Clever dog Leo learns to play hopscotch - and he's already mastered tennis, painting and CPR [Video] - petsitterbank

Clever dog Leo learns to play hopscotch – and he’s already mastered tennis, painting and CPR [Video]

Hopper Spaniel! Clever dog Leo learns to play hopscotch – and he’s already mastered tennis, painting and CPR

  • Emily Anderson, 31, from Aberdeen, shared a video of her clever cocker spaniel
  • The footage shows her gradually adding numbers as Leo skips and jumps along
  • The clip has attracted more than 270,000 views, 16,100 likes and 105 comments

This is the adorable moment a cocker spaniel completed an entire hopscotch grid with impressive co-ordination.

Owner Emily Anderson, 31, who lives in Aberdeen, captured footage of three-year-old Leo ‘hopping’ and landing with his two front paws for his latest trick.

The video shows her gradually adding numbers each week as Leo skips and jumps along the children’s game until the clever pooch completes all 10 mats after two months of training.

The dog trainer has already taught Leo to paint with a brush, play tennis and even perform CPR, but claims his latest feat is his ‘hardest trick yet’.

This is the adorable moment Leo the cocker spaniel completed an entire hopscotch grid with impressive co-ordination

Owner Emily Anderson (pictured with Leo) who lives in Aberdeen, captured footage of three-year-old Leo hopping and landing on two feet for his latest trick

Owner Emily Anderson, 31, who lives in Aberdeen, captured footage of three-year-old Leo hopping and landing on two feet for his latest trick. Pictured Ms Anderson and Leo

To start with, Emily bought some foam hopscotch numbers from a discount store and laid them out in their training room.

Leo’s video, which was uploaded on April 24, has attracted more than 270,000 views, 16,100 likes and 105 comments – with many followers asking her how she managed such a complex new trick.

Emily even claims her extraordinary cocker spaniel could be the first dog in the world to have mastered playing hopscotch.

She said: ‘It’s the hardest trick he’s learned so far. It was the longest it’s ever taken me to do anything. It was a couple of months.

The video shows her gradually adding numbers each week as Leo skips and jumps along the children's game, with the clever pooch completing all 10 mats after months of training

The video shows her gradually adding numbers each week as Leo skips and jumps along the children’s game, with the clever pooch completing all 10 mats after months of training

The dog trainer has already taught Leo to paint with a brush, play tennis (above) and even perform CPR, but claims his latest feat is his 'hardest trick yet'

The dog trainer has already taught Leo to paint with a brush, play tennis (above) and even perform CPR, but claims his latest feat is his ‘hardest trick yet’

‘The first time I recorded it and saw it back, I thought “what the hell?” I didn’t think it was possible but yet again, he’s amazed me.

‘This is one most dogs can’t master because it’s really hard. I have searched and I haven’t seen another dog do it the way Leo does it.

‘I think an Australian Shepherd does four [numbers], so only half of what Leo does. It is cued and he’s waiting for the cues.

‘Leo can do it without the cues now. He’s just like “shut up and let me do it.”‘

Emily added: ‘I’m always looking for new ideas and Leo is definitely at his happiest when he’s learning something new. He just loves it. It makes him so happy.

Ahead of summer, Emily bought some foam hopscotch numbers from a discount store and laid them out in their training room

Ahead of summer, Emily bought some foam hopscotch numbers from a discount store and laid them out in their training room

‘I was in a shop trying to find stuff for his painting when I saw the hopscotch mat. I never, ever thought I’d set it up and he’d complete the sequence.

‘It was a set of 10 number mats. I just planned to get to five or six because we were struggling for so long.

‘But once he had the sequence of feet and limp, he got into the rhythm of it. He gets a treat at the end.

‘It’s all done by clicker training. When he hears the click, he ends the behavior then he gets the reward.

Leo's video has attracted more than 270,000 views, 16,100 likes and 105 comments - with many followers asking her how she managed such a complex new trick

Leo’s video has attracted more than 270,000 views, 16,100 likes and 105 comments – with many followers asking her how she managed such a complex new trick

‘We train so much, if he had treats all the time it’d make him sick. He mainly works for his meals.

‘It’s a really fun way of using his daily food allowance.’

Since posting on TikTok to Leo’s followers, Emily claims amazed fans have been messaging her asking about her technique.

Emily said: ‘I’ve had loads of messages about his trick – more than a normal new video.

‘People have been asking how we do it. I never thought we’d get it as good as we got it.’

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