Game on! Morty the Australian shepherd plays Connect 4 and Jenga with astonishing accuracy


Game on! Morty the Australian shepherd plays Connect 4 and Jenga with astonishing accuracy (but he still can’t beat his owner)

  • Morty Australian shepherd, four, is filmed playing games of Connect 4 and Jenga
  • Owner, student Florian Beck, 28, taught the dog to play with amazing precision
  • Morty gently takes each piece in his mouth and strategically drops it into place

This is the astonishing moment a dog plays Connect 4 and Jenga with his owner – placing the counters and removing the bricks with impressive precision.

Morty, a four-year-old Australian shepherd, has been taught to play the games by his owner, Florian Beck, a 28-year-old student.

Footage shows the duo from Stuttgart, Germany, first playing a game of Connect 4.

Morty gently takes each counter in his mouth before dropping it into place. He even blocks some of Mr Beck’s attempts to get four counters in a line and win the game.   

With each turn the pooch gets a treat and encouragement from his owner, but that doesn’t stop him from focusing on the game.

After each go the dog appears to look at the board to see where his owner has dropped his counter before making his move.  

Despite putting in a near game-winning performance Morty is outwitted when his component scores a diagonal win. 

In the video the pair then move onto Jenga, with Morty using his mouth to grab the pieces Mr Beck points to before carefully placing them on top of the pile.

Morty, from Stuttgart, Germany, gently takes each piece in his mouth before dropping it into place and even blocking some of his owner Florian Beck's attempts to outwit him

Morty, from Stuttgart, Germany, gently takes each piece in his mouth before dropping it into place and even blocking some of his owner Florian Beck’s attempts to outwit him 

In the video the pair then move onto Jenga, with Morty using his mouth to grab the pieces

In the video the pair then move onto Jenga, with Morty using his mouth to grab the pieces

Morty the four-year-old Australian shepherd was taught to play the games with incredible precision

Morty the four-year-old Australian shepherd was taught to play the games with incredible precision

Mr Beck said: ‘Morty is a super cute and cuddly dog, but he wants to work and needs a job, otherwise he gets restless and bored.’ 

The student has even taught Morty how to fetch him a beer and his phone.

The pair also performing several acrobatic tricks together which require Morty to balance on Mr Beck’s back, as well as a trick in which the dog fall backwards in to his arms in a ‘trust fall’.

He added: ‘He is such a good boy who trusts me completely. Love it!’ 



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Written by Bourbiza Mohamed

I have 26 years of experience as a professional writer and editor and have been working as a full time freelancer since 2011. I am originally from Casablanca, Morocco, and I graduated from Qatar University with a degree in journalism. I have worked for newspapers, magazines, news agencies, websites. I speak fluent Arabic, French, English, Russian and Spanish.

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