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Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Siskin, Nov 28, 2020.
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that is absolutely amazing.
... Anyone else imagine there was some poor individual on the other side of the wall who was staring in disbelief as a disembodied tip of a dog's tail "waged along it. . . ?
Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.
Wow, I've never seen anything quite like that before, the balancing was incredible - what a super dog (should be wearing a cape really )
I saw this on FB, totally awesome
AKA how to keep your Malinois busy.
@Torin. 's Cadvan needs to up his parkour game
Can't say I'm a fan of the rope walking or balancing, but that's a personal thing
I agree and the dog looks very stressed. How many times did it fall off in training I wonder and the fact it was concrete to fall on made me shudder.
Must admit I wasn't a fan either. He doesn't look a happy dog.
Agree with the above comments .
Felt very uncomfortable watching , second video was worse.
This dog seems distressed
I'm no expert but that looks like a happy dog to me, in fact he looks like he is in his element. You can see his favorite obstacles in the way he bounds.
My concern when I see things like this is always..but what will this do to his joints, will he have a lot of arthritis pain as he ages? But it seems clear to me he is loving it and very happily bonded to his trainer as he frequently looks toward the camera.
Horrible name though lol
Looks like a Mali focused on his tasks to me -shrugs-
All the obstacles were on dirt and grass and slack lines are usually trained at ground level and then the height is built up gradually over time and Mali's are built for this type of work, it's why the military favour the breed.
If you go to the guy's FB page, he is clearly a phenomenal trainer with an incredible bond with his dogs.
You can also see that these tricks are all trained methodically and carefully, he has a room inside with carpeted floors and soft obstacles where he teaches the foundations.
Monkey doesn't look stressed to me, he's an intense dog and he looks intense at times, but clearly enjoys working with his handler.
I have a climber dog who scares the crap out of me with her exploits. She is a climber, loves to find high perch spots and loves to balance on things, like actively seeks out things to balance on, even my legs, you can see she enjoys it a gets a kick out of maintaining her balance in order to cross over things.
She will, completely on her own, get up here, cross the stream, turn around where the branch gets narrower, and come back the other way. She enjoys this!
The tree behind her is the one she's balancing on in the photo above. She chooses to do this all on her own.
He's the same trainer/owner who had Jumpy the dog
He was in a good few films!
In A Valley of Violence in particular is a good watch too
Yep, I posted about Jumpy years ago on here, and got a similar reaction. That the dog was stressed, the jumps were too high, bad for his joints...
If you watch this video with his younger dog, towards the end you can see how much support he gives the dog, and more importantly how clearly the dog knows he's there to literally catch him.
And even on this video, someone in the comments is bitching about him using treats to train
At the end of the day, anyone training their dog to this level is doing something right and I can learn from them. And maybe something of what I learn will benefit the dogs in my care. So my hats off to him.
I spotted that video and was going to post it. I liked the way he was ready to catch the dog should he slip, but also giving the dog room to self correct. I did spot the whinge about treats and various people who nicely replied describing how treats would be phased out over time and perhaps a toy that the dog loves introduced as they do with the sniffer dogs
And does indeed catch him towards the end. The dog 100% trusts him, knows he'll catch him, and that gives him the confidence to try again and eventually master the trick.
Honestly the trust bit is as impressive to me as the tricks. Maligators are smart dogs, they figure stuff out very easily and it's not hard to teach them all sorts of things. Not easy either, I'm not knocking the trainer skill this takes, but the true beauty to me here is the partnership, bond, and trust between them.
He has another video somewhere of nothing but play with I think Monkey when he was a pup, shows how he builds the bond and relationship. In the video description he says it's the most important part. I agree
The dog looks to me focused, not stressed.