How does one teach their dog that they have a rear end?
Some dogs who only go for leash walks seem to not realize that they can do stuff with their rear end. When I first learned this, and then saw it, I was stunned! How could a dog get like this?
I’ve never had, nor do I ever think I will have, a dog who doesn’t know just how important their rear end is. How do I get this?
I run them off leash A LOT as a puppy. Through a bush, through culverts, over hills, over toys in the backyard. Can you get down to this stream? Let’s go swimming? Fetch that stick that I’ve tossed hither and yon!
The question becomes more important as the dog ages and this type (the above) of play/work hasn’t been done. So how to teach it in an older dog.
1. ladder work – have the dog walk slowly through a ladder. This teaches the dog that they have to actively do something with their back feet, they can’t just follow along in a ladder.
2. walk over odd surfaces. i.e. carefully walk down those rocks that they often has a soil barriers down to the water surfaces (or anything like that).
3. teach a spin, turn, circle on a piece of wood that is off the ground (perhaps don’t start off the ground, but add that height).
There are other things one can do, but my time is short and I’ll need to come back to this. 🙂