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Leash Walking 206: Teaching stay on the platform

Rear End Awareness:
Making the behavior stick

Dogs are not great about understanding where their back ends are. By using a target we can help them figure it out.


Make sure your dog has had time to get comfortable putting his/her paws on the platform. 


  • Platform or other surface that your dog can distinguish from the floor.
  • Treats
  • Treat pouch
  • Clicker

Part 1:

  • Lure your dog until he/she has both back feet on the platform. 
  • Click and jackpot (jackpot means give several treats rapid fire one right after another).
  • Use click and treat to continue the behavior for several seconds.  
  • Use touch or a release word to get your dog off the platform for a break.
  • Repeat this four or five times.
  • At the end of this step, your dog should be eager to have his/her rear feet on the platform.  Don’t move on to the next part until your dog is “glued” to the platform.

Part 2:

  • Start with your dog’s back feet on the platform. 
  • Take a treat and lure just a few inches in front and slightly downward in front of your dog’s nose until his/her weight shifts forward, but the back legs don’t move off the platform.
  • Click and treat for success.  If your dog moves his/her feet off the platform, go back to the previous part and work a little more on it. 
  • Lure a little farther making your dog shift a little more.  Remember, out and down, not straight in front of your dog.
  • If your dog’s feet stay on the platform, click and treat.  If not, try again but don’t pull the treat quite so far from your dog.
  • Repeat this four or five times.
  • At the end of this step, your dog should be stretching forward to get the treat with his/her feet on the platform.