Pet owners often enjoy teaching their dogs fun tricks. But few dogs are able to bowl like Blake, an 8-month old Goldendoodle.
Blake’s owner, Katelyn Simpson, has been bowling since she was 3-years old. She bowled competitively in college, was part of the USA Junior National team in 2015, and has nine perfect games on her bowling resume.
More importantly, Simpson’s family owns a small bowling center in Emmett, Idaho, where Blake spends most of his time. So it’s only natural that Simpson taught Blake how to bowl.
When Blake was just 12 weeks old, Simpson thought of a way to teach Blake how to bowl. Turns out, the pup was a fast learner.
“We just put the ball on top of the ramp and we held a treat, like, above the ball,” explains Simpson. “We’re like, come on, you know, kind of helped him, showed him a couple times, just pushed the ball with his arms and he caught on and just started doing it on his own.”
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Of course, it’s one thing for Blake to be able to push a ball down the lane. It’s another thing for him to make the pins fall down. But Simpson says Blake is starting to get the hang of it and can actually bowl higher scores than some humans.
“I think his high game is, like, a 93,” says Simpson. “He gets strikes every once in awhile, pretty good spare shooter.”
His bowling prowess has made Blake not only a popular figure at the local bowling alley but on social media as well.
“Everybody that I know through bowling just loves him. Like, ‘Oh my gosh, you have a bowling dog.’ So, he’s very popular,” shares Simpson. “His last video on Facebook got, like, over 16,000 views.”
Simpson also has a new puppy, Adam, who she’d like to teach how to bowl. She also has plans for Blake to become a therapy dog. In the meantime, Blake and his bowling escapades can be followed on his very own Instagram page.