In this article, we’re going to show you how to teach dogs to heel.
Once you have taught your dog to walk to properly on his lead, heel training is a good additional discipline to teach him.
Heeling is most commonly used when you want to keep your dog close to you. This could be when you’re walking along a busy road or through an area that’s full of people.
Like most dog training principles, heel training it simple in theory but it can be difficult for your dog to master. Remember, a dog has twice as many legs as we do and their walking pace is naturally much faster than ours. As a result, he might have a hard time adjusting to a slower pace.
With all that being said, patience is a must!
OK, OK we admit it,
The training methods we write about here at Pet Checkers aren’t our own.
They are the positive re-enforcement methods of world renowned dog trainer, Victoria Stilwell.
Watch the Video Below to See How to Teach Dogs to Heel
It’s best to start heel training next to a long wall with your dog between you and the wall. That way he won’t get distracted by exciting smells and he will be much more likely to co-operate.
Also, start this training indoors if possible
Step One: Luring Your Dog to Heel
Step Two: Introduce the Vocal Cue
Heeling outside should only be done once your dog has mastered it indoors.
There are a lot of distractions outside and asking him to do it outside before he’s completely nailed it indoors is asking too much and will only set him up to fail.
Frequently Asked Questions
Teaching a dog to heel should (in theory) be relatively simple, providing they already walk well on the lead.
If your dog doesn’t have very good lead manners and pulls you around, teach him how to walk on his lead properly first.
If he does walk well but struggles to heel, here are some frequently asked questions;
“My Dog Wont Heel When We’re Out Walking, What Should I Do?”
Heeling takes a lot of impulse control. If your dog is too excited, try exercising him first and let him run around to get rid of some of that excited energy.
Also, don’t just go from heel training indoors where there are no distractions and then expect him to comply in a busy park that’s full of other dogs. Once he’s ‘got it’ indoors, take him to a quiet street and built up from there. Introduce more distractions gradually.
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