Moon Walking consists of a difficult combination of movements so I keep sessions super short (the video contains the entire session from start to finish). I also do not practice this combination of tricks every day… just once in a while. I find it fascinating to see how each dog performs the combination of movements differently.. how they get their front legs super high, while rear feet shuffle backwards. I leave “how to do it” up to them and just reward what I consider to be their best efforts.
In this session, Lil is practicing “forward focus” while looking at nothing (in particular). In the past couple of days she has begun to offer the behavior in her day-to-day life (which I’ve been rewarding) and is able to hold “forward focus” for a bit longer. She is one smart little girlie!
For non-dog training fanatics, this video might be like watching paint dry but this is a very complex trick to train. Dogs have zero natural incentive to look at nothing so the fact that Lil is willing to stare into the distance for even a moment or two means she understands what I am asking of her and she trusts that she will be rewarded even if she cannot see me when she is doing the behavior.