Rear End Awareness for Rear End Power

Bobbie Lyons

Self-Study Course

Rear End Awareness for Rear End Power


NOT eligible for storewide discounts

Dog’s typically distribute 60% of their weight to the front limbs and 40% to the rear limbs. Shifting more weight to the rear is key to improving your dog's rear end awareness. If the dog does not have weight distributed to their rear feet, then they are relying too heavily on their front limbs.

Many of you may already have an idea in your head of what rear end awareness is, but this class is designed to make you think about rear end awareness in a different way, and hopefully change the focus of the exercises that you use to teach rear end awareness. Bobbie defines rear end awareness as the dog’s ability to shift weight into their rear limbs to activate the muscle engagement necessary to power in all directions. This rear end muscle engagement is critical for collection, braking, stabilization, and power. Open your mind to the possibilities and you will likely achieve true rear end awareness with your dog—it's not just about picking up a rear foot.

There is a huge amount of information included in this course.

Why take this class?

  • Teach your dog to use 4-paw drive (not 2-paw drive)
  • Understand how the many misconceptions of rear end awareness teach your dog to load more weight to the front 
  • Be introduced to a timeline for teaching certain behaviors that improve rear end awareness
  • Teach your dog how to access power from the rear
  • Help to keep your dog injury-free by activating more muscles in your dog's movement
  • Understand what YOU can do to help your dog

You can start this self-study course whenever you like. It includes five lessons that you can complete at your own pace. There are no fixed deadlines or due dates.

What is included with your purchase?

  • Access to all course materials on both mobile devices and your computer
  • Downloadable content for off-line access when you're out training
  • No expiring content—you can go back any time to read and watch lessons. There is no time limit.


This class is appropriate for any dog, even young dogs. Young dogs are encouraged to take the class to develop the neuromuscular pathway for the muscle engagement and movement.  All of the foundation work is good for young dogs but there are some exercises that will be too advanced. 

A basic understanding of clicker training is required as well as the following behaviors either on verbal or hand signal cue, using a target or lured:

  • Nose touch and/or nose touch hold
  • Chin rest

Equipment needed

Substitutions are recommended if you don’t have the equipment used in the videos. There are many possible equipment options and you may use something you have lying around your house.

  • Mat (bath mat, yoga mat, or something similar—it should NOT be a puffy bed)
  • 2 small balance props that your dog can stand on in a balanced position (balance discs, K9FITbones, FitPAWS Ramp, rubber feed pans, or something similar)
  • Object that is about as high as your dog's chest height (Klimb, agility table, stool, dining room chair, or something similar)
  • Poles and cones or something similar (broom handles, jumps, etc.)

How do I access my Learning Center purchase?

After you complete your purchase using your credit card or PayPal, you will receive 2 email confirmations: the first is a receipt acknowledging that your order has been received and the second email contains the link for your Clean Run Learning Center program. Just click on the link in the email to complete enrollment. If you already have a Learning Center account, then you will go directly to your educational program. If you do not, then you will enter your email address and a password to use for this Learning Center program and any future ones your purchase. Please be aware that this is a separate account you are establishing on and it is not the same as your Clean Run website account (although you can use the same email and password for both accounts). 

If you have a Clean Run website account, then you can also access your program at anytime by signing in at and selecting Classes/Webinars from the My Account menu. 

Refund Policy

Please be aware that there are no refunds for on-demand/self-study courses, on-demand lessons, or webinars.

We suggest that you read the information provided carefully before making your purchase. If you have any questions about whether the content is right for you, please email us.

Bobbie Lyons, CCFT, KPA CTP

Bobbie owns and operates Pawsitive Performance which offers dog training, fitness training, and trick training around the globe. She was part of the team that contributed knowledge and experience to help design the FitPAWS Master Trainer Program (CCFT II) and is a course Instructor for the program. 

Bobbie completed the University of Tennessee Certified Canine Fitness Trainer program to earn a CCFT certification and also completed the certification program for Canine Fitness through the Companion Animal Sciences Institute. In addition, Bobbie is a Certified Training Partner with the Karen Pryor Academy.

Bobbie has four awesome dogs and trains a variety of skills for agility, fitness training, herding, trick training, tugging, and dock diving. Bobbie enjoys the training process and strives to communicate in the best way she can to help her dogs and clients’ dogs understand the task at hand. She starts every training session with this question, “How can I set the dog up for success and give the dog the best information to successfully complete the behavior.”

"I wish everyone taught rear-end awareness like you do! It's amazing to see the difference and now I can totally understand how backing up to an object and backing up to a Klimb/wall/handstand is totally the opposite of getting that weight shift into the rear. I hope everyone who does sports takes this class cause it's been SOOO valuable to us. I really can't thank you enough for all of this. It's an incredible course and has changed so much for us!!!"  —HC, North Carolina