Do you remember the mannequin challenge? If you aren’t familiar with this fad, it’s the online challenge that people around the world were doing. It’s basically a video clip showing people striking a pose and keeping still inside a room. The person holding the camera would pan across the room to add to the illusion that everyone was frozen in time.
Last year, a viral video went around of dogs doing the same. Isn’t it lovely how dogs can always be part of the crazy things that we, humans, do? These three good-looking pups are Cash, X, and Jackson. They are Australian Kelpie dogs, and they belong to dog trainer Evelyn Edblad.
Evelyn explained that Australian Kelpies can naturally hold their position and stay completely still. They use this skill to help them herd animals more effectively. When herding, Kelpies would decide on their own when to freeze and when to continue moving.
As a dog trainer, Evelyn taught her three pups to stay completely still until she gave them the signal to un-freeze. In the video below, they were out on a trek somewhere in southern Sweden. Evelyn asked her three pups to hold still, and then she whipped out her mobile phone to record her talented dogs.
The three pups were like statues out in the woods! What amazed us is how they froze their tails’ movement, and how they resisted the urge to pant. It’s no secret that dogs’ tails wag around even when standing still and, of course, they pant like crazy as if they just ran a full marathon.
Although it wasn’t perfect, the illusion was complete by our books. Evelyn shared that because she asks them to hold still for quite a while, the urge to move builds up inside them. This was evident when she gave the command to move, as the three pups took off like rocket missiles. See them in the video below.
Credits: Evelyn Edblad