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Read our Dog Blog and get training and behavior tips from The Well Heeled Way to achieve a better relationship with your dog. Watch the videos for real demonstrations with dogs Jerry has worked with and see his methods in action. Learn about ways to calm your dog, get him or her to listen attentively, find better ways to stop undesirable behaviors like barking or jumping, walk beside you, and so much more. Our dog blog is full of helpful tips and tricks Jerry has developed over many years of experience; he is an expert when it comes to dog behaviors and socialization. Explore our dog blog to get training and behavior tips with posts from all different breeds and sizes, and find your way to a happy coexistence with your furry best friend!

This MONTH’s Tip

COME: The Most Important Command

COME: The Most Important Command

Perhaps the single most important command you will teach your dog is “COME.” This command is one you will use at home, outside, anywhere you take your dog.

Recent Tips

Exercise, Conditioning and Reinforcement Training 

Exercise, Conditioning and Reinforcement Training 

This week we take a look at a few of the exercise, conditioning and reinforcement techniques I rely on when working with my own dogs, as well as those who come to me for training and boarding. 
Sit Training to Build Relationship

Sit Training to Build Relationship

Today I am working with Duke on a 20-foot line, and we are practicing 2 things I work on frequently: The “sit” command and Attention training using the “watch” command
Attention is the Key to Dog Training

Attention is the Key to Dog Training

Here I have Maya, a terrier mix with extremely high energy who will come right up and get in your face. It’s important to correct this behavior even if she doesn’t intend to harm—she’s just excitable. So where do I start? At the beginning, and that means I work on Maya’s attention. Keeping your dog’s attention is the key to dog training and guiding her behavior.
Structure Your Dog’s Obsession With Food: Learn how to be in control of strong food drives

Structure Your Dog’s Obsession With Food: Learn how to be in control of strong food drives

On this snowy day in Ohio we are working with Maui, a 9-month-old Rottweiler. Maui has a great food drive—in other words, she is very food motivated! That’s great because it means she’s a good eater.
Walking Your Dog: Will You Willingly Follow Me ONE STEP?

Walking Your Dog: Will You Willingly Follow Me ONE STEP?

Today we meet Willie, an 11-month-old English Setter who is full of energy. Our goal for Willie is to encourage more calm and controlled walking using TWHW harness and leash. We begin with a bit of attention and follow training—remember, the basis for all desired behaviors is getting your dog to honor you. Walking your dog requires that same acknowledgment! 
Leash Behavior Tips – Using Calming Methods & Attentiveness Training 

Leash Behavior Tips – Using Calming Methods & Attentiveness Training 

Meet Shadow, an Aussiedoodle who is easily distracted and struggles with leash behavior. The key to successful walking on the leash starts without using any leash at all! That’s because the key is attentiveness. 
Dog Training Harness and Leash Tucker

Dog Training Harness and Leash Tucker

In this video, we continue working with Tucker, a “Poo-Ton” or Coton Poodle mix. Tucker is eager to please and loves attention, so we can use that to our advantage when we want Tucker to follow alongside us. The important thing to remember is we want to teach Tucker to willingly follow where we want to lead, not the other way around. To do this, we start by simply walking around and rewarding Tucker for following. Frequently reinforce your dog when you are getting the desired results from your training efforts—in this case we are rewarding Tucker with treats, touch and repetition of the verbal commands when he follows and sits willingly. 
Using positive reinforcement to get your dog to follow you anywhere

Using positive reinforcement to get your dog to follow you anywhere

Using positive reinforcement to get your dog to follow you anywhere Learn from The Well Heeled Way how to work with your dog to achieve the best relationship for both of you. In this video, we continue working with Tucker, a “Poo-Ton” or Coton Poodle mix. Tucker is eager to please and loves attention, so… View Article
Teach Your Dog to Stop Jumping

Teach Your Dog to Stop Jumping

Learn from The Well Heeled Way how to work with your dog to achieve the best relationship for both of you. In this video, Jerry discusses simple steps you can take to train your dog to stop jumping. The Well Heeled Way dog training techniques are here to help you on your path to a more attentive and well-behaved dog. In this video, we meet Tucker, a “Poo-Ton” or Coton-Poodle mix, who loves attention and affection. But how do you make sure your dog doesn’t jump on you or your friends and family in order to get it? The answer is simple: Pay attention to your dog on YOUR terms, not the dog’s demanding behavior.