Heel Command

How to Teach a Dog to Heel

Teaching your dog to heel involves getting and holding his attention. Heel training should only be used for short periods; it is not suitable for your long, daily walks.

  1. Stand with your dog next to your left leg. Both of you should face the same direction.
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  2. Hold a treat in your left hand, and bring it up near your waist, but not in front of your dog’s nose.
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  3. Gain eye contact and get his attention by saying his name.
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  4. Instantly walk forward two steps, and then stop. If your dog walks with you and maintains the heel position, praise him enthusiastically and reward him with a treat.
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  5. As soon as your dog eats his reward, repeat the heeling process again a few times.
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  6. Only give a treat when your dog remains in the heel position.
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  7. Your dog lingers behind or pushes ahead of you, hold off with reward and praise, and start over again.

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.When your dog consistently heels for 10 steps or more, you can add a verbal cue to the training. You can teach your dog to heel on your either side, but be consistent and don’t switch sides. The Heel command is challenging to learn, so make sure that the training sessions fun and rewarding.
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