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Old 03-21-2013, 03:53 PM
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I've done the first steps of teaching Marsh to do a handstand. He'll look for things to put his back feet on (this looks -really- funny when there's nothing there), and it would be pretty straightforward to get him on a wall and wean off the wall. He's about 40 pounds though. I'm concerned he's too big for the trick. I've only seen toy or small terriers doing the trick. What do you think about larger dogs doing this trick?
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Old 03-21-2013, 04:04 PM
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As long as your dog has good core strength and you don't overdue it, it should be fine to do with a bigger dog. I always recommend keeping sessions very, very short for handstands, I'm talking 5 minutes or less.
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Old 03-21-2013, 04:26 PM
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Totally doable for larger dogs, you just have to build it very slowly. Don't go full vertical until you've built the core strength. Start by lifting feet onto an ottoman or angled board and build up.
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Old 03-21-2013, 04:31 PM
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Here's a video of Marsh putting his back feet on an ottoman. I've been teaching him to back up the stairs, too.

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Old 03-21-2013, 04:47 PM
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I have nothing to add to this thread other than we don't see enough of Marsh and that video is adorable. Reminds me of watching Dance learn... except Dance is more erratic lately haha. No idea what happened to stopping and thinking for a second.
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we don't see enough of Marsh
^Yes.

As long as you're paying attention to what your dog can safely physically do and not merely what he is willing to do, you're fine. From the video, I would personally go in very small increments of building up and coordination before trying a supportless handstand with him (sounds like that's your plan but just to reinforce that point...)

With my girls (Kim is 47lb, Mira 53lb), they might be able to do it but they are both rather long and to me it's just not worth the risk. Mira would probably do it for me whether she really could or not because she is all Try. But they get the part of the core workout I want from just wall or steep board stands, with far less risk of hurting themselves. I have no need of the wow factor other than personal amusement... but that's my personal decision.
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My dog is 38ish pounds and can do a handstand... almost. It's taken FOREVER to build up the strength for it, though some of the delay is my cruddy training.
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