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Hi everyone,
I know that this might seem strange but our dog Griffin has opened the door 2x in the last 2 days. He was outside and I came in for 2 mins to get something and I saw him come up to the glass door out his paw on the handle push it down and come in. Is this typical GSD behaviour? I know that they are very intelligent dogs but this has truly surprised me.
I did not teach him this... to be honest, I wouldn't know how at this point. He has only been with us a week.
Should I keep that door locked so he can't come in and out of the house as he pleases? It's the door from the kitchen to the deck (our 1 acre backyard is fenced in). I'm just concerned about the cold as it was -15C here last night and lots of snow.
 

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Haha. He is smart! I'd lock the door just so you don't lose heat or have unwanted bugs/pests coming into your house. We used to live in a duplex that had door handles that pushed down (instead of turning). Our cat learned how to open the doors...if only she knew how to close them! One time, the neighbor's dog even opened the door. We found him in our living room. That was a surprise! We definitely got in a habit of locking the doors after that. We didn't have GSDs at the time because we were renting, but I bet they would have learned to open the doors too.
 

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Sabi was very good at it, and sadly she attempted to teach Shadow.

I was standing outside with my arms full of groceries waiting for husband to come open the door for me and Sabi made a decision and opened the door for me. It was the beginning of the door saga for us and she was about 10 months old.
However... when I was doing alarm response we had a customer who liked to leave their Golden in the yard all day. It took only one incident for him to learn that if he opened the kitchen door we would arrive to entertain him. It progressed quickly to 2-3 times a day or more, until we suggested that they hire a petsitter or dog walker which was infinitely cheaper then us showing up multiple times a day.
 

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My older girl loves to open doors. She figured out the screen door, and I woke up one morning to find she'd let herself out during the night! Fortunately, she didn't get hit by a car or get into other serious trouble.

As the lock on the screen door didn't work, I had to remember to close the inner door before going to bed at night, or she'd 'go walkabout' again during the night!

She also opens cupboard doors. This is what greeted me when I came home one day! :rolleyes2:
 

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My Beau has tried opening our door to the outside. I always lock it behind me so he’s had no success yet, but he clearly understands that pushing down on the handle opens the door, he tried a couple of times.

I think he’s come to understand about keys, too. If we’re heading out and I stand too long at the locked door, he will look pointedly at the key in the lock and then back at me, and if I wait he’ll sometimes nose it and look at me or bark at me. As if he’s telling me to get a move on and make it open, so we can get out of here.
 

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Yes, mine can open lever door and deadbolts if he is persistent. They can also lock them while you are outside. 220 on a locksmith later.....
 

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“I had a cat that figured out how to open doors. Sometimes they are just smarter than us.”

I had a cat once that required baby locks on all the cabinets if I wanted my food kept safe. I had to replace them when he matured because he got strong enough to force them, I needed to upgrade from plastic to metal. The same cat could with work pull open the refrigerator door by the lower corner, and a couple of times he teamed up with my GSD to get meat out of the fridge - they were caught eating their spoils together on the kitchen floor. Since it happened more than once, I’d have to agree: sometimes they are just smarter than us.
 

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My big-boy learned that he could open doors. One day, as a pup, I heard a dog outside barking in the snow. Imagine my surprise when I checked and saw that it was MY PUPPY calling me to come out and play. My dogs could open my doors and gates but they respect them and don't. Thank God!
 

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We were at the vets , they had the type of front door that had the bar you push in to open from the inside. We came out of the exam room, you have to pass the door on the way to the front desk, he jump up, hit the bar and opened the door! I had hold of him, but everybody in the waiting room got a chuckle! He was ready to go!! I have no doubt from watching me he knew that opened the door! Also beware of dead bolt locks! One Halloween my son had went out and closed the door to pass out candy, and Cody or Clipper ( my gsds) jump up and hit the dead bolt and locked him out!! I drove up a few minutes later and he was siting out there with the bowl of candy!! The back door was locked so good thing it wasn't a long wait!
 

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I wish I could remember where I saw it...but there was video surveillance of a GSD escaping the animal shelter! She was seen opening the various doors and then trotting through the glass doors out into the street...so smart!! She must have observed the shelter staff.

Mine also opens doors, but it has always been the door to the garage...after we have all gone out via the car...poor guy, he really wants to go with us everywhere! We now lock the door to the garage ( afraid he will roam around in there and eat something poisonous).
 

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Have heard of GSDs learning how to use the garage door opener, when confined to the garage.

One lady I know had a Shiloh shepherd that got into her fridge. He ate all the meat he could find, then got into the eggs, and started throwing them around the kitchen, as if they were balls!

She came home to a terrible mess, and had to rig up a lock for the fridge to keep him out!
 

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Max can open the sliding glass door. One time my dad was watching the dogs and let them out in backyard. He went upstairs to feed the bunny. He turned around and found max and Luna sitting right behind him with big happy smiles on their faces. He thought they jumped through the sliding glass door! Lol! Lol! My first gsd Karat open doors I had someone come into the house ( a trusted non family member or friend but someone who Karat was used and had seen her a few times)when i was not there. I locked Karat in the room and Karat opened the door knob and let himselfnout of the room when he heard someone trying to enter the house and he would not let her in the house! I met a woman who we swapped many gsd door opened stories. She owned a gsd and she said she was making a turkey and that her gsd had opened the stove and ate the entire turkey!!!!!!!!
 

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....She owned a gsd and she said she was making a turkey and that her gsd had opened the stove and ate the entire turkey!!!!!!!!
OHHH, that REALLY would have pissed me off!! :surprise: Preparing and cooking a turkey is a lot of work, and I LOVE turkey!!
 
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