Treatment Type: Training Techniques
Rated for: Labrador Retriever
Cashmere, Washington, United States
Posted Jul. 6, 2018
Although I do not use a clicker, I use the words "good boy" in place of a click and apply the same concept (also known as positive reinforcement) to teach my dogs to heel. I start on a leash and at place the dog right where I want him/her to heel. I give the command "heel" then start walking. As soon as the dog gets ahead of me, I give a small correction on the leash to bring them back to where they need to be then say "good heel!" and give a treat.
This is a great way to start out. I will also set out at a walk and if my dog continues to try and pull ahead, I stop, turn and go the opposite direction so he has to also stop and change direction, and when I have his attention I'll praise, turn back around and go the original direction. I might do this 5 - 10 times in one block and it doesn't take long for the dog to start watching ME for where to go rather than trying to take the lead.