Written by Christine Durrant, Professional Dog Trainer and Pet Care Consultant
When working with people to teach their dogs to stop pulling on leash, one question that comes up a lot is whether or not a dog should be in the heel position.
The answer is simply up to you and you also have the option of teaching both. You can teach your dog loose leash walking (or, in other words, not to pull you down the street) and/or you can teach them to walk by your side.
I personally don’t mind if my dog is ahead of me, as long as he’s not pulling. I think the walk is as much for him as it is for me and I want him to be free to sniff and move around. Others prefer their dog be by their side - which would involve teaching the heel command. Either way, I highly encourage you to commit to training your dog, including teaching your dog to stop pulling on leash (and the good news is that you DON’T need a choke, shock or prong collar to do so)!
Did you know that our DualMax dog collar was specifically designed to help people teach their dogs to stop pulling on leash? It's super comfortable and includes FREE training videos! (It is also included in all of our product training packages).