Have you ever owned a dog before? If you have, then you can understand just how difficult it can be to train your dog to do the basics. If you thought training your dog to sit, play dead, or even shake your hand was hard…. wait until you see what competitive show dogs can do. Depending on the event, these dogs show off their skills through some incredibly difficult courses. And when a dog completes the course, you have to admire its abilities.
But dogs… will sometimes just be dogs. Despite all the training, there will be moments when things don’t go quite as planned. In some situations, the crowd may gasp in horror when a pup makes a mistake. But then there are occasions where the crowd will burst out laughing. That’s exactly what happened here.
This particular show dog left the crowd in stitches!
Lobo, a Siberian Husky, prepares to compete in an agility competition
This video has now been viewed nearly a million times on YouTube, and personally, I’ve watched it multiple times now. A husky named Lobo gets ready for his turn in a 24-inch agility competition. Simply put, this competition is only for dogs that are no more than 24 inches. This competition was hosted by the Westminster Kennel Club, so winning was a huge deal.
Your first impression is that this is a tough course.
Dogs competing in this competition need to show off their speed, agility, athleticism, and obedience. Each competition has its own unique course, and they usually consist of a varying combination of weave poles, jumps, seesaws, broad jumps, tunnels, tire jumps, and more. All in all, these events put both the handler and dog to the test.
Lobo and his handler, Adam Davis, are ready to go
After the announcer introduces the two, they take their place at the starting point. Lobo looks alert and makes his first jump with ease. But then it happened. Instead of focusing on all the obstacles left to tackle, he spotted the cameraman. He stopped for a second and then turned back around, heading to his handler.
Knowing that mistake is going to cost the duo points, the crowd lets out a gasp. Quickly, Davis gets the dog under control. Lobo takes the next three jumps flawlessly. But then he gets to the pole weaving and nope, he doesn’t want to do that either. You know the handler must feel frustrated but he maintains his composure.
Watch your speed
You hear the announcer say, “Lobo doesn’t seem too dialed into this tonight.” But then, the pup walks back over to the pole weaving. Keep in mind, dogs usually fly through this obstacle, which is what makes it so exciting to watch. Not Lobo. He slowly walks around each pole until reaching the last one. At that point, people in attendance can’t help but giggle.
He gets back on track…sort of
Lobo races over a slanted wall, through a tunnel, and he makes two more incredible jumps. Everyone watching is hoping he’s finally figured it out. That wasn’t going to happen. After the second jump, he notices the people in attendance. He then trots over to where the crowd’s seated. Hey, he’s a friendly dog so you can’t really blame him.
Now people are in hysterics
When he’s done snooping around, he heads back into the competition, over a jump, up and down a slide, and then over a tall wall. As he reaches a second slide, he stops briefly at the center, looking around. That’s when the announcer says, “Lobo’s going to be the crowd favorite — I can guarantee it.”
Okay, so Lobo didn’t give his best performance but I think the announcer’s right. When he finished the obstacle course, the crowd cheered. No matter how good or bad he did, the audience couldn’t help but fall in love with this gorgeous Husky.
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