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Teaching your Dog to Heel and Sit

It is a comical and common sight to see dogs walking their owners. With a little training, however, the roles can be reversed and many hours of peaceful walks can be attained.

Teaching your dog to heel is to teach your dog to walk at your side.

How to Begin...
Find a quiet place for training

Place your dog in the sit position on your left side.

When you're ready to begin walking, hold your dog's leash as if you were going to execute the corrective jerk, and say "Timmy, heel!" Use his name this time, because heel is an action command and alerts your dog that you want him to move

If your dog decides to run ahead, let him reach the end of the leash. At the moment of impact say "heel" in a loud, authoritative voice and quickly make a complete U-turn to the right and walk briskly in that direction. Your dog will be startled and forcibly turned in the new direction, so praise him when he catches up to you. Repeat this procedure.

If your dog tends to lag behind, simply entice him to catch up with verbal encouragement, if t hat does not work, give him a gentle jerk with the leash.

Now it is time to teach your dog to walk at your side. with your dog seated on your left, offer your heel command ("Timmy, heel!") and begin walking. As soon as your dog moves ahead of your left thigh, give him a corrective jerk, say "no!" and make an immediate U-turn. Repeat this procedure.

The procedure for teaching your dog to automatically sit when you stop walking is a simple one. Put him on alert by slowing down before you stop. When you come to a full stop, give the command "sit." If necessary, slowly pull uš on the leash and push down on his haunches. If he fails to sit, use a corrective jerk. When he does sit, praise him for obeying. Eventually, it will not be necessary to use the "sit" command.


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