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Funny Chores for Your Dog

Updated on September 21, 2016
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Linda (Kaywood) Bilyeu is a published author, her books are available on Amazon. She writes from the heart, there is no other way.

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A Dog is Man's Best Friend

There is absolutely no doubt that we adore our four legged friends. To some of us, pets are your best friends. They are your babies.

Dogs listen to your problems without trying to solve them. Pups never judge you. They are always happy to see you, whether you were gone for 5 minutes or 5 hours.

Your pets greet you with a wagging tail. Quite possibly they run around in circles and depending on your breed, they might pee due to excitement. I've seen that happen a few times too many.

Your dogs are a part of your family. As we all know family members are supposed to chip in and help out around the house...

So, why don't our dogs?

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There Are Many Ways To Pamper Our Furry Friends

  • We feed them
  • Bathe them
  • Cuddle with them
  • Take them for long walks
  • Toss a ball with them
  • Scratch them
  • Take them to the vets
  • Give them their medicine
  • Brush their teeth
  • Brush their coats
  • Groom them
  • Pet them
  • Set up play dates for them
  • Comfort them while they tremble during thunder storms and fireworks

We treat them like royalty. Actually some pets are treated better than royalty.

All I ask for is a bit of help every now and then. I'm sure others could use an extra hand once in a while. We have become a multi-tasking society.

Even men are catching on to the fact that it's possible to do more than one thing at a time! We are finally making strides on our planet.

I now think it's time for our little buddies to lend a paw or two. I mean they have four that they could spare.

Foxy Enjoyed Her Naps

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Dogs Lending a Helping Paw

I'm not referring to all dogs. Maybe your dog does help around the house. You possibly could have trained your canine to vacuum or dust. I've tried. I've made requests. I get nothing. Foxy is a Toy Fox Terrier. She's petite in size, weighing only 10 pounds. She's short in stature. I take that into account. It's not like I'm asking her to change light bulbs. Hmmm? That's not a bad idea.

I'll be honest. There are days that I am jealous of my dog. Her lifestyle of eating, sleeping, stretching, napping, eating, walking, barking, napping, eating could make anyone envious. Wouldn't we all appreciate a lazy day every once in a while?

I'm not asking for every day, but at least once a week would be a nice treat.

Which brings me to the point of this article. I think it's time our furry fellows were put to work. I think they are capable of doing more than they led us to believe. I think we've been punked by our little friends.

Wouldn't it be nice to have a mommy's or daddy's little helper? Isn't it about time that all of our family members pulled their weight?

With some patience, tons of training, plenty of treats and lots of loving we could make this happen. Hopefully.

If you have any ideas or suggestions please add them to the comment section below.

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Tasks Your Dog Could Help With

  • Retrieve the newspaper. This doesn't take rocket science to figure out. Tie a piece of rope to the door handle. The dog tugs at the rope until the door is opened. He then proceeds to the walkway to pick up the newspaper. Grasps it with his teeth and brings it to you. See how simple that was? I've tried. I failed. Monday-Saturday the paper is light enough for Foxy. Sunday is a bit heavy, so I could understand her passing on that day.
  • Dusting. They could wag their tails and dust at the same time. Perfect idea! This method will take practice. You also might want to move valuable items away from areas that will be dusted.
  • Our dogs could be trained to answer the phone when solicitors call. You could have a separate ring tone for unknown calls. When your pup hears the tone, he'll race to the phone, using his paw to click answer and bark loudly into the speaker until the solicitor disconnects the call. Chances are you won't hear from that company again.
  • How difficult could it be for Fido to vacuum? Once they are trained to walk on their hind legs, they could push a vacuum. Heck, they could even push a lawnmower too. They'll need your help to start the cleaner and mower, but once they get going chances are there is no stopping them.
  • How about your dog walking you, instead of you walking your dog? Where is it written that the we must walk the dog? Nowhere. So, if your dog walks you, you could skip the collar, you both will get a good cardio workout. Why? Because chances are if your dog is walking you he's chasing something and he ain't slowing down.
  • Personally I think dogs take the phrase "let sleeping dogs lie" literally. I don't think they are aware of the meaning behind the saying - "to leave disagreements in the past." No, they think this means they are just supposed to lie around all day. If so, how about they learn how to make the bed? It's not that difficult once they are properly trained. Remember this takes patience on your part and dogs must know how to walk on just their hind legs. They could do it, don't let them fool you. We've been punked long enough.

