22 Jun '11, 3am
This adopted dog collecting plastic bottles for recycling made my day☛ /via @Dothegreenthing @brainpicker
Dog owners are likely familiar with the training basics of sit, roll over, poop outside. But for Keith Sanderson and his pet labrador, Max , they took it to the next level: recycling. “I thought, ‘Gee maybe we could do something else?’” Sanderson said in an interview with Patch.com . “He’s wired to be a retriever, so why not make him be a retriever… There’s no pheasants or ducks around, so we did bottles.” In order to train Max to pick up trash, Sanderson started off by Having the adopted lab chase a ball, then switched that out for a bottle. Now every morning the pair goes out for a walk, and cleans up stray trash. “We have a 40-gallon trash can full of cans and bottles that it took us less than a week to fill,” he said. We think that’s a pretty green trick! To watch the interview with Sanderson and Max, click below.