When your dog knows how to sit, you can teach them how to heel. Begin by having them sit next to you on your left hand side. Then say ‘heel’ and start walking forward at a brisk pace holding a dog treat in your left hand at the dog’s chin level. As your dog is about to catch up to your hand, stop walking, lift your hand up and say ‘sit’. Once they are sitting, praise them and reward them with the dog treat. Then stand up straight and reward them with additional treats for remaining seated. Then repeat the process. Remember that walking at heel is advanced behaviour for a young dog. You’ll need to repeat this session plenty of times over a number of months until they get the hang of it.
Dog training series developed by Royal Canin in Partnership with Seeing Eye Dogs Australia