12. Walk backwards
It is an extremely useful skill that will come in handy when you need your dog to back away from dangerous items or small animals.
It will also help him to develop his coordination and footwork. Start by calling your dog to you and commanding him to stay.
Take a few steps backwards, and then give the command “back.” Start walking towards your dog while repeating the command. Some dogs will instinctively back up as you walk towards them. If not, move towards your dog, and gently nudge him back using your legs and body.
You can also try holding a treat just over and behind his head to get him to walk backwards. As soon as your dog takes a step back, praise and reward him enthusiastically.
If your dog attempts to turn around, try practicing the trick in an enclosed space such as a narrow walkway or between parked cars. Once your dog has learned to walk backwards, try standing off to the side of your dog and holding the treat in front of him. Slowly start to turn whilst guiding your dog to walk backwards around you in a circle.