A dog trains his family to give him a farewell hug
Learning stuff has always been easy for Max. The 2-year-old cocker spaniel is so good at mastering new orders that he used his skills to train his parents.
“I really taught him the essentials. Everything else he learned himself,” Kathryn Toope, Max’s mother, told the Dodo. “Max was learning something after you said it once or twice, so he was making his way.”
Max rings a bell to let his parents know he wants to go outside and puts his paws on the bed when he wants a boost. But perhaps the nicest thing Max has learned from his parents is to hug him before they leave every day.
“I don’t really know when we realized we had been trained,” Toope said. “He’s usually there waiting for someone to get ready to leave and he jumps for the hug.”
Max is currently under a minimum of three hugs, which can get quite long if his parents rush to the door. But he expects not only hugs from his family, but from everyone who enters the house.
“He does it when people leave the house if they’ve just come by,” Toope said. [Like] the electrician, or the repairman of the washing machine, or the guy from the water company! Everyone complies with it.”Open next Page To See Video