If you're worried about maintaining your dog's self-esteem, never introduce him to Norman. In just four short years, the over-achieving French sheepdog has learned how to surf, skateboard, and ride a bike - and he even holds a Guinness world record for the fastest 30-meter scooter ride by a canine. On top of all of that, Norman doesn't drive a car, making him an advocate of clean transportation. Hit the jump to see a video of Norman practicing his bike riding skills.
Norman developed his talents with help from his owner, Karen Cobb, who can be seen coaching and encouraging him in his videos. When he’s not riding, he competes in agility, herding and obedience competitions. He is also one of the stars of the Hallmark Channel show “Who Let the Dogs Out.” When he’s not flexing his athletic abilities, Norman demonstrates his remarkable intelligence by closing doors behind him, wiping his feet when he comes home and and even cleaning his beard off after drinking water!
Although he makes it look pretty easy, Norman had to practice just like any other 4-year-old would in order to be able to ride his new bike. As you can see in the video, he does get a little help from the fact that the special training bike has extra wheels that prevent it from toppling over.
In his spare time, Norman even uses his popularity to raise awareness about the benefits of adopting rescue dogs and the need to stop puppy mills.
For more videos of Norman, check out his YouTube channel here.
Photos courtesy of Norman the Scooter Dog