Open Enrollment

Shifting More Weight to the Rear is KEY to Improving Your Dog's Functional 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 functional rear end awareness and "mystify" you with a new thought process. Open your mind to the possibilities and you will likely achieve true functional rear end awareness with your dog.

Who should participate?

→ Dogs that knock bars in agility
→ Young dogs that will eventually perform in dog sports (start them off right!)
→ Dogs that lack the ability to collect
→ Dogs that need to increase speed
→ Handlers that want to understand how to achieve functional rear end power
→ Handlers that are open minded to new thought processes
→ Dogs that need more lift off the dock for dock diving
→ Dogs that lack a good swimmers turn on the flyball box.
→ Dogs that need more lift off the ground for disc dog tricks

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 functional 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

Advantages of the Online Class

✔️ Convenience of online learning
✔️ More time to learn the material than the traditional in person class format
✔️ Work at your own pace in the convenience of your home
✔️ Access to the material for as long as BLCC exists.
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 functional 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.

What's Included?

As soon as you sign up, you have access to all the lessons.
This way, you can pick and choose which exercises to work on.

Each class is broken into lessons, with one or more exercises within each lesson - access to material lasts as long as BLCC exists.

The school reserves the right to modify, update or remove this class at any time.


Lesson 1:
✔️ Rear foot targeting (RFT) as a forward motion
✔️ Understand weight shifting
✔️ Decrease forward weight shift with specific food delivery methods

Lesson 2:
✔️ RFT progressed
✔️ Exercise that focus on hip flexors and abdominal muscles

Lesson 3:
✔️ RFT progressed
✔️ Balance
✔️ Back up with focus

Lesson 4:
✔️ Shifting weight to the rear while performing several different exercise

Lesson 5:
✔️ Shifting weight to the rear while performing several different exercise

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 beginner to intermediate level. This class will focus specifically on the exercises taught.

This class is recommended for young dogs but some exercises will need to wait until strength and coordination are achieved.

Suggested Pre-requisite a basic understanding of clicker training and target training is helpful, but not required:

▸ 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. FitPAWS is offering a 30% education discount. Klimb is offering a discount as well. Information to get the discount will be available upon enrolling.

▸ 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)

There are many possible equipment options or you may use something you have laying around your house.


"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, targeting, and It's Yer Choice. These methods will be discussed in the video tutorials and material content.

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, CCSC, CCFT, KPA CTP

Lead Instructor and Program Director for the Certified Canine Strength and Conditioning Coach Program

Certified Canine Fitness Trainer

Karen Pryor Academy Faculty

Bobbie owns and operates Pawsitive Performance which offers dog training, fitness training and trick training around the globe. Bobbie currently is the lead instructor and program director for the Certified Canine Strength and Conditioning Coach program that is offered through North Carolina State University and North Carolina State Veterinary Medicine. She was also part of the TEAM that contributed knowledge and experience to design the CCFT II Live Lab and was a course "Instructor" for the program. Bobbie 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 communicate 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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As soon as you sign up you will have access to all the lessons. This way, you can pick and choose which exercises to work on.

Get started for only


One-time fee, USD
*Taxes are included in listed price*

  • Access to the popular Functional Rear End Awareness class
  • Access to material for as long as BLCC exists

Questions about the course?

Email the instructor Bobbie Lyons at
[email protected]