Milo and Her Mom Sue Inspired This Article

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More Ways Your Dog Could Help

  • How about buffing the floors? They usually spend time scratching their butts, why not add a bit of pet-friendly polish to their backside and have them buff a floor or two.
  • Turn on the crock-pot. You leave to work and you once again forget to turn on the crock pot. How about having a special ring tone on the phone for the dog to know it's time to turn on the crock pot. I bet they would enjoy using their shiny canines (that you brushed) to do that special favor for mommy.
  • Fetching your slippers might already be a trick of the trade for your delightful dog, but not for mine. Probably because I never wear slippers. If you haven't already trained your pet to get your slippers, here's an idea...using a piece of dental floss wrap it around a doggie biscuit, place the biscuit in the slipper...pull the floss towards you until your slippers are at your feet. After a week or two of doing this your pup should get the hint. Hopefully. If not, being barefoot is more fun anyway.
  • How about picking up toys around the house? Purchase a toy bag for your pup. The next time you bring her a doggie bag home from the restaurant, train her that she can't have it until all the toys are picked up and placed in the toy bag. I bet they'll catch on really quick with this trick.
  • Laundry. Before I leave the house I always ask Foxy to please place the laundry in the dryer. She has yet to obey my command. What's the big deal? Open the washer lid. Place clothing in dryer. Using their teeth they could turn dryer on. Done. Yet, she still can't comprehend. Maybe someone else has a better plan, if so, please let me know.

Brilliant Idea

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In Conclusion

This concludes my wacky ideas to help you get your dog to help out around the house. I wish y'all luck going forward.

If there should be some success stories, please keep us posted. We'd enjoy hearing them.

In the meanwhile continue to enjoy your canines who love you unconditionally. They have your back. They guard your home and family.

There is nothing your dog wouldn't do for you, that he's actually capable of doing.

If you should ever notice a dog being abused, report it. Don't sit back and think someone else will.

Be kind to our four-legged friends and they'll be kind to you.

Woof, Woof.

Milo & Sue

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I suggest you hold back on treats until Toby gets moving...!! :)

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      GF....I read your article to Toby. He's a real brat. He yawned, stretched and rolled over. I'm getting no work from him today!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thanks, Daisy! And Y'all! I stopped by to share the Pet Sweep photo that has been circulating on Facebook! Hilarious! :)

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      Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Linda,

      I was looking for a humorous article to share today. I remembered your Hub, and returned to read it another time.

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      That's cute. We have two cats that remind me of Milo and Foxy. They do give purrs though.

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      Paula Atwell 3 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Fun. No dogs in my house, my mom is allergic to them. I do love seeing what others' dogs do.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Second visit here to see what new tricks I can teach a dog. Lots of fun ideas here!

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      Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Linda,

      I returned to read your Hub another time. I'm sharing it with my HubPages followers and I'm posting the link on Twitter and Google+.

      You've come up with some terrific ideas!

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you, Nell :)

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Funny stuff Linda! Oh.... and Happy Birthday! lol!

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This was funny and useful. I could sure use some help around here. They already help by prewashing the dinner dishes, but now there's so much more they can get done.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Enjoyed reading your hub, dogs can certainly help us out. Love the ideas!

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      Joe 3 years ago from north miami FL

      I may have to put my dog to work with some of these.

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      Wow, if only our dogs would help out with all these chores! Honestly, I think that dogs could be trained to do many of them (well, maybe not dealing with electrical appliances), if only their owners would insist. Unfortunately, I just have a couple of cats whose major contribution to the household is killing flies and mosquitoes.

