Chachi, a poodle, from Sydney, Australia has learned to hide around corners and jump out at his unsuspecting owner

A toy poodle has found a hilarious way to prank their owner – and now tries to ‘scare’ them at every opportunity.

The one-year-old apricot pup, called Chachi, likes to wait at the top of the stairs for their unsuspecting owner before jumping out to scare them.

But it’s not a one-off trick for the Sydney-born poodle, who will jump out at his owner whenever he hears her coming up the stairs.

One video posted to the TikTok account @chachi.sherri saw a compilation of Chachi’s pranks just to prove how frequently he does it – but he still manages to spook his on-edge human each and every time.

In the first clip, Chachi is sporting a blue top and he listens out for his approaching human before backing around the corner and crouching down to hide. He peeks his head around the banister and waits until he catches a quick glimpse of her walking up the stairs engrossed in her phone.

He shuffles back and leaps out, making his human jump out of her skin.

After each ‘boo’ his owner gets over the initial shock, and gives the poodle a fuss as Chachi does a victorious spin.

The pup has even mastered tiptoeing on his paws so no-one hears his nails on the hardwood floor – and knows how to bide his time for the best scare, making his owner nearly drop whatever is in her hands each time.

One viewer wrote: “No way man, this dog thinks this through enough to do it over and over.”

Another added: “I’ve never seen a dog do this – so cute.”

But poodles are one of the most intelligent breeds, with the American Kennel Club calling them ‘wickedly smart’.

One poodle, named Toffy, stunned Londoners after being spotted riding on a scooter in the centre of the city.

Toffy learned how to ride his scooter at home with the help of his owner, who would pull him along on it with a piece of string.

But the clever canine quickly learned how to ride it on his own, with his two front paws on the handlebars, and was soon seen scooting around the streets.

He managed to learn the trick in less than an hour, according to the social media star’s Instagram stories.

And speaking of scooters – a therapy poodle named Scooter was able to learn a different sport, and now teaches other dogs to surf.

Scooter first learned to balance on the board, which involved using cushions to resemble rocky waves. He then progressed to a doggy swimming pool.

Scooter’s training then progressed to the sea, where he learned to balance and ride the waves into the beach. The whole process took eight months.

Now, he and his owner Kirstie help teach other dogs and their owners how to paddleboard and surf safely.