Dog Training with the Heeling Stick. Advanced Obedience

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Today we’ll be working with the heeling stick. This is a tool that we can use to help communicate more clearly what we would like from our dogs. This is not meant to be used as punishment or any form of intimidation.

The process is simple.

1) First get your dog used to the heeling stick by petting them with it while providing treat rewards and praise.
2) Start with the pressure first and once your dog moves in the desired direction, mark and reward.

Pro Tip: We can make this process easier by using something the dog already knows to get them to quickly learn this concept. It will go like this:

• First, apply pressure.
• Next, after the pressure has been applied, then you will use luring to guide your dog into the desired position. For example; we want to use the heeling stick to get the dog into the down position, so we would apply pressure first. Once the dog feels the pressure, we would then lure the dog into the down with a piece of food. This will help teach the dog the heeling stick—which occurs because whatever comes first is what you are teaching your dog. So, in this situation—it’s the heeling stick.
• Turn the pressure off.
• Mark and reward.

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  1. Nicala Fox on October 4, 2021 at 3:48 am

    she’s super cute and super smart

  2. Ina on October 4, 2021 at 3:49 am

    I was teaching my dog the right position for the "heel"! cue when she’s away from me with my broom stick.

    She already knew she had to come to my side and align with me no matter from where I’d call her, but her back end would be a bit too outwards (misaligned) for my liking and I used the stick on it to guide her into a more straighter position.

    Got this from my experience with horse training, I thought I was an innovator!!
    But the stalky youtube (as is all of the internet) crushed my dreams and showed me that people actually used sticks in heel 😂 great minds think alike

  3. Mason Strodtman on October 4, 2021 at 3:50 am

    So I’ve been watching your videos and was wondering if every single behavior should be taught with luring then leash pressure, more specifically is teaching leash pressure for every command needed

  4. Stevie Younadim on October 4, 2021 at 3:51 am

    so awesome man I been looking for this.

  5. Gøy med Hund on October 4, 2021 at 3:51 am

    Great video. 🙂 i have a question reg. the stick. i am a bit confused and really want to understand this 100% so here are 3 questions. No.1: I used to work a horse trainer and the horse always push against pressure – it is natural for them. .. this is what i experience with the dogs too. isn¨t that natural for them? No.2 : IF it is natural for them how do i get the dog to not work against the pressure? No.3: When we teach them to move away from pressure – how will that affect our heeling? if i want my dog glued to my leg but that create some kind of pressure when they touch/rub/lean against my leg. How will this not affect that? when they feel my leg to not move away from the pressure/ touch ? it looks really neat with the heeling sticks so i would love to know the answer to this before i decide if i want to get one or not. Thank youso much in advance 🙂

  6. On Point Dogs on October 4, 2021 at 3:52 am

    I like that. I’m gonna give it a try to fine tune my guy’s heeling focus.

  7. Ron Simons on October 4, 2021 at 3:52 am

    Remove the word "negative" and use your own hand and people would be happy.
    As long as the dog is happy, never being hurt, any tool to help your dog understand, is good imo.
    Thanks for the video Nate.

  8. Kat Sim on October 4, 2021 at 3:53 am

    Thanks! This is the perfect way to get my dog to bring her wiggly butt in line. She tends to end at an angle.

  9. Daniel P on October 4, 2021 at 3:55 am

    Thanks for more tools in my tool box.

  10. NotHis RealName on October 4, 2021 at 3:57 am

    I’m hoping to get a Giant Schnauzer around the middle of the year. While ‘basic’ obedience will be the focus, I’d eventually like to get into some of the pulling sports like Dog scootering. When you get a chance, could you maybe look at training techniques for these dog sports?

  11. Steve malick on October 4, 2021 at 3:58 am

    Really appreciate your reply! I’ll do just that!! …..
    Honestly respect you and ur vids!! …. …………………………………………I have an 8 month old landshark and I can’t seem to hold his attention …. I grew up watching my father work dogs as he was k9 cop. And I’m embarrassed to bring him around ……. (as my dog destroys his coolaroo while I write this!) lol!

  12. Special Z on October 4, 2021 at 3:58 am

    How do we phase these out for competition?

  13. Richard Schneider on October 4, 2021 at 3:59 am

    Knew a guy from Europe years ago that appeared to be great at this form of obedience training. Too selfish to teach it though. Great video. Thank you

  14. Southern Loon Retrievers on October 4, 2021 at 3:59 am

    A very great tool!

  15. David on October 4, 2021 at 4:03 am

    Nate, thanks for the video.

  16. Cj Boots on October 4, 2021 at 4:05 am

    Still waiting for you to start an online school. Thanks for giving us the tools

  17. Mister10 X on October 4, 2021 at 4:05 am


  18. B. Infinity on October 4, 2021 at 4:06 am

    Bro I have never seen this before. Just what I need to tighten up my GSD heel. Thanks for the help!

