@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 Mali sure doesn't look happy about it. What a crappy thing to do to a dog.
Height wise it looks pretty low risk. There is older video with a mal a good 10-12’ above the ground. Not the same dog and out of China if I remember correctly.I believe this dog is a canine officer. I have to admit that when I first saw it, it bothered me a little bit, and maybe on some level it still does, but then again, I am a softie. I have never owned a malinois, but I have always heard about their tremendous need for both physical and mental stimulation. I don't think this was just a facebook trick, I think it was a challenge for the dog and I think the dog was more focused than unhappy. Now, I have tremendous respect for some of the people who didn't like the video and it may be that I am wrong, but that is how I see it and why I posted it. Also, there was a comment made by someone about a hard fall, but if you look the line doesn't look like it's more than a couple of feet off the ground.
Excellent point. Imagine falling blind as you're desperately flailing around trying not to fall and being unable to see so you can try to adjust your landing to minimize the damage. A fall like this from even a few feet could result in broken bones or a broken neck if you land at a bad angle. Anyone here want to try it for themselves?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.