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86 - Teach walk back or move away

86 - Teach walk back or move away

This is a useful exercise to teach your dog how to move out of the way, and a great start to teaching tricks and doggy dancing.

1. Stand facing your dog, with your feet wide enough apart for him to it through. Bend down and place a treat centrally on the floor just behind your feet - your dog will go to take the treat and then step back to look up at you in case there may be more food coming. As your dog steps back, click and treat. Repeat this several times.

Janet places a treat on the floor between and just behind her legs

Halo moves forward to pick up the treat

2. Begin to withhold the click as your dog steps back and wait to see what happens. Most dogs will take another step backwards. Click and treat.

As Halo steps back to see if there is another treat on its way, Janet clicks to mark the walk back

Halo is cottoning on and takes a few steps back

3. Build on this with more steps backwards and when the dog is confident begin to add a cue such as 'walk back' or 'move away'.

From 100 Ways to Train the Perfect Dog, Copyright by Sarah Fisher, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with D & C

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