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October 29, 2015 12:21 PM   Subscribe

 
I realise that one of these links has been on the blue before (here) but to be honest we could all do with more animal magic shows in our life
posted by Ned G at 12:22 PM on October 29, 2015 [4 favorites]


"Labracadabrador" deserves to be Word of the Year!
posted by moonmilk at 12:34 PM on October 29, 2015 [25 favorites]


I've known dogs who could sniff out a bacon crumb seven continents away. This strikes me as very odd (though awesome)!
posted by turbid dahlia at 12:37 PM on October 29, 2015 [1 favorite]


I love the look. What? What kind of fuckery is THIS?
posted by Naberius at 12:41 PM on October 29, 2015 [12 favorites]


The reactions of the dogs in that first video are great:

Elsa: Why would you inflict this torture upon me?
Taisto: THAT'S AMAZING THAT'S AMAZING THAT'S AMAZING THAT'S AMAZING
Nakke: You're kidding me with this shit, right? No, really.
Gado: Dog.exe has experienced a serious error and must reboot. (repeat several times)
Nino: Did he poop it?
Dumle: I get it now...the human was the treat all along!
Sälli: BURN THE WITCH!
Torsti: Y'know what? Fuck this, I'm out.
posted by zombieflanders at 12:42 PM on October 29, 2015 [23 favorites]


Poor Coco from the second video. all "... treat? treat!.. wait where's the... oh i guess there's no treat after all... well it's okay.... that's okay.... i probably didn't deserve a treat anyway... "
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick at 12:50 PM on October 29, 2015 [2 favorites]


"Today we're going to find out how sheep react to card tricks."

...it turns out to be frighteningly similar to how freshmen react to calculus.
posted by Wolfdog at 12:51 PM on October 29, 2015 [15 favorites]


Tuutikki (1:00, second vid) has been deceived before. A lot. At this point all he can is give you a "why did you want to do that to me?" look.
posted by benito.strauss at 12:54 PM on October 29, 2015 [2 favorites]


Those guys are going to lose some fingers messing around with those barnyard animals like that.
posted by Diagonalize at 12:54 PM on October 29, 2015


Yeah, fingers probably feel much the same as hot dogs and carrot sticks do when you're chomping down on them.
posted by benito.strauss at 1:03 PM on October 29, 2015


Nakke is such a good dog! Give Nakke a treat! Poor, patient Nakke!
posted by maryr at 1:06 PM on October 29, 2015


I was wondering about the scent thing as well, especially since the hidden treat isn't very far away at all. (Closely watch the section of the first video that begins at 1:11 and you'll see where it goes and then how it got there.)

Maybe it's not really a treat and the dogs are just curious to see if it IS one when they get confused by the disappearance?
posted by Ian A.T. at 1:08 PM on October 29, 2015


Love how they don't give a fuck about anything but the promise of those sweet, sweet treats.
Reminds me of the best joke from Jimmy Fallon's stint as co-anchor of the SNL Weekend Update:
Lulu, a pet kangaroo that helped save the life of an Australian farmer last year, will be honored with the RSPCA's National Animal Valor Award.

Or, as Lulu the kangaroo will think of it: Not Food.
posted by Atom Eyes at 1:09 PM on October 29, 2015 [7 favorites]


zombieflanders, the reactions in the second video are, if anything, better.
posted by maryr at 1:10 PM on October 29, 2015


Wait, freshmen try to eat their calculus texts?
posted by ChuraChura at 1:11 PM on October 29, 2015 [5 favorites]


Would that shock you?
posted by maryr at 1:11 PM on October 29, 2015 [6 favorites]


I suppose not.
posted by ChuraChura at 1:12 PM on October 29, 2015 [2 favorites]


I love my dog dearly, buy my god we bred so much out of them. They're just so loving even after he basically screwed with their tiny brains.

Their ancient ancestors are howling in their graves, "Don't trust the shaman! He will hide the treat every time! And he won't let you poop in the cave."
posted by Abehammerb Lincoln at 1:14 PM on October 29, 2015 [13 favorites]


All dogs should have Finnish names.
posted by neroli at 1:15 PM on October 29, 2015 [18 favorites]


Oh yeah, the second video dogs are even better. The first dog loves him so much with his cunning treat esoterica.
posted by Abehammerb Lincoln at 1:17 PM on October 29, 2015


So many K's!
posted by maryr at 1:17 PM on October 29, 2015 [2 favorites]


A cat reacts to human black magic. (gifv)
posted by bonehead at 1:35 PM on October 29, 2015 [6 favorites]


(Closely watch the section of the first video that begins at 1:11 and you'll see where it goes and then how it got there.)

I've watched it repeatedly. Where did it go and how did it get there?
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 1:55 PM on October 29, 2015 [4 favorites]


As far as I can tell, with perhaps one or two exceptions, the dogs react to the mysteriously levitated wiener in the same way they would react to someone holding it: they will try to eat it.
posted by namespan at 1:58 PM on October 29, 2015 [1 favorite]


Mocca is the best. She (or he) knows there's something wrong with the wiener, but her attention is focused entirely on the human. Like she's trying to figure out how he did it.
posted by Kevin Street at 2:31 PM on October 29, 2015




With the caveat that cats are the best, dogs are the best.
posted by Joey Michaels at 2:39 PM on October 29, 2015 [10 favorites]


Finns have great pet names. Jotting these down for later!
posted by orrnyereg at 2:54 PM on October 29, 2015 [1 favorite]


Jotting these down for later!

