Shayna retreiving “One ball, two balls”

November 3, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

Nov. 2, 2011: One day during her first year of life, Shayna taught herself to hunt down and bring back two tennis balls in her mouth at the same time.  She got so good at this skill that in 2004, she won a local dog trick show for it.

But then, I saw something on TV that discussed how hard it is for animals to understand the concept of numbers.  And I began to wonder if Shayna could learn to retrieve one ball, or two balls, on command.

As in so many other instances, she blew me away with her ability to learn these kinds of high-level concepts.  Now, as you can see in this video, she does it pretty effortlessly.

Sometimes I get the feeling she’s trying to tell me, “I think it’s time we move on to teaching me a new trick, Dad” — and after seeing this video, I think she’s right.

Filed in: Shayna's Tricks, Understanding "one ball," "two balls"

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