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Good luck with the training Jodah! :)

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      This is a popular hub Sunshine and I can see why. It made me smile and inspire me to try to train my dogs better to help. I have four, so it would be good if they pulled their weight. Voted up.

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      L C David 3 years ago from Florida

      Finally, some good uses for our dogs! Very funny. Voted up!

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      NewYorker11 3 years ago from New York

      Haha, very amusing. Good writing too! I wish I had read this post when I looked after a maltese for a few months. Him walking me? And buffing the foor? It would have been great!

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Vicki, I also think Gizmo looks like Milo! So cute! :)

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Dang, that dog Milo looks like my Gizmo. He is so important to me, but, yeah, why can't he help out with the chores! Fun hub, Sunshine!

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Perspycacious, Your comment is too funny! Thank you for sharing! :)

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Warning! I had trained a dog to answer the phone and bark, just as you suggested one could. But instead of that ending the caller's calls, it multiplied them because they told everyone in their department to call back and here the intelligent dog answer the phone. The average was somewhere between 5 and 10 repeat calls per caller! My wife couldn't get through the line was so busy! On second thought, maybe the dog helped to keep down the calls from my wife! I knew that following your suggestion had to have some benefit. ; - o )

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Linda - Well, we're back again. Bridget has fallen' down on her dusting so I'm reading this super hub to her once more - but all she wants to do is 'gaze' at the cute doggie photos.

      Down Bridget! Down!

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Well GF, I tried again. I read Toby your hub and also tried to give him some incentive by praising your Foxy. I gently mentioned he's been putting on weight for lack of activity.

      He acted like he was listening.....but then he yawned, stretched his legs, rolled his eyes at me and curled up on the couch. In dog-speak, I believe he was saying, "Yeah, OK Mom, that's great. Good for Foxy. I'm impressed. Now if you don't mind, it's nap time......and BTW, you've put some pounds on too, Mom!"

      I think he's hopeless.

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      Sunshine625, though I have no pets but I love these beings with my all heart. One of the greatest gifts they have from Nature is power of smell. Imagine their immense power- they can smell a drop of blood diluted in 20 swimming pools. Even they can detect and tell about various diseases we are inflicted with. These wonderful creatures are really great assets to us rather than burdens. They really deserve all our love,respect and adoration. Given proper training, they can do wonders also. Thank you, this is a very fine hub about such lovely pets like dogs.

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      My dog, Baby, trains ME! She forces me to walk when I'd rather just sit. She has me well trained when to feed her, and many other ways. Loved your photos. Voted up and shared.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      lol! I should put little socks on my brothers dog so that it can clean the floor as it walks around! thanks for the laugh again! voted up and shared all the way!

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This is a cute hub! Seriously though, my dog helps me by taking me on walks. She loves to walk at a brisk pass, and I have to work to keep up with her. She is adding years to my life, I'm sure!

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Deborah, JPO and Teaches ... Thank you for sharing how your pups help! :)

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Linda, you don't know how many times I wanted to put a duster on our dog's tail! He was just at the level where it hit the furniture well enough to do the job. Love your photos and had a good smile with this today. Voted and sharing.

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      JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      You certainly have great dogs. I too have two dogs. But they have not been trained on some task. They do follow orders like sit, and roll. I will try to teach them some simple tasks as I was inspired by your hubs.

