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FLORIDA — If you think your dog is talented, you should check out this YouTube video from Florida. The clip features a black lab, named Lila, who has been trained to catch live lobsters off the ocean floor.
From the footage in the video, Lila appears to be a strong and capable diver. And it's amazing to see her emerge from the water with a lobster in her jaws. It seems like a great concept: let your dog get exercise and bring home a delicious dinner in the process.
The creator of the video is entrepreneur Alex Schulze. He posted a longer video to YouTube that details the steps he took to train his lobster-catching lab.
As Schulze explains in the video, the key is to incorporate playtime into the training, so your dog will "associate training with fun." He said it's also important to give your dog lots of praise.
To acclimate your dog to having its face underwater, Schulze recommends using the stairs of a pool. As your dog gets more comfortable on the first step, you can move the toy to a lower stair so your dog must go deeper to retrieve it.
Once your dog is confident going all the way down the pool stairs, Schulze said in the video that you should change the environment. When training Lila, Schulze moved to a Jacuzzi after his dog had mastered diving down the pool stairs.
The final steps to Schulze's process are to use the deep end of the pool and elevate your dog's launch point. That way, they animal will be comfortable jumping out of a boat and diving down to considerable depths.
Whether or not you'll ever train a dog to dive for lobsters, it's plenty of fun watching Lila work her magic in Schulze's unique videos.
Grant Olsen joined the KSL.com contributor team in 2012. He covers outdoor adventures, travel, product reviews and other interesting things. You can contact him at email@example.com.