By Lauren Tobin | Updated: August 1 2019
In our last blog we talked about the “Back Up” command and how to properly teach it on a flat surface. At this point, your dog should understand “Back Up” and be able to do it on command. This month, I want to focus on how to challenge this movement to make it more of a full body workout.
My favorite way of challenging “Back Up” is to use a flight of stairs. If you do not have stairs in your home, head to a park or a school nearby and find any kind of stairs. It doesn’t need to be a full set of bleachers, you only need about 5 steps to challenge them in the beginning! You want to start off with the first step then slowly progress to the entire flight. You can also use the curb to start if you do not have stairs in the area!
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Lauren has her Animal Sciences degree from Penn State University. During college, she worked with both domestic and wild animals, and volunteered at a Wildlife Rehabilitation Center for 4 years of college and even interned at Central Park Zoo. She is a Certified Dog Trainer from IACP and is a Certified Canine Athlete Advisor for Canine Conditioning. She also holds her CGC/CGCA Evaluator for the AKC.