No Stick Left Behind

You can DO it, Montana! Then again…maybe not.

Cuteporter Kiko A. sent this video to us.



  1. Chancy the Gardener says:

    We are so happy you got help with your stick…nice stick too! Hugs and nose kisses

  2. Mary (the first) says:

    “You’re not very good at that” .. definitely an understatement!

  3. my heart was breaking 20 seconds in! the pitiful pleas!

  4. Theresa says:


  5. OMG that pitiful whining, poor baby 😦
    I wanted to jump in the computer and help him!
    But then the hooman finally help him and the poor sweetheart looked so happy and proud with his stick it made me smile. 🙂

  6. Oh, puppeh dog, you don’t eat rocks too, do you…? 😦

  7. SlaveToCat says:

    In Step One of stick training the Cat gives the puppy two thumbs up for getting the human to move the stick through the fence posts. Step 2 in stick training: Teach the human how to through a stick.

  8. “Sure took you long enough, Dad.”

  9. annette says:

    When I was a little girl, we gave our beagle the center cardboard from a roll of Christmas wrapping paper to play with. He tried going through a doorway, got “Montana-ed”, and immediately figured out to go through sideways. We were stunned, as we never thought of him as being particularly bright. I’m sure Montana excels at other things!

  10. It’s interesting how that works. When they studied intelligence of different dogs and breeds they found that dogs and breeds that were more easily trainable (thus “intelligent”) were less adept at independent problem solving, and that dogs that were harder to train were better at it.

  11. annette says:

    Well, that certainly sounds like my beagle — untrainable problem solver! Hooray for independent thinkers!

  12. murkle46 says:

    Cats the world over are doing Sheldon Cooper’s “look of of haughty derision”.

  13. It’s a little mean… 😦

  14. Kari Callin says:

    He just needed a helping hand…since his own 4 paws weren’t cutting it. 😉

  15. Oh boy oh boy my submeeshon got een at CUTEOVERLOAD!! Senk you senk you for letting me share this delightful video with people who truly appreciate it! Montana’s true distress at 0:44 is so priceless…:)

  16. I agree 😦

  17. tommygirl says:

    yup, that’s a tricky one!

  18. Stressfactor says:

    That’s what the trainer I had for my Rat Terrier said. That “more trainable” was actually less about “intelligence” and more about “more inclined to please human beings”. Which *definitely* sums up my Rattie. When there’s something in it for her then she’s quick to figure it out. When she doesn’t see anything in it for her though she could care less…. I love her anyway….

  19. Lauren in Georgia says:

    Hmmm – that sounds like a certain 20 year old human I know – great problem solver, but can’t sit in a classroom and be taught/trained to save his life.

  20. :((

  21. Ah, hem . . . . Perhaps some erroneous assumptions being made by the viewers/commenters regarding Montana’s problem solving , i.e., (1) Montana must do it herself, and/or (2) Montana must turn the stick sideways. I say she came up with a one of two less obvious alternatives – she got the human to do it, i.e., Montana delegated. Alternatively, Montana could have dropped it between the metal fence horizontals and picked it up on the other side, too. So who’s really *smarter*?

  22. Sharon Wilson says:

    Silleh stupid dog! I agree some dogs are problem solvers, but goldens aren’t one of them!

  23. Poor sweet puppy! I loved how his tail was wagging throughout his many failed attempts! Glad that his hoomin finally helped him out!

  24. What’s with the weird ‘gargling’ sounds? I don’t think I’ve ever heard a dog do that before.

  25. Montana’s adorable but not exactly a mensa candidate. thanks for the video.

  26. Chewie gargle.

  27. Hahaha, true! 🙂

  28. I LIKE THIS system o logique ….

  29. Melissa says:


  30. But then there was that brilliant bulldog Gus that figured out how to drag a whole plastic kiddie pool into the house. SOme dogs have it–some don’t: