54 Responses to “How to Train a Dog to “Heel” (”
  1. Shelley Clawson says:

    The dog is not finding heel position. It is behind and crooked each time it sits time how do you fix that? Heel position is when the dogs shoulder is lined up with your leg not behind. Are you training the dog to “lag” and “crab”  as a step in your training and if so how do you motivate  the dog to come up into the correct position later? I’m guessing you have a way to correct this before the dog sees the ring. What are your methods for these issues?

    • R. Steiner says:

      Hopefully this isn’t for teaching a competition heel, since the dog is being conditioned to stay in a lagged position.

    • Dog Training by says:

      This is a traditional heel. Originally called “heel” because the dog is to stay behind the heel.

  2. Interesting stuff-AG says:

    Excellent video. How do you separate ordinary walking nicely on a leash versus competitive heel besides using two different words?

  3. Christina Diaz says:

    I love her awkward jumping, run-gallop thing she has goin’ on while she follows the treat. hahahah

  4. Jessica payne says:

    What kind of dog is this? Anyone know? I feel like it’s a German but I’m not exactly sure

  5. melvin Romero says:

    I’m sorry but I notice this WHAT ARE THOOSE😂

  6. Pg-13 says:

    “good girl, good giiiirl, good girl, good girl, good giiiirl, GREAT girl,

  7. Dayseykinsaj says:

    I am pausing and working with my puppy as you go. This channel is such a huge help, and my border collie has gotten this down just in two hours of work and play in between! Thank you so much

  8. Jana Elizalde says:

    I agree with Carolyn this is wrong she is training the dog to lag, the withers should be lined up with your hip bone and shoulder. If I was a judge, she would lose a lot of points as I would consider the dog lagging.

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    • Equestrian_Becca.x says:

      great answer she shut her mouth after that haha

    • GummiAnd47 says:

      Ya i was thinking the same as jana.

      But after reading the trainers explanation it makes alot of sens to have the dog at the heel. I have allways been nervous of stepping on the dogs feet when doing a left turn and it often ends up a bit clumsy.
      I really apreciate the videos it is hard to find good quality training videos like this

    • M N says:

      Relax it’s not a dog show

  9. skiscaraudio says:

    Cripes a lot of trolls on here…I followed this video with my english bulldog starting at 10 weeks…he is 16 weeks now and no treats are needed…he plops his but right down at every corner too….Well done and thanks

  10. Kisa Kandria says:

    my dog won’t listen. when I tell him heel and move the treat to my side, he doesn’t follow. He just sits there because the rest it out of reach to him. Any methods to help?

    • Alex says:

      Put him on a leash, teach him the commands. When he doesn’t do it say no and repeat the command moving the dog into position. Repeat, repeat, repeat and continue to repeat. He’ll get it because you wont release him from the command until he does, then praise him. It’s a game, you need to teach him how to play it. Treats are not mentally stimulating, you as the owner are.

      Train the dog its entire life. Treats are a quick fix to a long term solution, and in some cases like yours, not a solution at all.

    • Kisa Kandria says:

      Thank you +Alex​ I was working with a leash but he doesn’t do it off leash. Guess I’ll have to do it more with him so he gets the hang of it. I try outside a few times but he gets to distracted by the other dogs and everything.

    • Alex says:

      +Kisa Kandria No problem. Take small steps. Start with sit, put the leash slowly on the ground (if he moves – no…sit!), then walk around him, half a circle at first if he wants to move, then full circles once he’s getting the hang of it and do it in both directions. Don’t forget to praise. 5-10 min drills at a time, eventually working up to 20-30mins, two or 3 times a day. Eventually you want to be able to walk away from him at further and further distances without him moving.

      Remember when you tell him to sit, you don’t need to say stay…the command is sit until you’re told otherwise, it’s already implied in saying sit. Same goes for whoa (if you teach that – i.e. stand still, extremely useful as it leads to learning heel.

      A really great way to learn heel on it’s own is to use place, i.e. put something on the ground for the dog to place (sit on), flat piece of cardboard maybe, and basically start from a sitting position a couple of meters away, say heel as you walk towards it then command the dog to sit on the cardboard when you reach it. Just repeat. Sit, heel, sit, sit, heel, sit. You can set up several place mats in a row or just a couple so your going in a straight line for longer. It also teaches the dog that when you stop, it stops (imagine a crossing the road scenario).

    • odalis galvez says:

      +Kisa Kandria always work with your dog inside, once your dog gets the hang of it, you can start outside. it’s good because you’ll reach your dog with distraction.

  11. Ryan Dunbar says:

    My 3 boxer are so food motivated they will sit for a booger sized piece of cheese. I can’t wait to try these methods. My biggest issue is the jumping on people! Friendly to a fault. I’m sure we are to blame as we let them jump on & kiss us. Great vid 👍🏻 subbed

    • Majestic Wolf Girls says:

      A lot of bad behaviors can be a positive behavior. U can teach them to only jump up when told. It would be a pretty cool trick.

    • Desolate Soul says:

      So true too! That’s a good thing though. They are easily more adamant to pleasing the owner. Attentiveness and food is what makes a good dog. Some dogs are not even attentive so it makes training hell.

  12. Greg T. says:

    This is a great video. Way better than all the other “Heel” videos I’ve seen on YouTube. I only wish I had seen this earlier.

  13. Bratty Brooklyn says:

    My puppy is 15 weeks old and this worked for her! I’ve trained her sit,lay,shake,roll over, speak and now heal! Thanks for the video!

    • ed lamb says:

      Life with Brooklyn, did you watch (and if so, are they on here) videos on shake and roll over etc ?

    • Bratty Brooklyn says:

      ed lamb yes, I watched some lady named Victoria for sit and lay. And shake I did on my own, roll over as well I did by myself, but I advise making your dog roll over for every treat or they will forget the trick like my dog has. 🙁

    • Bratty Brooklyn says:

      Crashicoot – just keep trying! It takes a while but they will learn.

    • Bratty Brooklyn says:

      Crashicoot – just keep trying! It takes a while but they will learn.

  14. Vishal Sharma says:

    What food u give to your dogs while training??

  15. Abdullah Malik says:

    my siberian huskg leared to heal in 10 minutes

  16. Autumn Hippie says:

    Love the dogs name <3

  17. Ramon Marte says:

    you will have a quick, blessed dog once you watch her training

  18. Everett White says:

    Ah, there’s the confusion as I see it now. People here have different goals to teach their dogs to heel. Some people commenting have experience with military/police, or competition training and there is the novice, just a simple pet owner who only wants learn the basics. If my little puppy stays in the yard and doesn’t bolt out into the street when called I’m gonna call that a successful heel.
    If I’m able to respond to commands reasonably well as many of these experts suggest I’ll be happier. For now I’m gonna take it one heel at a time. 😀🐺👣

    Thanks for a Great video. ❤️💯

  19. george skater says:

    I heel for you to xD

  20. King Of Freestyle says:

    I had a dog named Đipsi just like in the video. He was a german sheppard. One time he saved my dad when he was attacked by other three dogs.

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