Teaching your dog to heel can be easy. In fact, most dogs learn this technique within the first week of training. Your dog will know that when you say heel, he must stop. Heeling is done with negative reinforcement. With dog training, teach your dog multiple repetitions to ensure he knows better.
Teach the Negative Aversion technique using an E-Collar. Your dog needs to know that when you tell him to heel, he must stay in your line of sight wherever you are. So far, you’ve been using a Positive Aversion technique to teach your dog to heel without using a leash, only by adding an electronic collar correction to tell your dog that he’s moving out of line. Your dog simply needs to understand the word heel and he’ll stop.
Let your dog begins tapping his feet in order to demonstrate his heeling. With a negative reinforcer, begin tapping your dog’s shins towards the ground. Your dog will start to understand that whenever he begins tapping his feet against the floor, you will stop. Don’t use the leash, just guide your dog’s head towards the door and let him get excited about getting inside. Once your dog gets excited, he’ll begin tapping his feet.
Continue the heel until your dog calms down. Use the electronic collar and direct your dog’s head towards the door again. This time, use the leash and guide your dog towards the door while making sure he stops with his tapping. You should see that your dog is now focused on the door. Reward your dog with praise.
Finally, you should introduce another type of training, this time using the heel position. Start by having your dog walk towards you while wearing the e-collar. When your dog has finally reached his goal, simply change directions and have your dog to heel and sit down. Repeat this exercise several times and reward your dog with praise.
It’s important to understand that dogs learn from the trainer as well as the owner. With the basic command heel, always ensure that your dog understands the command before beginning the exercise. If he has any other commands, then use the leash to guide him during the exercise.
This is the simplest form of leash training. It does not require teaching your dog a new trick. In fact, when I first started with dogs, I had my trainer give me a treat every time I accomplished a task during the training session. Eventually I developed the habit of taking a treat whenever I accomplished a task during the training session.
Of course, we eventually developed a very complex system in which we could both stop tapping when heeling and tap when walking. This was a great help for both of us. If you are interested in implementing this simple method into your dog’s behavior training, be sure to work with your dog at the leash. Once you do, it will go far beyond heeling.
To teach this dog technique to your dog, you will need a very short leash, perhaps one foot longer than his long tail. You will also want to tie this leash into one end of the leash. You will position the dog in the heel zone, making sure he is facing in toward you. You will then proceed to command heel using the leash, which should now be slack.
Let your dog know that you mean business by saying “heel Zone”. Have your hand on your hip and move in front of the dog. You will need to move in a very small circle, making sure to stay very close to the dog in the heel zone. You will begin walking forward with your dog following you. If he has stopped heeling, you will need to change directions. In the beginning, keep walking in the same circle, but gradually as the dog gets accustomed to the change in direction, begin to move out of the heel zone and back again.
This technique to teach your dog to heel works well when used in conjunction with other training methods. The best way to effectively use the e-collar to train your dog is by keeping the dog on the leash, and making sure that you are directly in front of him with him in the heel zone. You will need to move in a very small circle as well, making sure to stay very close to the dog in the heel zone. Once you have gotten the dog to heel, begin to change directions as you let your dog see that you are not chasing him. Eventually your dog will learn to heel on command.
Keep in mind that this method of training dogs can take quite some time. Your dog may be impatient, so you may want to start in the early morning and take him out early at night, since that is when he would be first aware that there is a new e-collar on the leash. Try it out for about three to four weeks to get the hang of it, before moving on to other methods such as the clicker method. It is important to always keep in mind that a positive reinforcement method such as the clicker technique should be used in conjunction with the traditional leash correction.