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Shifting More Weight to the Rear is KEY to Improving Your Dog's Rear End Awareness

Learn How to Teach Your Dog to Access Power From the Rear!

This class was designed to teach you and your dog all about rear end awareness and "mystify" you with a new thought process. Open your mind to the possibilities and you will likely achieve true rear end awareness with your dog.

Why take this class?

➤ Teach your dog to use 4 paw drive (not 2 paw drive)
➤ Understand how the many misconceptions of rear end awareness teach your dog to load more weight to the front 
Be introduced to a time line for teaching certain behaviors that improve rear end awareness
➤ Teach your dog how to access power from the rear
➤ Help to keep your dog injury free by activating more muscles in your dogs movement
➤ Understand what YOU can do to help your dog
Dog’s typically distribute 60% of their weight to the front limbs and 40% to the rear limbs. Teaching a dog to shift more weight to the rear is key to improving rear end awareness.
Bobbie defines rear end awareness as the dog’s ability to shift weight into their rear feet to access muscle engagement to power in all directions. If the dog does not have weight distributed to their rear feet, they are relying heavily on their front limbs.
In the top photo, when the dog’s nose is lower than spine height, most weight is shifted to the front. 
In the bottom photo, the dog’s nose is above spine height which helps the dog shift more weight to the rear. As the dog steps off the bench and catches their weight in their rear limbs, even more weight is shifted to the rear feet.
It is important to understand to properly improve your dog’s rear end awareness, their nose needs to be above spine height so that their weight is distributed to their rear feet and they are able to access muscular strength in their rear limbs.

Who should participate?

There will be discussion threads to ask questions and post video for review.  Everyone is a participant. Each class is broken into sections with one or more lessons within each section. You can submit up to 3 minutes of video per section for instructional review.

Class will start on the 15th of the enrolling month. Each section will post to the site every 7 days. The course is open for video submission, questions, review and comments for 90 days after the first day of class - access to material lasts for 1 yr.

Class consists of 5 lessons with multiple exercises per lesson.


"I wish everyone taught rear-end awareness like you do!! It's amazing to see the difference and now I can totally understand how backing up to an object and backing up to Klimbs/a wall/handstands is totally opposite of getting that weight shift into the rear. I hope everyone who does sports takes this class cause it's been SOOO valuable to us.

I really can't thank you enough for all of this. It's an incredible course and has changed so much for us!!!"

~ HC - North Carolina

What level are the exercises? 

This course will have beginner to advanced exercise with most falling in the intermediate to advanced level. This class will focus specifically on the exercises taught and I will answer questions about the foundation needed but will not be teaching all the foundation movements (see suggested pre-requisite).
Suggested Pre-requisite a basic understanding of clicker training and the following behaviors either on verbal or hand signal cue, using a target or lured:

▸ Nose Touch and/or Nose Touch Hold
▸ Chin Rest
Possible Equipment – substitution will be recommended if you don’t have equipment used in the videos. There are many possible equipment options or you may use something you have laying around your house.

▸ Mat - (bath mat, K9Fitbed, yoga mat or something similar - should NOT be a puffy bed)
▸ 2 small balance products that your dog can stand on in a balanced position (Balance discs, K9Fitbones, Ramp, rubber feed pans or something similar)
▸ Object about your dogs chest height (Klimb, agility table, stool, dining room chair or something similar)
▸ Poles and cones or something similar (broom handles, jumps, or something similar)


"This is my dog Vera, a border collie/collie cross, who has a very long back and weak hind end. This class has had a world of difference for her already and I am excited to see where she is after working on year exercises for a longer period of time. I loved the set up of the class with new videos coming out every couple of days, giving time to work on each, but not dwelling on one thing. If you would like a different picture of Vera, just let me know. 

Thank you for all you provide to just regular folks like myself who have a passion for working with their dogs."

~ Allison Howard

Training Methods - A variety of training methods can be used to obtain the proper movement or position - shaping, luring, capturing, targeting and molding. These will be discussed in the video tutorials, in the forum and through video review but every tiny step will not be demonstrated in the instructional video. You will need to break each behavior down into small pieces so that your dog understands what is being asked.

Disclaimer: Some information in this class may overlap or appear in other classes due to the foundation needed for many behaviors, tricks and fitness exercises. In addition, there are overlapping skills needed for many different performance activities so you may see exercises that are the same but packaged up differently toward a slightly different goal.

Bobbie Lyons, CCFT, KPA CTP

Certified Canine Fitness Trainer

Karen Pryor Academy Faculty

CGC Evaluator (trick titles)

Bobbie owns and operates Pawsitive Performance which offers dog training, fitness training and trick training around the globe. She was part of the TEAM that contributed knowledge and experience to design the CCFT II Live Lab and is a course "Instructor" for the program. Bobbie also completed the certification program for Canine Fitness through the Companion Animal Sciences Institute and she is a Certified Training Partner with the Karen Pryor Academy.

Bobbie has 4 awesome dogs that train a variety of skills for agility, fitness training, trick training, tugging and dock diving. Bobbie enjoys the training process and strives to comuinicate in the best way she can to help her dogs and clients dogs understand the task at hand. She starts every training sessions with this question "how can I set the dog up for success and give the dog the best information to successfully complete the behavior".

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This course is not open for enrollment at this time.

Questions about the course?

Email the instructor Bobbie Lyons at
[email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the class start and finish?

Class officially starts the day after the enrollment period ends. New material will be posted every 7 days after class begins to allow you time to process the information and start the training process. Video review and commenting will be open for 90 days from the start of class allowing you plenty of time to work through the material, take and edit video and formulate your questions as well as allow the instructor time to review and give feedback. We have built-in extra time after all class materials are available so that students that are behind or students still working on behaviors can ask questions and post videos​ for review and comment.

How long do I have access to the class?

For one year from the start of class. The school reserves the right to modify, update or remove this class at any time.

What is your refund policy for current classes?

You will receive a refund if you request your cancellation at least 1 day before the class begins. There are no refunds after class has started.

What if I am unhappy with the class?

We make every effort to offer valuable information at an affordable rate. We suggest you read the class description carefully before making your purchase to determine if the class is right for you. Because there are many levels of trainers, there will be material that is review for some and new to others. For those that are review, it will give you an opportunity to look at what you have trained and refine the behaviors as needed. If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, please contact admin at [email protected]

Can instructors diagnose or treat injury?

No - instructors and assistant instructors cannot diagnose or treat injury. They can design fitness plans for healthy dogs or dogs that have a written release from veterinary care and/or veterinary rehabilitation care.