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Through My Legs

Rating: 1 Treat

Summary: Dog goes between my legs, moving from in front of me to behind me
Verbal Cue: "Through"
Physical Cue: Patting my right leg
Prerequisites: None

I taught this using luring and a clicker, although use of the clicker is optional.

  • Step 1: Stand with your legs parted and the dog in front of you. Toss a treat backwards, between your legs, clicking as your dog goes between your legs to get the treat. Repeat until the dog is easily going between your legs.
  • Step 2: With the dog in front of you, reach behind your leg (if your treat is in your right hand, then reach behind your right leg) and show the dog the treat between your legs, clicking as they go through and tossing the treat behind you.
  • Step 3: After a few time, try NOT throwing the treat, and instead just stand up. Wait until the dog comes around to in front of you to see where the treat went and then give the treat to the dog.
  • Step 4: Gradually phase out the hand between the legs, switching to patting your leg instead by showing the treat between your legs but once the dog moves forward to go between, give your leg a pat. Reduce the amount of time you show the treat, until just leaning sideways to pat your leg is enough to cue the dog.

I taught this to Henry, my 5 month old Golden Retriever puppy, in a few one-minute sessions over the course of several days.