Every dog we've had insists on "pre-washing" the dishes as they are loaded into the dishwasher. It's like impossible to keep them away, and frankly, we don't try very hard. Our two current dogs are no exception. Ozzy is a 9 year old Dobe/Shepherd mix, and BlackJack (Jack) is a 19 week old, 50lb, working line Shepherd...big powerful puppy.
So, the other day my wife is loading the dishwasher, and Ozzy is showing Jack the fine points of the art of pre-wash. It's the usual dance...my wife turns around with some dishes to load...shoos the boys away, loads the dishes, turns back to the sink, and the dogs are at it again....routine, right?
Routine until the ring on Jack's collar gets hooked on one of the posts on the lower dishwasher rack. My wife turns around, shoos the dogs, Jack tries to back up, can't, tries again, can't, and FREAKS OUT!
The full dishwasher rack, loaded with dishes, is then taken on a grand tour of the first floor of the house just as fast as Jack can run so encumbered, which is apparently pretty fast considering where some of the dishes ended up. The whole time, Jack is howling, my wife is yelling for him to stop, the rack is careening off of furniture and door frames and chair legs, and Ozzy is tracking down all of the yummy newly exposed dishes, no doubt planning to "high five" Jack later for the brilliant move.
Somehow Jack finally gets loose from the rack while in the bedroom (my wife never got close to catching him), and he makes a beeline for his crate, and cowers in there whining.
My wife called me at work and told me about it. Jack wouldn't come out of his crate, and she wasn't sure if he was injured, so I took a half day of vacation and went home, thinking during the drive how I was going to minimize the likelihood of any PTSD developing from the incident. You know...I didn't want to spend the next decade buying a new dishwasher every year because Jack eats them out of revenge.
Well, I needn't have worried. When I got home, Jack and Ozzy greeted me enthusiastically at the door as usual, and Jack is showing no signs of hate or fear of the dishwasher. We don't know yet if he will resume pre-washing the dishes...but I'm sure Ozzy won't miss the competition if so.