Max has never had a hard time learning new tricks. He is a 2 year old Cocker Spaniel, he is so good at learning that he has used his skills to teach his owners something new.
"I really taught him basic necessities. Everything else he learned himself," said Kathryn Trope, Max's owner. "Max would learn something after you said it once or twice, so he made his way."
Max has ways to communicate with his owners, he rings a bell to let his owners know that he wants to go out, and he puts his paws on the bed when he wants to play. But perhaps the most adorable trick Max has taught his owners is that they should give him a hug every time they leave the house.
"I don't know exactly when we realized we had been trained," said Kathryn. "He's usually there waiting when someone is getting ready to leave and then he just jumps up to receive his hug."
Max currently has a minimum of three hugs, which can take time. Best of all, he doesn't expect hugs only from his family, but from anyone who comes into the house.
“He does this when people leave the house if they have only been visiting. Like the electrician, or the repairman for the washing machine, or the guy from the water company. Everyone complies,” said Kathryn.
Max also expects hugs when he goes outside, making sure to show his love to everyone. "When we leave the daycare, if there are other people there waiting for their dogs, he likes to give them a hug before coming to us," said Kathryn.