Border collie’s hilarious wrestling match with giant stick sees impressive backflip finish

Border Collie enjoys playing with a huge branch

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The one-year-old pup, called Pogo, wrestled with the branch in a bid to drag it back to his owner, and beg to take it home with them.

But it appears the border had met his match when it came to actually trying to carry it.

Pogo tried a range of unconventional techniques to retrieve the stick, but it ultimately proved too heavy.

But he definitely put the ‘dog’ into dogged determination, giving it one final heave at which point he even managed to flip himself over the stick. 

Pogo by name, Pogo by nature, clearly.

In the background of the video was a viral TikTok audio dedicated to dogs who love a good tree branch, which sings: “Found a stick on the ground and now I’m gonna use it. All this power that I’ve found gonna totally abuse it.”

His owner described the stick as ‘the centre of all importance’ for Pogo, hashtagging the clip #stickobbsession.

One commenter wrote: “How is his neck not broken with that flip?”

Another added: “You could say you were practicing your ‘gymna-sticks’ skills.”

A third even joked: “My neck hurt just watching that.”

But despite his unconventional stick harvesting methods, Pogo is an incredibly smart dog, and has learned 52 words in just one year.

In a series of videos, his owner demonstrates his intelligence by asking him to fetch his toys by name.

She lays out a selection of his toys on the floor in a random order and asks Pogo to ‘find Octopus’, and the dog hands her an orange octopus toy. 

The clever collie continues to retrieve each toy, including ‘tugger’, ‘balloon’, ‘snake’, ‘tyre’ and ‘sausage’.

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The American Kennel Club describes collies as a ‘remarkably bright workaholic’, as they are able to learn dozens of words, tricks and tasks.

One Border, named Chaser, became the world’s smartest dog, for her ability to remember more than 1,000 proper nouns – including 30 different balls by name and category. The clever canine passed away in 2019, at the age of 15.

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