Golden Retriever leaves the internet impressed with his problem-solving skills

A golden retriever has been praised for his problem-solving skills after figuring out how to bring home a big stick.

Over 2 million people watched the video of ‘smart boy’ Maverick posted by TikTok user @kelpysnothome. It had racked up over 249,000 likes at the time of writing, and you can watch it here.

Maverick can be seen trying to put a large stick in a car door, eventually he finds another way to hold the “dead pine stick” and is able to bring it with him.

A file photo of a golden retriever and a stick. A video has gone viral on TikTok of a golden retriever putting a big stick in his owner’s car.
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Golden retrievers were ranked fourth in the bestselling book, The intelligence of dogs, by neuropsychologist Stanley Coren, PhD. It focuses on trainability as a marker of intelligence.

The University of British Columbia psychology professor relied on assessments of 110 breeds by more than 200 professional canine obedience judges, who scored the breeds based on work/obedience tests .

According to the American Kennel Club, these dogs want nothing more than to please their owners. Golden Retrievers are outgoing, loyal, and eager to meet your expectations, which makes them very trainable.

So it’s no surprise that leaving the stick in the park wasn’t an option for the determined Maverick.

Hundreds of people have commented on the viral video and most are saying the same thing. TikTokers are blown away by Maverick’s intelligence and they call him “smart” and “good boy”.

One user wrote, “He just got a Masters in Problem Solving in my book.”

“He’s so smart because you’re patient with him,” said another.

One commenter noticed that Maverick seemed to give up for a second as he realized holding the stick horizontally wasn’t working.

“Did anyone else notice he gave up for a second and went in and then a lightbulb went on and he got it,” another TikToker posted.

“Beauty and intelligence! Cute boi,” another commented.

Another wrote: “Tell me you’re a mother dog without telling me you’re a mother dog…all I can think about is the paint BUT the memories are worth more.”

It looks like Maverick isn’t the only smart dog on Newsweek’s website. Previously, we shared the story of a golden retriever who figured out how to get his brother out of a crate. With an article dedicated to the 15 most intelligent breeds of small dogs.

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