This Golden Retriever appears to have learned to read as he obeys a note saying he isn’t allowed in the back door without having his paws cleaned.
Adorable three-year-old Cooper had returned from a walk covered in mud and would usually run into the house and make a mess.
But instead he waits outside the door patiently with a towel in his mouth
Owner Lochie Thurtell’s mother, Jennelle, had left a note alongside a towel that read: ‘Please wipe Cooper’s feet before he runs inside. Thanks, Mum x.’
Hilarious footage shows how Lochie discovered the dog sitting at the door with a towel in his mouth, waiting to be cleaned – as though he had read the sign himself.
Lochie, 26, shared the clip, filmed last month, to show what a clever boy Cooper is as he is rubbed down and rewarded with his favourite toy.
Lochie, from Queensland, Australia, said: ‘Cooper’s a good dog – when he wants to be.
‘I was up visiting my family for a few days and during the time there’d been floods happening where we live.
‘So to stop him from making a mess inside the house my mum decided to enforce a new rule.
‘She’s learnt from experience that he runs inside with mud all over him and wants to climb on you for a big cuddle.
‘So she pinned up this note on the glass door to remind my dad and I to clean his paws before he came in.
‘It was as if he could read it because without us saying anything, he just picked up the towel and waited there for me to rub his paws.
‘He’s a Retriever so anything soft, he wants to pick up and carry around. It wasn’t too hard to get him to play ball.’
The playful pooch had been celebrating Lochie’s return and the pair were looking forward to cuddling together on the sofa.
Lochie said: ‘Cooper’s pretty switched on. He’s a massive dog and he loves to spend a lot of his time inside, so he clocked on very quickly that to get inside he needs to wipe his feet.
‘He loves running in the mud and causing a mess, but he’s well-behaved when he wants to come inside.
‘When I get home he wants to show me all his toys and tries to grab them all at the same time. ‘It’s really funny.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Milly Vincent