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Monday, May 15, 2017

How to Teach a Dog to Balance Treat on Nose #balancingact



1. Ensure that your dog is in a familiar and comfortable setting for training (ie avoid distractions)

2. Engage your dog to make sure that his/her full attention is on you

3. Make sure to choose a desirable treat with a flat surface

4. Have your dog in a sitting position, avoid slippery grounds for sliding

5. Initially, hold the dog treat close to your dog's nose or mouth, teaching your dog to ignore the treat by firmly saying "no" when he/she tries to reach for it. Be patient, it may take many sessions to even perfect this step.

6. Once your dog is able to avoid the food around his/her nose, place gently on snout

7. Practice balancing with your dog followed with the cues "Take it" or "OK" to allow your dog to grab at the treat. Once your dog can balance the treat on his/her nose, you may slowly lengthen the time before your dog takes the treat.

8. Remember to avoid yelling and causing a stressful environment--learn when to end the training session when you sense your dog is distressed

9. Give lots of praises. treats, and encouragement throughout the training process

10. Have fun and use the training session as a bonding experience with you and your pet!


This is how we train Ruckus the treat balancing act. He is an avid learner and very treat driven, so after a few sessions, he was able to ace it. Remember that each dog has their own learning curve!


TIP: It is extremely helpful to first teach your dog how to leave and take treats off their paws. Then the next step would be off the nose!

Here's the YouTube video of some of Ruckus's tricks.




Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Thoughtless Thursday #124: Bullseye @targetopenhouse


"Don't mind me...just me and my homeboy Bullseye kickin' it at the @targetopenhouse in SF." #ifpetscouldtalk

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Thoughtless Thursday #118: Hydrated thanks to @Athleta


Ruckus and I would like to remind everyone to stay hydrated! 

Special thanks to Athleta for the #fuelingamazingmovement.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Thoughtless Thursday #111: Nerd Alert! @pridebites


"If you like nerds, raise your hand. If you don't, raise your standards!"#nerdalert 



Thursday, February 25, 2016

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Thoughtless Thursday #108: Are You Ready For No Football?


Super Bowl is over with, but maybe we'll see the Niners getting their groove back next season!