A shaggy dog in the U.S. has become an internet star after his owners taught him to ride a scooter. The 21-month-old Briard from Canton, Georgia named Norman can balance on the toy unaided with his front paws resting over the handlebars while he pushes himself along using his hind leg.
“He began playing with the kids’ scooter in the backyard and we thought it would be fun to give him a ride on it,” said Karen Cobb, Norman’s owner. “Then we decided to teach him to push it and now he loves riding his scooter.”
Videos of his tricks have been viewed almost 250,000 times on YouTube and earned him a television appearance on US TV programme ‘the Late Show with David Letterman.’
The clever canine, who lives with the Cobb family in Canton, Georgia, competes in many obedience competitions and received his Companion Dog Title at just 15 months of age after four first place finishes.
Video footage on YouTube also reveals he is one of the most polite dogs on the planet. He can close doors after himself and wipe his face with a towel after taking a drink of water from a bowl.
His manners have also earned him dozens of prizes on the show ring circuit. He won a Companion Dog title at just 15 months old and many more dog obedience rosettes have followed.
Briards originate from France and their recognised talents include search and rescue, police work, military work, watchdogging and guarding, but they also also make excellent companions, finding favour with Napoleon and Thomas Jefferson. [via Daily Mail (UK) and Metro (UK)]