Have you heard of a talented trio of border collies that travel North America to show off their amazing tricks and promote positive reinforcement?
Hero, Marvel, and Loki, along with their human Sara, are a pretty amazing team. Together, they travel the country performing at all kinds of events, and teaching trick workshops for people and their dogs. Known for their recent appearance on season 12 of America's Got Talent, where they made it all the way to the finals and finished in the top 5 overall, this talented crew has been seen on stages of all sizes.
*Above* Hero showing off his best tricks in a freestyle routine (aka doggy dancing!)
At five years old, Hero (black and white), is the trick veteran of the group and has been learning all kinds of tricks since he was a pup. Hero even earned his champion trick title at just four months old! Since then, he has added several more titles to his name and enjoys practicing and competing in agility, disc, dock diving, and more! He has a particular talent for tricks and doggy dancing (aka canine freestyle) and has many amazing routines under his belt (such as the one above) that have inspired millions of viewers. Hero was the biggest star in The Super Collies' performances on America's Got Talent. He stole the show as the solo dog alongside Sara in the auditions and judge cut shows before being joined on stage by the other two pups in the later rounds of the competition.
Marvel (brown and white) is a two year old border collie who excels in agility and frisbee. She was a rescue from a family in San Francisco when she was eight months old. She came with some dog reactivity issues, but has flourished into a pretty happy, talented super collie in the short time since she has joined the crew. She even made an appearance in the 2017 finals of America's Got Talent along with Sara, and her doggy siblings Hero and Loki.
*Above* The Super Collies performing in the finals of America's Got Talent.
Loki (merle) is a one year old border collie, and dubbed as the baby of the group. He's also the smallest of the gang, weighing in at just thirty pounds. This little guy was rescued when he was only six weeks old, and at just eight weeks old, he participated in his first live performance! Loki is a super talented trick dog, and has been learning new tricks at an impressive rate. At his young age, he already knows over 400 behaviors, in addition to agility, frisbee, and canine freestyle. He is following closely in his big brother Hero's paw prints! Loki also starred in America's Got Talent alongside Hero and Marvel. Loki participated in all three live shows on AGT (the quarter finals, semi finals, and finals), stealing the show with his amazing tricks and adorable puppy antics.
Their trainer, Sara Carson (you can follow her on Facebook here) has been training dogs for years, starting with her family's cocker spaniel when she was young. Sara ran her own dog training business in Ontario, Canada for over five years before taking to the road to travel with Hero. Sara and Hero have been seen together on the radio, TV, and countless live performances. Along with America's Got Talent, they have also appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, the Marilyn Denis Show, and so much more. Hero has also been involved in commercials for Petco, the Family Channel, and the Pet Network.
Meet Nana the border collie! Nana is a YouTube star, animal actor, and all around amazing trick dog and companion. From the time she was brought home as a nine week old puppy, this dog has been learning all kinds of incredible tricks.
Nana knows nearly every dog trick in the book. From the impressive foot stalls and walking hand stands (aka paw stands), to the equally (if not more!) impressive balancing tricks, there's truly nothing this dog can't do. For good measure, she also likes to throw in some cool frisbee catches, agility, and impressive obedience maneuvers that most average pet owners only dream of.
Nana is trained with exclusively positive reinforcement and clicker training. To her, training is just another game to be played with her favorite person. Border collies have an immense desire to work, and trick training is one of many ways to fulfill their intense desire for mental activity and learning. Nana is obviously a very happy and fulfilled dog that truly loves her "doggie job."
The video above shows most of Nana's tricks at just 2-3 years old. In the video, she can walk backwards (on four paws and two!) fake limp while walking, pick up a coin and put it in a jar, ride a skateboard, blow bubbles, balance on her owner's feet (aka a foot stall) and perform countless more amazing stunts!
She also knows all the cute party tricks; weaving through legs, crossing her paws in time with her trainer, wrapping herself in a blanket, playing dead and covering her eyes, and dancing alongside her owner. At such a young age, she knew more tricks than most dogs do in a lifetime!
Now, at ten years old, Nana has grown her trick repertoire exponentially, as well as perfected her impressive balancing tricks. The video below showcases some of her more recent (and increasingly advanced) balancing tricks, where she balances everything from dog treats, to books, to glasses of water, all while doing walking handstands, weaving through poles, and standing on her hind legs.
Nana also has several furry family members who share her love of learning and trick training. Kaiser the Bengal cat is one of Nana's best friends. Just like his border collie sister, Kaiser has an impressive repertoire of tricks.
His trick list includes playing dead, walking backwards up the stairs, riding a skateboard, foot stalls, and so much more! He can even do backflips and growl on cue! In addition, he also walks on a leash, runs agility courses, and can perform tricks at a distance from his trainer.
Like Nana, Kaiser is a proven animal actor and all around amazing and talented purrformer (sorry, couldn't resist!) In his free time, he enjoys playing in the water like a dog, and hanging out with Nana and his adorable rattie buddies.
Speaking of rats....
In addition to Nana's best buddy Kaiser, she also has a few less traditional friends. While they are a little smaller than the average dog, these little guys are just as cute, and have quite a few tricks up their sleeves as well. These adorable little rats can raise flags, weave poles, play fetch, paint, walk a tightrope, and also have a variety of impressive jumping tricks to show off.
They are also quite helpful around their home and can go shopping for their own treats, help decorate the house, fetch the mail, weigh themselves, and even fetch a tissue for their owner.
Nana, Kaiser, and their little friends often make cute guest appearances in each others' trick videos. This talented crew can also be seen performing together while acting out mini movies, such as Home Alone With Nana and Kaiser. They can even be seen competing against each other in a fast paced Dog vs. Rat vs. Cat Trick Contest, in which they compete in an epic head to head battle to see which animal takes the top spot for most amazing tricks.
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