How to train your dog to walk to heel - The Dog Guardian

the most common problem dog owners face

is out on the walk there's a good reason

for this because if the dog believes he

is the leader the decision maker he

believes it's his position to be at the

front of the pack and this is why you'll

see dog owners getting pulled everywhere

by their dogs what many people do in

these situations is end up resorting to

gadgets and tools like choke chains and

shock collars to try and keep their dog

to heel but the problem here is you

don't actually stop the dog from wanting

to be in front you actually force him

into a situation where he can't get in

front of you Millie and Ruby are two

chocolate Labradors that pull their

owner into despair or strangling

themselves in the process

in this video I'll be working with

minion Ruby to make the walk more

enjoyable for all involved by getting

them walking to heal and to show you how

to train your dogs as well out here on

the walk there's loads of different

smells sites distractions which keeps

the dog's attention from being on us so

it's very hard to train the dog here if

we want to train the dog to heel the

best place to do it is where the dog

feels safe where the dog feels happy and

when the dog feels relaxed and to do

that you have to go back a few steps

every animal on the planet has a

psychology including the dog and it's

tapping into that psychology of an

understanding of why the dog acts the

way they do is the key to training your

dog the dog asks a clever question just

like us what's in this for me so we make

it as comfortable as possible for the

dog to learn there's only three things

we need elite lots of patience and food

reward now with food rewards some dogs

are a little bit picky and they don't

like certain biscuits so I always cover

my basis by that and bring out my secret


stage one is picking up the lead and

then calling the dog to you what will

happen a lot of times here the dog will

not actually come to you which is quite

ridiculous then actually taking the dog

out for a walk because if the dogs not

listen to you in the house it's not

going to listen to you outside

so with stage 1 we pick up the lead and

we call the dog over if the dog becomes

a little bit overexcited we'd put the

lead back down again

the reason for this is if we can't keep

the dog in a calm state we don't want to

move on to stage 2 a lot of owners don't

realize this they put the leads on and

go straight outside and because of that

they haven't actually identified the

problems earlier on so we're going to

try this with Millie now I'm going to

call Millie over to me and try and put

the lead on Millie cow right what

Millie's doing now is that fighting the

leeches she's trying to take the power

of the walk away from me what she's

saying is now I'm actually taking you

for a walk she's the one trying to make

the decisions from me so this happens

I've actually got to take the lead off

and start this process again until she

gets it perfectly right and doesn't bite

the lead and then we can move forward

now that we've got the dog on lead this

is stage 2 what we do is a little thing

called stop start change direction in

the house what I'm trying to encourage

is the dog to be by my side up and down

these rooms as we get it right in these

rooms that I'm ready to move forward

stop star change direction is really

come good girl what we're doing is every

time that she pulls him forward we stop

starting then changing direction again

every time she gets it right we're

encouraging with food reward and praise

good girl good girl very good really

what I do is I keep she's got it wrong

then so we encourages it aside we won

come on good girl that's it good girl

walking up and down the rooms good girl

there we go this way good girl and

coming back down again food reward every

time she gets it right good girl

as we started getting right in the house

and as you can see to listen to me we're

ready for stage 3 when as a couple more

smells a couple more sights distractions

stage freeze just outside in the garden

out here in the garden she steel feels

comfortable she still feels safe so it

is a great place to train her when a

dog's stress you can't actually get any

information into their brain so keep

doing it when they feel comfortable keep

building up those foundations minicam

good girl good girl

so every time she gets it wrong we'd

show away we wanted to be a good girl

good girl every time she gets the right

she gets food reward and praise so we

keep walking around we keep changing

directions so she starts thinking who's

following who here good girl good girl

the great thing about this is there's no

tugging no jerking on the lead necessary

she's following me because she wants to

follow me and she starts getting it

great hit then we're ready to move

forward to stage for much like you teach

a child to ride a bike you should work

with your dog one step at a time

guiding them from the beginning to the

end until they get it right


walking out the door is when Millie and

Ruby really tests me if they pull me 100

times I come back 100 times until they

understand they do not get anywhere by

pulling me


as we progress many questions me and I

answer her the same way by coming back

and she loses ground


choose a quiet outdoor spots with a few

distractions such as not many people

cars or dogs and teaching guide her one

step at a time always remaining calm

convincing and consistent


as you progress and the dog is learning

to he'll find a quiet place like a

residential area which will have a few

more distractions


the work is ongoing keep going keep it

up if you do come across other dogs keep

a reasonable distance so that you can

focus on the task in hand


only when the dog is ready then you can

progress to a place with more

distractions keep guiding her stay

positive and create every attempts by

her to lead you as you can see the more

distractions or potential threats the

more the dog will react in this case

keep correcting her if your dog appears

anxious then go back to a place where

you both feel comfortable and progress

again from there keep working with your

dog until your dog feels safe and

accepts you as the leader

remember to teach your dog when you can

dedicate quality time to the task it

will not be easy for example if you're

trying to take them for a walk and

you're in a hurry the more rush that you

are the less time you're likely to have

to offer attention to detail if you

haven't got time wait for a time you do

as you start to make progress of each

individual dog and the dog becomes less

distracted at all the smells sights and

distractions out on the walk and they're

staying to you by Hill it's then time to

introduce the second dog and then work

through the stages from the beginning





five adult poles come back and lose

ground make sure that you're happy and

in control


finally you've gone through all the

stages and the dogs of late to do leader

by their own free will you'll find that

start following you wherever you want to

go when there's other distractions

around the docks will look to you as

leader if you concentrate on this

process and take your time you'll

realize it does work you don't have to

shout or get aggressive or use choke

chains of shock collars as the amazing

thing about this and if you put it into

place and take your time you'll see the

dogs will follow you wherever you want

to go