How to Train Your Dog to Back Up

Training with dog

Both a playful canine prank and useful training, teaching your dog to respond to the instruction to "back up" Your dog will amaze and entertain your guests as it walks backward on command, much like a circus dog. However, it's also incredibly helpful if you need your dog to step back while it's shoving you during a game of or to back away from an open door.

Luckily, many dogs pick up this trick rather quickly. Others may take a little longer to learn it, but it's a fun command to add to your training sessions.

Get Prepared

You can teach your dog to back up without any extra tools. You are prepared to travel as long as your dog and some snacks are with you. You should always if you are clicker training.

Begin With "Stay"

Give your dog the remain command to start. Before proceeding to the next phase, it would be beneficial to go back and concentrate on teaching your dog to stay.

Back Away

Take a few steps away from your dog, and then turn and face them.

Move Forward

Approaching your dog is a good idea. Some dogs may start to move away from you as soon as you approach them. If your dog doesn't begin to step back as you approach it, keep moving ahead while attempting to gently tilt your body forward.

Offer Praise and a Reward

As soon as your dog takes a few steps back, tell them "good" or "yes!" or click your clicker, and then give them a treat.

Add the Command

Once your dog seems to understand the action, it's time to introduce the command. The next time, say "back up" as you move toward your dog. Continue to reward your dog when it backs up on cue.

Most dogs learn to back up quickly. Practice these steps for a few minutes each day, and your dog will soon be responding to the back up command.

Problems and Proofing Behavior

You might need to urge your dog a little bit more if he refuses to back up. Continue to go in the direction of the dog, and when you get there, gently shove them back with the area of your leg that is above the knee. As you gently push your dog backwards with your body, it will reposition itself. As soon as the dog starts to step backward, offer it some praise or click your clicker while giving it a reward.

When you try to teach this instruction to a dog, some of them will get up and go away rather than backward. You might have to transfer your to a small corridor or another confined area in this situation. The same measures must be followed to ensure that your dog can only move backward.

If your dog is still not reacting as soon as you had intended, try not to become upset. Each dog develops at their own pace. Practice for no longer than 10 minutes at a time, keeping practice sessions brief and upbeat.

If backing up is too difficult, switch to a simpler command that your dog is familiar with, such as or down. Reward these actions and attempt "back up" once again. If the session has lasted long enough, finish with a simple task and praise and goodies for your dog. You may always return and attempt "back up" at a later time.

Once your dog reliably does your backing, test the behavior in numerous settings. Do your subsequent sessions, for instance, outside in the yard where there will be more distractions. Then, try it at a park or at a friend's house. Any dog that fully understands the command should be able to execute it under any conditions.

Although you might not use this command as frequently as some others, it is still vital to practice it sometimes. Make it a point to incorporate it into your normal training regimen, or even just ask your dog to stand back sometimes, like once or twice each week. This will assist your dog remember the command.