How to Teach a Dog to Heel

Teaching a dog to heel. One of the most important things to bear in mind during this training is to not pull on the leash. You should aim to encourage the dog to be near you because it wants to be not because it has no other choice or is unable to move away from you.

With the handle of the leash in your right hand and a treat in your left, encourage the dog to follow the treat behind you until it stands next to your left leg. Reward with the treat. Place another treat near your dog’s nose then draw it away to keep your dog’s attention on you and its gaze upwards. Speak the dog’s name and say “heel”. Move forward one step. Give the treat and enthusiastic praise if the dog moves with you. This encourages further obedience.

Increase the number of steps you take between rewards. Begin each new training session with the same one step reward to refresh the dog’s memory.