Video of a dancing dog doing the merengue

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Dancing dog video

I simply had to share this amazing video featuring a dancing dog doing the merengue. Not only is it very funny, it is very fascinating how the dog learned how to pull off this feat!

A crazy video of an amazing feat, but even when your dog would be able to do these amazing moves and be a dancing dog, you just shouldn’t dress it like a person. Go here if you want to learn the Merengue yourself!

For more than three minutes the dog seems to successfully perform a line of dance moves as if it is the most normal thing in the world – and all that just on its hind legs! Is the dog just reacting to subtle movements of its ‘dance partner’ with individual behaviours learned to perform in response or does it actually know different sequences of dance moves and how they possibly can be connected? Even walking on hind-legs for a dog is a very unusual feat that takes a lot of training, not even talking about the ability to walk backwards or sit just on its two hind legs!

Update: An important point was raised in the comments by Linda, that it might be harmful for the dogs hips to spent so much time on its hindlegs. I think indeed a dogs hips are not meant to bear the whole weight of the dog. I expect the dog has been trained from a young age which would mean that the dogs muscles will have developed in a slightly different way which makes it better able to walk on its hind legs, but at the same time it also means that the dog will probably wear through its hip muscles at a much earlier age. Especially since I think this breed of dog is more susceptible to hip injury.

  • Linda

    I was watching this, at first amazed and then concerned. How long can a dog safely dance on her hind legs? Since it’s not a natural behavior, I’d assume a dog’s ‘hips’ are not meant to bear her weight for extended periods of time. Or am I worrying for nothing?

    • http://mudfooted.com Jolle Jolles

      Thanks for your comment Linda, you definitely strike a good point here. Dog’s hips are indeed not meant to bear the whole weight of the dog. I expect the dog has been trained from a young age which would mean that the dogs muscles will have developed in a slightly different way which makes it better able to walk on its hind legs, but at the same time it also means that the dog will probably wear through its hip muscles at a much earlier age. Especially since I think this breed of dog is more susceptible to hip injury. I will include this in the article since it is important people relize this as well. Thanks!

  • http://nursemyra.wordpress.com nursemyra

    It brought a smile to my face

    • http://mudfooted.com Jolle Jolles

      :)

      • http://www.google.com/ Mircea

        Essays like this are so improtant to broadening people’s horizons.

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  • jaylarhone

    this dog is crazy i wish my dog can do that.