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Aussie Family Teach Dexter The Labrador How To Waterski

Aussie Family Teach Dexter The Labrador How To Waterski

There are some incredibly smart dogs out there.

Researchers have discovered that canines can understand up to 250 words and gestures and can even complete simple mathematical equations.

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That's all well and good, but how many can waterski?

Dexter the Labrador has learned how to master the art of balancing on a board while being towed by a speedboat.

His owner Kimberley Dunn said: "Like most Labradors, our chocolate Labrador Dexter loves the water. So he doesn't miss out on all the fun behind the boat, Dexter has his very own board.

"He is 'self-taught,' and barks if he doesn't get to have a turn first."

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The dog, raised in Morgan, South Australia, has showed off his skills in other videos, showing that he truly is the goodest of doggos.

A family member will plop Dexter onto the board and then sit behind him.

Credit: Nathan Elliott/YouTube
Credit: Nathan Elliott/YouTube

They'll hold onto the board as the boat picks up speed just to make sure the early stages of the ride don't knock the Lab around but once it's up and running, he's his own man.

A video uploaded to YouTube shows the dog comfortably standing on the board in his adorable red lifejacket.

If this isn't the type of content you're looking for this close to a weekend then we don't know what will please you. We've also come across a dog that has been taught to use words to express what it wants or what it is feeling.

Stella the Catahoula/Blue Heeler mix can't hold a conversation at the pub with its own voice box, but it can communicate basic commands with the help of a soundboard.

Owner and speech-language pathologist Christina Hunger started using the technology when the dog was just eight weeks old. Now Stella is 18 months old and she can say 29 words and even string them in a sentence.

Speaking to PEOPLE, Hunger said: "I'm in constant amazement and shock. Every day she says something cooler than she said the day before.

"The way she uses words to communicate and the words she's combining is really similar to a 2-year-old child. I think how important dogs are to their humans. I just imagine how much deeper the bond will be."

Unsurprisingly, the dog's favourite word is 'walk', followed closely by 'beach'.

Christina hopes to expand Stella's word use in the future to see just how many phrases the dog can muster. What a good doggo.

Featured Image Credit: Nathan Elliott/YouTube

Topics: Community, Animals, Australia

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.

 

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