Teach a Dog How to Heel
How to Teach a Dog to Heel
Walking is extremely beneficial for your dog, and for you! Most dogs are not born knowing the proper way to follow or heel while going on a walk. It is up to us to teach them this valuable skill which makes everyone happier and healthier in the long run!
Read below to learn how to teach a dog to heel.
What does heel mean?
The command or skill "heel" simply means that the dog must walk directly next to you instead of behind or in front of you. The dog is required to keep pace with you, only stopping when you stop and walking when you walk.
Why should I take the time to teach my dog to heel?
This skill helps your dog know that you are in charge of the walk and that you are the alpha in the pack. This skill is also a must-have if you ever wish to walk your dog without a lead or leash. Even with a leash or lead it is so much more enjoyable to go on a walk and have your dog heel to you instead of you trying to keep up with whatever direction or pace your dog thinks you should walk at
How do I teach my dog to heel?
Although there are many methods that can be effective in teaching your dog to walk alongside you, there is one that we find especially effective --lure and reward. To effectively teach this more complex skill make sure your dog has mastered the sit, stay, come and focus commands. These allow you to fully teach this more complex skill. The biggest key to long-term success with this skill is being consistent.