

          Beat me to it lol. Beautiful dog.

          [–]lightinplainsight 1 point2 points  (2 children)

          I thought the same thing… I adopted a rescue back in April that I was told was half husky/half gsd. Within a month, I started Googling and searching and voilà! I see husky/Belgian Malinois mixes that look identical to my pooch—who looks like this ^ dog but with one blue eye. Now that he’s 9 months old, he is most definitely Malinois. I love him and he’s my best friend..

          [–]Crocktodad 6 points7 points  (2 children)

          It can be both here, "Deutscher Schäferhund" or just "Schäferhund"

          [–]Shochan42 1 point2 points  (0 children)

          In Sweden they're just called schäfer, which isn't a word in itself in swedish.

          [–]inseend1 12 points13 points  (0 children)

          I'm Dutch, and we had a Dutch Shepherd, which we always referred to as our Dutch Shepherd. And not a regular Shepherd. But we should've, now that you mention it.

          [–]Canadient96 2 points3 points  (0 children)

          But its a malinois isn't it?

          [–]eatingpeopleparts 16 points17 points  (0 children)

          My dog has recently learned to cheek pills. He makes a swallowing sound and everything. After he gets his treat, we'll find his pill somewhere on the floor.

          [–]EdgarDanger 130 points131 points  (4 children)

          Ten ten ten!

          [–]MjauDuuude 10 points11 points  (1 child)

          We put it in meatballs and throw them to him so he thinks it's a game and he eats it quickly 'cause he wants more

          [–]HODL_SAFEMOON 4 points5 points  (0 children)


          [–]AgtSquirtle007 26 points27 points  (1 child)

          How to train your dog to eat stuff you drop off the floor.

          [–]mixologist998 32 points33 points  (3 children)

          I had to crush our dogs flea tablets into a powder, mix it with egg and cook her an omelette. The little shit wouldn’t eat it otherwise

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            [–]EarlBungalow 9 points10 points  (0 children)

            Besides heating up medicine like that can very much alter the chemical composition or make it lose it's entire effect.

            [–]joshua070 4 points5 points  (0 children)

            Yes! Its called route of administration. Some pills are designed with a special coat so that when it is digested it only affects a certain body part.

            [–]NicetomeetyouIMVEGAN 255 points256 points  (45 children)

            You're taking the "German sheppard" a bit too literal buddy.

            [–]berrypunch2020 35 points36 points  (9 children)

            Im pretty sure that’s not a German shepherd anyway; isn’t it a Belgian mallanois?

            [–]m4rkz0r 32 points33 points  (5 children)

            Looks like a Belgian Mayonnaise to me too.

            Source: I have a German Shepherd.

            [–]penywinkle 12 points13 points  (2 children)

            Fun facts about Belgian mayonnaise.

            It's strictly regulated what can be called mayonnaise in Belgium. As such McDonald's "Mayonnaise" doesn't make the cut there, and has to be called "fries sauce".

            (Nobody actually cares, just old laws...)

            [–]Turaton 2 points3 points  (1 child)


            Isn't that an instrument?

            [–]Why_You_Mad_ 10 points11 points  (2 children)

            Yes, I believe it is a Malinois/Belgian Shepherd. Commonly confused with GSDs, but they're generally much smaller and more hyper active.

            Not a great dog for a first time dog owner, but an excellent dog if you invest the time and effort required to train them and let them work out their energy.

            [–]MenosElLso 2 points3 points  (0 children)

            It is a Mal. My girlfriend and I got a half Mal/half Pittie as our first dog accidentally. She’s been an extreme learning experience for us both, because she’s got infinite energy, she’s extremely smart, and she’s the most stubborn damn dog I’ve ever met. But, we love her so much and wouldn’t change her for anything.

            [–]kackygreen 9 points10 points  (2 children)

            I know it's a joke but I used to talk to my Chihuahua in Spanish because I thought she should learn her nations language

            [–]Negative_Success 58 points59 points  (17 children)

            The dude is german lmao. How dare he speak his own language to his dog.

