Dramatic Australian shepherd with poorly leg plays dead for attention

Shade, a two-year-old Australian shepherd, from Massachusetts, USA, has gone viral on TikTok for her clever trick and superb acting skills

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Dramatic Australian Shepherd plays dead

Dogs can be real drama queens, particularly if they know they can get extra attention, cuddles and treats out of it.

And one Australian shepherd has gone viral on TikTok after her dramatic response to hurting her paw.

Shade, a two-year-old dog, had torn her paw pad and was wearing a bandage on her front paw when her owner asked her to sit.

The tri-coloured pup held her poorly paw off the ground as her mum asked: “Your leg’s broken?”

The shepherd nearly gives the game away as she leaps up to greet her owner and hops around the kitchen wagging her tail.

Shade may have an injured paw pad, but nothing will stop her from doing anything she can to get a treat


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Her owner, a dog trainer and breeder from Massachusetts, asks the dog: “Shade, do you think you’re gonna make it? Are you dead?”

Shade dramatically flops onto her back, and plays ‘dead’, but quickly lets her owner know she was only joking, and just wants a treat.

The video – posted to the @telltaleaussie account – has been viewed 746,600 times in 48 hours, with over a thousand comments who can’t believe how dedicated she was to her acting role.

One said: “That’s a death drop if ever I’ve seen one.”

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Another added: “She understood the assignment and did the extra credit too.”

“And the Dogscar for the best dramatic performance goes to Shade,” said a third.

Australian shepherds are a very intelligent working dog, bred for working on ranches, so have strong herding and guarding instincts.

The clever canine was so excited to show off her ‘play dead’ trick


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The Kennel Club describes them as having ‘great stamina’ as well as being ‘loyal, attentive and animated’. And Shade certainly lives up to her breed standard.

Another adorable Australian shepherd that stole the hearts of TikTok users was called Willy.

The one-year-old pup waits until his owners say ‘grace’ before eating his dinner, and even waits to be excused from the table when he’s done.

In the video – which has amassed 4.7million views – Willy even holds his paw out at the table for his owner to hold.

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