How to Train Your Dog to Back Up

Backing up is one of the easiest tricks you can teach your dog. Even though it’s an easy trick, most people don’t actually teach it to their dogs at all. Maybe because they think it’s not a useful skill for everyday life. However, you will be surprised at how many situations backing up can help in: teaching the “out” command when your dog jumps on people, moving out of the way if someone is coming down a narrow hallway or staircase, etc…

Your dog will learn how to back up with this step by step guide.

Backing up is a great way for your dog to avoid conflict. This can be especially helpful when you want to avoid being bitten or knocked over, or even stepped on. The steps below will help you train your dog to back up in a calm, controlled manner.

Everything You Need to Know About Teaching Your Dog How to Back Up

Backing up not only helps with training, but it can also be used in everyday life. For example, if your dog does something wrong, such as chewing on furniture or barking at other animals in public places, backing up will help discourage them from repeating their bad behavior by giving them space away from where they were misbehaving.

Here are some reasons why you should teach your dog how to back up:

  • It makes training easier and faster because backing up means less pulling and tugging on the leash while walking or working with your pooch!
  • If a child comes running toward you and grabs onto their leash (which often happens when kids see dogs), backing up allows more control over how far away from them the pup moves—which is especially important for people who have small children running around in their house all day long!

How to Train Your Dog to Back up – Step-by-Step Guide

  • Use a treat to train your dog. The first step in training your dog to back up is getting him or her interested in the command word “back,” which you’ll use when giving the command to move backward. (Note: If you’re using a whistle, use it now.) The best way to do this is by pairing it with something that your pup really loves—like treats! While you’re still standing in front of him or her, show him or her a treat and say “back.”
  • As soon as your pup turns around and moves away from you, give them the treat enthusiastically! After repeating this several times over multiple days (so as not to bore them), try giving them their reward when they don’t turn around but instead just take a step back while facing forward so they get used to hearing the word and knowing what it means.
  • Add the command after teaching another behavior. Once he’s learned that turning away from you gets rewarded with delicious treats, add another behavior onto this already established movement.

Step 1 – Using a Treat to Teach Your Dog “Back”

Hold a treat in front of your dog’s nose, and when she backs up, give her the treat. Repeat this process for about five to ten minutes. Once your dog gets the idea, move on to the next step.

Step 2 – Adding the Cue Word “Back” to the Behavior

Once the dog has learned to back up, add a cue word. Use the word “back” in its normal tone of voice and at a distance that allows the dog to respond before getting too far away from you.

If the dog does not respond to the cue word when said in a normal tone of voice, try saying it again but louder and more firmly. If this still doesn’t work, make sure everyone who is working with your dog uses only one cue word when they are working with him or her so that there is no confusion on his part as to which behavior they want him or her to do (in this case, back).

Step 3 – Making It More Advanced and Following the Command

The next step is to get your dog used to backing up in different locations, positions and situations. The purpose of this training session is to have your dog back up when asked. Don’t worry about making him sit first.

  • Practice having the dog back up while you are standing near him and make sure he pays attention to your cue; he should also know how much space he needs to stay away from you while still complying with the command.
  • Practice having the dog back up as part of a longer string of commands that may include sitting down or lying down. It’s important for him not only to learn this behavior but also become comfortable doing it every time he hears “back-up.”

If he moves forward instead of backing up when you ask him, just stop moving forward and don’t give him any treats until he sits again and stays there while you move the food around between hands again – eventually he will figure out what he needs to do so that you can give him his reward!


After you’ve taught your dog to back up, you can begin reinforcing and practicing the behavior. You might think that it would be difficult for dogs to learn this trick, but in reality, most dogs are open to learning new things. If you have any questions about training your dog or need help with other behavioral problems, feel free to contact us! We love hearing from pet owners out there who want the best for their pets.