  19. G K on October 4, 2021 at 4:06 am


  20. Sugu's Dog Artistry SDA on October 4, 2021 at 4:08 am

    Where do we get this stick

  21. Susan Moyle on October 4, 2021 at 4:08 am

    She is such a chatterbox 😂

  22. Dew Rain on October 4, 2021 at 4:10 am

    Good day sir.can i ask how to attract my BM to treats or ball.hes not so attentive.

  23. Samatha Office on October 4, 2021 at 4:13 am

    Nate…Very useful video..Tq..

  24. Sergio Esquivel on October 4, 2021 at 4:13 am

    Love the video!!!

  25. oldsap on October 4, 2021 at 4:19 am

    Arih says you’re taking too long and she wants to show your viewers how to do it NOW haha. thanks for the video Nate

  26. susan liang on October 4, 2021 at 4:19 am


  27. chanakya sharma on October 4, 2021 at 4:21 am

    Love the content ❤️☺️🙏… But sometimes your language gets a little too tricky to understand… May be that’s the reason have been missing out on your videos now a days

  28. Melye Chap on October 4, 2021 at 4:22 am

    I absolutely love Ari she’s so cute and funny! Her enthusiasm towards training is contagious!!

  29. point break on October 4, 2021 at 4:24 am

    what breed is she ? very precious

  30. Mohamad Mas on October 4, 2021 at 4:25 am


  31. Michael Hoffmann on October 4, 2021 at 4:26 am

    Nate does a nice job showing how to use another tool in an advanced training topic. Well done!

  32. Rico Villagracia on October 4, 2021 at 4:29 am

    Thanks bro you’re the reason why my dog learn how to sit down and heel

  33. RAPPIEMYBABY on October 4, 2021 at 4:32 am

    Love your videos and methods. You can visibly see in every video how every dog is happy to work with you, happy to take part. They truly enjoy it!

  34. James Losey on October 4, 2021 at 4:33 am

    I wished I could afford you

  35. Quad Cities Canine on October 4, 2021 at 4:36 am

    I’m WAY behind on watching your videos. You are SO amazing and inspiring!!!

  36. Jeannie C on October 4, 2021 at 4:37 am

    Really, really helpful and so simple to do!

  37. Rajashekara Shekara on October 4, 2021 at 4:38 am

    Extraordinary video impressed 👏

  38. Jen Wicke on October 4, 2021 at 4:40 am

    This is an awesome how to!! It seems like Ary has grown in the blink of an eye! Happy New Year to you and yours!! 🤙🏼🦮❤️

  39. Caroline Gorman on October 4, 2021 at 4:40 am

    Would that be called “demand barking”?

  40. Solidk9 solutions on October 4, 2021 at 4:40 am

    I have a OB stick but it’s a heavy stiff one
    is this one heavy ?

  41. budimpla on October 4, 2021 at 4:41 am

    Excellent, as usual.

  42. j on October 4, 2021 at 4:41 am

    Good looking dog

  43. Douglas Reid on October 4, 2021 at 4:41 am

    Great stuff Nate.
    How can I get my dog to look up at me more in focused heel? It feels like she’s looking at my feet trying to gauge her position.

  44. Kate Pentecost on October 4, 2021 at 4:42 am

    This is a games changer for me. I have gotten two Rally Obedience Titles on my Border Collie and still don’t have a tight heal. That long flexible spine helps him swing his fanny out a bit. I hope you have more videos because we are going to start obedience soon.

  45. Pablocesar Mendoza on October 4, 2021 at 4:42 am

    How long you should train your dog a day

  46. Louisa Marie on October 4, 2021 at 4:43 am

    My puppy (13 week old Belgian Mal) behaves perfectly when clipped to the 30 ft lead I use when training (just let it loose so I can catch him if he runs) but at home or when not on his training lead, his recall is basically nonexistent.
    Any tips?

  47. Susan Hughes on October 4, 2021 at 4:43 am

    Hi Nate thanks for sharing. I’ve been using a walking pole to help my puppy walk to heel. I just say no when she starts to creep forward and hold it in front of her (like shepherds training their sheepdogs). On the way to the beach I have to remind her quite often but on the way back she’s great. It’s taken all the stress out of walking to her free run areas from home. Now she’s responding much better to the stop and walk backwards too. It’s been difficult to get her focus on me outside the house as she has food issues. It’s getting better though. People stop me all the time and ask who my dog trainer is – I tell them Sir Nate of course 😁

  48. Angie & Axel on October 4, 2021 at 4:45 am

    I have been a horse trainer my whole life and thought many times why would nobody try some of the useful horse groundwork techniques in dog training. Probably because most people perceive negative reinforcement as "negative". It has to be said though, negative reinforcment can be abused by people who don’t know or don’t care how to use it properly. NR needs the same patience and "positiveness" as positive reinforcement techniques. Thank you for your great teaching, Nate!

  49. Nate Schoemer on October 4, 2021 at 4:47 am

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  50. Jkoadventures on October 4, 2021 at 4:47 am

    Thank you! Always excellent training lessons!!

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