Since there has been some discussion I thought it appropriate to post this. It is fairly easy to teach a dog to open cupboards, doors and fridges.
The trick is to modify the handles. Teach your dog to tug and tie a tug on them. The doors require a flip type of handle and not a round one, but you teach tug, then tie it on the fridge and teach tug to open the fridge. To close you have to teach paws up and then get the dog to paw up on the fridge door, or use their nose with the target. What ever you like. Getting the beer is an easy one, just teach the retrieve command with a beer. Get them used to the cold heavy glass and give it a command name. Get Fido to open the fridge and get the beer. Simple as that. It takes some time to train all of the steps, but it is doable. Hope this helps now that summer is here. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" />
I taught my last dog to retrieve beer from the fridge, thought it was a great trick (I was 21 at the time). Unfortunately, once he was taught that it was OK to open the fridge, he opened it frequently when I wasn't paying attention. I eventually had to put a hasp on the fridge to keep him out of it.
Hi Chad, That was one of the things I forgot to mention. If your dog finds the fridge items more enticing than the praise or reinforcements from you then you could have a problem. A dog going into the fridge could wipe you out 'food wise' if left to it's own freedom. It is imperative that the dog is only taught to retrieve on command. It should be corrected for anything else. I would correct before they get the other tasty morsels in their mouths. YIKES
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