Here's a great story that I thought I would pass on...hope you find it interesting! –Kim
Paige, the Helpful Border Collie
Who wouldn't want a dog that does the laundry, picks up toys, puts away groceries, tosses out trash and looks for ways to help around the house?
Gee, I can hardly get my kids to do that stuff!
Lauren Girard's four-year-old border collie, Paige, fits the bill. In fact, The Washington Post tagged Paige the winner for "Best Pet Tricks" (at two-years-old).
Border collies are smart – this is not news. But not every border collie has the kind of talent (or the star quality) that Paige has. Paige's owner, Lauren Girard of Washington D.C., works with the two-year-old border collie every day for 20 to 30 minutes, using positive reinforcement, to keep the dog's skills sharp.
"First, I started with basic obedience classes, then went into more serious classes," Girard tells Paw Nation. "Now we're doing competitive obedience and agility, which is more serious, so the tricks are just something I do on the side. She's so smart that she generally picks them up in just one session. You know the laundry trick? I showed her, she figured it out, and then I filmed it."