New York: An English terrier cross has been taught to respond to written commands by trainer Lyssa Rosenberg. The dog is able to recognise words both handwritten and printed out on a computer.
The canine literacy program started when a friend bet Lyssa a trip to Mexico that she couldn't teach the dog to read. Lyssa, who trains dogs for the advertising industry, had her dog Willow recognises written commands within six weeks.
"She's an unbelievably quick learner. She can do 250 different things and I used to joke that I would teach her how to pour me a martini... I won the bet and Willow came with me to Mexico," said Rosenberg.