Its Linda here, back with an update on ourTrain Your Dog Month Challenge. We’ve been really busy this week with lots of homework from our agility classes, but we’ve still found some time to work on our challenge!
Rear End Awareness
I wanted Alfie to start paying attention to where his hind legs and paws are at when we’re training agility. Its called rear end awareness and basically means that the dog realises that he has a set of hind legs and that he can actually control them just as well as his front legs. Most dogs really have no clue where their hind paws are up to back there.
The idea is that as he develops this skill, he will become better at manoeuvring the agility course more safely. It is also a fun way to teach your dog fun tricks and build your bond.
Spinning on a Platform
Alfie already knew the command ‘spin’ so all I needed to do for this first rear end exercise was to make him do the same thing on a raised platform. Our agility trainer says that once a dog masters this trick they should be able to turn around on a fire hydrant!
It wasn’t as easy as you might think to find somewhere to practice though – we don’t exactly have a perfect raised platform lying around at home so we had to improvise a little. I really like to build training sessions into our daily walk though so when we found these pawsome rocks in our park I knew we’d found the perfect spot!
As you can see in the video he does the ‘spin’ really slowly – clearly paying attention to where he is putting all his paws. Success!
Alfie Spinning – video
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