Pet pooch Lucky went viral in China after a video was posted on social media showing him at work in the kitchen. Owner Zhou from Zhejiang province used a home surveillance system to give his dog commands remotely.
Zhou had washed the grains and placed them in an electric rice cooker before heading to the shops to buy groceries.
He explained that his shopping trip took longer than expected because he decided to go for a COVID-19 test so he tasked Lucky with starting the dinner, Qianjiang Evening News reported.
Zhou can be heard asking his six-year-old hound in the video: “Lucky, it will take me a long time to queue up for the nucleic acid test.
“Can you press the power switch for the electric cooker on?”
Footage shows Lucky lying down, but on hearing his master’s request he gets up and uses his front paws to press the on switch where the rice cooker is plugged in.
Zhou then asks Lucky to go to the rice cooker and press its on switch as well to get the rice steaming.
But the dog struggles on the first command so Zhou repeats his order.
He says the instructions a few times, but Lucky eventually understands and turns the appliance on.
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Zhou said Lucky is a fast learner and was able to learn how to fasten a car seat belt in minutes.
The video of Lucky’s culinary exploit was uploaded to Chinese app Douyin and has since received in excess of 134,000 likes, 40,000 comments and 110,000 shares.
Zhou said: “You can see this video is just one minute long. But, to make it I had to spend plenty of time beforehand training the dog so that he could achieve this result.”
A full-time video blogger of pet clips, Zhou said he and Lucky share a tacit understanding.
He said: “[Lucky] will understand what I mean through the expression in my eyes or just from a simple hand gesture.
“But Lucky only listens to my orders. He seems unable to understand what my wife says.”