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Teaching a friend's dog to heel?

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Oldisthenewblack Sun 29-Nov-15 19:25:51

I'm planning to start walking my friend's dog on a regular basis (more for my waistline than the dog!). He's a lovely, friendly lad, but not trained so pulls on the lead. I'm wondering if it would be worthwhile/effective to try train him to heel when I spend time with him. Will he remember from on session to the next if he's not doing it in between our walks? Or will it be a waste of time?

He's very food oriented, so reckon this could be used quite effectively. Also, will he listen to me as I'm not his owner?

Any input greatly appreciated as I am new to dogs....

AnotherDame Sun 29-Nov-15 22:48:26

If he's developed the habit already it will be difficult to break but definitely worth persevering with. If his usual owner doesn't continue the training in between he'll probably see it as something he only needs to do with you.
Start small so just a few steps and then reward for staying at your side, then build it up over time. Watch lots of videos on youtube because there's lots of different methods (always go for force-free, positive reinforcement trainers).

Good luck, it'll be great when it finally clicks for him.

Oldisthenewblack Sun 29-Nov-15 23:38:37

Thanks, AnotherDame - I wouldn't mind at all if he saw it only as something to do with me, so long as he remembered! grin I will certainly give it a go as there's nothing to lose apart from my dignity if he chooses to laugh in my face. Am reading up on techniques at the moment.

I'll definitely be going with the positive reinforcement methods. I want him to enjoy being with me and enjoy learning.

Thanks again!

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