Teaching your puppy the heel command is very useful when training a puppy obedience and greatly assists when walking your puppy. You should start training your puppy to walk on a leash as soon as possible at an early age but remember that puppies will not be used to walking along beside you wearing a leash so when about to start leash training teach your puppy to heel.
Heeling is the way in which your puppy walks close beside you whenever you command it to instead of running around aimlessly. It is the ideal command for you to use when your puppy is acting up any time you are out and about, or at those times that you want him to be by your side when you are in an area containing dangers or distractions.
How to train your dog to heel
When training your puppy to heal you will need to have your puppy on a short leash which means that your puppy does not have any choice other than to remain close beside you. Pick a side that you will be most comfortable with for your puppy to both walk and stand. Your puppy will not grasp what you are saying if the command is too long so use commands like “LEFT” when you want your puppy to be on your left or “Right” if you want him on the right.
Keep some of your puppy’s favorite food treats on you
Give the command “Heel” is a firm, authoritative way with your hand by your side. It is important not to deliver your command in a weak way, nor in a harsh way to ensure that your puppy understands that you mean what exactly it is you happen to be saying. You will find that dogs respond better to training commands given in a firm positive way.Immediately after giving the command “heel,” step forward. When or if your puppy takes a pace forward with you, it is time to offer him a treat and lots of praise for completing the command correctly. As soon as he appears to be recognizing the command raise the number of steps to two before giving a treat, and then to three steps and so on, gradually raising the quantity of steps making sure that your puppy remains close and to your side.
When you are sure that your puppy is carrying out the command correctly, try giving the command indoors without his leash on
The important thing you must always keep in mind is quite simply that whenever giving your puppy commands, you have to be consistent. For example, if you start teaching your puppy to walk on your left-hand side, continue training him to walk on that side. Should you then start to train him on your right side, you will only confuse him as well as set back his development. Just remember to take things nice and steady and give your puppy the opportunity to master the commands you are teaching him before moving on to the next command.