Have you ever watched those really smart, athletic dogs on TV do all kinds of cool tricks and thought, "I wonder if my dog could do that?" If your dog is naturally athletic and motivated, chances are that your dog can learn how to do something really impressive, like a handstand. All your dog needs is instruction and enough practice and time.
Because doing a handstand requires not only for your dog to have an understanding of the command itself but also to have the muscle strength and control to hold his own weight in the air, this command is best suited for dogs that are naturally athletic and agile. Herding breeds, toy breeds, and many other small to medium-sized breeds tend to be most suited for this type of trick due to their natural agility and physique. There are many mixed breed dogs and large breed dogs that can excel at this trick as well, though.
Be sure to give your dog many weeks or months to build up to this trick. Although many dogs will grasp this concept rather quickly, it will take time for your dog's muscles to strengthen enough to hold his own weight. To strengthen them you must practice the steps leading up to this trick frequently over a long period of time.
To get started, you will need to grab some treats that your dog loves. Something small and soft will work best. You will need your dog's leash, and depending on which method you choose, you will need a few other things also.
If you choose to use the 'Book Stacking' method, then you will need a large stack of one to two-inch thick books. An encyclopedia book set can work well for this. If you choose to use the 'Furniture' method, you will need to look around your home and choose three to four different pieces of furniture, each set at a different height, and you will need a hand towel or similar piece of fabric that can be moved. If you choose to use the 'Arm Balancing' method, you will need a hand towel, and you may find it helpful to utilize an assistant while starting out.