Balance Treat On Dogs Nose Trick Overview
Here’s a fun dog training trick, taken from the Dog Training Planner, where you balance a treat on your dog’s nose.
The 7 Steps
If you scroll down a bit, you’ll see that I’ve written out all the steps from the video for you. I know. I know. I really am that nice (lol).
Videos are great if you’re a visual learner!
Most people learn dog training drills best by first watching a video tutorial, and then having the written steps available during the training session, so they don’t get confused (Hey, if you want to completely avoid confusion, you might like to get your paws on my Dog Training Planner).
Step 1: Leave It
Put several small food treats in your hand and put them near your dog’s mouth.
When the dog attempts to eat the food close your hand into a fist to prevent him from getting it. Keep your fist closed and every time your dog looks away reward him with a “Yes” cue and one of the treats.
Step 2: Open Fist
Now open your first and only reward your dog when he looks away with a “Yes” and a treat.
Step 3: Delay The Reward
When your dog looks away delay the reward so he learns to look away longer.
Step 4: Food Between Fingers
Now instead of having the food in the palm of your hand, put it between two fingers.
Build up to sustained eye contact.
Step 5: Taking It Further
Put the treat in a clenched fist and hold it above your dog’s nose. Wait until the dog stops sniffing until you say “Yes” and give one of the treats in your fist.
Step 6: Food Between Fingers
Repeat step 5 with food between two fingers (instead of a closed fist).
Step 7: Balance Treat
Start balancing the treat on the dog’s nose. Reward with a “Yes” and give him the treat on his nose if he ignored the treat.
Before you go, read on to discover the secret sauce to dog training success...
Have a philosophy of loving leadership when training your dog.
As a loving leader, you should be constantly working on the communication pathways with your dog. At the bare minimum, your dog should also have some basic commands such as the lie-down command, sit command, and stay command.
When your dog knows a few basic dog obedience commands he or she will feel loved because they know what you want and have no anxiety or fear about what they should be doing and when.
Once your dog has a few commands under his or her belt (I mean, collar), practice behaviour dog training, command dog training and tricks dog training regularly to ensure your dog is physically and mentally healthy. As you are probably acutely aware, untrained dogs have a way of taking over the control of a home if not taught otherwise (which can be a nightmare). A trained dog, however, will bring years of doggie love to your household.