Mitchell Spero said he has spent 10 years training his pet turtle to do things like sit, heel, stay and roll over.
Spero, a psychologist, said his turtle, Florida, has helped children deal with the trials and tribulations of life.
I thought it was really cool that you could train a turtle to do that, and I thought anything is possible," Spero said.
Spero said he used the turtle to show children how to overcome obstacles, like dealing with divorce.
Spero said the children catch on quickly, but adults are more skeptical.
"They think I'm kidding," he said. "'Your turtle does tricks; what are you talking about?'"