If you don't know, rear end awareness is pretty much what it sounds like (well, if you aren't ass immature as I am. Did ya see what I did there? :p): a dog being actively aware of what it's doing with its feet and rear body. Things like pivots, backing up, rear foot targeting, dog sports, and many other complex tricks all require a seriously rear aware dog. Not only is it fundamental for training, it also builds muscle and helps a dog become more graceful and aware of their body. This is especially useful for larger dogs, as I'm sure you can imagine! Here is a video that shows some REA exercises. I picked this video as it shows a few of the methods I filmed the Duo doing.
Aside from backing up (Nola), balance training with FitPaws equipment (both), disc (Pike), and working on heeling while backing up (Nola), I don't do too much structured REA training with my dogs. No particular reason why. In the videos below you're seeing their first sessions with each of these exercises. Please excuse my looks, voice and dripping nose in these videos; I'm getting over a nasty cold.
Edit to add: I'm not sure why the video feature on blogger is only allowing me to post certain videos, so I'm going to try and embed them in the HTML instead. I've never done this before, so I hope it works! If not, the links to YouTube will be below each dog's videos.
Links for the videos here, here, here and here.
And now Pike, who is going through a fear phase at the moment and as is a bit jumpy due to that.
Links for videos here, here and here.
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