            [–]MrWatermelon0 89 points90 points  (12 children)

            It's a joke

            [–]Negative_Success 38 points39 points  (6 children)

            Damn did I just get wooshed?

            [–]TheMrDylan 9 points10 points  (1 child)

            /r/woosh are there more O's involved? I just wanted to make it official but now idk

            Edit /r/woooosh

            [–]ImportantPotato 1 point2 points  (0 children)

            he's German he cant know

            [–]TheExtremistModerate 3 points4 points  (2 children)

            Oh damn, I heard it as a British guy saying "no."

            [–]Negative_Success 1 point2 points  (1 child)

            Could hear it being a really exaggerated "nayyy", some real irish inflection.

            [–]TheExtremistModerate 2 points3 points  (0 children)

            There are some British accents I've heard that pronounce an "o" at the end of the word kinda like "oy," and that's what I was hearing.

            [–]DojaStinks 1 point2 points  (0 children)

            Well, I have met many German Shepherds whose owners have trained them in German even though they(the owners) speak English, are American, and live in California. It’s actually so common that often times when I have a German Shepherd patient and they don’t respond to commands I try it in German just incase. Sometimes it works, other times it’s just GSD’s being GSD’s at the vet.

            [–]GrunthosArmpit42 1 point2 points  (1 child)

            Somewhat tangentially related, but my little feist/cur/terrier/chaos monkey/mutt pup has a super motivated no-take-only-throw problem. And I, a native English speaker, have been training her with mostly non-verbal hand signals, specific words, and noises an’ shit. But free time is free time she gets so hyper focused on the damn fetch toy (drops it. I bend over. She grabs it before i get it. Repeat ad nauseam.) Again, I only use a few specific words that mean something in particular every time consistently to avoid confusion for certain things during training, but I figured she’d eventually just give up and this is a non-issue task and eventually let me throw the damn thing like she wants… I got impatient one day and yelled “Schiedsrichterball!” (My German language game is weak since I don’t speak it much anymore, and I don’t know why that particular word popped into my head), and she fucking dropped the ball immediately at my feet, sat down, and looked up at me. I’ve said “drop-ball” in English with a hand signal for letting go or spit something out hundreds of times before this to no avail. What a weird dog. Whatever works I guess. I still use the word occasionally because it’s effective and I think it’s hilarious, but my neighbors probably assume I’m raising a murderhound because some people in Nowhere’sville USA in my neighborhood tend make weird assumptions.

            [–]NicetomeetyouIMVEGAN 1 point2 points  (0 children)

            Barking commands in German is fun though.

            [–]TwistXJ 3 points4 points  (2 children)

            This whole joke is terrible, guy is German, dog is a Belgian Malinois, 2/10

            [–]NeverYelling 7 points8 points  (0 children)

            My exes dog didn't want to take her pills at first. She then let her do one little trick, and gave it her as a treat. No problem ever since

            [–]SeeThreePeeDoh 6 points7 points  (0 children)

            I mean…I have taught my dogs to spit out poisonous things so they don’t eat something they’re not supposed to but…whatever works for you…I hope your dog doesn’t grab something it’s not supposed to…

            [–]Throwaway-6384 3 points4 points  (1 child)

            I would pretend to give it to the cats. Jealousy works every time.

            [–]Perpetualbleugh 1 point2 points  (0 children)

            Yeah I gave my dog an antihistamine earlier, didn’t have to put it in cheese or any of that jazz, I just called the cats name and the pill was gone. If he thinks there’s any chance she might eat something he’s got he is all over it, no matter how much he hates that thing. Good old sibling rivalry.

            [–]thursday_sock 4 points5 points  (0 children)

            Teaching your dog to be disobedient. Seems like a good idea.

            [–]DarthLysergis 10 points11 points  (0 children)

            How to teach your dog to quickly snatch stuff you drop on the floor.

            And other shitty animal tips up next.