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      Deborah-Lynn 4 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      I still enjoy reading this Hub! I wanted to share that after watching my Tea Cup Yorkie feed, bathe and protect her puppies, I realized our "dog family" has abilities I'd taken for granted. 1) my dogs clean my kitchen floor whenever I spill or drop food during dinner prep. Saves me money on paper towels and time because I don't have to stop and clean up my messes. 2) Each dog has interest in certain activities, Riley Boo always reminds me when it's time for his medicine (probably because I wrap it in a piece of ham), Gracie Lou is the "Grandma" Yorkie and whenever the "momma dog" needs to go outside, Gracie Lou always comes in to be with the pups! It's amazing, like doggie babysitting. 3) The puppies have increased the mothering instinct in "Bella" as she is related (we call her Auntie Bella), I constantly find a pile of toys, mini tennis balls, chew bones, my socks and even her favorite milk bones (she used to hoard them under my bed or the couch) now, piled next to our "puppie crib" which is a nylon crate with zipper door. 4) Not that I want him too, but RileyBoo is always under the furniture and often comes out with dust bunnies clinging to his Shitz Tsu long hair, vaccumn alert! Very helpful. 5) Barking is unacceptable behavior at my house, but they all use their "indoor" voices in the house. It's so funny to hear them, you just know they want to bark their heads off when a delivery person leaves a package at the door, but they kind of all take turns saying "burp! burp!" which is a very restrained barking sound. Good notice to take in my packages! What my dogs do for me and my family is priceless, we can only repay them with love hugs, treats, walks and making baths Fun!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Michelle ~ Effer ~ Deb ~ LoveDoc ... Thank you for sharing stories of your cuddly dogs with us! :)

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Hi Sunshine, nice profile pic. Foxy is adorable.. My dog is terrified of thunderstorms too. true, a dog is a man's best friend. I agree that they are very clever. I have a doberman pincher. I think I mentioned to you once that he eats all kinds of vegetables and loves to snack on dog treats. My dog could be half asleep, but when he hears me open a bag of chips or my favorite peanut butter cookies, he just stands there wagging his tail like I want some too. Lol. These are very creative ways that dogs can help around the house. Is foxy scared of the vacuum cleaner? My dog can't stand it. you could hear his loud barks every time he sees me dragging the vacuum cleaner into the living room.

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      My dog Lucy's job is the Enforcer. If the cats are fighting, she's there to break it up. If the cats are getting into something they're not supposed to, she's on the case immediately. Unfortunately, she not into self-policing so her rules don't seem to apply to her!

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      ... My "Toby" wants me to tell you to stop giving me any ideas about putting him to work. He claims his pedigree paws are much to precious to perform menial tasks that people should do. He's napping right now and expecting a treat when he awakens. I have to go now!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Heh heh! Glad to come back and report that my dog is now a little better with the mail!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Am still working on getting Cloudy to do the mail. She loses her direction sometimes!

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      Revathy 4 years ago

      Impsirseve brain power at work! Great answer!

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      Dreamer at heart 4 years ago from Northern California

      Our dog can sing for us. She howls when she is especially happy to see us come home. This is such a nice WELCOME that it makes me feel really special!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Sharing again!

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      What a fun article to read, had me smiling. I used to have a pup who dragged anything... I mean anything laying around to hide it behind the drapes, laughed when I caught him dragging the mop one day :)

      Enjoyed the great read

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Ah, am going to train mine to clean the floor with little mops on the feet, since she loves running about so! Thanks for sharing, and I share again, Linda!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Ah you made me smile!! But you usually do!!!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Sunshine,

      Watching the dog do acrobatics is very soothing. Thanks for listing some of the tasks I never had in mind (for instance dusting).

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      This is precious. I agree with you. It is only fair that our spoiled fur babies, pitch in and do their share! My Toby is as lazy as they come. Every time I turn around, he's napping! Enough! Although, I must say, both my boys have saved me the cost of having door bells installed!

      I should also mention, they quickly clean up spills on the floor, while growling at each other, shoving one another out of the way.

      Like Tillie, I sure as heck, do not need an alarm clock. But what do you suggest I do, to teach Taz to tell time?? 4:00 a.m, each morning, is a tad early!!!!

      Thanks for this cute, FUN-hub!! I love the way your mind works, gf!!....UP+++

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Linda, I love Foxy and I respect her need for long naps and cuddles when she needs them but I think you could certainly make her bespoke paw covers to polish your wooden floors. This will work better if you throw a ball for her first, she'll really put some gusto into that polishing if she thinks there's something in it for her :o) funny!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Dogs have always been my best of friends and so many chores to help with sounds a lovely adventure and so good to have a dog's help

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Wow Sheila...Way to go! Your dogs are quite talented! :)

      Dr. Mark, I really enjoyed your hub on Siberian Huskies...best of luck with "The Lazy Song!"

