I find mine studying things all the time…usually for no good - plotting against me in some way. But it amuses me (I'm sick, I know) it because I can tell they are doing it and I wonder how long before I see the results.
The latest was Aaliyah (so what is new). We put in a huge kennel run (complete with kuranda dog beds, toys, etc.) in our heated basement as I need to run 2 packs and it is winter here. We rotate the packs between the downstairs kennel and upstairs with us. Anyway, the other night when I went to put Liyah and Oz in the kennel, I watch Liyah staring, watching me as I was closing the latch. I say out loud to her - "good luck with that one Li Li". I'm thinking, well that's good, it will keep her occupied trying to break out...all the time fully thinking "no way" she will be able to do it.
Two days later, I have Ruby & Brando upstairs with me and for about 30 minutes they are really restless and keep pacing and keep going to the basement door. I don't think anything of it - I figure the kids downstairs must have been talking to each other (which they do all the time). The restlessness progresses into full on growling and digging at the door. I pick up Ruby and Brando and put them in their crates so I can go down and investigate what is going on. As I open the basement door I see Aaliyah come around the corner and start running up the stairs. I'm thinking she climbed over. Next I see Oz as he starts to come up the stairs. Now I'm going, WTH?! Sure enough, I see the latch flipped up and the kennel door open. The partners in crime have completely decimated the recycling area we have in the basement - spread paper, boxes, etc far and wide. I know it wasn't Ozzy that figured it out. Now I clip the door to the kennel so that the latch can't be flipped.