Ziggy Stardust... a real bag of tricks! Southend dog Ziggy Trixx is a YouTube sensation

Alice Aungier, Adem Basharan and dog Ziggy Trixx

Alice Aungier, Adem Basharan and dog Ziggy Trixx

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AN ACROBATIC dog is making waves in Southend with impressive displays of antics.

Ziggy, a nine-month-old Staffordshire bull terrier, wowed weekend crowds on the seafront with his skateboarding tricks.

The canine, also known as Ziggy Trixx, has been trained by his owners Adem Basharan and his fiancée Alice Aungier since they bought him six months ago.

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One of Ziggy’s most impressive tricks sees him pretending to be shot by a toy gun and playing dead, while he also demonstrates free-running skills by leaping off benches and springing onto his owner’s back.

The dog now has a Facebook page and Youtube channel dedicated to his antics and Adem is intent on training him up further to get work as a performing animal.

Adem, 25, of Southend, said: “We had around 100 people watching him on the seafront on Saturday. They were all clapping and it was quite a shock to see that reaction.

“His ‘play dead’ is just amazing. He falls back like he’s really been shot and just doesn’t move until you say.

“I know Staffies don’t have the best reputation but I did loads of research when we got him and I’ve been training him for six months now and he’s the most lovely and friendly dog.

“It’s nice to be greeted by people’s smiles when he does a trick, and to show Staffies aren’t dangerous dogs owned by people in hoodies.”

Ziggy can push himself along and balance on a skateboard, walk in between Adem’s legs on command and even hop backwards on his hind legs.

Adem was previously scared of dogs but got one because Alice, 19, had always wanted one and he wanted to see if he could train a puppy.

Southend Standard: Rolling - Ziggy skates along the seafront 

Southend Standard: Well trained - Ziggy waits for Adem's signal

Adem added: “He learned his name in the first day we had him, then to give us his paw in the first week and he’s been progressing so quickly since then.

“I now need to talk to the council about getting a performance license and build a portfolio of what he can do.”

To see Ziggy in action visit www.ziggytrixx.com.

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11:24am Wed 21 May 14

southendPole says...

Cool, but not much of a YT sensation
Cool, but not much of a YT sensation southendPole
  • Score: -6

11:44am Wed 21 May 14

Robin Reliant says...

Yes a little entertaining but most of the places in this video there are Control Of Dog Orders(Regulations 2006) set out by Southend Council stating that Dogs should be kept on leads and clearly this is being broken, fixed penalty £80 i believe.
Yes a little entertaining but most of the places in this video there are Control Of Dog Orders(Regulations 2006) set out by Southend Council stating that Dogs should be kept on leads and clearly this is being broken, fixed penalty £80 i believe. Robin Reliant
  • Score: -24

11:54am Wed 21 May 14

cheeky_chappy says...

About 2000 views isnt a youtube sensation, my nan doing the hucklebuck got more. Howevewr Ziggy is cute and I hope he continues to entertain people. :)
About 2000 views isnt a youtube sensation, my nan doing the hucklebuck got more. Howevewr Ziggy is cute and I hope he continues to entertain people. :) cheeky_chappy
  • Score: -13

1:36pm Wed 21 May 14

emcee says...

Am I missing something?
Playing dead, begging, spinning, staying put balancing treat on snout, running along walls... all common dog stuff that most dogs, especially the smaller varieties, can and will do very easily. No specialist training required.
Also, and this is just an observation, is the backwards baseball cap and a staffie the uniform of a stereotypical street yob? As I said, just an observation.
Am I missing something? Playing dead, begging, spinning, staying put balancing treat on snout, running along walls... all common dog stuff that most dogs, especially the smaller varieties, can and will do very easily. No specialist training required. Also, and this is just an observation, is the backwards baseball cap and a staffie the uniform of a stereotypical street yob? As I said, just an observation. emcee
  • Score: -13

2:22pm Wed 21 May 14

leedthered79 says...

Robin Reliant wrote:
Yes a little entertaining but most of the places in this video there are Control Of Dog Orders(Regulations 2006) set out by Southend Council stating that Dogs should be kept on leads and clearly this is being broken, fixed penalty £80 i believe.
Nob
[quote][p][bold]Robin Reliant[/bold] wrote: Yes a little entertaining but most of the places in this video there are Control Of Dog Orders(Regulations 2006) set out by Southend Council stating that Dogs should be kept on leads and clearly this is being broken, fixed penalty £80 i believe.[/p][/quote]Nob leedthered79
  • Score: 3

2:32pm Wed 21 May 14

Kath hickey says...

As a fellow staffie owner in happy to finally see a positive story on a staffie! Dem and alice have done a fantastic job with ziggy, promoting positive training, believe me, his tricks are noy easy to teach, staffies arent well known for algility! As for the stereotyping... havent dem and alice just proven you wrong?! Keep up the good work! And well done ziggy! Youre a star!
As a fellow staffie owner in happy to finally see a positive story on a staffie! Dem and alice have done a fantastic job with ziggy, promoting positive training, believe me, his tricks are noy easy to teach, staffies arent well known for algility! As for the stereotyping... havent dem and alice just proven you wrong?! Keep up the good work! And well done ziggy! Youre a star! Kath hickey
  • Score: 32

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