Meet Nana the border collie! Nana is a YouTube star, animal actor, and all around amazing trick dog and companion. From the time she was brought home as a nine week old puppy, this dog has been learning all kinds of incredible tricks.
Nana knows nearly every dog trick in the book. From the impressive foot stalls and walking hand stands (aka paw stands), to the equally (if not more!) impressive balancing tricks, there's truly nothing this dog can't do. For good measure, she also likes to throw in some cool frisbee catches, agility, and impressive obedience maneuvers that most average pet owners only dream of.
Nana is trained with exclusively positive reinforcement and clicker training. To her, training is just another game to be played with her favorite person. Border collies have an immense desire to work, and trick training is one of many ways to fulfill their intense desire for mental activity and learning. Nana is obviously a very happy and fulfilled dog that truly loves her "doggie job."
The video above shows most of Nana's tricks at just 2-3 years old. In the video, she can walk backwards (on four paws and two!) fake limp while walking, pick up a coin and put it in a jar, ride a skateboard, blow bubbles, balance on her owner's feet (aka a foot stall) and perform countless more amazing stunts!
She also knows all the cute party tricks; weaving through legs, crossing her paws in time with her trainer, wrapping herself in a blanket, playing dead and covering her eyes, and dancing alongside her owner. At such a young age, she knew more tricks than most dogs do in a lifetime!
Now, at ten years old, Nana has grown her trick repertoire exponentially, as well as perfected her impressive balancing tricks. The video below showcases some of her more recent (and increasingly advanced) balancing tricks, where she balances everything from dog treats, to books, to glasses of water, all while doing walking handstands, weaving through poles, and standing on her hind legs.
Nana also has several furry family members who share her love of learning and trick training. Kaiser the Bengal cat is one of Nana's best friends. Just like his border collie sister, Kaiser has an impressive repertoire of tricks.
His trick list includes playing dead, walking backwards up the stairs, riding a skateboard, foot stalls, and so much more! He can even do backflips and growl on cue! In addition, he also walks on a leash, runs agility courses, and can perform tricks at a distance from his trainer.
Like Nana, Kaiser is a proven animal actor and all around amazing and talented purrformer (sorry, couldn't resist!) In his free time, he enjoys playing in the water like a dog, and hanging out with Nana and his adorable rattie buddies.
Speaking of rats....
In addition to Nana's best buddy Kaiser, she also has a few less traditional friends. While they are a little smaller than the average dog, these little guys are just as cute, and have quite a few tricks up their sleeves as well. These adorable little rats can raise flags, weave poles, play fetch, paint, walk a tightrope, and also have a variety of impressive jumping tricks to show off.
They are also quite helpful around their home and can go shopping for their own treats, help decorate the house, fetch the mail, weigh themselves, and even fetch a tissue for their owner.
Nana, Kaiser, and their little friends often make cute guest appearances in each others' trick videos. This talented crew can also be seen performing together while acting out mini movies, such as Home Alone With Nana and Kaiser. They can even be seen competing against each other in a fast paced Dog vs. Rat vs. Cat Trick Contest, in which they compete in an epic head to head battle to see which animal takes the top spot for most amazing tricks.
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Welcome to the Border Collie Blog!
On this website you can find all kinds of dog related tips and tricks (with an extra emphasis on meeting the needs of border collies and other high energy breeds.)