Walking backward isn’t a skill that comes naturally to dogs, so using a target is a helpful tool. Another advantage of using a target is that you can move it further away to increase distance. In this video, Gretchen Carey uses a container lid as a target for her dog, Joe. Gretchen clicks and rewards Joe when his rear foot touches the lid. Strategic placement of the treat encourages Joe to come forward so that he can repeat the behavior successfully!
What different things can you train your dog to do? The possibilities are endless! For more training tips and ideas, check out our blogs and the Dog Trainer Foundations course!