How to teach your puppy to heel off the leash. This post will give you some excellent advice to put into practice when you are in the process of teaching your puppy to heel off the leash.
Important – When you take the leash off, remember the following:
Your puppy should not run off, with you chasing vainly behind, yelling for Fido to come back.
Yes, if you want Fido to free heel, you must have your puppy trained to heel on the leash first.
How to Teach Your Puppy to Heel off the Leash
This is how you need to start;
Take your puppy off it’s leash
Walk in a straight line. (Angling into your puppy will cause her to heel wide.)
Walk briskly! Don’t walk at the pace of your puppy.
Don’t wave your hands about – hold your LEFT hand close to your body!
Make sure you always give the first command in a happy tone of voice.(Your puppy needs to know that you are happy – don’t try to teach your puppy anything if you are in a bad mood.)
Change your voice to a commanding tone or call your puppy’s name sharply if they don’t keep up to your walking pace or if they walk away.
AFTER the second command, gently pat your side and give praise.(Give praise at every opportunity)
If forging (Fido tries to get ahead of you) is your problem, or if your puppy attempts to dart off, you must stand still! Signal back with your left hand and repeat the heel command forcefully, then pat your side coaxingly.
Be Patient With Your Puppy He Will Catch on Eventually
Remember, training your puppy is not unlike training your child to behave in a way society expects. Give them rules and boundaries. Be firm about what is right and what is not. Praise whenever you have an opportunity, That is, whenever you puppy performs as asked.
When your puppy is doing a good job of learning, give it the commendation it deserves! Praise it while it is actually learning and performing well.
If the puppy you are training is large, make sure you carry the leash folded twice, with the snap end in your RIGHT hand. If the puppy fails to pay attention, call her name loudly or reach out and “spank” her playfully on the hindquarters with the end of the leash. You should then coax your puppy close by patting your side. (Never hit hard or in such a way that you cause you puppy pain. Just the LIGHT spank is all that’s needed)
If all attempts to keep your puppy at heel position fail, it’s time to put the leash back on, give it ONE good jerk to bring the puppy in close, and try again. The change in voice, followed by flattery, with the occasional use of the leash, should eventually teach your puppy to stay at your side at all times. Especially if you make the heeling fun!