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No, but you might be the only one whose dog lets you know about it ahead of time. Or perhaps I'm the only one whose dog doesn't...

Mustang Sally
Ok, so a dog asking for treats and acting like it needs to go out are completely different.

I wouldn't know - my dogs don't ask me for treats. The main thing they ask for is to go out. I think that's splendid.

That being said, my dog never asks to go out, ... before he has a need to go to the bathroom.

My dog is in his kennel while I am at work, so he goes to the bathroom when I take him out in the morning, and then someone lets him out for me in the middle of the day, where he goes to the bathroom. I then let him out upon getting home. I take him out about every 4 hours for some training and running in the evenings, not much compared to some people's dogs, but he is very lazy and any more frequently and I can't motivate him to run, let alone train. While outside he will urinate, and poop if he needs to. He probably is just a weirdo dog.

On a side note, I was sick one day and he spent the entire day laying across my legs while I was on the couch contemplating my misery all day long. I didn't notice what time it was, and I am sure most people have had days where they have been sick enough to not notice how long they have been laying down. Long story short, he went 14 hours laying on my legs before he got up and asked to go outside. So I guess he just has a super bladder or something.
Well, this is just a personal thing; I don't see anything right or wrong with how people give dogs treats, ... When we finish, she walks into the kitchen hoping there will soon be a treat for her in her bowl.

Giving a bit of leftover dinner as a treat is not the same as giving dog treats or cookies. I don't feed dogs from the table either, though I don't think it matters whether I put something in a bowl or hand-feed it; the dogs know where stuff comes from. But if I want to give a dogs a biscuit, I'm not going to put it in their bowls. I have a couple of dogs that let me know when they want a treat, one of them rather obnoxiously. I may or may not oblige, and if I do, I don't see that there's anything wrong with it, because the dogs are expected to ask politely (sit and wait). It isn't as though they think they can take over the world if I give them what they ask for.

Mustang Sally
No, but you might be the only one whose dog lets you know about it ahead of time. Or perhaps I'm the only one whose dog doesn't...

Some of my dogs do, some don't.

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I don't give him treats on his command because of a pack structure reason, if I did, I wouldn't be able to give him as often as he asks because of medical reasons.

I don't give my dogs treats when they ask simply because I don't give my dogs treats as often as they'd like. There's no pack structure involved. My dogs are smart enough to know that I'm not a dog, nor am I alpha - I'm simply in charge. Good things come from me, corrections come from me. In fact, opening the pantry door is the only thing which consistently triggers "asking for treats" behaviour. Pure Pavlov.
When my dogs ask for a petting, I more often than not give them a petting because, for whatever reason, they want it. My dogs are secure enough that some coddling won't hurt them.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
If the dog doesn't need to pee it's not going to pee.

Good ol' Murphy would fake a poo if I told her to "go poo" when she didn't need to. Trouble was, she turned her back to me whilst try to fool me. Obviously, she still got a "Good Girl!"

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
"pfoley" (Email Removed) said in
If I want to give the dog a treat, which I do often, I place it in her bowl or put it or on the floor. The reason is I don't want her begging for food around me, and she never does.

One doesn't necessarily lead to the other.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
long ago and far away, "Suja" (Email Removed) did say:
That being said, my dog never asks to go out, ... before he has a need to go to the bathroom.

Sheesh, am I the only one whose dogs occasionally has the runs or needs to throw up?

i wish my dogs would ask to go out in order to puke. they do at least get off my bed Emotion: stick out tongue
they don't, in general, ask to go out. we go out on schedule and apparently it works for them. i don't know if it comes from having spent a long time with no fenced yard and potty trips having to be big leashed ordeals or if it's just that they're always ready to pee when given the opportunity.
but one night shortly after i moved and got the fence up, mushroom ran to the door and started whining. i was surprised, and i got up and let him out. the poor guy ran out into the yard and exploded. i am endlessly thankful that i listened to him!

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When my dogs ask for a petting, I more often than not give them a petting because, for whatever reason, they want it. My dogs are secure enough that some coddling won't hurt them.

Moi aussi. If Z is being bossy, I might have her shake my hand first.

Maybe I'm anthropomorphizing, but I think it would be sad for a creature who seeks out affection to never get it when s/he seeks it out.

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Max the Pomeranian
& Rosalie the calico
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