This is the very end of our session today wherein we practiced standing and backing. I put an old fence post down initially to help with keeping the backing straight. But I think it also helped to create a “side” as if he were in the trailer. I only practiced standing while on his left side and backing on his right side until the very end.
We started by practicing standing while I walked to his tail on his left side. Then I moved to his right side and practiced backing with a transitional cue of “pickles” for backing as I worked my way back to his tail.
Then I added the tail tug just before I said “pickles”. Here at the end, he was already responding to just the lifting of his tail before I tugged. And, despite what it looks like, the lifting of the tail and the tug were quite light. I was not pulling him back. He was responding to the cue, even anticipating it. 🙂