Home » Heelwork » Day 13: Leash off means walk to heel

I like to teach my dogs “default” behaviors, things that they should do even though I don’t say anything but the situation itself tells them what to do. One such behavior is that when I take off the leash, the dog should walk by my side (if I am in motion, if I stand still it is usually enough that it remains with me – it should in any case not run away without me giving my release cue).

Leash off means stay with me – and walk by my side when I walk.

Today’s exercise

  • What does your dog do when you remove the leash? What do you want it to do?
  • Train heelwork at least once. (Note how many sessions and minutes of heelwork you do. Train what you and your dog need – it doesn’t have to be the training in the blog post of the day.)
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Retrieving for All Occasions - Foundations for Excellence in Gun Dog Training
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