Max was originally adopted from Orphans of the Storm, an animal shelter. His new owner Keith Sanderson and his wife took one look at then 6-month-old puppy and couldn’t resist taking him home.
Instead of teaching Max the usual tricks, “I thought, ‘Gee maybe we could do something else?’ ” Sanderson said about his Labrador. “He’s wired to be a retriever, so why not make him be a retriever. There’s no pheasants or ducks around, so we did bottles.”
During training, Sanderson switched a normal ball with a bottle; it didn’t take long for Max to catch on to his owner’s objective. Now, the duo sets off every morning searching for trash.
“The old trite saying that every litter bit hurts is really true,” Sanderson said. “We have a 40-gallon trash can full of cans and bottles that it took us less than a week to fill.” That garbage is then transferred to a recycling bin.
Watch Max in action.
Source: Deerfield Patch