In the summer, putting my shoes on means it's time to potty. I'm apparently the type to not wear shoes in my house unless I'm going out... Molly has taught me this. In the winter time, if I put my hand on my coat her ears shoot even higher in the air than normal and her tail wags until she knows for sure whether or not to get excited about going out. haha
I see that respond when I put on my shoes. They (I also have a Maltese) know it is time to go. Because they go to work with me everyday, they both get so excited doing the circle thing. If I stop on the way downstairs..they let me know by barking at the door.
This is a response of a different sort...before bedtime, I can take Muffett outside and beg her to go "make." NOTHING. I have to ask my husband to do it. No more than 2 minutes later, he says "okay Muffett, make" and bingo...I don't get it. I do everything for her.
I just recently realized that Vesper thinks she's in charge of our bedtime routine. My husband and I usually end the night in front of the TV. When Vesper thinks it's time for bed, she sits in my lap and offers a very thorough human "paw" cleaning. Usually, this cleaning is so sweet yet disgustingly thorough, that rather than stop her I get up to brush my teeth and finish getting ready for bed. She herds me to the bathroom to make sure I'm following directions, then begs my husband to take her out for the last time.
She doesn't have a regular morning routine, but knows dinner is always at 5:30. At exactly 5:30, with no apparent cue, she will drop what she's doing and beg for dinner- even if we're at the park or on a walk.
Tricky tricky beasts!