I Taught My Cocker Spaniel To Play Hopscotch – His ‘Toughest Trick Yet’

More like a funnel Spaniel.

A dog owner claims her cocker spaniel could be the world’s first pooch to rule heaven and hell.

Emily Anderson, a 31-year-old dog trainer, captured her precious pup, Leo, playing heaven and earth.

She’s already taught 3-year-old Leo to paint with a brush, perform CPR and play tennis, but this trick makes him king of the dog park.

“It was the longest it’s ever taken me to do anything,” Anderson told the South West News Service. “It’s been a few months. It’s definitely the most difficult thing I’ve done with him.”

In an attempt to teach him his “toughest trick yet”, Anderson – from Aberdeen, Scotland – bought hopscotch numbers at the discount store while he was looking for materials for his painting skills. Gradually, she added numbered mats each week as Leo caught on.

Cocker Spaniel can hop
Leo, a cocker spaniel, is full of tricks – but his new one has particularly amazed viewers.
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“It was a set of 10 number mats. I never thought we’d get to 10 – I was just planning to get to 5 or 6 because we fought for so long,” she said. “But once he got the feet and limp sequence, he got into the rhythm of it.”

She captured the amazing trick on video, which garnered more than 270,000 views and 16,100 likes on TikTok alone.

“The first time I taped it and watched it again, I was like, ‘What the hell?'” she told SWNS. “I didn’t think it was possible, but he amazed me once again.”

She said she had never seen another dog play hopscotch like Leo – he moved on his own rather than on cue – and concluded he might be the first.

“Most dogs can’t do that because it’s really hard. I’ve searched and haven’t seen another dog that does what Leo does,” she said. “I think one Australian Shepherd makes four [numbers]so only half of what Leo does.

“Leo can now do it without the cues. He’s just like, ‘Shut up and let me do it,'” she joked.

Emily Anderson's dog Leo spins the child's play hopscotch around.
Emily Anderson’s dog Leo spins the child’s play hopscotch.
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Leo traverses the colorful, numbered squares.
Leo traverses the colorful, numbered squares.
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Leo's owner said it was hopscotch "definitely the hardest" trick she taught him.
Leo’s owner said hopscotch was “definitely the hardest” trick she taught him.
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“Leo can now do it without the cues.  He's just like, 'Shut up and let me do it,'
“Leo can now do it without the cues. He’s just like, ‘Shut up and let me do it,'” owner Anderson mused of Leo.
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Emily Anderson and Leo
Anderson, Leo’s owner, loves to teach him new tricks.
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At first, Anderson uses a clicker, meals, and treats to teach her perceptive pup new tricks, though she’s cut back on the treats.

“We train so much if he had treats all the time he would get sick. He works mostly for his meals,” she said. “It’s really fun to use your daily meal money.”

Ever since she went viral with Leo on TikTok, Anderson’s impressed followers have been asking about her dog training techniques. This trick in particular has resulted in her inbox being overflowing with messages — “more than a regular video,” she said.

“People have asked how we do it. I never thought we’d pull it off so well,” she continued. “I’m always looking for new ideas and Leo is definitely the happiest when he’s learning something new.”

“He just loves it. That makes him so happy,” added the proud coach.

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