News, Culture & Society

German Shepherd with ‘laser focus’ wows social media with her goal keeping-skills

She’s a real keeper! German Shepherd with ‘laser focus’ wows social media users by snapping up hockey puck as her owner tries and fails to distract her with other toys

  • Maggie is a two-year-old German Shepherd from New Brunswick, Canada
  • The pup has gone viral thanks to her amazing hockey goal keeping skills 
  • Owner Yannick Devost revealed trained her but she always had great reflexes

This German Shepherd has been sending social media wild with her amazing goal keeping skills.

Maggie, a two-year-old pup from New Brunswick, Canada, has shown off her ‘laser focus’ in a short clip which has now gone viral on Twitter. 

Initially shared by her owner Yannick Devost, who trained her, the video sees Maggie standing in her goal keeper cage, her eyes glued to a dog-friendly black puck made of foam while Yannick throws all sorts of other balls her way. 

While ignoring the other toys sent to distract her, the German Shepherd sharply leaps and catches the puck with her mouth when her owner finally hits it. 

People were blown away by the short clip, with many joking Maggie should be recruited by professional teams. 

She was trained to catch the puck, and only the puck

Maggie, a two-year-old pup from New Brunswick, Canada, has shown off her ‘laser focus’ in a short clip which has now gone viral on Twitter

In the clip – which has now raked 4.6million views on the social media platform – dutiful Maggie does not move an inch while she waits for Yannick to hit the puck. 

Yannick tries to distract Maggie by hitting balls of all different sizes on either side of the puck. But the dog doesn’t flinch, even when a foam ball bounces on her head. 

But when her owner finally hits the puck, she leaps from her post and swiftly catches it with her teeth, before running to her owner. 

Speaking to CTV Atlantic News after Maggie gained traction online, Yannick said: ‘She always had great reflexes. When she was a young puppy, it was very obvious she was good at catching balls, or whatever we threw at her, she would catch and bring back.’

Taking advantage of those skills, Yannick began to train Maggie to play hockey, using basic commands to teach her how to become a dream goal-keeper. 

The video sees Maggie standing in her goal keeper cage, her eyes glues to a dog-friendly black puck made of foam while Yannick throws all sorts of other balls her way

The video sees Maggie standing in her goal keeper cage, her eyes glues to a dog-friendly black puck made of foam while Yannick throws all sorts of other balls her way

Yannick tries to distract Maggie in the video by hitting balls all different sizes on either side of the puck

At the end of the video, there are only a few balls left around the puck, but Maggie is still engaged

Yannick tries to distract Maggie in the video by hitting balls all different sizes on either side of the puck (pictured left). At the end of the video, there are only a few balls left around the puck, but Maggie is still engaged (pictured right)

Maggie catching the puck with her teeth. Yannick also revealed he has moved on to teach his dog to use a hockey stick with her mouth to shoot goals

Maggie catching the puck with her teeth. Yannick also revealed he has moved on to teach his dog to use a hockey stick with her mouth to shoot goals

‘It got a few million views and it was crazy, a crazy feeling’, he added. ‘Everyone was calling me and telling me, “Your video was posted here and there online”.’ 

Yannick also revealed he has moved on to teach Maggie to use a hockey stick with her mouth to shoot goals. 

The dog’s impressive skills earned her words of praise on Twitter, with many joking recruiters should let her play alongside professional players.  

‘Attention: Toronto Maple Leafs scouting department,’ one said.   ‘Love it! That’s some dog,’ another said. 

‘Ahhh smart dog and absolutely adorable,’ one wrote.  ‘Absolutely magnificent. Dogs, y’all,’ another said.  

Reaction: People were blown away by the short clip, with many joking Maggie should be recruited by professional teams

Reaction: People were blown away by the short clip, with many joking Maggie should be recruited by professional teams



***
Read more at DailyMail.co.uk