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2.2 -- Training Your Dog: Place, Heel and Sit --

Session Two Heel:

1. Have your dog sitting on your left side, with his shoulder aligned with your knee.This is the “Heel” position.

2. Hold the leash in your left hand, so that the snap is hanging down. Hold the rest of your leash in your right hand.

3. Give the command “Heel” and walk forward.

4. If your dog begins to forge ahead,“Pop” the leash backwards.

5. If your dog lags behind, continue to walk forward at a consistent pace, encouraging him with praise until he is in the correct position.

6.When your dog returns to the correct position, repeat the command “Heel” and praise him.

7.When your dog heels by your side for a few paces on a loose leash, praise, release, and reward him.

8. Practice Heeling for 5 minutes, with a brief on-leash play period.


1. Have your dog sitting on your left side.

2. Keep him sitting for 20 seconds then release and play.

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2, 5 times with a few seconds of calm play after each release.

4. If your dog tries to get up before being released, calmly redirect him into the sit position without reward.

5. Calmly praise your dog for staying in the sit position.

6. Praise your dog every few seconds while he is sitting.

  • Remember to use a quick wrist snap to create an effective Pop and Release.
  • Never pull on your dog s leash and never allow your dog to pull you with the leash.
  • Keep a relaxed body posture when practicing Heel.
  • Do not give pops for lagging. Enthusiastic praise is the best remedy for lagging.

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