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Meet the adorable dog who can play Connect 4 and other popular games from the 1970s

Adorable Bramble, an 11-year-old Border Terrier, is playing Connect 4 with his owner Jodie Forbes, 25, from Bournemouth, who taught him how to pick up tokens with his paws and drop them into the grid

Jodie Forbes, 25, plays Connect 4 with her dogs, Bramble the Border Terrier and Willow the German Shepherd
Jodie Forbes, 25, plays Connect 4 with her dogs, Bramble the Border Terrier and Willow the German Shepherd

An adorable and intelligent Border Terrier named Bramble has learned how to play Connect 4 and other classic 1970s games.

The old adage “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” isn’t right in Bramble’s case, as the adorable pooch learned how to play the classic puzzle game at the ripe old age of 11.

She lives with dog trainer and behaviorist Jodie Forbes, 25, who has taught her beloved pets dozens of tricks – including how to pick up tokens with their paws and stick them in the grid, DorsetLive reports.

Bramble has a sister who also plays – 11-month-old Kelpie and Border Collie Cross, Willow.

Jodie, 25, from Bournemouth, explained: “When I was a kid I read that Border Terriers were ‘untrainable’, ‘not to be trusted off a leash’ and ‘highly stubborn’ and I swore to myself I was the opposite to prove.

“Bramble has learned hundreds of tricks and her and Willow’s latest is playing Connect Four. I started with socks and a plastic tub and got her to use her nose-eye coordination to toss the sock into a tub.







Both dogs can pick up the tokens and drop them into the slots
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The pair can pull off several other tricks, Jodie says
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“Then I used progressively smaller objects until we were able to put the Connect Four tokens in their mouths and drop them on top of the grid.

“If a token falls on the floor or table, they know to pick it up and throw it back in. They are such smart dogs.”

Jodie has been training dogs since she was 9, including for media campaigns, and has performed at Crufts many times, showing her dogs and participating in agility and demonstrations.

She is a brand ambassador for pet food company Natures Menu and Bramble and Willow showed off their skills at the world’s largest dog show at the NEC in Birmingham last weekend.







Jodie suggests pet owners use treats to train their dogs
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And for pet parents who want to teach their dogs tricks, Jodie suggests a simple “twist.” “You get a stinky treat – I like Natures Menu’s puppy training sessions.

“Hold it between your finger and thumb over their nose and rotate it 360 degrees and they follow it, do a spin, then give them the treat. Keep practicing and rewarding yourself, so when you say ‘spin’, do it!”

Jodie says thanks to the bond they’ve formed during lockdown, dog owners want to spend more time with their furry friends than ever before.







Brits took in a further two million pet pooches during lockdown
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The dog population has skyrocketed from 9.5 million in 2019 to 11.5 million in 2021 and now one in three households in the UK has a dog.

Jodie said: “People want to try new activities and sports with their dogs because they’ve been at home for so long and our dogs have been such good company.

“We bonded more and after all we’ve been through over the past few years, we’ve realized that it’s fun to take your dog out and enjoy life and be comfortable.”

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