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Sure, Your Dog Can Follow Common Commands, But Can It Paint?

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Most dogs know how to sit and stay, but how many of them can paint?

Eight months ago 4-year-old black lab Oksana picked up a specially crafted paintbrush for the first time ever, CBS 2's Vanessa Murdock reported.

With her trainer, Katrina Winsor, by her side Oksana picks her colors, fills the canvas with masterful strokes, and is rewarded with treats.

"It shows what our dogs are capable of. It also tells us a little more of the intelligence and charm of dogs," Katrina explained.

After each stroke Oksana wags her tail about 20 times. Each finished piece is reminiscent of a Jackson Pollock.

Oksana's work may not qualify as fine art, but it is art with a fine purpose. Her paintings are auctioned off to benefit Canine Companions for Independence.

"She had a relative that has made paintings for us that will bring in as much as $3,000. So, we'd like to go for at least that," said Canine Companions For Independence executive director Debra Daugherty.

Every cent counts. It costs $50,000 to pair a highly trained canine with the right companion.

Sara Jean was paired up with Kyle, a spitting image of Oksana.

"He can open doors, he can turn on lights, but pretty much he's my best friend," she said.

Oksana's work and other pieces of fine art will be auctioned off on Sunday afternoon at the Long Island Picture Frame and Art Gallery in Oyster Bay.

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