Environmentally Friendly Pup Fetches Plastic From the Ocean

By: Nathan Grant

When was the last time you saw a dog actively helping the environment?

Lila, the black Labrador, has been diving into the ocean to retrieve lobsters for some time now.

Lila is Very Talented

In a video showcasing Lila’s talent, her owner, Alex Schulze explains, “I am devoted to the ocean and I trained my black lab Lila how to dive underwater and pick up toys. One day while out free diving, I had the idea of trying to get Lila to catch a live lobster. Sure enough she caught a lobster on her first try, and the rest was history.”


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Alex had previously trained Lila to retrieve toys from his pool. He started the process by placing a toy in the very shallow part of the pool; slowly but surely, he was able to move the toy deeper and deeper, and Lila was eager to dive and grab it!

In an interview with Huffington Post, Alex explains, “The best advice that I could have for anyone teaching their dogs to catch a lobster, is to never push the dogs’ limits. Training might not go as quickly as expected, so you must take your time training the dogs and make sure that they are always comfortable.”

Source: 4Ocean

Lila’s Eco-Friendly Initiative

The dynamic duo has now decided to use Lila’s party trick for a good cause. Alex is the co-founder of 4Ocean, a company that makes bracelets out of recycled material from oceans and uses proceeds to help clean up those oceans.

Source: 4Ocean

Since Lila was a pro at diving for lobsters, picking up plastic and trash was a no-brainer.

We think that Lila and Alex are an inspiration! Pass their story along to your environmentally conscious friends!

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