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    SawyerAndMe990 is offline Senior Member
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    DefaultBest way to teach "heel"

    Since I plan to have Sawyer as a service dog I want him to have a good strong heel. I would like to train him without treats as well. So far I have him used to sitting at the door and waiting for me to walk out and invite him before stepping in or out of the house. I have him where he can do a slight heal but it needs work. He is only 10 weeks old so he's a bit bouncy but he is learning. I want to work on his heel and then once I feel good about it take him up the road to the shopping plaza and socialize him there a few times a week.

    Also anyone who has trained Service dogs im all open for tips and advice.
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    DefaultRe: Best way to teach "heel"

    See the Our Best Advice stick. And know that heeling for a 10 wk old is asking a LOT at a young age....

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    What kind of service dog is he going to be? if he is going to be a service dog I presume that you are following some kind of training program already? have you been told not to use treats?

    I wouldn't push a formal heel from a 10 week old. Keep sessions short - no longer than a few minutes. Unless he is very toy and praise motivated, you may struggle to keep his attention without the aid of food rewards. For most Labs, food is the highest incentive to work and it is generally the best way to keep a puppies focus. Very informally, I would encourage the puppy to your side by patting your thigh, then while walking briskly give the command word. Praise and reward for keeping the correct position and for making eye contact.

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    DefaultRe: Best way to teach "heel"

    He is going to be my Service dog for my severe social anxiety disorder. I cannot go anywhere public alone without a severe panic attack and I have been looking into getting a puppy and working to get him certified (when he is older of course). I just got Sawyer yesterday. And I don't want anyone to think im doing major training sessions with him. We keep it short and sweet always ending on a good note. I am not expecting miracles I was just asking for advice in the long run not just right now. Hope I cleared that up.

    Oh! And also he is not really treat motivated. He is much more motivated with praise.
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    And I don't want anyone to think im doing major training sessions with him. We keep it short and sweet always ending on a good note. I am not expecting miracles I was just asking for advice in the long run not just right now. Hope I cleared that up.
    No worries.

    I would ask the place that trains/certifies the service dogs whether you have to follow any specific training procedures or protocols. I presume that he will need specialist training in order to become a certified service dog.

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    Most service dog schools I know of train by clicker and lots of treats. 10wks is really too young to teach heel...you can start with simple loose leash walking, but everything should be fun and play at this age, even for service dogs. I would suggest finding a good puppy socialization/obedience class, but I'm not sure if that would work for you. Service puppies in training need a TON of socialization and exposure to different places, people and things. Why did you opt to attempt to try a service dog yourself?? I think an older dog from an accredited school would have been a more appropriate choice for someone without experience in the area...JMO.
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