Heeling is more important for obedience competition than it is for basic obedience, but it is still important to learn. After all, there will be times when you'll want your rottie walking right beside you instead of in front of you, such as when you're walking through a crowd or in a place where you aren't sure of your footing.
Heel requires some fancy footwork on your part. When starting out in heel position, lead with your left foot. When you want your rottweiler to stay, lead with your right foot. These are extra cues that let your rottie know whether he's supposed to move with you or stay in his place.
Heeling on leash starts with learning the heel position. Use a treat to lure your rottie into heel position at your left side. When he stands or sits at your left side, give him a treat. Use a one-word command, such as “Heel” or “Place.”
Once your rottie has learned the heel position, clip the leash on his training collar. You should hold the leash loosely in your left hand and put the excess leash in your right hand.
Hold a treat in your left hand. Say, “Fido, heel,” and start walking, left foot forward. If your rottie forges ahead, lags behind, or moves out of heel position, use the treat to lure him back to heel position. When you stop, put your rottie in a sit and give him a treat.
Clip a leash on your rottie's collar. Wait for him to stand or sit at your left side, then click and treat. He may wander around again, but once he is on your left side, click and treat. It may take a few times for him to remain standing at your left side, but once he does, you're ready to teach him to heel. Use a one-word command, such as “Heel” or “Place.” Start walking, left foot forward, and when he goes to the heel position, use the word “Heel” and click and treat. You'll follow the same procedure used for the positive method, but you'll click and treat your dog once he responds properly to your commands to heel and sit.