Gracie the Portuguese Water Dog has her own Youtube channel. Her most famous video, 'Portuguese Water Dog Packs Herself Into a Suitcase', has had over 6000 views.
Grace has is better traveled then most Aussie backpackers... she's been to Slovenia, London, France, Austria, Czech Republic, Scotland and New Zealand as a service dog. She also volunteers at the Warrnambool Hospital as a Delta compassion dog, and in her spare time she practises performing her hundreds of entertaining tricks, goes for long walks on the beach and also enjoys watching movies on the couch.
She does all of this with her trusty trainer by her side.
Meet Camilla Sleeth... Medical student, Delta Volunteer and accidental dog trainer extraordinaire! This film is all about her and how she ended up with such a remarkable dog.
Oh and trust me, Grace LOVES doing these tricks! Her owner, Camilla, is an animal lover and believes strongly in reward-based training techniques, so she uses a clicker and treats to train Grace. It is a technique known as operant conditioning in the animal science world, and you can learn more about that by watching this other video of Camilla explaining what it is:
Guitar music by Lee Sonnyboy Morgan
String music distributed by Big Band Fuzz Production music: 3ING-005 Track27.1 Early Morning Expectations B Masters, K Lewis, S Dente, B Whittington.
Agility Photographs by Maja Rokavec
Archival video footage recorded by Camilla Sleeth, Wendy Gauntlett and friends
Directed / Filmed / Edited by Emily Bissland