What is this and why do so many dogs do this!?
This is a pivot bowl, or pivot perch, or paw target pivot, etc. The point is the dog will offer their front feet on the raised target and rotate their rear feet around the target - like a circus elephant!
The benefits of this exercise are that it is a brain game, a body awareness exercise, and it offers itself as a foundation step for teaching a competition heel.
Here you’ll see Lolly working on offering the first step- front paws on and stay on it while mirroring my movement.