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When people see this dog approaching a Jenga tower, they are left speechless

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An Australian Shepherd lived up to its reputation as one of the smartest dog breeds by learning to play Jenga. And this big-brained pooch can even beat her human at the game!

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 09/05/2021, 18:00, Updated on the 04/06/2021, 16:18

Most dogs can follow a few basic commands, like sit and fetch. Others go a bit further and learn how to high-five or rollover, especially if they think there's a tasty treat on offer. 

And then you've got dogs like Secret the Australian Shepherd. A bonafide genius dog, Secret can do all of the above with no problem. And she's even picked up a few extra skills that some of us humans might struggle with, including mastering the art of Jenga.

The student becomes the master

That's right! We're talking about a dog who can play Jenga. In fact, Secret doesn't just play Jenga; she wins, regularly beating her dog-mum and teacher Mary.

A video of their most recent match-up appeared on social media last week. The short clip shows the pair going nose to nose during an intense Jenga session, with Secret using her mouth to remove several pieces without toppling the pile. 

"I started teaching Secret Jenga a little while ago," posted Mary.  "She really enjoys games that require precision like this, so we've been having a lot of fun with it!"

A dog of many talents

The video has over 800k likes on Secret's Instagram page and received thousands of comments from her followers. One person called the video 'mind-blowing.' Another fan simply said, 'amazing.'

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But Secret's talents don't end at Jenga. She's also learned how to mop, vacuum, paint, and do yoga. And this super-pooch still finds time to work as a service dog to help people cope with anxiety and other mental health issues.

Does anybody else suddenly feel like they should be doing more with their lives?!!