How To Train A Dog To Balance A Cookie On His Nose

How To Train A Dog To Balance A Cookie On His Nose

This tutorial is part of The Ultimate List Of Dog Trick Ideas which contains 99 other tricks like this!

The ultimate in self-control is a dog that will hold a biscuit on his nose and then give it back unharmed. This trick will help you to teach your dog just that!

  1. Have two treats in front of your dog and ask him to sit or stand.
  2. Now when he is perfectly still place one of the treats on his nose and hold the other in front of him to keep his attention.
  3. Reinforce his position after a second or so then take the treat from his nose and offer the second treat for him to eat. This is teaching your dog that if he ignores the reward on his nose you will provide him with something equally rewarding.
  4. Add the command word then gently delay reinforcement and reward so that your dog balances the first treat for longer.
  5. Practice

Top tip; if your dog is obsessed with taking the treat from his nose make the second treat higher value, this way he will be more likely to wait for his proper reward.

Dog trainers love this trick because it encourages control and focus.

Jean Cote

Jean Cote is an animal lover and the founder of Success Dogs. For more than a decade, he has served as a coach to thousands of dog owners around the world to better train, communicate and forge a stronger bond with their dog using positive and force-free training methods.