Important – When training a golden retriever, you take the leash off, remember the following: Your Golden Retriever should not run off, with you chasing vainly behind, yelling for Fido to return back.

Yes, if you want Fido to free heal, you must have your canine friend trained to heal on the leash first.

This is the way you need to start;

Take your dog off it’s leash.

Walk ?±n a very straight line. (Angling into your dog will result in her to heel wide.)

Walk briskly! Don’t walk at the pace of your own dog.

Don’t wave your hands about – hold your LEFT hand near to your own body!

Make sure you always give the first command in a very happy tone of voice.(Your canine must know that you’re happy – don’t try to teach your dog anything if you are in a bad mood.)

Change your voice to a commanding tone or call your dog’s name sharply once they don’t sustain to your walking pace or if they amble away.

Following your second command, gently pat your side and give praise.(Give praise at each opportunity).

If forging (Fido tries to gain ahead of you) its your problem, or in case your dog tries to dart off, you must stand still! Signal back using your left hand and repeat the heel command forcefully, then pat your side coaxingly.

Remember, golden retriever training isn’t unlike training your child to behave in ways society expects. Give them rules and bounderies. Be firm about what is correct and that which is not. Praise whenever you have an opportunity, That is, when your dog performs as asked.

When your dog is performing a great job of learning, give it the commendation it deserves! Praise it while it is actually learning and performing well.

When the dog you’re training is large, make sure you carry the leash folded twice, with the snap end in your RIGHT hand. If the dog fails to take notice, call her name loudly or reach out and “spank” her playfully around the hindquarters using the end of the leash. Next coax your dog close by patting your side. (Never hit hard or in such a way that you cause your dog pain. Just the LIGHT spank is all that’s needed).

If all attempts to keep your golden retriever at heel position fail, it’s time to put the leash back on, give it ONE good jerk to bring the dog in close, and try again. The change in voice, followed by flattery, with the occa­sional use of the leash, should eventually teach your dog to stay at your side at all times. Especially if you make the heeling fun!

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