Dog lover Jodie Forbes is proof you can teach an old dog new tricks – she’s taught her ten year old pet Hazel more than 300!
And Border Terrier Bramble, who is five and Hazel’s daughter, has even learned to talk!
She can say hello, her name and elephant, thanks to Jodie’s amazing training skills and you can see her talents on YouTube.
Hazel and Bramble have become YouTube sensations with their cute collection of tricks that include handstands, giving each other hugs and dancing to Mary Poppins!
Jodie said: “Both the dogs are amazing and I teach them new things all the time. They do agility courses and can count by barking.
“I’ll hold a number of fingers up and they will bark the number. They can hold up a basket and use it to catch balls.
“But it’s Bramble talking that’s my favourite thing. She can say her name, and she says hello and elephant!
“It was just a case of being patient and saying the same thing to her over and over until she repeated me!”
The 19-year-old from Bournemouth is studying Animal Management and says her clever pets have inspired her to be a dog trainer herself.
She appeared at Crufts in 2016 with Bramble and has even been approached by Britain’s Got Talent bosses to take part in the show but says she turned it down as she didn’t want to upset Hazel.
“She can get a little bit stressed around crowds and thinking of her being in a TV studio was a bit worrying,” said Jodie.
“But she loves performing at home with me and at local dog shows. Even though she’s ten which is 70 in human years, she learns new things all the time.
“I’m so proud of them both. They are really clever dogs and really will do anything for a piece of cheese or kibble.
“I’m constantly surprised at the things they can learn. Terriers often have a reputation for being cheeky and naughty so other owners often can’t believe they can do the things they do!”
As well as videos telling pet lovers how to teach their own dog tricks, such as how to stand on their back legs, Jodie shares tips about pet health too.
She says: “I believe in training dogs in a force free and positive way, with lots of treats, love and encouragement. The response I get from people online is so lovely.
“But I share important messages about things that could be dangerous for dogs. A while ago, Hazel was really poorly and could have died.
“She had a gastric dilation called Bloat, which is the second biggest killer after cancer for dogs. The stomach twists and expands. It cuts off the blood supply to the heart.
“It can kill dogs either through shock or by the dog having a heart attack. It was terrifying so I shared it on my YouTube channels so people know what to look out for.
“When Hazel took that first breath after being treated we were so relieved so while I love sharing the fun we have, my posts can be serious too.”
To find out more about Jodie and the dogs, visit her website.