Caught on Video! Clever Pets Outsmarting Their Humans

We all believe our pets are smart. Well, maybe not. I know a dog who got his head stuck in a cat door and just stayed there for about 10 minutes looking pathetically sad and confused…

But we do know that some dogs, cats, hamsters, and other critters that we share our lives with can be brilliant problem solvers and find ways to get into the cabinets, open a door, or even use an iPad.

Here are 7 videos of pets showing off their skills:

This cat knows “lefty loosey and righty tighty.”

 

 

This cute cat knows how to unlock and open the window. Comes in handy when it’s time to strut around town.

 

 

I guess not all dogs like being crated. Watch this escape artist unlock his crate and then try to hide the evidence by knocking the camera over.

 

 

Sometimes a corgi needs a little help from her friends. Watch Ferris help his sister out of a crate.

 

 

This min pin would rather go play on the jungle gym.

 

 

Don’t bet money when playing pool with this dog. You’ll go home penniless.

 

 

This kitty knows that to open a door, you simply have to turn the latch.

 

What tricks do your pets do that blow your mind?

Can Your Dog Do This? Ok Go’s Latest Video “White Knuckles”

OK, so if you haven’t seen the video for OK Go’s latest single, “White Knuckles” then you have missed out on a few minutes of great entertainment. If you know the band, then you know they strive to make creative and amusing videos to go with their music. These are the guys who danced on treadmills for their song, “Here It Goes Again” which has been viewed over 1 million times. These are also the guys who immersed themselves into a Rube Goldberg maze for “This Too Shall Pass” and that video has had over 17 million hits.

“White Knuckles” will appeal to all of us pet owners because the stars of the videos are dogs. The dogs run up ramps, jump on chairs, roll in on Ikea-looking furniture, and bounce around to the music. These are the most well-trained dogs you may see in a music video and the best part is these dogs were rescued dogs from shelters who found forever homes. “White Knuckles” premiered on the Ellen Degeneres Show last month and has already been viewed over 6 million times.

The video took over 200 takes, the dogs were trained with clicker training methods and treats, and the band has set up a page where you can download and buy the video. A percentage of the sales will help the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).

OK Go made the video in Portland, Oregon and Corvalis, Oregon over the course of two weeks and according to the band, the point wasn’t to have perfectly synchronized actions but to make a video that anyone could make with a lot of patience and time.

The dogs aren’t all pure breeds and they aren’t show quality. They are just family pets who were lucky enough to be in a video advocating for their fellow canines and felines and hopefully had fun doing it.

If you’re counting down the hours till your weekend starts today, take a few minutes and watch “White Knuckles” and then take your pup out for a romp around town!