Have you ever watched a funny video of a poor dog holding perfectly still while it's owner stacked one thing after another, after another onto her head? Were you impressed with the level of self-control and balance that the dog showed? What if such a trick was possible for your dog too?
Having a dog that knows how to balance things on her head can be a lot of fun. It is not only impressive, but it can also be a great way to cheer people up. After all, what's cuter than a dog waiting so patiently while you stack items on her head.
Training your dog to balance things on her head can be a lot of fun. This trick is a very comical and impressive party trick.
This trick will require balance and a lot of self-control from your dog. Even if your dog loves food, your dog can likely still learn to do this trick using any of the three methods. Because the treat that your dog has to wait for in the 'Waiting' method is also the treat used to reward her at the end of this trick, those temptations can help to motivate her to wait.
If your dog prefers toys rather than treats, you can reward your dog by giving her the balancing toy to play with for a moment, after every successful balance. Stay patient while teaching her. At first, she likely will not understand that remaining still is the way to get that treat or ball that she wants.
If your dog already knows how to balance a treat on her nose, this trick will go much faster because your dog will already understand how to remain still while balancing items.
To get started, you will need to gather a few things. You will need lots of tasty, soft treats. If you are doing the 'Tennis Ball' method you will need a tennis ball or similar type of ball. If you are doing the 'Licking' method, you will need something for your dog to lick off of a treat, such as peanut butter or spray cheese, and you will need something relatively flat and slightly smaller than the space between your dog's ears, for your dog to balance on her head.
It is important to be patient with your dog while teaching this trick. Many dogs are confused by having food so close to their mouths without being able to eat it right away. Because this trick depends on your dog's own balance, some dogs will naturally learn this more quickly. If your dog is struggling with this part give him time and lots of opportunities to practice.