      Thank you for your comments!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I agree Howler, it's time Molly starts pulling her weight. Good luck!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Vicki, Your Gizmo is on a good start to being more helpful! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hey B, Kudos to your son for teaching his dog how to turn on the oven. The cooking segment might be a bit more tricky. Enjoy Snoopy!

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      I´ve been trying to teach my dog to sing "The Lazy Song" by Bruno Mars: "Today I just aint doing anything....oh yeah" but I think she has figured out that it is too much work.

      I´m sharing this too, but it looks like most of the people who read my hubs have already left you a comment!!!

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      My Siberian husky has a tail that could do the dusting! I believe she thinks her main job is to keep my side of the couch warm for me. She does tell me when the water bowl needs filling. Now my yellow lab is a bit more useful. She does let us know when someone is coming up the driveway, long before they get here. She also lets us know when there are deer or turkey in the yard. This is very important as those killer deer can be very dangerous, you know! Great hub, I needed the chuckle this morning. Voted up, useful, funny and sharing! Have a great day! :)

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      Jeff Boettner 4 years ago from Tampa, FL

      YES! finally someone else sees what I see. My Molly Dawg needs to do something, anything. All day its belly rubs and walks. Then its baths and chicken jerky....oh, sorry, now its chicken jerky with peanut butter on top, otherwise she scoffs at the treat (seriously)......time she pays her dues....

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I love this! So funny! Gizmo does bark when someone comes to the door, so that's good. He's my little guard dog, but that's about all he does. This hub was so funny. And Foxy and Milo are adorable! :-)

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      What a nice Uplifting Hub Sunshine.

      I always loved dogs, even though now I am Dogless...Except for "Snoopy" my stuffed Dog and "Brunswich" my "Plaster made Dog". And down in Florida land where we hope to move, our Condo does NOT allow dogs. Sob!

      My younger Son has 2 Black Labs, one knows how to turn on the Stove, I told my Son to teach him how to Cook!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      seanorjohn, Good luck training your cats. Keep us posted! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Way to go Moonlake! Your dog is quite talented! My pup also helps get rid of food from the floor. My grandtwins were over this week and half their cupcake was on the floor. Foxy enjoyed it.

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      seanorjohn 4 years ago

      Now you have got me thinking about training my cats to do some useful tasks. Voted up

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      My dog does a few things. He runs the deer out of my garden, he won't let the turkeys or the UPS man come close. He keeps the cats entertained and he protects them. He lets us know when the bear of wolf is around. When he can he catches the mice in the snow so they won't get in the house. He gets rid of any dropped food on the floor. I guess he’s pretty useful.

      Our old dog, he's gone now when the guys would hunt he would find the deer when the guys couldn't find it.

      Enjoyed your hub voted up and shared.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thanks Prairie! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Ladyblue, The trained dogs amaze me. They are smarter than some humans I know! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Sannel...an internal alarm clock is a helpful pup. Now if you could move the hands forward on that clock you could sleep in longer. Good luck! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Barbara, Way to go for your sister teaching her dog to put his toys away! If only we could all learn how to manuever our pets to complete that task. Thank you for sharing.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Jaye, Don't give up! Keep on practicing with your pooch. They are bound to catch on and then they will stop punking us. We hope :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      PNJ, I imagined your dog's expression and it was priceless! :)

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      Linda, I love your suggestions, and I do not blame you for wanting for just a little bit back for all the work you put out, for them! Fair is fair! Great hub that made me laugh.

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      ladybluewriter 4 years ago from United States

      I enjoyed reading your hub and I do have a sister who got a Lab that is trained to get her papers, call 911 on an emergency dog phone, and to tell if her blood sugar is off. Her dog is almost a year old and has been through quite a few classes. She is called a service dog, and it is her job to help my sister who is disabled get around. She is even trained to help pull her wheelchair if needed. She right now uses an electric motorized chair. It is amazing what they can do. My dogs just demand attention and bark, and fetch toys to play with me. I have a Chiweenie and two Doxies.

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      Sannel 4 years ago

      Oh, this is such an adorable and funny hub, I love it! After twelve years I have come to the conclusion, my dog have no desire to help around in the house. However, he does wake me up every morning. Unfortunately, it's 4:30 in the morning. That's the time he thinks I slept enough, and should get up to serve him his breakfast. Yes, he's spoiled rotten! Lol!

      Sannel

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      Barbara Badder 4 years ago from USA

      This is funny. I my dogs dusted, they'd leave more hair on the furniture then anything else. My sister actually had her last dog trained to put away the toys. Sadly, her dog Maggie passed away. Her present dog hasn't learned to much of anything.

      I think my dogs would like a job. The trouble is, I can't think of anything for them to do. Beau does think he's supposed to walk me. Only thing is, he walks way to fast. He is a bird dog and would love to hunt, but no one here does.

      Elsie is a herding dog. They get bored with nothing to do. Some days it would be nice to have their life. I agree. I bet all dog owners feel that way.

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      My dog feels she's done her duty when she barks at the mail carrier and UPS deliveryman. As for the vacuum, she's scared of the sound it makes and hides when I turn it on. I keep her toys in a soft plastic tub, and she loves to take several of them out and play with them. I've tried to teach her to put them back, but no dice! (She just watches me do it.) I'm afraid I'll never have a furry Mom's little helper....Voted up and funny.

      Jaye

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      Mary 4 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

      Great hub, voted up and shared, I wish you could see the look my dog just gave me when I looked at him and said, "Sammy dust the table boo-butt. " He tilted his head to the side, probably wandering to himself, "what's wrong with this chick she's bonkers, I am not about to do any chores. " Lol!!!!!!!!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Good one Steph! We've been there and done that. Luckily the dishwasher has the hot wash, rinse and dry cycle :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Well, we did teach our dog to wash our dishes after dinner...trouble is, no one wanted to eat from them after than even though there were licked sparkling clean! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Ruchira ~ Cornwall ~ Brotati ... Thank you for stopping by! :)

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      BROTATI 4 years ago from Kolkata

      Since I do not have a daily help, the pictures conjured up by your Hub were not only entertaining but looked like the ultimate answer to the domestic problem. Keep up the good work.

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      cornwall_UK 4 years ago from Cornwall, UK

      Thanks for making my day start with a smile. Voted up and PINNED!

      I hear dogs are great for blaming farts on when you've visitors too :)

      All the best

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Such an adorable hub, Linda

      If they would do the laundry, turn on the crock pot, clean

      I would have got a pet in a heart beat.

      Sharing it across

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Travmaj, Your comment was very entertaining, almost as enjoyable as my entire hub! Thanks for the laugh! :)

      Very clever poodles you had drbj. Yes, dogs make great watch dogs. My pup barks even if a leaf falls outside.

      Hi MT...Way to go Zeus! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Awesome dog you had MJ! How adorable. Between your Lab story and Maria's I just might have to get a Lab one day. Coco sounds a lot like my family member Foxy. Thanks for sharing!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Bobbi, Your Sweetie Angel is a very lucky pup. It's a good thing she allows you to live with her :) Thanks for stopping by!

      Thanks Kashmir!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Tills, an alarm clock! That's a task to be admired, a dog that could tell time. Well done! :)

      Weekend Reader, I agree. Thanks!

      Pamela, A cats tail is just as fluffy as a dogs tail. Good idea!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi MM, Your Aunt Baby sounds like a very helpful member of your family :) I enjoy hearing stories of how she helps you with the yard work. xo

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      So do I Christy! One day Foxy will tackle the laundry, I hope.

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      After looking at your list, apparently Zeus does do some work. He regularly walks me. And you're right, he makes sure that I keep walking, and fast! Except when he wants to stop and sniff of course.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      I may go out and get myself a dog now, Linda, after reading all these clever suggestions of yours. It's time we let our doggies do some of the work. I once had a toy poodle who could close doors and even open them if they were slightly ajar. She was also, despite her small size, a trained watch dog. I had two burglaries in my home and she was on the job - watching each time. Thanks for reminding me and providing the laughs.

