Meet Pixie – the dog who can do CPR

Tania Butler wanted to teach her dog a new trick during lockdown and she came up with something a little different from the traditional fetch command. The senior shelter officer, 35, managed to teach the Boxer how to do CPR.

It took her just a few training sessions to learn the incredible trick.

Now when Tania lies motionless on the floor, and is unresponsive, Pixie will leap into action and pound on her chest in exactly the right place. Tania had to start putting a book under her top during training, to stop her hitting her so hard.

Tania said she taught her the trick just for the fun of it during lockdown – but hopes she’d be able to help save a life now if she needed to.

Tania with Pixie
Tania started training Pixie in lockdown (Picture: Tania Butler / SWNS)
Tania, of Waikato, New Zealand, said: ‘I wanted to teach her a new trick, she knows quite a few and wanted to do something a bit different.

‘She knows all her basic commands, competitive obedience, hungry hippos, jenga, back stall, arm jumps.

‘Pixie is so very smart and insanely easy to teach, she loves her trick training.’

Always keep an ID tag on your pet. Consider getting your pet microchipped as well to help identify him if he is lost or stolen.

Tania saw it in a routine created by Lusy Imbergerova and her dog Deril do at Crufts 2017.

So she started teaching Pixie in April and said it only took the pooch two or three training sessions of about 15 minutes each, to master it.

Tania with Pixie
Tania and Pixie (Picture: Tania Butler / SWNS)
Alongside Pixie, Tania has five other dogs – another two boxers, a pitbull, American bully and an American staffordshire terrier.

She added: ‘I just love the company of the dogs, they are real characters, and always make me laugh and cry too sometimes.

‘I love training with them it brings me such joy and to see them have a love of what they do.

‘Only a few of my dogs compete as the others are just not into and that’s fine, they still amazing pets and the best cuddlers.

‘I love taking them out on new adventures weather it be the forest or beach – I love my pack.’

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