"Jotting," coincidentally, sounds like a great name for a Finnish pet.
posted by Joey Michaels at 3:01 PM on October 29, 2015 [8 favorites]


Jotting, surely.
posted by haapsane at 3:27 PM on October 29, 2015 [2 favorites]


I've watched it repeatedly. Where did it go and how did it get there?
I think it goes up his right sleeve on a long elastic, watch at 1:01
posted by Lanark at 3:55 PM on October 29, 2015 [1 favorite]


I've done the disappearing treat with dogs before and they love it... but pretend to throw a ball without actually throwing a ball and they are all 'WTF, dude!'
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 4:16 PM on October 29, 2015 [3 favorites]


OMG I was right. In the video that Johnny Wallflower linked to it seems like Tuutikki is this guy's dog, the one he practices on. Poor, poor Tuutikki.
posted by benito.strauss at 4:17 PM on October 29, 2015 [6 favorites]


I think that they can pretty quickly smell that the treat isn't there anymore so they know it's gone and start guessing at where it's going to be. Some think that he might have dropped it so they start sniffing around the ground trying to figure out where it is. When they see or hear him move, they check back in with him to see if he knows where it is or has another one for them.

One of the things I love about having a dog is that I can screw with her constantly and she is just delighted.
posted by VTX at 4:23 PM on October 29, 2015


Note to self: Do not attempt to trick a Doberman.
posted by Sys Rq at 5:24 PM on October 29, 2015


..."to" dogs, not "for" dogs
posted by bonobothegreat at 5:56 PM on October 29, 2015


How dogs react to magic:

1) If it is suspected that food has escaped, immediately check the floor.
2) If food is not on floor, proceed to imploringly searching the human's face.
3) On realizing you've been duped, look around for hidden camera.

Unless you're Sälli, in which case you just yell "OH THIS IS SOME FUCKING BULLSHIT."
posted by mudpuppie at 6:13 PM on October 29, 2015 [9 favorites]


I've done the disappearing treat with dogs before and they love it... but pretend to throw a ball without actually throwing a ball and they are all 'WTF, dude!'

I do this to my dog literally every time we play fetch - it's amazing he hasn't lost all trust in me for fucking with him like that. It makes him run twice as much, though, which is great because he's some sort of crazy high-energy collie/spaniel mix. I think he actually kind of enjoys it - it's part of the game.
posted by lunasol at 6:14 PM on October 29, 2015


Unless you're Sälli, in which case you just yell "OH THIS IS SOME FUCKING BULLSHIT."

I think we can all agree that Sälli is the BEST DOG, YES SHE IS.
posted by lunasol at 6:15 PM on October 29, 2015 [5 favorites]


The Case of the Mysterious Levitating Wiener. that was my favorite Nancy Drew / Hardy Boys crossover episode.
posted by Abehammerb Lincoln at 6:28 PM on October 29, 2015 [7 favorites]


Horses: oh, no carrot? Whatever, fingers are good too.

Goats, at first: We don't trust you, don't even come over here.
Goat, later: Ah, avoiding you *was* the right answer.
posted by nat at 6:38 PM on October 29, 2015 [1 favorite]


Dumle has the right idea: the treat is missing? Well, I guess I just have to start kissing the nearest human, and it'll get me a new one.
posted by Room 101 at 6:41 PM on October 29, 2015 [1 favorite]


At first I thought "Yes, even as a diehard cat person I agree that this is great."

And then I watched the how-to video and the ocean stole Tuutikki's treat and oh no ;__;
posted by rifflesby at 6:49 PM on October 29, 2015


And I just got it. "Tuutikki" is Finnish for "Too-Ticky".
posted by benito.strauss at 7:38 PM on October 29, 2015 [3 favorites]


Your cat badly needs to be confused.

(incorporating Amaze-A-Vole Ltd, Stun-A-Stoat Ltd, Puzzle-A-Puma Ltd, Startle-A-Thompsons-Gazelle Ltd, Bewilderbeest Inc, Distract-A-Bee)
posted by Devonian at 3:51 AM on October 30, 2015 [4 favorites]


A) This is the best post ever.

B) It's a good thing he only tried this bullshit on Alpacas and not Llamas. Llamas will give you a face full of Llama spit if they like you. If they don't like you...

C) I'm not sure I could continue my dog magic career after being on the receiving end of some of those looks of reproach. Ukko is not mad at you, Ukko is just disappointed. Ukko expected better.

D) This is the best post ever.
posted by jacquilynne at 8:23 AM on October 30, 2015 [6 favorites]


While abroad, he tried this on some raccoons, laughed merrily at their apparent befuddlement, and returned home to find his pantry empty, with the key locked inside it, and his bed glued to the ceiling.
posted by Wolfdog at 10:48 AM on October 30, 2015 [8 favorites]


He better not try to pull this shit with crows or octopuses if he values the lives of his loved ones.

awesome post, thanks
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 11:57 AM on October 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


Note to self: Do not attempt to trick a Doberman.

Puh-leez. The Dobie was the ONE dog that clearly new that this trick was some bullshit, it was up his sleeve, but this was all on video so I'm just going to play with my leash to be cute instead of tearing a whole in this moron's sweater to get that damn treat back. I'll just wait until this hooman forgets about me and takes his sweater off and then delishus treat will be MINE and sweater will die for it's part in this farce.

The rest were just regular dogs.
posted by allkindsoftime at 3:03 PM on October 30, 2015


it turns out that sheep enjoy a good card trick

They like the cards at least. Tricks, not so much.
posted by scalefree at 7:47 PM on October 30, 2015


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