I’m often asked how to start a dog training plan, and no matter what the behaviour, my answer is always the same. We need to begin with the end in mind. Knowing how we want a behaviour to finish will create confidence and clarity for our dogs. We’re looking at how back-chaining can bring you and your dog joy together in training.

In the episode you'll hear:

  • How I taught my friend to ride a bicycle.
  • Some of the behaviors people train without thinking of the end.
  • Why some people say “stay, stay, stay” when teaching a sit or down.
  • About putting wires on fence posts.
  • The reason “keep going” does not make the end clear.
  • All about the concept of back-chaining behavior.
  • Why people struggle teaching duration behaviors.
  • About the importance of release cues.
  • Why I teach my dogs “out” to release a tug toy.
  • How back-chaining triggers what we know best.
  • The reason back-chaining helps people remember an agility course.
  • Why to chain back to what the dog loves.