How to Teach Your Dog to Heel

Updated: Dec 13, 2021

Okay, your dog is comfortable on a leash. Teaching your puppy to heel is the next step! Join our Director of Training, Cian, for a two-minute training session in teaching your dog to heel.

Breakdown of Training:

Before you begin, it is important to name the behavior so that your dog becomes familiar with the command word, "heel." Then, take a treat in your right hand and hold it up to your left shoulder. This will allow you to maintain eye contact with your dog during the exercise.

With your dog on your left side, begin walking in very small counter-clockwise circles. It is important that you keep your dog at your knee, which should act as a natural barrier in case they try to run out in front of you.

From there, you'll want to begin training your dog to automatically sit when you stop walking. Once you've used the "sit" command and your dog has completed this action, reward your dog with the treat.

Next Steps:

Once your dog has become versed in this behavior, begin walking in larger, more oval-shaped circles. This begins exposing your dog to walking in straighter lines in this manner. Finally, when your dog has mastered this step you can begin walking in completely straight lines.

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