Dog learns to tightrope walk
A dog has been learning to tightrope walk to help firefighters deal with disasters in China.
The Alaskan Malamute walks over two 10m long wires in just 60 seconds as part of its daily training.
"Don't be afraid. Take it slowly. Be careful with the wires," it is told by trainers at Chongqing Municipality Fire Fighting Special Mission Base .
Underneath, 10 more dogs - which trainers hope will soon be capable of undertaking the same training programme, watch closely.
Head trainer Wang Xianting said the idea was to prepare the dogs to work in disaster areas where they could encounter all kinds of obstacles.
"Through these challenging training programmes, our dogs learn to complete rescue missions under extreme conditions," he said.
what do you think?
Clever dog :D
Clever dog as you say Valerie but I am not sure I approve. I just adore dogs and wonder just what short of cruel training went on to achieve this.
Yes that's true Louise. I don't think the Chinese have a good track record for compassion. My only hope is that because of the important role the dog will play is that it is treated well.
Like you Louise, I too like to jump to conclusions based on stereotypes, I wouldnt imagine for a second that these dogs which the firefighters have to trust with their lives on occasion would be seen as anything other than a meal in waiting. They probably kick them when they do well, those crazy chinese.
Cruel.....that is all