Thursday, October 18, 2018

Trick or Treat Giveaway Blog Hop: Learn How to Balance Items on Your Dog's Head

Trick or Treat Giveaway Blog Hop: Learn How to Balance Items on Your Dog's Head

[This giveaway is sponsored by KONG, Wellness Pet Food, Petcurean, Only Natural Pet, DOGTV, Caru Pet Food, Treatibles, Noah's Bark Dog Treats, West Paw, and P.L.A.Y.]

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I hope everyone is having a great October thus far! We've decided to partner up with some fellow pet bloggers to give you a chance to win some awesome prizes while also learning some new tricks to teach your pup!

Be sure to visit all the blogs to increase your chances and to see different tricks being taught! Also, keep an eye on social media pages for flash giveaways that only last 24 hours!

Without further ado, let's learn how to do Jada's most famous trick: balancing items. I have a nifty video below that will help supplement the written instructions!

How to Balance Items on Your Dog's Head

Step 1: Ignoring food near the face

  • Start off with "Sit" and use your preferred training treats.
  • Reward when they look away from the treat - you can use a release word or clicker before you treat.
  • Get slowly closer to your dog's face and wait longer to reward them.
  • You will want to get as close to their face as possible - even touching the treat to their fur.

Jada ignoring treats near her face

Step 2: Adding a biscuit

  • Once you have this down, let's get a biscuit-like treat that has a little bit of weight to it that can fit on your dog's nose.
  • Repeat step 1 with the biscuit, then begin to touch the biscuit to your dog's nose for a second or less at a time.
  • Reward with the biscuit or a high-value treat (preferred).
  • Increase the interval between putting the biscuit on your dog's nose and giving your release word or clicker.
  • As your dog gets more comfortable, I like to use one hand to hold the treat and the other to help position the dog's head. Jada tends to slowly move her head while she waits so this has been helpful.

Jada getting used to treats being near her face

Step 3: Adding auditory and visual cues

  • When things start to go pretty well, I like to incorporate a word for the trick. I wasn't too creative with this, so I use the word "wait". Some other ideas would be "steady" or "balance".
  • For a visual cue, I like to gently do a stop signal towards my dog, but feel free to use what works for you.
  • As you continue working on it, and your dog learns that treats on the head = stay still, you will be able to use auditory and visual cues less frequently.

Jada balancing a biscuit while Abby tells her to wait

Step 4: Stack 'em up

  • When balancing one biscuit is mastered, add more!
  • You can also add other shaped treats as well. Smaller treats can be more difficult since it is harder for the dog to feel the weight of them.
  • For big stacks of treats, it helps to have them ready and in a stack already before you start placing them on your dog's head.

Jada balancing multiple dog biscuits

Jada balancing multiple dog jerky treats

Step 5: Non-Edible Items

  • The hard part is done. Your dog knows that balancing things can get them treats and praise. So now we can balance things that don't smell like food!

Jada balancing a poop emoji

Just like humans, taking breaks is important. Keep training sessions short and exciting.
Don't give up and have fun!


Petco Gift Card 
$350 Gift Card to Petco
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KONG Assortment 
Assorted KONG Dog Toys $150 VALUE - SPONSORED BY KONG 
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Wellness Pet Food Halloween 
$100 in Wellness Pet Food Dog Treats $100 VALUE - SPONSORED BY WELLNESS PET FOOD 
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Petcurean Spike Dog Treats 
2 Bags of Each Spike Dog Treat Recipe (8 Bags Total) $98 VALUE - SPONSORED BY PETCUREAN
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Only Natural Pet Dog Treats All Meat Bites, Jerky Bites, Chicken Chips, Jerky Strips, All Meat Crispies, and Jerky Wraps (1 Bag Each) $78 VALUE - SPONSORED BY ONLY NATURAL PET 
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DOGTV Prize Pack 
6 Month Subscription to DOGTV Online I and Love and You Fresh All Rover Dental Chews $66 VALUE - SPONSORED BY DOGTV 


Caru Pet Food Soft n' Tasty Baked Bites 
Four Flavors of Soft n' Tasty Baked Bites, One Grass Fed Beef Bone Broth, and One Free Range Chicken Bone Broth $60 VALUE - SPONSORED BY CARU PET FOOD 
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Treatibles Pumpkin Chews 
1 Small Bag of 1mg Pumpkin Chews and 1 Large Bag of 4mg Pumpkin Chews $56 VALUE - SPONSORED BY TREATIBLES 
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Noah's Bark Dog Treats 
Cha Cha Chicken, Bodacious Beef, and Peanutty Perfection (24 oz Bags - 3 Total) $56 VALUE - SPONSORED BY NOAH'S BARK DOG TREATS
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West Paw Dog Toys 
Qwizl Treat Toy and Rowdies Toy $56 VALUE - SPONSORED BY WEST PAW
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PLAY Mutt Hatter Plush Toy Collection 
Mutt Hatter Plush Toy Collection $48 VALUE - SPONSORED BY P.L.A.Y.
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  1. I would like to teach my dog to roll over. He can sit & shake "hands" but hasn't mastered rolling over.