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      Trouble brewing I fear - my dog Nell just read this and is most agitated.

      She's alerting all dogs to join a union and know the rules. The wages must be adequate - and holiday pay attracts attention.

      And what about payment for minding the house when the owners are out. all these years they've done it for nothing. They are now on strike.

      Then there are bone breaks, snooze breaks, play breaks, bark breaks, treat breaks, just to name a few.

      And one more question to address - Nell is quite confident she is the owner of this place and we live with her.Therefore she makes the rules.

      She'll soon be gathering dog workers of the world to unite - on the net of course.

      Sunshine - this is hilarious, truly made my morning. Thank you so much - still smiling. Voting Up and all.

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      mjkearn 4 years ago

      Hi Linda

      Love this idea. Years ago I had a Lab that would carry his own lead to the local shop where he would hop his front paws onto the counter, receive a treat and then take the newspaper, already in plastic bag and carry it all the way home.

      My recent stray Coco, I don't think would ever do this. She generally lies with one paw over the other looking prim and proper as if to say: Pamper me, feed me but don't think I'm going to do anything.

      And there was me wanting to teach her how to use a spanner, LOL.

      Loved this. Voted up and shared.

      MJ

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend this was a very interesting and entertaining hub and a wonderful read !

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      PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi Sunshine,

      My Sweetie Angel has me trained. I know what he wants me to do by his looks, and where he put his paw on my computer chair---I am at his command. I never could train my pets---I spoil them and love them to pieces.

      Sweetie Angel let us live in his home---he has more toys than the average child. He knows if you move anything of his and he lets us know about his dissatisfaction---very loudly.

      I hand feed him---I cook for him and give him vegetables---he loves lettuce. My Vet said he was one very healthy doggie.

      But you have a great hub and a fabulous idea---however it will not work for a non-trainer like me.

      Have a wonderful week.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      This hub is so much fun to read. My dog passed away last year but I do have two cats also. One is a big tuxedo cat with a fluffy tail. I'm thinking he could dust. He goes everywhere I go anyway as he is a lover. Loved the hub Sunshine. voted up and very funny!

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      Weekend Reader 4 years ago

      Dogs love to perform tasks, it helps keep them from getting bored and gives their Alpha-dog (you) more reason to be pleased with them.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I have trained my dog to be an alarm clock, he gets me up every morning at 5:30 a.m. so I can let him out...isn't that amazing ;) I loved this hub...really, couldn't dogs do these things? Remember when dogs brought the man of the house his slippers?

      Voted up, funny, and awesome.

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Foxy and Milo are precious...

      Now Sunshine, my Aunt Baby is a busy gal on the go...she herds us together ( that's how Labs roll...), she provides the bestest doggie therapy with licks and 'giving us the paw', and she single pawedly handles The Branch Office ( twigs and sticks don't stand a chance with this fuss budget).

      Now she will look piqued when the vacuum is turned on in the morning hours...she reminds me that she likes to sleep in...the alarm causes her to show me her...oops, I've said too much!

      Love this dogma of yours! Love you, MM

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I hope Foxy puts your laundry into the dryer one day for you! That would be a great surprise when you get home :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Audrey, Awww Bridget in her polka dot outfit...I could imagine her doing the dusting! So cute!

      Hi Michelle, I wish Foxy would help also! :)

      Hi Heidi, I could so relate to the UPS driver, but even outdoors Foxy still doesn't like them. She's not a people person. Or a dog person. Just a mommy person! :)

      WTG Rod! I'm so glad to hear about yoru dog helping you build a root cellar. Kudos to you both. Hopefully the kids will learn something from the experience.

      Thank you all for your comments.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Michelle...Good luck with Cloudy, those pesky solicitors could use a barking every now and then :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Janine, I'm sure that Lily and Emma would love to have a puppy...maybe when they are a bit older. Or a lot older. Haha! Thanks for the share! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Nell, Our bunny shreds the paper and she actually pauses like she found an interesting article to read. I could so understand!