Teach Your Dog HEEL

Three ingredients will simplify your lessons:

• Relax with the idea. You are simply teaching your dog to walk behind you.

• Find a suitable, effective training collar (see page 32). The collar can make or break a dog's understanding. It needs to convey comfort and praise when the dog is near you and discomfort and disapproval when she surges ahead.

• Choose the right leash. Make sure that the leash you select is made of a comfortable material, is the right weight for your dog, and is between four and six feet long. Retractable leashes are not appropriate for training.

Teach the command HEEL in an undistracting environment, such as a living room or a backyard. Practice twice a day for ten minutes. Continue this routine for five days or until your dog is familiar and cooperative with this direction.

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