Growing up, one of my uncle’s favorite whimsical pieces of advice was, “Never EVER trust anyone.” His simple, consistent message over the years definitely didn’t have any effect on me and my relationships with people! However, there are some beings on earth who don’t bat an eye when it comes to confiding in others. Dogs are particularly good at putting their faith in their favorite people. Take this TikTok of a Border Collie Tesla who engaged in what I see as a very dangerous trust fall with a human. Trusting us humans? The things that are destroying the rainforest and made the Kardashians famous? Bad idea!
Telsa’s dog trainer Alexandra Cote shared a video of the pooch doing a trust fall and posted it for all to see on TikTok. In it, Tesla falls from a tall bale of hay and directly into Alexandra’s arms. The video has been seen over 5 million times and impressed viewers the world over.
Alexandra explained to Newsweek how she got a dog to risk its neck for her:
“I didn’t really show her how to do the trust fall, she did it when we were relaxing on the couch,” she said. “I then tried to do it higher and higher. We have an extraordinary relationship.”
Cote said they only required “3 practices” before getting it done perfectly.
She revealed the trick was to “show a treat behind her head” which, in turn, prompts the hungry canine to fall back with confidence, knowing there is something tasty waiting for her at the end.
Away from tricks and shows, Cote said Tesla enjoys a happy and active life. “She loves walking in the forest, playing in the water and playing Frisbee.”
That’s cute, but I hope Tesla’s fame is limited to the TikTok space. Imagine if this makes its way to LinkedIn. Some HR consultant is going to find and hire this dog for all their inclusion and team-building workshops. And I personally can’t have a dog showing me up in the next meeting!