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Hardest working dog on the Internet

The following video is inspired entirely by this one where a group of wacky Japanese people (aren’t they all?) are seeing how many treats they can stack onto one dog’s head. They get up to 32 treats before the dog collapses under the weight of temptation.

Here we’re able to stack 16 pieces of chicken jerky onto Chuck’s head, and we would have kept going but that’s all we had left in the bag. I’m sure this whole endeavor goes against every principle of dog psychology, and if we have permanently damaged him as a result at least we can say we had fun doing it.

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  • Good-Dees

    I think Chuck should try that with you, but using dirty martinis. Bet Chuck wins.

  • Oh, that really made my day. What a sweetheart.

  • Oh, the terror in his eyes…

  • jenny

    Oh, god, I laughed so hard I cried. I love it when they are stacked up in front of his eyes. What a good boy!

  • Divot

    Oh my gosh, that brought the biggest smile to my face. What a good pup!!!!

  • This made me laugh so hard that my cheeks hurt, I choked on my own spit, and boss came in to see if I was okay. Now that I can breathe again I’m going to watch it again.

    Here’s what I want to know: How do you teach a dog to do that and where can I get the instructions? I’m dying to teach The Emma Dog. 😉 http://www.flickr.com/photos/fuzzball/sets/347703/

  • I bet he had no clue what lay in store for him that day he saw the tall weepy chick approach and ask the lady bringing him to the shelter if she could hold him…

  • I especially like the film noir look to this trick. I’m also jealous because my dog would kill you and bury you in the back yard for a chicken jerky treat.

  • Ibeejd

    That just made my very bad day into one of laughter and smiles. I just love your dog!

  • brandy

    I almost died when you placed the treat OVER HIS EYES!!
    Like a jerky blindfold!
    I just don’t know how he does it! I don’t even have the will power to balance that much jerky on my head!

  • destiny

    For a dog to sit still for that long he would have had to have snuck into your secret stash of Valium. That, or he is a stuffed dog.

  • JennJenn

    Jenga! Jenga! Jenga!

    God that’s a fun game. I remember when my sister and I used to play Jenga on the glass coffee table.
    Mom would always get angry at us that we were, “scratching the table, girls!! Can’t you play that on the floor??”.

    No Ma, we can’t.

    I love Chuck.

  • “Okay puppy. Okay. Okay!”

    Hee hee. Ah Chuck. Best behaved dog in the world.

    My little dog would have caved under the pressure, whimpering until the cruelty stopped. Or actually, more likely, gotten completely confused and dropped everything, rolled over, sitten pretty, humped the cat and then eaten everything in sight.

  • Suchagoodboy! He actually looks like he’s working *with* you and not just “being a good dog”. I just love Chuck.

  • Totally unrelated to this post, but I have to say: just can’t help but laugh every time I’m about to “make a comment” because for some reason, for some inexplicable, random reason, the wording reminds me of “make a poo”.

    I didn’t say it made sense. But then, if ever there was an appropriate website on which to voice that thought… hee hee hee.

  • Molicious

    I wish I could get my dog to do that! She’s such an undisciplined shit that I couldn’t even attempt such a thing.

  • HE’S DRUGGED! Look at those glassy eyes!
    *grin*

  • Basically if you get within four inches of my boston terrier’s nose with anything A) resembling food or B) smelling like cheese, she’ll pretty much take your hand off trying to get to it. Food? How could it NOT be meant for eating immediately.

    Chuck, you’re so patient. Like a little furry monk.

  • Monyikka

    oh i am SO trying that with our housemate’s super-well trained pooch!

    the things you do to chuck… it’s… it’s… it’s downright inspiring!

  • That was FANTASTIC!

  • Pascha

    Oh my god, I couldn’t stop laughing! Did he at least get to eat some of the jerky as a reward?

  • I love Chuck’s slightly creepy unblinking stare.

    Seems to me he’s thinking, in succession:

    1. “Now what?”
    2. “OK, what the hell is this?”
    3. “Just wait until you go to sleep and then we’ll see who’s stacking and laughing.”

    Do you think he realized that the longer he sat there the more bacon might be in it for him?

    Our 13-year-old dog Jake sleeps with his eyes open. Quite disturbing.

  • Chuck is the best dog ever. Did you hear the recent news story about the German Shepherd who followed a toddler out onto the roof of their house and barked until the neighbors saw them and grabbed the toddler off the roof? (No, I’m not sure how either of them got on the roof to begin with.)

