|Conventionally, a dog
should always walk on your left side. Tap left thigh with left hand to
encourage it into place.|
From the front, the dog should come round your back from right side to left.
Tapping the left thigh with the flat of the left hand is the hand signal the dog should be taught to recognise.
|From behind the dog should come in on
left. (on or off lead)|
|To teach a
dog to 'Heel' from scratch, first get it to 'Sit' in
front of you in the 'present' position. Tell it to 'Stay'.|
Using a favourite toy or item, take it in your right hand and move it around your body to your back, changing it to your left hand behind you and bringing it round to your left side, tapping it against your thigh when its in position.
Encourage the dog to follow and use the command 'Heel' Once in the heel position, the dog should be told to 'Sit' and 'Stay'.
When the dog has started to grasp the idea you can get rid of the toy and go though the motions with empty hands.
|The command 'Heel' has
two main applications and is intended to get the dog into a position where
it can be closely controlled or the lead put on.
The dog should be taught to heel from a position in front of you and from behind.
The verbal command or hand signal should be enough to instigate the sequences.
should be taught that if commanded when you are standing still it should go through the sequence and
end up sitting by your left side.
it should be taught that if commanded when you are moving, it should go through the sequence but fall into step on your left hand side and slightly behind you and match its pace with yours.
If you stop moving when the dog is in the 'Heel' position, it should sit without further command.
The dog should also be ready to change direction without falling out of position.
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