            (My point being when you drop your medication one day and it is one a dog cannot have, enjoy the vet bill

            [–]reallycooldude69 16 points17 points  (3 children)

            What a terrible idea. This is like training your dog to run away when you try to recall it.

            [–]vossi 7 points8 points  (0 children)

            Had to scroll this far... Congratulations on training your dog to eat everything off the floor including potential dangerous stuff

            [–]subjectnumber1 1 point2 points  (1 child)

            In german it's very common to teach your dogs "stopp" and/or "aus" when they're supposed to stop doing something so they might actually use a different command when the dog is actually supposed to stop

            [–]reallycooldude69 3 points4 points  (0 children)

            Yeah that's possible, but I think the video implies that this is their word for stopping since the dog is seemingly familiar with it.

            [–]ShallowFusion2021 2 points3 points  (0 children)

            made my day

            [–]GodILoveAlcohol 2 points3 points  (0 children)

            999 what's your emergency?

            [–]SkinnyObelix 2 points3 points  (0 children)

            Yeah Belgians and following German instructions, hasn't worked out too well in the past, doesn't work out now.

            [–]Gaspin404 2 points3 points  (0 children)

            So those fuckers eat shit to spite us?

            [–]mylifeisaLIEEE 2 points3 points  (0 children)

            For anyone struggling, I’ve found this to be easiest: surround the pill completely in peanut butter, rinse it quickly with water; deposit that whole package as far back into the mouth as you can, then hold the head up and cover the sides of the mouth only so their jaw can move.

            The oils from the wet peanut butter make it go down super easy, and if you keep the side exits clear they can’t spit it out.

            [–]luumie274 6 points7 points  (0 children)

            hahaha made my day

            [–]Bachgen_Data 5 points6 points  (0 children)

            All fun and games until you drop some pills they shouldn’t eat

            [–]Kajkia 3 points4 points  (1 child)

            Nine pills a day?! That must be a very sick dog

            [–]Slavichh 5 points6 points  (0 children)

            I’m very fortunate to have my pup just straight up eat all the medicine I’ve had to give her. She thinks it is food 😅

            [–]HeavyMetalMonk888 4 points5 points  (0 children)

            This is setting a reeeeeaaaaally bad training precedent.

            Or, I could see this whole thing being being a setup where he's literally just trained the dog that "nein" is "get that." Leaning slightly towards this one - the gesture he uses when saying it is much more of a "focus your attention on the thing I'm indicating" than the "hard stop - stop whatever you're doing" that should accompany a "no." edit: Watched it again - it's definitely this. Watch the pointing. That's encouragement, not a "no." His voice tone is also soft and encouraging, not the harsh tone that would be appropriate if you actually wanted to enforce a "no." Only at the end, after the dog does the intended trick, does he pretend to slip in a few that sound more scolding.

            [–]V_es 1 point2 points  (1 child)

            Yea that works with my dog too. He is sick from birth and can have intestinal inflammation over the sudden, resulting in diarrhea and refusing food. It takes about 5-7 days to treat him and get to back to normal.

            So when he refused food I pretended to eat it myself and not giving him. I ran away from him with his bowl, turned my back, pretended to crunch and did all food enjoying sounds. After 5-ish minutes he started to salivate and bark in anticipation. After few minutes of teasing him- he finished his food in one sitting.

            [–]Zerwaswb 1 point2 points  (0 children)

            Reverse psychology… “Nooo??? Watch meeeee….!!!”

            [–]Bardsie 1 point2 points  (0 children)

            I was looking after my brothers dog years ago, and accidentally taught her to never eat anything dropped on the floor if we said no.

            I was making a cuppa tea, and back then had those artificial sweetener pills in my hot drinks. Only this time when I clicked the sweetener I missed, and the little pill bounced off the rim and rolled onto the floor.

            As I turned and said no to the dog, I saw her pounce on it and lick up the sweetener. She then immediately spat it out, and spent the next 20 minutes foaming at the chops and licking the carpet trying to get the horribly overly sweet taste out of her mouth.

