Everyone had that one friend when they were younger who had an adorable and funny dog. Your friend could have him roll over, play hide and seek or bark on command. Now your kids are growing up and they’re dead set on getting your family dog up to the same entertaining standard. One such trick that is guaranteed to leave your kids laughing and their friends keen to come over is if your dog can balance a treat on his nose.
This is a fun trick to teach him and it also comes with added bonuses. If you have a highly active and energetic dog, this is a good way to help him blow off steam and see to it that he spends more time napping and less time tearing around the house. Teaching him obedience commands like this will also make teaching him other tricks and commands easier too.
Now as you can probably imagine getting him to leave a delicious and tasty treat on his nose isn’t going to be all plain sailing. It will require rigorous obedience training to ensure he balances the treat on his nose and doesn’t just eat it in a split second. While it may be challenging, younger dogs who are receptive could pick it up in just a few days or a week. If your canine pal is older and not quite the quick learner he was in his youth, then it may take a couple of weeks.
It may initially seem like just a bit of fun, but training him to perform tricks like this will keep his mind active and productive, plus it will make training him to heel or not bark at strangers more straightforward too.
Before you turn your pooch into the latest member of a circus, you’ll need several things. Treats or his favorite food broken down into small chunks will be the most essential component. So whether it’s cheese or chicken, stock up!
You’ll also need a quiet space, away from distractions such as noisy kids. Ten minutes each day will also need to be set aside for training until he has the hang of it.
Once you have all of the above, just bring some patience and an optimistic attitude and you’re ready to begin!