FOR YOU DOG/ANIMAL LOVERS... A DOG GOES HANG GLIDING W/OWNER.

  • hebrewman

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    Jul 24, 2013 10:51 AM GMT
    hey guys, saw this and had to share. i LOVE how the dogs paws wrap around his owners arm!! DOGS RULE!!!
    enjoy.
    AAron

    http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/23/19643653-hang-glider-takes-best-friend-on-paw-sitively-thrilling-ride?lite
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    Jul 24, 2013 1:51 PM GMT
    LOL made my day.... I hope the dog is safe though! #mansbestfriend
  • TannerMasseur

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    Jul 24, 2013 1:55 PM GMT
    Aw, "to keep him(owner) safe." So sweet! icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 24, 2013 1:59 PM GMT
    I can't imagine the dog enjoys this. Dogs don't normally wrap their arms around a person like that unless they're scared. The only time I've had a dog do that to me was when I was trying to put him in a bath or something else he really didn't want to do. The man is doing this to draw attention to himself....not for the dog's enjoyment.
  • madsexy

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    Jul 24, 2013 2:04 PM GMT
    Gives new meaning to "man's best friend" - kind of like the joke about a friend will bail you out of jail but a GOOD friend will be right there with you in jail saying FUCK YEAH, DUDE WHAT A RUSH THAT WAS!

    I suspect the man in the video has every concern about his service dog's safety as he does for his own. That said, I agree, the dog probably wasn't quite as thrilled by the adventure, other than the rush dogs get doing anything with their humans and being close to them for anything.
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    Jul 24, 2013 2:17 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidI can't imagine the dog enjoys this. Dogs don't normally wrap their arms around a person like that unless they're scared. The only time I've had a dog do that to me was when I was trying to put him in a bath or something else he really didn't want to do. The man is doing this to draw attention to himself....not for the dog's enjoyment.


    Why dont you learn some facts before popping off with negative bullshit. This dog is a service dog, not your everyday household pup. They have done this repeatedly and his owner said he loves every minute of it; he wraps his paws around him because he is trained to be as close to him as possible, hence his name, Shadow.
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    Jul 24, 2013 2:24 PM GMT
    Interesting experience from the dog's point of view. I'm not even sure what the dog sees. Just googled and as I suspected...

    http://www.vetinfo.com/dogsee.html
    "Dogs do not have the ability to focus as well on the shape of objects (their visual acuity is lower). An object a human can see clearly may appear to be blurred to a dog looking at it from the same distance. A rough estimate is that dogs have about 20/75 vision. This means that they can see at 20 feet what a normal human could see clearly at 75 feet."

    So the dog might not even see the ground below in any discernible way.

    The dog holding on might be his need to have his feet on something solid which bothers me a little about the back legs just hanging there.

    For the most part my wolfpuppy had to be on solid ground and it took him about 3 years before he'd finally swim in the ocean. I took him as a pup but never forced it. Then one day he just walked in and started swimming. He hated elevators, crouching in them. Same with cars. The only dog I had who hated riding in cars. And he didn't like boating either.

    Weird about my last two dogs is that wolfpuppy had no issues at all about walking on docks but hated boats. He liked his feet on something solid that didn't move. While my Weimar loved boats, loved cars. Hopped on or in and wouldn't get out until you took her for a ride. Used to put her paws up on the bow and ride there. But as agile as that dog was in (webbed toes) and on the water, that dog was a complete embarrassment at a slip.

    The fucking dog couldn't walk the planked docks, I think, without looking through them. Unsure of her footing, she didn't just crouch, she cowered her way to the boat.

    Safety wise, the only thing that bothers me with the kite flying dog is what landings must look like. The web page says they've been at it for 9 years so I guess he's got his routine but I'll bet he's had some close calls, some winds he didn't expect, that put the dog in danger. otherwise, the dog certainly looks comfortable with the experience. Flying dogs. Who knew?
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    Jul 24, 2013 2:30 PM GMT
    turbofan said
    Scruffypup saidI can't imagine the dog enjoys this. Dogs don't normally wrap their arms around a person like that unless they're scared. The only time I've had a dog do that to me was when I was trying to put him in a bath or something else he really didn't want to do. The man is doing this to draw attention to himself....not for the dog's enjoyment.


    Why dont you learn some facts before popping off with negative bullshit. This dog is a service dog, not your everyday household pup. They have done this repeatedly and his owner said he loves every minute of it; he wraps his paws around him because he is trained to be as close to him as possible, hence his name, Shadow.



    A "service dog" is no different than any other dog except that they are trained to stay by their guardian and "do things" for them. Dogs have the brains of toddlers and are not capable of knowing they are "gliding." All the dog knows is it's FALLING and any animal is programed to go into fear mode when falling. I've known people who put their dogs through all kinds of "recreational" activities and will swear to you the dog loves it, but that's rarely the case. Is it possible the dog has learned to adapt and deal with this stressful activity? Yeah, that's possible. But they do not have the same abilities of controlling their thought processes like humans and I'm sure if he has gotten to be okay with it, it's at the cost of many many horrifying hand gliding sessions.
  • Daniepwils

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    Jul 24, 2013 3:50 PM GMT
    Very cute article. But he has an anxiety disorder and is hang gliding? LOL - That would probably give most people anxiety.
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    Jul 24, 2013 4:29 PM GMT
    My dog is afraid of heights. She doesn't even like stairs. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jul 24, 2013 8:10 PM GMT
    OMG that is FANTASTIC. I love the way he holds onto his arm!