How to Teach Your Dog to Heel… Sort of.

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Things You’ll Need:

  • A dog.
  • A lot of  patience.
  • A sense of humor.
  • Possibly some knee pads?!

STEP 1  Begin with the traditional tried and true method of using a training collar (AKA choke chain), along with training techniques that you’ve learned from dog trainers or used successfully with other dogs. When your dog, oblivious to the training collar, takes off at break-neck speed, pulls you off your feet, drags you 1/2 a block down the street tearing your pants, bloodying your knees and finally leaving you lying in the dust… Move on to Step 2.

STEP 2 Having failed on your own, its time to seek professional help. Enroll your dog in obedience school. When your dog (and you) flunk out of obedience school, move on to Step 3.

STEP 3  Third time ‘s the charm right? This time purchase one of those fool-proof harnesses that are guaranteed to stop any dog from pulling! They are generally referred to as non-tug or non-pull harnesses. They reportedly place pressure on the dogs front legs, preventing pulling or tugging painlessly. In my experience, the harness was indeed painless… painless for the dog that is! Not so painless for me when I experienced a repetition of what happened in Step 1!

STEP 4  When the fool-proof methods in Steps 1, 2 and 3 have failed… its time to re-think the necessity of teaching your dog to heel!


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