    I thought of Chuck and Leta right away. I bet he’d do the same thing if she ever were to get into a delicate situation. (How dorky am I?)

  • HalfwayCrucified

    Isn’t it interesting that this is more entertaining than 98.997% of what television has to offer?

  • TheGirlWho

    Chuck Chuck Bo Buck, Banana Fana Fo…. Good one, Chuck!

    All those hours logged watching Dog Whisperer are paying off for y’all! Ya done got the best behaved dog.. EVER! Until he snaps and goes on a neighborhood rampage, forcing all the good Mormon dogs to participate in Opus Dei rituals, cross dress, balance things on their heads and the like…

  • You’re sooooooooooooooooo mean!

  • SarahLou

    I love when you were like “It’s Ok, puppy.” And he had this look like “Really?..You sure?…”

    So tolerant and adorable.

  • are you kidding? my dog can’t even stay still at the sight of the leash, my shoes, or air. I would tranq him but my vet told me to cut it out.

  • Nat W.

    Haha, oh my God, that poor dog!!

  • I’ve never had a dog who would sit that still for ONE treat being stacked.

  • Karen

    We used to do a similar trick with my childhood dog except it was Fig Newtons cause my father is an alien and loves those weird things.

    We rarely made it past one Newton on the nose before the temptation was too much.

  • Scott

    God bless the Congressman.

  • elismor

    I can’t even begin to count the ways that I love Chuck.

    I think he might be my hero.

  • Kristen from MA

    what a good doggie!

    and what CRAZY people!

  • Gooseberried

    Awww, Chuck is so pretty.

  • I’m a huge fan of Chuck! He’s such a good dog. Thanks for the laugh today!

  • That confirms it. I’m evil. For sure. I experienced far too much joy at watching Chuck’s determined concentration under the weight of all that chicken jerky.

  • Is it wrong that I wasn’t totally outraged by that? hehe, I knew Chuck was biddable, but I didn’t know just HOW MUCH.

  • Those poor Chicken Jerky’s

  • Joy

    Daymn. Chuck is the dog world’s zen master. I want a clone!

  • i love how he’s so concentrating on not moving that when you say ‘ok’ it’s almost like he fell asleep….

  • As I said to one of my “cogs” (dog-like cats) “Fynn, you are SO. LUCKY you’re a cat. If you were a dog, I’d do stuff like this to you all the time.”

    Chuck is such a great dog – if you guys could patent the “Chuckish Hound”, you’d be golden. Leaving you to blog daily, take gorgeous photos and tend to Leta…wait a minute – you’re already doing it!

    Tell Jon I hope he’s feeling better soon.

  • What a great dog! Such discipline. My kids have watched that 3 times – think it’ll teach them anything? Or do I have to put, say, chocolate chip cookies on their noses? Thanks for making my day!

  • As I said to one of my “cogs” (dog-like cats) “Fynn, you are SO. LUCKY you’re a cat. If you were a dog, I’d do stuff like this to you all the time.”

    Chuck is such a great dog – if you guys could patent the “Chuckish Hound”, you’d be golden. Leaving you to blog daily, take gorgeous photos and tend to Leta…wait a minute – you’re already doing it!

    Tell Jon I hope he’s feeling better soon.

  • radiantsun

    I hope he got to eat all of those slabs of hard jerky after he was done. My favorite part was when you said “o.k” and he was like “I wonder if she means it” and still wouldn’t eat the jerky.

  • That was seriously the funniest video I have ever seen. I love how you would put your hand out to motion for him to stay still, even when he couldn’t see you through the treats. And then when he just put his head forward to release all that weight. That was perfect.

  • Wow, Chuck is amazingly patient. My childhood dog, Stormy, would tolerate having one Milk-bone balanced on his schnauz and then would toss it in the air and catch it in his mouth. It never occurred to us to try more than one. 🙂

    April

  • That’s amazing. Really. I have the smartest, best dog in the world (sorry, Chuck), but she’d never put up with that. Don’t ever worry about how your parenting is going, because if you can train a dog to do that, you can train Leta to do anything!

  • Katrinka Bobinka

    WhosaGoodBoy! OhWhatAGoooooodBoy! GooooooodChuck! GooooodBOY! GooooodDog!!!

  • textilesdiva

    That moment where he didn’t move after you said ‘okay’?

    He hadn’t come out of the trance he had to put himself into in order to obey you.