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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-18-2019, 07:14 AM Thread Starter
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Malinois Walks Tightrope Blindfolded!

Pretty amazing..

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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-18-2019, 08:39 AM
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Hi Newlie good to see you back! I can’t imagine a dog doing this ever - wow!


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post #3 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-18-2019, 09:48 AM
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Wow it's amazing. He even turned around at the end! And carrying the rope in his mouth too!

I wonder if he wears the blindfold so he doesn't realize how close he is to the ground.
If I were him, I'd easily just jump to the ground once I saw how close it was.

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post #4 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-18-2019, 08:49 PM
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That was a really neat, cool, interesting vid to watch. Watching that mal tightrope reminds me of how a stick bug and some chameleons walk on a plant. And the one walking the stairs has better posture than many bipeds. Lol

My guess, holding the rope in,his mouth helps him either to balance and/or keep spacially aware of the two tight ropes. Maybe like whhat a walking cane does for a blind person.

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The Mali sure doesn't look happy about it. What a crappy thing to do to a dog.

Some folks shouldn't have anything to do with dogs.
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The Mali sure doesn't look happy about it. What a crappy thing to do to a dog.
@JonRob - I had exactly the same reaction you did. People using their dog for social media notoriety. It's like watching a dancing bear or lions jumping hoops in a circus -- yeah, it can do what it has to do to perform, but should it? Meh.

The dog wasn't wearing a harness clipped to a rope on a pulley to catch him in case of a fall, either -- he's probably had some hard falls learning to do that. I'm also not a fan of teaching a dog to walk up stairs on its hind legs just for lols --their bodies aren't made for that.
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Am I the only one that gets an unpleasant tingle in my nether regions when I see something that scares me? I couldn’t watch the whole video. I will say, Mal’s are certainly impressive! I couldn’t even imagine what it would take to train a dog, any dog, to do something like that!
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I wish the person who had posted the video had added some details about their training and goals. It would be interesting to know if this was done for entertainment or practical purposes. Brave and impressive dog either way. Some of the FB commentators suggested the dog was in training for search and rescue and that the blindfold and the ropes were to teach the dog to rely on other senses--if for instance, they were searching in a totally dark place among rubble or something. Seems pretty extreme to me, but I know next to nothing about search/rescue.
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I was out earlier today and over heard two people talking about a dog sky diving and where are the brains of the owner. My first thought, dog in training, many need to master it for the work they do but didn't say anything. If nothing else, the Mal sure isn't going to stumble for lack of foot placement awareness.

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I have watched video twice last week and every time it gives me a bad taste in my mouth. Sure, training this dog was impressive but honestly I thought, "yuck, did it really have to come this far?" I felt sad for the dog and I didn't want to watch that video here. It didn't look like the dog had fun. And no, I am not jealous.
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