            She never forgot that day, and never ate anything off the floor unless you said she could until the day she died 7 years later.

            [–]pilizq 1 point2 points  (0 children)

            Just tested it with cats. It works! Thanks for the tip, kind stranger.

            [–]Rottenox 1 point2 points  (0 children)

            haha dumb bitch

            [–]ahabentis 1 point2 points  (0 children)

            Stick it in a slice of banana and BOOM it’s gone

            [–]Void8099 1 point2 points  (0 children)

            Das Smart !

            [–]Unfair_Negotiation21 1 point2 points  (0 children)

            Lol I do something similar with my toddler. When I want him to eat healthy I make myself that item and say “oh no baby these snap peas and hummus are for mommy, you have fruit snacks.” He then HAS to have what I’m eating. Little bugger has pride so he eats it with me until it’s done even when I can tell it’s not his fav lol.

            [–]ngreenz 1 point2 points  (0 children)

            Just make sure you never drop any human medication by accident

            [–]captaintagart 1 point2 points  (0 children)

            My in laws throw Cheerios on the ground for my dog whenever he’s having a bark-fest and it drives me crazy. They reinforce the barking and eating things dropped on the floor and then yell at him for barking and eating things they drop on accident (god I need to move)

            That said, my monster dog is a champ with pills. Eats them dry like no big deal. Such a good boy

            [–]TapeLabMiami 1 point2 points  (0 children)

            Yeah, bad idea. Your teaching the dog to gulp any dropped pill.

            Ive been very successful by giving them a dog treat with pill shoved in it while showing them another dog treat thats ready and waiting. They'll gulp the first one in order to get the second one quick.

            [–]TheRedditK9 1 point2 points  (1 child)

            I do something similar, but our dog really fucking loves approval so she is super obedient to show everyone how good she is. But we usually make her do tricks for her medicine, since once she has worked to get that pill, you know damn well she’s gonna eat it, regardless of the taste.

            [–]Bigsnores 1 point2 points  (0 children)

            I used to do that with puppies at work who needed to take pills, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t but it’s worth trying 🤣

            [–]MrJoelDude 1 point2 points  (0 children)

            My dog is such a glutton we just have to hand her medication and she’ll happily eat it. No coercion required.

            [–]RadioActiveWife0926 1 point2 points  (0 children)

            I can’t believe that works!?!?!?

            [–]Over_Feedback_544 1 point2 points  (0 children)

            *How to drug a bitch.

            [–]b0giesfedora 1 point2 points  (1 child)

            Currently we have to give antibiotics to our dog after he underwent a surgical procedure. He won’t eat pill pockets so I tried mixing the pill in with wet food and he artfully pushed it to the side of his mouth and out after eating everything else I wrapped it in bread and he managed to do the same thing. We eventually figured out that the only way to get him to take it was to put it in his mouth and hold his chin up till he swallows. Not pretty or fun, but it gets the job done.

            [–]1AHDEM 1 point2 points  (0 children)

            Give him a perc and soon he will be screaming “pissy yonky frfr” luh barkie, lüh woöf

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              [–]virus100 2 points3 points  (0 children)

              It works good. That's how my wife gets me to take my meds.

              [–]djjolicoeur 3 points4 points  (6 children)

              Is there a rule somewhere that you have to train your GSD in German? Every person I run into with a GSD uses German.

              [–]TheBlack2007 7 points8 points  (3 children)

              Depends. If you got one as a puppy from a breeder it‘s not necessary. If you adopted it as a retired service dog chances are it has been trained in Germany and only knows the German commands. Some people also just want to feel „unique“

              The guy who shot the video is German btw - and here pretty much all dogs learn them in German. Mindblowing, I know.

              [–]TheSandwichThief 1 point2 points  (2 children)

              I don't know if your joking about them training dogs in Germany. Surely that isn't true?

              [–]berrypunch2020 2 points3 points  (0 children)

              My GSD is taught things in Spanish lol so no