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Redditors Reveal How They Accidentally Conditioned Their Pet

Oops! Turns out, animals are pretty intelligent animals and by reinforcing positive attributes, such as treats, they will likely do it again. For the treat, not for you. 

An AskReddit thread by user shoonpo, asked the community to share what they have accidentally conditioned their pets to do. The results? Gold, as always. 

Now we would like from you, our fellow readers! Is there something you've accidentally conditioned your pet to do? Share it with us in the comments below! 

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    Text - Posted by u/shoonpo 1 day ago 3 4 2 What have you accidentally conditioned your pet to do?
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    Text - Kayleiighm 35.0k points · 1 day ago 3 When I was little I would constantly carry around one of my cats, Feist. Since my hands were full with her I would use one of her outstretched paws to turn on lights whenever we entered a room. Now the little bastard switches them on and off for fun.
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    Text - dipdipbeantot 31.6k points · 1 day ago Our cat had impacted anal glands for awhile. We had to bribe him with treats for him to let us look to make sure he was doing alright. 2 Now when he wants a treat he comes up and sticks his butt in our face.
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    Text - bb_or_not_bb 29.2k points · 1 day ago My niece loves to FaceTime my mom to talk to her dog. When the dog was a puppy, my mom used to pull her onto her lap when she would get FaceTimed. Now the dog is 80 lbs and will jump in your lap if your phone or tablet starts making the default FaceTime ring.
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    Text - C8H10N402Addiction 26.7k points · 1 day ago I picked my kitten up a few times to kill some spiders up high for me. So now whenever I pick her up she looks up at the ceiling and looks for spiders.
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    Text - tstock415 26.1k points · 1 day ago My dog knew he would always get some ice to chew when I went to the fridge so any time he heard the ice machine on the fridge start he would come running in. Once he became deaf he would feel the vibrations in the floor from it and knew it was ice time!
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    Text - aquickcupofcoffee 24.1k points · 1 day ago I take baths with my cat by letting her float in a plastic box. I keep the box in my closet. I only started doing this about a month ago, but now when I turn the bathwater on she runs to the closet and jumps in her box.
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    Text - Pile_Of_Cats 26.1k points · 1 day ago 2 Somewhere along the way, my dog learned 'get your toy' means to pick up his nearest toy. I didn't purposely train him to do it, but it's good for when he's about to leave one of them outside and I want him to bring it in. If there's no toy around and I say this he'll grab the nearest soft thing, usually some piece of clothing laying around. One time he tried to pick up the cat.
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    Text - FiendishLobster 23.8k points 1 day ago I would playfully grab (not hard, really light) my dog's snout whenever we're playing. He somehow figured out it's my favorite thing to do when ever he comes over to me. So now, everytime he senses that I'm upset or sees that I'm crying, he would come up to me and gently put his snout in my hand.
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    Text - Nocoolnamesleft10 22.4k points · 1 day ago I conditioned my cats to use the scratching post with treats and pets and lots of "good boy, good boy." For the last 7 years, whenever I have to tell my one cat to stop chewing on something or anything like that, he goes to that post and scratches furiously looking at me like "but I'm a good boy!!"
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    Text - not-whoyouthink 20.1k points · 1 day ago · edited 19 hours ago Every morning when I wake up I rub my dog's belly. Now whenever I say good morning she will lay on her back for belly scratches.
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    Text - theothersoul 16.1k points · 1 day ago After my roomate got a cat, my dog answers to "Kitty Kitty Kitty" cause he wants love and/or treats
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    Text - spaceship4parakeet 15.9k points · 1 day ago The budgie had a broken leg in a little splint. He would climb to the roof of his cage with just his beak and good leg, then let go of his beak and hang by one leg then just stare at me. He knew I would stick my hand in and he could just fall off into my hand. He only did this when I was around because I was the only one who would stick my hand in.
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    Text - HoopOnPoop 14.0k points · 1 day ago · edited 17 hours ago "Stop eating your face." He has floppy jowls that sometimes get stuck in his teeth. I used to just casually say "dude stop eating your face" when it happened. On the occasions that he just happened to lick his teeth and spring it loose, I would give him a pat on the head and call him a good boy. Never any intentional training but now that he's an old man he's 100% responsive when I tell him. He'll clear his teeth out and present hi
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    Text - gallanttalent 13.9k points · 1 day ago If he hears me on the phone with my sister it's automatically time for a walk. We usually chat when I take him out and he is now very aware of that. Also outside clothes and putting on makeup means I'm going out probably without him. If I take my backpack- I won't be back until after work (he's happy that hasn't happened in awhile)
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    Text - rooroopup 2.1k points · 1 day ago My dog recently realized that when I put a mask on it's time for a walk muphies__law 1.3k points · 1 day ago Mine too! She used to just get excited when it was a jacket, sneakers and ball-cap, but now she sees that mask and it is W ALKIES.
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    Text - notlisapizza 12.9k points · 1 day ago · edited 17 hours ago my cat drinks out of a glass on my nightstand rather than a bowl. a couple of years ago, she was having some pretty serious dental issues (all fixed now), and was being reluctant to eat and drink. she had always wanted to drink out of the water cup i had for myself, and at that point i just wanted her to drink anything, so i let her. that was my mistake and now she refuses to drink out of a bowl on the ground, and will only drink
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    Text - FretfulMemo7 12.2k points · 1 day ago My wife and I have pretty set sleep schedules during the week. If we stay up later on the weekend or w/e, our dog gets VERY huffy/offended and will sigh passive-aggressively at us until we go upstairs to bed. Oh, and if one of his bowls is empty he licks it (also passive- aggressively) and then makes direct eye contact.
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    Text - VeryAgitatedEngineer 11.0k points 1 day ago My cat meows twice (like "bless you") when I sneeze and I say "thank you" back. She stared doing that on her own. I stopped saying thank you a few times and now she won't stop yelling at me until she knows I'm okay.
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    Text - Sonja_Blu 10.0k points · 1 day ago I talk to myself constantly so my cat thinks it's normal to walk 12 around making chatty noises all the time. If he's awake, he's talking. I think it's adorable but it drives my husband nuts, which has resulted in my husband yelling at him a lot (don't worry, the cat doesn't get upset). Now the cat thinks that's just how my husband talks, so whenever he sees him he yells at him really loudly in order to imitate him. My husband will walk in the room and m
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