Cocker Spaniel Leo shows the Wimbledon stars how to use his incredible ‘hidden talent’ to play tennis against his owner Emily Anderson, 31, from Aberdeen, Scotland
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A talented cocker spaniel gives Andy Murray a run for his money after proving his natural flair for tennis.
Two-year-old dog Leo has incredibly learned to grip the racket handle between his teeth and play ball.
Dog owners are dying to find out his training secrets – but owner Emily Anderson, 31, says Leo just knew what to do when she gave him the bat.
The stunning footage shows the clever dog jumping in his yard and around the house to hit the ball.
It even shows off his talent for pacing back and forth like a real tennis player.
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Emily, a dog trainer from Aberdeen, Scotland, says she bought the racquet after Leo showed an interest in table tennis.
She said: “He’s a natural. The [inside the house] was his very first attempt.
“I ordered the short grip tennis racket. It arrived, I unpacked it and gave it to him.
“I was at a friend’s house and we were talking about what else we can do with Leo. She said ‘tennis’ I didn’t think he would make it because the ball is so heavy.
“Like table tennis, I asked him to back off, showed him the ball, threw it at him and he hit it for the first time.
“He just knew what he was doing, it really surprised me. I sat there for five minutes and I was like, ‘What the hell just happened?’”
Emily has successfully taught Leo how to paint and even perform CPR and hopes he will learn how to hit the ball over a tennis net.
“He learned to play ping-pong last May. It’s very similar to ping pong, but a completely different shaped racket that fits in his mouth,” she said.
Since the early days of teaching Leo tricks, he has always picked things up very quickly and amazed Emily.
“He may not quite hold a candle to Andy Murray or Rafael Nadal, but it’s fun. It makes people smile,” Emily said.
Emily claims she’s now getting messages from other dog owners asking her about her training secrets after being inspired by Leo’s skills.
She explained: “I’ve had a few messages asking how I trained it, but I didn’t actually do it, I just gave it the racket.
“We usually train three times a day for about 10 minutes. If he’s had a big walk we skip it, but it’s usually three times a day.”
Her tennis video on Instagram has now been viewed more than 19,800 times and received more than 1,300 likes.
Another dog sharing his surprising talent online is five-year-old dachshund Bosco, who can carry large sticks up to 10 times his size.
The mischievous little pup is obsessed with finding the biggest stick in the park and often blocks up sidewalks, but no one ever gets mad at him – he’s way too cute for that.
Bosco has a loyal following online with over 1.3 million fans on TikTokand has even started his own dog stick trend.
Owner Luccia Rodriguez, 24, who is based in London, told The Mirror: “Bosco’s favorite activity is carrying big canes. He loves to make people happy and thrives on attention.”
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