Dogs are crazy smart. They can learn all kinds of things – tricks as well as more practical skills, such as providing guidance for the blind, emotional support for those living with post traumatic stress disorder, protection for those suffering from seizures, and encouragement for children learning to read. There are also working dogs that serve alongside military personnel and police officers. There is really no end to what dogs can do.
Even ordinary family dogs can learn and accomplish amazing things with positive reinforcement, lots of love and delicious treats. Meet Lucy, a 19-month-old bulldog/Staffordshire terrier mix, who knows how to identify pictures and colors.
Elementary school teacher, Zelah Brandt from Martinez, California, trained sweet Lucy to use flashcards. Inspired by a coworker who utilizes her therapy dog in her speech therapy practice, Zelah taught Lucy to identify colors and pictures, like an apple. Zelah holds up two cards and asks Lucy to find the apple. Lucy then paws at the right card and gets a treat!
Watch this adorable video and see supersmart Lucy in action. She’s got beauty and brains and some fancy moves too. It really doesn’t get much cuter than a dog using flashcards (and giving high fives).
If like me, you think dogs are pretty awesome, please SHARE Lucy with your friends and family on Facebook.
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