Ideas Needed For Things To Do On The Balance Beam.

Discussion in 'Training Challenges' started by Linda A, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. Linda A Experienced Member

    Royal is pretty good at walking the balance beam and he can now mount it from the side and sit pretty on it. I would like to teach him to do other things on the beam. Anyone have any ideas?

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  2. JazzyandVeronica Honored Member

    No ideas...but that is really impressive!!!
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  3. Linda A Experienced Member

    Thanks! It is so much fun training him. He catches on soooo fast!! Two thoughts I have had are to try to get him to turn around in the middle of it and the other is to see if he will back across it.

    Considering that the board is only 3 1/2 inches wide I imagine I will need to teach him to turn around on other things making them progressively smaller. Backing across it will take some serious rear end awareness! LOL!
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  4. TiflovesBCs Experienced Member

    Well done that looks great

    Hmmmm how have you secured the board?? Think I may try making one for Bella
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  5. Linda A Experienced Member

    The stands, I guess you would call them, are kitty litter buckets. I used a utility knife to cut slots just large enough for the board to fit through. They are rather tight fitting. We started with the buckets closer together to make the walk a short one. By the end of the week they were walking the full length of the board.

    Please take the weight of you dog into consideration when making one.
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  6. sara Moderator

    I have taught Oliver to sit pretty on the beam too! but instead of looking for other tricks,. I'm working on duration and a smaller board (with the end goal of having him balance on a broomstick)

    His balancing tricks are at 2:27 in this vid
  7. Linda A Experienced Member

    Very cool! He's doing great! I've thought about a broomstick also. We shall see! LOL!
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  8. madeleine Experienced Member


    Maybe ask a sit, pretty sit, shame, paw up, lay down, stand up, crawl, walk back?
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  9. Mutt Experienced Member

    Looks very nice!
    some suggestions:
    lying down, side stepping with front legs up the beam, hindlegs up the beam (and side stepping), multiple beams and stepping from one to the other (making a square with them) and turning around when in the middle.

    Wow a broom stick sure is thin and hard! May I ask how big Oliver is? I can't imagine teaching Mazzel this, I think it is anatomically impossible for him :ROFLMAO:
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  10. madeleine Experienced Member

    Saw it months ago on youtube, it was a dog balancing on rope!
    I wouldn't do that to my dog though.

    You can also ask him to carry a wallet for example.
  11. Dogster Honored Member

    Love it!!!! Impressive!!!!:D Royal reminded me of this dog:

    How about kifting his paws on the beam? You can teach him to lift his left front paw and his right back paw at the same time (or his right front paw and his left back paw) kind of like a balancing act. :)
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  12. MaryK Honored Member

    Fabulous Sara!!!!!!!!:love: LOL Oliver has VERY good taste in reading, he knows exactly what to read and what to reject!
    His sit/beg on the balance beam was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!:love:
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  13. MaryK Honored Member

    Linda A, fabulous work on the balance beam! :love:

    How about extending the hind leg out, so Royal is only on three legs?
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  14. Linda A Experienced Member

    I saw the one of the dog balancing and sitting pretty on the rope. I followed the links to see him walking the length of the rope and the link to him learning to do this. Amazing!!
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  15. Linda A Experienced Member

    Royal can 'hike' on cue so maybe we can do that half way across the beam. Like he is taking a potty break. LOL!
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  16. sara Moderator

    Oliver's not that big, he's only 35-40 lbs, and about the size of a Cattle Dog, or a shorter-bodied Border Collie. He's got a tough, wiry build and excellent balance, so it's easy for him :)
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  17. Mutt Experienced Member

    Mazzel feels a lot better about himself now :ROFLMAO:
    He is 35 kg (according to google that is 77 lbs), he has the size of a female golden retriever.
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  18. sara Moderator


    I also taught him to balance on a ball with his front feet, then to do the elephant trick on it, so he developed alot of core strength from that, so learning to balance on a small box, then the beam, was really easy for him :)
    This is when I discovered his ability to balance... I was asking him to put his front feet on the post to pose, and he did this!!!
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  19. Dogster Honored Member

    WHOA!!!!!:eek: That is SO COOL, Sara!!!!!!:D I love Oliver's balancing tricks!!!!!:)
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  20. Mutt Experienced Member

    Nope that is definetely impossible for Mazzel (and I can't blame him :p).
    But that is indeed awesome!
    I have also taught Mazzel to balance on a ball with his front paws and he knows the elephant trick,
    but that sure is a challenge! I hope to one day teach him to roll the ball forward with his front paws on it.
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