Sometimes you just can't give your pup the attention they want. And most of the time, all they really want is for you to play with them. But one Black Lab has found the perfect loophole when it comes to play time — learning to play fetch by himself. Video of the pup playing by the pool has gone viral on TikTok and people are just so impressed.
Thank goodness TikTok creator Karen McFadden (@winstonsrose) had her phone on her when Laddie performed his trick. The footage shows Laddie standing above the pool, setting up his tennis ball for the big moment. "My dog plays fetch with himself," the text overlay reads.
Laddie then pushed the ball off the ledge and into the water — and then BOOM. He took off to retrieve it. He's just so smart! The over 256,000 people must've thought so too. "He entertains himself lol," @rachthegreat4 wrote, before adding a crying-laughing emoji. "My boxer plays hide and seek with herself, with her toys," @kimbridges2 shared. "IF YOU WANT SOMETHING DONE RIGHT, YOU GOTTA DO IT YOURSELF!" @valerietortorici05 joked. "That may be the cutest thing I have EVER seen!" @lizsonner added.
Laddie is definitely one smart cookie. Check out another video on his page where his mama showed off his ability to listen. "Stay!" McFadden told him — and he listened!
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Talk about making a splash!
We definitely need a lesson on how to teach our dogs to play fetch by themselves. At least for those pesky Zoom calls when it's nearly impossible to get our pups to sit still.