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Side Stepping on the Flat
Purpose – Working on both the adductors and abductors (front and rear) and dogs don’t tend to use these muscles in regular forward motion.
Criteria – nice straight side stepping, even steps and keeping their body straight as possible.
Placement of reward – Food is in front of the dog with their head in a neutral stand position.
Training tips – To train this you can use a few variations - chin target, nose touch, handler pressure towards the side of the dog, pure shaping. Main thing is to mark that back foot stepping sideways as that will encourage the more side movement we want.
Increasing difficulty – more reps and increase distance.
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