Big mouth? moi? Of course! It’s a game I love to play, and my friends are generous enough to let me get away with it. A few weeks ago, I bit off more that I can chew. A friend/previous teacher/all-around Canadian champion in the obedience world proudly showed a short video of her talented malinois learning how to do a handstand.
Could I leave it at that? Noooooooooo. Of course not! I had to brag that if my little bichon mutt could do it, so could a smart/talented/savvy malinois….
I was asked to show proof, AKA video in the dog training facebook communicating world. Now, before I write anything further, I should add the following:
Jasmine will easily do a handstand when specific conditions are met:
- It’s a cold morning, and she’s looking for a place to pee;
- The pavement is very cold, and covered with ice;
- There happens to be a flyball practice scheduled on that morning at 7:30 am
- The sidewalk is wet, but the roads are dry from calcium, and she must walk from one to the other.
Not only will she do a handstand, but she will do up to 10 steps on only her front paws. Unfortunately, lack of snow, ice, and cold weather in a house makes a very uncooperative little bichon mutt.
Sooooo. I had to admit that I was wrong, and as a “lesson”, I’m now teaching both my dogs the trick.
Here is a video to demonstrate where we’re at….. Yes, Jasmine is being very, well, ….. Jasmine. I love the difference between my two dogs. Both dogs were given the same time and the videos were filmed through a period of four days. You can see the difference in their “handstand” abilities…