# Can my Animal Companion use Skills that it can't put ranks into?

I'm trying to make a druid, with an animal companion. I'm at the part where I'm deciding what skills he'll be trained in (2 at first level).

From the SRD:

Animal Skills

Animal companions can have ranks in any of the following skills:

Acrobatics* (Dex), Climb* (Str), Escape Artist (Dex), Fly* (Dex), Intimidate (Cha), Perception* (Wis), Stealth* (Dex), Survival (Wis), and Swim* (Str).

All of the skills marked with an (*) are class skills for animal companions. Animal companions with an Intelligence of 3 or higher can put ranks into any skill.

Since he has an Int of 2, he can only be trained in skills from that list.

Does this restrict him from being able to use other non-listed skills (Ex: Sense Motive)? If yes, does this restriction get lifted if his Int gets higher than 2 (allowing him access to train in those other skills)?

I feel like it's no and he can use them, since skills are specifically listed as being usable (or not usable) if the being is Untrained in the skill. On the other hand, the text for "Push" an Animal (subset of Handle Animal) to do a trick/task it isn't trained for avoids using the word skill (ie, does a skill fall under "task"?), though I'm not sure if that applies to my question very well.

• Your 'side' questions really deserve to be questions of their own (the first one belonging on Meta since it relates to what you can and cannot do on the site itself), though you can also always ask them in chat. – Lord_Gareth Feb 11 '13 at 4:16
• @Lord I'll probably ask in chat. Asking why Survival isn't an animals class skill seems a little tiny to be asked in it's own question. Thanks. – Hydronium Feb 11 '13 at 18:14
• @Hydronium tiny question can yield great answer :) – aloisdg moving to codidact.com Mar 24 '18 at 16:33