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Zlatni retriver

Zlatni retriver

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The correct position for your Golden to heel, sit, and lie down is
beside you, on your left side, with the dog facing forward. This is
known as the heel position. When you walk your dog, you should be
holding the leash loosely in your
left hand to control the dog, with
any excess length of leash looped
in the right hand. This will give
you the maximum control over the
dog—even a large, strong Golden.

Positive Method

To put your Golden in the heel position, move him to your left side.
When he stands or sits for a few moments in heel position, give him
a treat and praise him. Use a one-word command such as “Place”
or “Heel” to mean heel position. Practice putting your dog in heel
position and reward him when he stands or sits straight in that posi-
tion. Do not reward sloppily performed commands. Try again and
give your dog the treat when he is in the proper position.

After your Golden knows the heel position, you can teach him
to heel. Your Golden should be sitting in heel position with his

Heel positionA
position in which your
dog sits or stands beside your
left side, next to your knee.

Golden Glossary

Why worry about which foot to use for Stay versus Heel? Dogs,
especially Goldens, are keen observers and will notice which foot
you use when you say “Stay” and which foot you use when you
begin to walk at the command “Heel.” The left foot is closest to your
Golden when you heel, so he will see that movement first.
When you put your Golden in a Stay, do so on your left side and
leave with the rightfoot first. Your Golden won’t see the movement
right away, and it will be an extra signal to stay.

Golden Glimmers

Part 3:Dog Training 101

training collar and leash on. Have a treat in your left hand. Say
“Rusty, Heel!” and start walking, left foot forward first. If your dog
starts to forge ahead or lag behind, get his attention by showing him
the treat and lure him into the correct position. When he is in the
correct position, praise him and give him a treat. If he lags because
he is unsure what to do, pat your leg and encourage him to come
beside you. Likewise, if he forges ahead, pull him back using the
leash or have him focus on the treat and lure him back. Give him
the treat when he’s in the proper position.

When you stop, have him sit in the heel position and give him a
treat. When you start again, always start walking with your left foot.
Dogs see the left leg movement before the right. Also, it becomes
another signal to your dog that he is to move with you.

Clicker Method

To put your Golden in the heel position, have him on a leash but
let him move about freely. As he approaches your left side, click and
treat. He may be surprised by your click and treat, but he will try
to repeat the performance. As he does, click and treat and shape the
behavior until he is standing at your side.

When he stands or sits for a few moments in heel position, click
and treat. Use a one-word cue such as “Place” or “Heel” to mean
heel position. Practice putting your dog in the heel position and
click and treat when he stands or sits straight in that position.

When your Golden knows the heel position, you can teach
him to heel. Your Golden should be sitting in heel position with
his training collar and leash on. Have a treat in your left hand. Say
“Rusty, Heel!” and start walking, putting your left foot forward first.
If your dog starts to forge ahead or lag behind, get his attention by
showing him the treat and lure him into the correct position. Click
and treat when he is in the correct position. If he lags because he’s
unsure what to do, pat your leg and encourage him to come beside

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you. If he forges ahead, stop and wait for him to stop pulling and
go back to the heel position. When he does, click and treat.

When you stop, have him sit in the heel position and click and
treat. When you start again, always start by moving the left foot for-
ward first. Dogs see the left leg movement before the right. Also, it
becomes another signal to your Golden that he is to move with you.

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