How to Train a Labrador : How to Teach Your Labrador to Heel

Hi! I’m Melanie McLeroy with Taurus Training
for Expert Village, and today we’re going to talk about training dogs. So let’s talk
about teaching Labrador retrievers to heel. When Labs are puppies, they tend to be pulling
machines, so please work with your dog, whether it’s a Labrador or not, very young. When
they’re walking beside you, anyway, give them a lot of praise and positive reinforcement,
and try to keep the leash loose from the very beginning. Now Telula is a bit of an older
Lab, and she’s very distracted by everything that’s going on out here. However I’m
going to use a no-pull harness on Telula. Check out the video on equipment, if you haven’t
already, and choose what’s best for you and your dog. The no-pull harness is one that
teaches her not to pull, it’s not a regular harness that triggers an oppositional reflex
and teaches her to pull, but you see how she’s so forward, it’s going to be hard for her
not to pull. I’m going to use a lot of name game with Telula here to keep her attention
on me and to try to keep the leash loose. Now the heel is a position—I want her right
shoulder even with my left leg… heel… and I’ll give a little tug if she starts
to get ahead. Now she’s really wanting to pull, so I’m going to start changing speeds
and directions pretty quickly here, Lula and use the name game, good, good. So I prefer
to walk in front of her than to use any pressure on the leash. You don’t want to physically
show your dog what to do. You want to encourage them, heel, good, to pay attention to when
you’re turning and changing speeds, sit, good. When you’re working on heel with your
Labrador or other dog, make sure that you stop every once in a while, if they’re really
intense on the environment, and get their focus back on you. Here, good, sit, good,
ump, now that was no reward marker because she got up, good, heel, good. Lula, good so
here I’m making it a little more fun to pay attention to me, heel, good, ump, heel
that no reward marker was for her pulling on the harness, good, heel, good, notice how
the loose the leash is, good. She’s really checking in with me now. So I’m going to
end this session on a success, good girl Telula.

15 thoughts on “How to Train a Labrador : How to Teach Your Labrador to Heel

  • your dog needs more exercise. also, use a prong collar it does less dammage to your dog than a traditional choke chain. Good luck…

  • Dogs are predatory animals so by using a gentle leader it basically takes away their only defense. If you watch many dogs that wear them you see them trying to take it off by rubbing it on the ground, etc. However, for some dogs I do agree with you that they are highly effective and work well as a way to control your dog. For some dogs that are unsure of themselves, nervous, etc., it causes heightened aggression & fear.

  • A halti/gentle leader works more effectively on horses because they are fight or flight animals and they mainly rely on their legs as a means of protection. Unfortunately, halti/gentle leaders are not as effective for dogs.

  • -_- show me your Labrador with squirrels running around and people walking by oh and other dogs then I will be impressed. My Lab will chase a leaf on the ground if the wind blows hard enough.

  • Not done right at all. A harness is not what you train any dog to heal in, especially a lab.
    You need a (depending on the dogs temperament), either a choker or prong collar placed up close to the back of their heads, so you don't have to pull so hard and can keep their heads up and paying attention to you! Harness's just do what they were designed too, make it easier to pull.

  • I trained my lab by kicking him right in the ass. I know that sounds cruel and crazy, but really I essentially tapped him with the tip of my foot when he got too far ahead. He hated it and would tuck his tail in. It got to the point where I could just slide my shoe to make the sound as if I was about to kick him, and then – nothing at all . He just stayed tucked in at my side. I want to emphasize I did it very gently, there was no pain just the thought of something touching him in the rear and he moved back.

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