The most common question I get from people who want to know how to train their dogs to heel is “How do I get my dog to stop pulling me around when I take them for walks?”.
I’m going to assume that you already have a dog and that you’re just looking for ways to train it to heel.
The first thing I always suggest is that if you’ve never done this before, you should start by taking your dog to the park or some other public place where there’s lots of other people walking about.
Once you’ve got your dog used to this environment, then you can move on to training in a more confined area.
For example, if you live in a cul-de-sac, then take your dog out onto the road and walk down it. If you live near a busy shopping mall, then take your dog down the mall.
Try to get your dog used to the idea of being walked around in public places. Once you’ve done this, then you can begin to train it to heel. The first step in training your dog to heel is to reward him with praise whenever he does it correctly.
You don’t need to be very elaborate with your praise. Just say something like “Good dog” or “That’s a good boy”. Then give him a treat when he does it.
The next step is to make sure that you use a collar and leash with your dog. This way you can easily control him if he decides to pull. You should also make sure that your dog has been trained to come when you call him.
If your dog doesn’t already know this, then you should teach it to you. Once you’ve taught your dog to come when you call him, then you can start to train him to heel.
When you first start to train your dog to heel, don’t go too fast. Start off with short walks and gradually increase the length of the walk.
Also, don’t go too far away from home. At first, just walk down the street and back again. Then once you’re comfortable with this, you can go further away.
Keep doing this until your dog is walking beside you without pulling you around.
Once you’ve reached this stage, you should reward your dog whenever he does it. You should also praise him every time he does it properly.
Now, when you walk him, try not to pull him along with you. Keep your arms relaxed so that your dog can walk freely beside you.
Your dog may try to pull you around at first, but if you stay calm and keep encouraging him, he’ll soon get the idea.
The heel is not an easy skill for a dog to learn, so take your time and stay patient!