tiva wrote:Those are all awfully cute. Here's a dumb question: why do you want to build rear end awareness in dogs? (I have rear end awareness, but I can't imagine dogs need to worry about whether their bottom looks big in those jeans.)
I definitely have that awareness too...unfortunately mine didn't kick in until after I posted these videos with me in my saggy butt jeans.
I do flyball with my gang, and part of flyball is doing a "swimmer's turn" where they get all four feet up on the flyball box. Teaching them to be aware that they have back feet/legs helps with this...as well as helping with other sports and activities. My guys dabble in agility too, and it's helpful for them to know, so they don't drag their back feet/legs up the a-frame and dog-walk like most of the pet dogs that I see in class.
We also train Assistance Dogs, and I like for them to be able to handle anything that's thrown at them, including having to know where those feet are, so they're more stable while working.
"I don't have any idea if my dogs respect me or not, but they're greedy and I have their stuff." -- Patty Ruzzo
"Dogs don't want to control people. They want to control their own lives." --John Bradshaw