Everything that I'd read before my emus hatched said they were very basic birds, not capable of learning anything more than what to eat. Theres even a video on youtube from a zoo in which the woman claims that the male emu at the park cannot remember things day to day and training is never really accomplished. Well I've found this to me somewhat false, sure they're not dogs they will never be reliable, but they know their names and come when called. When the little rascals are running around I can call out "Quoba c'mon buddy" and the little guy/gal will come running head low stretching out when s/he arrives by my feet like "what now 'dad.'" Adina is the same but not quite as eager. SO they'll never be a perfectly trained golden retriever, but I'd never expect that.