View Full Version : Walking to heel...your tips please.

6th January 2007, 01:26 AM
I'm trying the old stop start method but it's annoying me! He's a quick learner but I would appreciate your tips on good methods to teach Dylan to walk on a slack lead and to heel. Thank you :flwr:

Joanne M
6th January 2007, 01:59 AM
Get a kid to do it! My six year old niece Elizabeth and I were watching some dog training tips on tv. Tucker is not a very good walker. Next time we went out to walk him, she asked for the lead and she starts teaching him to heel. She'd take one step, stop, and on and on it went. I have no patience for it I'm afraid. Elizabeth has lots of it. I did better when he was younger putting the lead on him indoors.

Did you see the link I posted of the fabric softener ad that reminds me of your avatar? It's over in General, under my avatar post to you.

Cathy T
6th January 2007, 04:38 AM
Ummmm....can you send Elizabeth to my house?! Actually...my two are good now...but I definitely did not have the patience for step, stop, step, stop.

Cathy Moon
6th January 2007, 01:19 PM
Do you know how clicker training works? I think using a clicker is the easiest way to teach 'heel'.

6th January 2007, 03:34 PM
I've done clicker and target training before. So you click when the puppy happens to be in the right position then...Hmm...is it a bit difficult to treat whilst walking? I'll give it a go. I think it would have to be chicken for this task! I have a feeling he is getting what I mean about heel but I don't have the patience for stop start stop start. Thanks Cathy.

Oh yes Joanne, I looked at the advert, I see what you mean :lol: I'll have to email his picture to a few companies. Wouldn't it be nice if he was a model!

Cathy Moon
6th January 2007, 08:59 PM
Yes, little bits of chicken or something soft for a treat is best for heeling. Our trainers let us drop a bit on the floor / ground right after we clicked.

He would be a lovely puppy super model!!! :)

Barbara Nixon
8th January 2007, 02:11 PM
As he's only a baby, I'd do the heelwork off lead, at home. Excited 'Puppy, puppy, puppy,'' and a treat held where your want his nose to be should work. Release the treat, as soon as he's in position, at first, then extend the amount of time required to earn the treat.. It's backbreaking , but worth it. (my trainer used to say'Serves you right for having a little dog !'- He's over 6 feet and has shelties !)

10th January 2007, 11:06 AM
Thanks for the advice. It will be easier to train indoors first.

10th January 2007, 01:24 PM
i train indoors first then progress outside on a short lead keeping the pup as close to heel as possible