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I very strictly trained Henry to heel because when I adopted him I wanted a jogging buddy. I would recommend that you do this, and only allow the pups to sniff around when you give a command. Otherwise you might be jerked all over the place. I also bike and rollerblade with Henry.
 

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Vicki, I was really really strict about teaching the heel. It was the very first thing I taught Henry, with a the slip lead from the animal shelter (cheapo but it worked!). I bought a choke chain about a week later and now use it. I've done a lot of obedience training in the past, so I taught the heel with the leash high on the neck and gave 'pops' when he even thought about sniffing. Within a couple of days Henry was heeling perfectly, and he rarely ever needs a correction. I make him sit quietly for a few seconds when we get to grassy spots before I release him with a ok, go sniffs. For me, teaching the heel was the most important thing, because my idea of having a great dog/relationship is lots of walkies, jogs, traveling, etc. Can't really do that without proper leash training.
Hope this helps.
 
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