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Key to complex tricks- rear end awareness

December 31, 2010 in Dog Training

This video goes over the steps of how to using LURING to train the Rear End Awareness exercise. This is an exercise that is not only good for bodily awareness, and building muscles, but also a foundation behavior for teaching some very complex tricks. The behavior can be free shaped as well, however I like to lure this behavior as I like to retain the hand signal that evolves from the luring action as the cue, to use later when teaching other behaviors that involve back foot movements. Its almost as though you magnetize the dog to line up with your hand… and I believe it is quite easy to make side stepping behaviors secondary reinforcers. I use a clicker in this video but if you do not have one you can say “yes” in the place of a click.

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