Dog Heeling

Dog Heeling Basics

Dog heeling offers the most controlled manner of walking with a dog. However, for many dogs, on-leash heeling is one unpleasant command. To successfully perform dog heeling, follow our dog heeling advice.

Dog Heeling With Leash Training

Start with your dog in a sit-stay by your left side. Just hold the leash with the left hand that it loosely dangles a few inches below the point where it attaches to your dog’s collar. Then slip your right hand through the end loop. Remember to keep both hands on the leash all the time.

Also, have a bunch of dog training treats in the left hand to precisely guide your pal. The faster you walk, the easier it would be. If the puppy becomes distracted at some point, quickly waggle your left hand in front of its nose.

Your puppy may regularly lose attention during long or slow straight-away heels. So to keep your dog on its toes, continually and randomly change pace and direction. Successive changes of pace is ideal for dog heeling.

Bear in mind that every correction, reprimand or punishment is a deliberate statement that your dog is not yet sufficiently trained. Do yourself and your dog a favor: retrain your dog with proper dog training techniques.

Incorporating dog heeling into walks

On-leash dog heeling must be precise and controlled. Remember that the walk, after all, is meant to be enjoyable for both you and your dog. Too much regimental heeling may bore, frustrate and distract your dog. Thus, the quality of heeling will sooner or later deteriorate.

When walking, allow your dog to dawdle, sniff and investigate to its heart's content. The only condition being that it must not tighten the leash. The dog must walk exactly by its master's side, turn when its master turns and sit when its master stops.

To get your dog’s absolute attention, devote absolute attention to your dog as well. And this can be tiring. Many impatient people can’t heel their dog effectively for more than a couple of minutes at the most. Therefore, incorporate several short, active heeling sequences into a long and enjoyable walk. You may also perform dog heeling when crossing streets or passing pedestrians, dogs or other animals. Maturity and development in your dog can be illustrated with dog heeling training.

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