  2. I'd love to teach Dexter to pick up toys by their names

  3. I would like to teach them sit and stay.

    1. I'm trying to teach my dogs to pick up their toys and put them back into the basket

  4. I would like to teach my dogs to balance dog treats on their noses and then flip them to eat.

  5. Our dog is blind now, but one trick I would like to teach him is to balance something on his nose.
    He trusts us completely and I think this would also slow his tendency to 'snap' (no maliciously) for treats,
    ellen beck on form

  6. I would like my girl to fetch her kong toy at treat time. I always have to search for it.

  7. i would like to teach my girls to weave between my legs

  8. I would like to teach them to balance items. My border collie Jaxon gets frustrated.

  9. I would like to teach Gunner how to walk

  10. I really want to teach him to roll over, he will be one on the 19th and he has been really great with training.

  11. come when called! hes real stubborn and doesnt listen sometimes

  12. This would be a fun trick to teach my dogs. My two boys, Kenji and Seiji, would likely be the best to teach it to. My girl, Megumi, is very hyper, although perhaps teaching her a trick like this could actually help calm her.

  13. I've tried this with my dog Myla but had no luck so I'm going to try with these tips!

  14. My Peachies really smart! I want to teach her how to fetch MY items, not just her toys!

  15. I'd love to teach my dog to stay. He gets so excited but we're working on it.

  16. Thanks for the balancing tutorial!! Can't wait to start training with these tips!!

  17. Balance an item on their head. I think I could teach my youngest.

  18. I would love to teach my doggies to pick up their own toys when they are done playing and put them back into a low-sided basket. I believe it can be done, lol! In the meantime, this dog mommy stays busy picking up after her four furbabies. Thanks so much for this chance!

  19. would love to teach my dog Roxie how to do spins

  20. I would love to teach my dog to pick up her toys after playing.

  21. I would love to teach my dog to army crawl.

  22. I just want to teach her STAY. She is wild and crazy. UGH

  23. I would love to teach my dog how to use and flush the toilet!

  24. I would like to teach my dog to play dead.

  25. I would love to teach my dog to fetch

  26. Both are so squirmy and are constantly on the move so being still would be great. 😁

  27. I have a Great Pyrenees pup who is very independent, AKA: stubborn. I'd love to teach him how to actually bring me back the items I throw for him. he seems to think once he gets it, it's his to eat...

  28. I would like to teach her how to heel properly!

  29. I would love to teach one of my dogs how to hand shake

  30. Sweet hope I win my pup snoop would love this

  31. I would like to teach my dogs to roll over.

  32. I would like to teach my German Shepherd to stop herding my other dogs, LOL. Hard to go against instinct!

  33. Colby is about to learn leave it next

  34. I would love to teach my dog to ring a bell to go outside.

  35. I would really like to teach my Pug, Ruby Rose to put away her toys! HAHA! Some of her chew bones are like stepping barefoot on Legos!

  36. I would love to teach my dog to use the toilet haha!

  37. Well When he was young,He Is 13 Now So He Is A Senior Dog But When He Was A Puppy He Chewed My Favorite Shoes !!! I Was Fit 2 Be Tied !!! Now He Sleeps all the time !!!

  38. I've been teaching my dogs to put their toys back in the toy box

  39. I would like to teach my dog to sleep past 4:00 am for breakfast. (

  40. I would love to teach my dog Charlie to STAY! He wants to run away every chance he gets

  41. I wish my dog would learn. He just ignores me!

  42. I would like to teach my girl, Sheba to roll over. She truly does do well with so many tricks but will not submit.

  43. I'm trying to teach my dogs to pick up their toys and put them back into its toy basket

  44. Nacho knows a few things.. like "I love you"
    With hip joint issues it's hard to teach when he's 8yrs old. Had for 4yrs .pretty good boy though

  45. I would love to teach a good high five!

  46. My sister wants to train her dog to take treats nicely from her hand instead of grabbing them from her. :)

  47. I can balance a food treat on my dog's nose but I've never tried more than one or other items! Great idea! I want to teach Maverick how to roll over. He loves to learn new tricks.

  48. I'd love to teach my dog roll over

  49. I'm teaching her to stay for an extended period of time while I leave the room. She's up to almost two minutes!

  50. I would love to teach my girl to play dead, I've always wanted to do that! She already will sit, stay, roll over and speak but i can't wait to teach her the balance trick, she's gonna love it!

  51. I'd like to teach my dog to leap over things.

  52. I would like to teach my dog to jump over fences and fetch

  53. i would love to teach her yo jump and catch treats

  54. I taught Maxi how to do balance treats on his nose when he was a pup. He was so exhausted by the end, he ended up falling asleep with treats up and down his nose.

  55. I want to teach Luma to shake paws!

  56. to teach my border collie to roll over. He prays and says I love you along with many other tricks he's very smart.

  57. I wish my dogs would would learn not to stare when we are eating.

  58. I would like to teach her to put away toys

  59. I would like to teach my dog how to swim
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  60. I would like to teach my Boston's how to take a bow.

  61. Tiny is an older dog now very reliable and sweet. I would love to teach her to dial 911 in case of fire or another emergency.

  62. I would like to teach my dog to roll over.

  63. I’d like to teach mine all the names of his toys. He’s knows a few so far.

  64. I would love to teach my dogs to sit.

  65. My dog is very, very timid. I would love to teach her anything that would help boost her confidence and help her feel safe and secure.

  66. I would like to teach my dog to give me his paw to shake my hand. Thanks!

  67. I'd love to teach my dog to balance a biscuit on his nose.

  68. I would like to teach mine to roll over. He can do a myriad of Tricks, but he just can't catch on to that.

  69. I would love to teach my dogs, find your spot and stay.

  70. I'd love to teach my dogs this trick and how to hold something in their mouth. Jada you are so talented and adorable :)