Rear Paw Target or Paws Down – Bad Dog Agility Academy

Rear Paw Target or Paws Down

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  • Brianne S says:

    A little update on hazel and noodles’ front target and first video of rear target. I appreciate the tip to use the reset if the dog isnt set up in the right position, so youll see that here. Note that he didnt include the whole training sessions, but tried to pick a section that showed you mostly where we’re at with these activities. Hazel does seem to want to sit a lot in her rear targetting- aside from treating low, anything i should be doing to support that more?

  • Carol R says:

    Strut’s rear feet up video. Seems I submitted his front feet video here.

  • Patty4027 says:

    This is the first time we’ve worked on the rear paw target. They have a lot of rear end awareness but in the past I’ve never known to pay attention to form. After I did the video I realized the step stool is probably too tall for them.
    Thanks for evaluating.

  • Barb VE says:

    Enzo has pretty good rear foot targeting skills, if you just want him to find things with his rear feet. Staying still is an entirely different thing! Here’s where we are so far…

  • Michelle says:

    Here’s Jake’s attempt. I may have head his head too high since I just reread that his neck was supposed to be by neutral or low.

  • kcferg says:

    Hi Leslie,

    This is front paws up and rear paws up for my 3 dogs. Stillness was our biggest challenge. I don’t have a platform yet, so I tried various pieces of equipment that I do have. Please let me know what you think works best. Thank you for your help!

  • Christina And Ripley says:

    Here is Ripley’s Paws Down. Used both a hard and a soft surface (just used a cushion from the outdoor furniture). I’m not sure if she’s high enough off the grass and perhaps I’m sitting too close. I had to try and push her back a bit on the hard surface because she was inching too close to me. If there’s anything I can be doing differently or use for the squishy surface I’d love the feedback. I haven’t ordered inflatable exercise equipment for her yet.

    Hard surface:
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  • says:

    I combined the front and rear target work into one video for each dog….hope that’s okay and the videos make sense. We start w/ front feet….low stable then low unstable….high stable then high unstable…..then move on to rear feet same progression. Hazel struggled with the height of the stool on rear feet so I’ll need to find something a bit lower for her….she was fine coming over it into position but backing into it was a struggle.

    • Coach Leslie says:

      Great job with both dogs. I think we found the perfect combinations of equipment for each exercise and each dog.

      • says:

        Thanks for the great feedback. I realized I was reinforcing too high and corrected but good to know that when the platform is higher you need to go even lower! I had added some air to the Fit Bone and wasn’t sure if it was too much….guess it was! If I was going to buy one more piece of equipment would you recommend a peanut or a cloud? I’m up in the air but I think the cloud seems more versatile…especially since I have the donut!

  • says:

    This one was hard for Rev. Our equipment hadn’t arrived, so earlier today I tried improvising with a stool, which was way too challenging/tall and he kept trying to sit and definitely was not able to stand – does this mean he is weak somewhere? I then tried a pillow, still not great. Tonight our balance disk arrived so I used it and it was much more successful compared to the previous attempts. I did notice that with both the pillow and the balance disk that he tended to lean on his left rear leg more, is that anything to be concerned about? I do have a platform on the way that is adjustable from 4-8″ so I will be able to use it starting later this week. This is my first canine fitness class ever so i’m looking forward to your feedback before I try this exercise again, just to make sure i’m not messing anything up! After I get your guidance, I will try to do it most days with breakfast/dinner.

  • says:

    Wow I really need you help with these. First is Tank her hind legs splayed out like a frog. I tried 2 diffrent heights and it did not seem to make a difference. Are her legs weak? How do I get her to stand up? Nicki does a much better job but her hind legs start to quiver. I have noticed that her hind legs quiver when she squats to go pee too. Is just a sign that she needs conditioning? My vet is very good and she has never found a medical issue with Nicki.

    • Coach Leslie says:

      Great start Judy! I’ve put a few tips to change your mechanics and the set up in the video. I think once you work through these changes both dogs will improve greatly.

      • says:

        Thank you. That was very helpful. As you can tell I have never done K9 fitness before. Everything you said is very logical. While I was watching your feedback video I was yelling at myself to stand still and stop running around.

  • Carol R says:

    Strut’s work on rear feet. In reviewing all the video, I noticed he had much better posture when he placed himself on the equipment when I was getting into place before the treats came into play. Some of that shows here, other parts do not.

  • Jenn says:

    Both dogs goal is stillness, especially for Neo For both dogs, I should have move the platform farther away from me. I need to reinforce Neo lower.



  • Brenda Lyons says:

    Sunny seems to occasionally have her rear feet splayed out – she I give her a smaller target? Was my food placement causing her to lean back slightly? Also, I assume that we’re only supposed to submit one dog, correct?

    • Coach Leslie says:
      You can submit all/any dog in the household.
      I think she looks really good in this behavior. I noticed in both target exercises she likes to turn her paws out. I’m not sure how much we can change it, so let’s see how it progresses as we go through the exercises.

  • Lynne Bockelman says:

    Dr Eide – does the 2on-2off A-frame contact position adversely affect the dog’s posture, back and joints? I’ve never liked the way it looks, so I’ve always done a 4-on contact.

    • Coach Leslie says:

      It depends on what you reinforce and the dog’s strength. I think if you reinforce low and the dog has appropriate strength to decelerate into position it’s fine. What I don’t like is dogs using the ground to stop their momentum.

      • Lynne Bockelman says:

        Thanks! What you said about stopping – I agree. I’ve seen dogs do that a lot. Also, especially Goldens, slamming into the upside of the A-frame at a 90 degree angle before they run up. Looks so hard on the shoulders!

        • Coach Leslie says:

          I agree – they jump into the A-frame, rather than changing the angle of their stride to accommodate the incline. While there is a training piece to this, I think strength plays a big role as well.

  • Cindy and Force says:

    Our rear foot targeting.

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