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5 Ways You Can Actually Get Your Dog To Help Around The House

The dream for every dog owner is that their sweet and precious pup finally picks up the slack and helps out around the house. Sure, their job is to look cute and love us unconditionally, which they obviously do, but wouldn't it be nice if they would start vacuuming or doing the dishes?

Well apparently some dog owners are more clever than the rest of us, because they've actually figured out how to get their dogs to help around the house with a few canine-friendly chores. Here are some of the genius tricks that some dogs have learned to do that you might be able to teach your dogs as well.

1. Wake Up Call

Trying to wake everyone up in the morning is a hassle. Somehow they always manage to sleep through their alarms, and it becomes your fault that they aren't up. Well, now you can just send the dog! You just need to teach your dog how to identify all the people in your home, and if you can get them to learn the command "go find [person's name]" then you are all set!

Start by getting them to find the people all in the same room, then slowly put them further apart. Eventually you can have everyone in different rooms and your dog will still go running to find their friends, hopefully dragging them out of bed in the process.

2. Find The Remote

We lose it daily, so wouldn't it be nice if our dogs could just find it for us? The remote seems to always end up in the strangest of places, but if you can teach your dog to either "find" or "touch" or "pick up" then you might be in luck. Getting them to learn what a remote is might take some practice, but imagine how useful this would really be?

Those aren't the only things we can teach out dogs...

3. Pick Up Trash

Personally, I think this one is probably the handiest if you can get it to work, however my dog seems to think "clean up" just means "eat this thing." I honestly don't think I could get him to drop it in the trash. But if you can manage to get your dog to learn how to throw away things, you can hand them wrappers, papers, and other simple things that they won't swallow and get them to drop it in the garbage can!

4. Close The Door

How handy would it be if your dog would just follow you around and just handle the most simple things, like closing the fridge door, for you? Obviously it's one of the most simple things in the world, but for some reason the thought of getting your dog to do it for you is oddly satisfying.

It's once again a process of repetition that will help them learn to touch the door you want them to close, then over time, getting them to push it in. It's handy when you have your hands full of ingredients for dinner, but then you can't get the fridge door closed, or when someone in your house is always leaving cupboards open.

5. Vacuum The Floors

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Okay, so this one isn't really likely, but some people have dogs who will at least hold the vacuum long enough to get a really funny picture to show your friends! It's once again teaching your dog the hold command and trying to get them to stay still long enough to get that hilarious picture. Not easy, but it's absolutely worth the effort.

If you could train your dog to do any of the household chores which would you do? If only I could get my dog to fold laundry...