How To Train A Dog To Walk Backwards

How To Train A Dog To Walk Backwards

This tutorial is part of The Ultimate List Of Dog Trick Ideas which contains 99 other tricks like this!

A set of ten tricks that can be taught individually or as part of a sequence to create longer routines, heelwork to music has become increasingly popular and even become winning acts in TV talent shows.

These tricks will break down the wonder that is a dancing dog into easy stages for you to learn with your pet.


The act of the dog walking backwards whilst facing his handler, this is made even neater if the handler simultaneously walks towards the dog which gives the impression of dancing.

  1. Stand in front of your dog with a treat and ensure that he is standing up and facing you
  2. Keep facing your dog but encourage him to concentrate on you then take a step backwards. When your dog steps forwards reward him with your voice then step back towards him, as he takes a step backwards reinforce the step and give him the treat.
  3. You can progress from this first step gently and reinforce each extra step as your dog progresses. Then add the command word gradually bringing it forward until your dog recognizes its meaning.

Top tip; if your dog bends in the middle whilst learning the reverse it may be easier to practice next to a wall.

Dog trainers love this trick because it teaches the dog to focus his mind on his handler whilst also carrying out another physical task.

Jean Cote

Jean Cote is an animal lover and the founder of Success Dogs. For more than a decade, he has served as a coach to thousands of dog owners around the world to better train, communicate and forge a stronger bond with their dog using positive and force-free training methods.