Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Back Foot Awareness for Service Dogs

Back Foot Awareness for Service Dogs

Service dogs need to be aware of their body and where it is in space. In particular, many need to be taught that they have a back end. These dogs often just focus on their froth end and the back end just follows along. It comes in handy in getting their back legs and tail out of the way of doors, wheels and other things they encounter on a daily basis. It is handy to untangle themselves in the leash and to step over low items carefully. The skill is particularly helpful if you have a dog that is large and lacks an understand of his strength and size. By learning that they have a back end and where it is in space, they can also turn with you more easily.

Here is a video that give you some ideas of what you can teach him to help him learn he has a back end and how to move it efficiently.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5O7mS4blCF8