Heel On-Leash

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Heeling with Laura - SIRIUS Puppy Training Classic

Laura Enos demonstrates how to keep the leash loose, and give your dog a warning when they begin to stray.  If they’re not paying attention, give them a warning, and if they don’t respond, try yanking the leash or abruptly changing directions.

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On-Leash Heeling - Training the Companion Dog 3 – Walking & Heeling;l

Once we’ve taught off-leash following, off leash heeling, and indoor on-leash heeling we’re finally ready to try heeling on-leash outside.  By taking small steps, you can build up to walking in the most crowded and excited environments.

 
Training:  Heel On-Leash
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Don't Follow Your Dog - Training the Companion Dog 3 – Walking & Heeling

Your dog can’t follow you if you’re not leading.  Walking away from your dog is the only way they can follow, and if you yell and clap and run away they’re likely to chase after you.

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Motivate Following - Dog Training for Children

Lying down can be a sign of anxiety.  To get them moving again kneel down and lure them from their level, all while maintaining a loose leash.

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Training Ian to Heel - Training Dogs with Dunbar

Being able to alternate immediately between praise & reprimand according to a dog’s behavior is the most fundamental skill in dog training.

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Walking & Heeling

It’s good to make a distinction between walking and heeling.  A heeling dog should be actively paying attention to you, while a walking dog can sniff and roam a little.

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On-Leash Heeling

On-leash heeling is a complex, multi-part process.  The secret is mastering off-leash heeling skills first

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Off-Leash Heeling

Before you attempt on-Leash heeling, make sure you can heel your dog off-leash.  Otherwise you’ll use the leach for physical control, and it will become a permanent crutch

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Heel On-Leash

 
Training:  Heel On-Leash

Walking On Leash

By and large, leash-pulling masks the real problem: without a leash you would probably be without a dog. It is indeed a sobering thought to think that most dogs prefer to forge ahead and to sniff the grass or other dogs' rear ends than to walk by their owner's side.
There are some dogs who simply don't want to walk beside owners who keep yanking the leash. However, regardless of why your dog pulls, all dogs need to be trained to walk nicely on leash. If not, they are unlikely to be walked at all.

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