The Remarkable Speed in Which Dogs Rise Up on All Fours From a Prone Position Shown in Slow Motion

Curious about the physics behind a dog’s ability to go from a prone position to all fours in less than a second, Matt Mikka of Warped Perception decided to capture slow-motion footage of this event using both his regal German Shepherd April and Mr. Cool, an adorable long-haired chihuahua as test subjects. As it turns out, it appears that neither size nor breed affects the speed in which it takes a dog to arise so quickly.

I always wondered how dogs get up as fast as they do, so I decided to use the high-speed camera to film a German shepherd and a chihuahua to reveal just how canines are able to get up so quickly, they go from a lying down position to a sprint in a fraction of a second, much too fast for eye to see what’s happening.

Here’s April drinking water in her most unusual way.

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails.