Amazing dogs can swing in swing, play the piano and more
An adorable video of two human-like poodles enjoying a swing in the park has gone viral.
Super Dog Max and his best friend Ruby have racked up millions of views on social media with their child-like antics.
The adorable pups are both certified therapy dogs and volunteer with the elderly and young children.
Super Dog Max, a seven-year-old Red Standard Poodle, is a big hit with the children, with his dyed paws which look like red socks.
Max and Ruby live in Tampa, Florida, USA, with their trainer and owner who wished to remain anonymous.
The trainer uses a method called voluntary training, or positive reinforcement, which means Max and Ruby only perform when they want to and are never forced to do a trick if they aren’t in the mood.
Instead of rewarding the pooches with food or treats their owner showers them with love and affection.
Their owner, who has worked with animals for over 30 years, said: “Poodles are very docile – they are very loving and attentive. They are also one of the smartest breeds in the world.
“Max is very laid back and obedient. Everyone loves him and especially his paws.
“I let his hair grow out and dyed them red – the kids love it.
“They are never forced to do anything. If he doesn’t want to do it, it’s not big deal. I reward them with lots of love, they are my babies.
“At no time are they ever put in any type of painful situation and are constantly monitored by two or more people when a photo or video is being taken.”
Max and Ruby volunteer around 40 hours a week where they visit the elderly at nursing homes and help them get out of bed and walk.
They also spend time with children in hospitals to cheer them up by playing and entertaining them.
Children often find it easier to read to the pooches, so Max and Ruby attended schools to boost their reading skills.
The trainer added: “They are loved by everyone they meet. The elderly always insist on being woken up when we visit.
“And the reading program has been in place for several years now and has worked wonderfully with helping children to read aloud.
“When we used to leave the children they used to break down and cry.”
The trainer decided to make a website and social media profiles so the children could watch video and pictures of the pair once they had gone.
While the children were distracted by the pictures and videos on their iPads or computers, Max and Ruby could slipped out the door.
The trainer said: “We spend hours devising entertaining photos and video ideas to keep not only the children entertained but anyone that needs to be cheered up.
“Social media has done wonders for not only children but for people that have lost loved ones, people that have had tragedies in their life and have a feeling of hopelessness have discovered Super Dog Max and it has breathed life back into these people adding smiles and joy to their lives once again.”
“It only takes a few minutes to get Max and Ruby to pose. They are never in a position for longer than a few minutes.
“We want to spread a smile and make other people around the world a little happier”
He added: “A lot of people don’t realise they can put their dog through a therapy training program.
“All the dog needs is basic obedience training. It’s definitely something more people should do.
“However people should not try our tricks without a certified animal trainer as it could lead to harm or injury the animal.”