Big talker

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…


About The adventures of the piano keys

Hello there, A few years ago, I adopted a little white fluffy dog who I named Jasmine. Like any good intentioned dog owner, I registered for dog obedience classes. Little did I know how these lessons would go on to introducing me to the wonderful world of dog sports. Since then, Jasmine has participated in agility, flyball, and rally obedience events. We don’t expect to make any world team, but we love the training, competing, and most of, the chance of spending time together and having fun. In February 2011, I adopted a second dog, Fannie. This blog is a journal of our activities. Sit back, put your feet up, and I hope I can tease a smile out of you with our antics.
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