Balance Disc

Discussion in 'General Dog Training' started by Anneke, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. Anneke Honored Member

    I bought two balance discs, the other day. These are soft rubber discs, filled with air. When you step on it, it feels soft and wobbly. There is a whole range of balance products for sale, but most of them are pretty expensive, for me anyway.
    But these were cheap and they are really meant for humans to sit on(on a chair, to help strengthen your core and for a better posture). they are also used in rehabilitaion for humans and dogs.
    I thought it might also help in some rearend awareness and maybe strenghten a few muscles. And they looked like fun to play around with.
    I found a video explaining how to work with this disc

    Now, this dog makes it look easy!
    When I introduced the disc to my dogs, they disliked the side with the soft spikes immidiately...And wow, this thing is unstable, are you sure we can stand on it????
    I did a short introduction session with them a few days ago. And Cooper especcially finds this a strange thing:D But I bought it with him in mind, as it could help him strengthen his core muscles, his backlegs and his back.
    I have found someone who gives workshops with these balance things, so maybe later this year I can go there.
    But for now, I am fooling around with it at home.

    My vid is a long one, about 12 minutes, but I didn't want to cut anything out, so I can see how they progress in using it.
    Jinx will step on it confidently now, but Cooper isn't too sure about it yet:rolleyes:
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  2. tigerlily46514 Honored Member

    CUTE video!!!!!!!!! Nice work, Anneke!!!
  3. Dlilly Honored Member

    You did a great job! :)
  4. Pawtential Unleashed Experienced Member

    That looks like a great precursor to a Buja board!
  5. orpheum Well-Known Member

    I also use a balance disc. But I learned my dogs to stand with four paws on one disc.
    By offering the treats left/right/up/down I make the excercise more difficult depending on the dogs training level/balance.
    Not the best example, but I wanted to show her "stressin" if I don't click to make a bridge in this excercise to someone else.

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  6. TiflovesBCs Experienced Member

    I have just bought one of these heeheee i saw it and it was reduced and thought why not
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  7. TiflovesBCs Experienced Member

    Ok had them all have a go and this is Bella and Jennys video of them trying it

    am uploading Zaras ontoo youtube so will share that once it has, she was manic lol
    After they have gotten use to the front paws being on how do you go about getting then to add the back feet. Because I have no clue.
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  8. Dogster Honored Member

    It looks like they like it!!!!! Especially Bella, LOL:ROFLMAO: I have no idea how to add back feet, but maybe...
    Try teaching them to put all 4 paws in a box. Then maybe (?) it will work with the balance disk????:)
  9. TiflovesBCs Experienced Member

    Might be worth a shot, Bella knows paws up so she's use to putting her front paws on to something, wait till you see zaras go its hilarious
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  10. TiflovesBCs Experienced Member

    ok heres zara video

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  11. Dogster Honored Member

    OMG!!!!! WOW!!!!!:eek::D Did you walk her today???O_o That is ONE energetic border collie!!!! More on topic, she really seemed to be "getting it" towards the end of the video... she actually STAYED on top of it for more than 5 seconds, LOL:ROFLMAO:
  12. TiflovesBCs Experienced Member

    shes like that 24/7 even if you are out with her for hours she still has tons of energy. thats why shes so hard to train because no matter what shes hyper. Before, during and after exercise lol
  13. Anneke Honored Member

    Sooo funny to see how all three of them work differently. Jenny being the slow one, trying to figure out what you want her to do with this thing. And Bella catching on really quick!
    Well and then Zara... She cracked me up!!! That dog really is manic!!!:ROFLMAO: But it is so beautifull to see her start to think. At first just bouncing all over the place and then calming down and doing it. My god does that dog want to work:eek::D
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  14. TiflovesBCs Experienced Member

    Jennys the old dog learning a new trick shes 12 in July lol she's use to just waving her paw to get a treat. Bella knows Paws up so she caught on to what I wanted her to do quickly as for zara. Her sitting and lying down are just as manic its like shes doing press ups lol. That was Zara working for her dinner.
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  15. tigerlily46514 Honored Member

    Zara is an effin brilliant dog. At one point, you click her for having bent arms, and Zara immediately offers bent arms, and then, a laying down on disc, soon as you click her bent arms.

    At another point, you click one paw on the disc, and immediately, Zara begins to offer only one paw on the disc. Later, Zara combines her previous click for bent arm, and a click for one arm, and offers 1 bent arm.

    Zara totally notices, instantly, whatever you click, and begins to offer THAT.

    Zara is one brilliant dog.

    wow........ Tif, you might want to consider waiting just a moment to click, to see what it IS that you are clicking......i do same thing, sometimes i click so fast, before i've even assessed what the dog is actually doing.
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  16. Dogster Honored Member

    Oh, I didn't notice that before!!! But now that you mention it... Yeah, Zara did do that!!! WHAT a brilliant dog!!!!
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  17. Dogster Honored Member

    Let me watch it again...
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  18. tigerlily46514 Honored Member

    Tif, i'm so glad you are training Zara too!! Yay for you, Tif!!
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  19. TiflovesBCs Experienced Member

    Since this was her first go with the disc I was just clicking for her touching it what ever way.
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  20. Anneke Honored Member

    I noticed that too, Tigerlily! She continuously offers behaviour and because she is so quick, it is really hard to click at the right moment.
    I was thinking of a way to get her to slow down and be a little calmer before having her do that what you want her to do.
    It looks like she is chaotic, but what she does makes very much sense. But I think it is easier to see when you look at the vid, than when you are in front of her;)

    I think Tigerlily has a point there, when she says to wait with the click, untill she clearly offers the behaviour you want.
    I think I would stop tossing food on this trick, because it causes her to be excited. That's ok for a dog like Bella, who works with selfcontrol, but for Zara...:rolleyes:
    Maybe you could try treating her from your hand, in the behaviour you want. This should cause her to slow down a bit.
    So if you want one paw on the target, click and treat(almost simultaneously at first) while she still has her paw on the target.
    I hope this makes sense to you, Tif?
    Because she is so quick, that she will offer a different behaviour immidiately if the click does not come fast enough.

    I love dogs like that:cool: She is so smart, almost too smart for her own good:D And she is soooo willing to work.
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