updated 09/15/2011 AT 2:00 PM ET
•originally published 09/16/2011 AT 9:00 AM ET
Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?
Frivel the Chihuahua and his pal Merlian are students at Berenike Schaak’s Berlin-based obedience school, where they’re learning nifty party tricks, like how to push a grocery cart, jump through a hoop and balance on a pole. By taking the lion expert’s 10-week course, disobedient canines are promised to be transformed into poised performers.