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.
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."
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.
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.
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Hello there everyone!! Welcome to the Hunger for Words community! I'm THRILLED you're here! I feel completely honored by this outpouring of enthusiasm and inspiration :sparkles::sparkles: Here is a fun Stella series to kick off this new chapter! • Jake and I were discussing taking Stella to Petco. She was certainly listening...! • Video 1: Stella said "Goodbye outside." This is the third time in the past few weeks that Stella has combined "good" and "bye" to say "Goodbye" instead of just "bye"! • Video 2: Jake said he wanted to hang our spice racks first, started the project, and Stella told him, "Later Jake" :joy::joy: (Translation: Do that later, I want to go!) • Video 3: Stella came full circle with her message and told us she was REALLY ready to leave by saying, "Bye bye bye good bye!" (Looks like we have ourselves a little @nsync fan :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:) • I hope you all have a great day!
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.
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