What Does Post Mean in Dog Training?
Along your dog training journey, you may come across the term "post." So, what does it mean? "Post" simply means a designated location or spot in the most basic sense. Let's go over how you can incorporate it into your training sessions.
What is a Post Turn in Agility?
A post turn (also known as a Shoulder Pull or Pivot Turn) is a move used in agility to change the direction of travel by 360 degrees or more. The dog stays on the same side of its handler as the handler pivots around in different directions. This move is often used to quickly change directions or set up for another obstacle.
How Can I Teach My Dog to Post?
The first step to teaching your dog to post is to get your dog comfortable with turning around you. Start by standing next to your dog and luring them to stay on one side of your body. Slowly begin to turn around, making sure your dog stays on the same side of you. As your dog gets comfortable with this, you can begin to speed up the turn and add obstacles.
Once your dog is comfortable turning around you, you can start working on variations, such as having them turn around an object. Start by placing a cone or other object in front of your dog. Lure your dog around the object, ensuring they stay on the same side. As your dog gets comfortable with this, you can begin to speed up the turn and add more obstacles.
The final step is to put it all together and have your dog post around an agility training course. Start with just a few obstacles and work your way up to a full course. Make sure to praise your dog often and give them plenty of breaks.
How Posting Can Help with Dog Training
The post command is a great way to get your dog to focus on you and your commands. It can also be used to control your dog's movement. Posting is also a useful move in agility training for dog sports, but even if you are not training for sports competitions, this can come in handy in many situations, such as walking on a crowded street or through a door.
It is a great supplemental command to have in your dog training arsenal! When teaching your dog the post command, you will want to start with basic commands such as sit, stay, come, and down. Make sure your dog is well-versed in these commands before attempting to teach them to post.
The Beacon Dog Academy offers a variety of dog training videos that can help you teach your dog the post command. Check them out today!