Your Dog’s Perimeter Containment Training – Take it Slow
I was over at a Dog Guard Out of Sight Fence client in Greenacres that I had been working with for a while and am glad to say that we had a great session and their two Pit Bulls are no longer escaping the back yard and can wonder in the front yard and only stay near the house. This had been a rather long program because of some mis-steps early on. With that said, I would like to share our experiences with everyone so that the Dog Guard Out of Sight Fence process is as seamless as possible.
The one thing that we all need to understand is what we are trying to accomplish with the out of sight dog fence. All we want to happen is to have our dogs not cross the boundary that we have created. We don’t want to scare them to stay back and we don’t want them to constantly get the static correction without understanding why it is happening and what they should do.
Here is where the issue came with our client and where we have seen this in the past. The first time he had his dogs out, he thought that if he “really showed them where they could go and not go”, the training would happen a lot quicker. He walked his dogs into the correction zone several times the first day and it simply overwhelmed them. Instead of being able to focus on actions and perspectives, they focused on the static correction. After that, they didn’t want to venture off the back porch.
After hearing this, I decided to take over the training and politely asked my client to hang back and let me proceed. My plan was to slowly allow his Pits (I love Pit Bulls) to reacquaint themselves with the back yard and then to focus on the boundary issue. I came out every other day for two weeks and simply took a chair and sat under a big fruit tree at the far end of the yard. I was close to the out of sight fence, but far enough away so that the dogs wouldn’t get a correction from the system. I would just sit there and then walk around the yard. I would give them treats and occasionally would ask them to sit, walk, or come. At two weeks, they were happy and calm in the yard.
Now that I had them calm, I put the leash on them and would walk them around the yard, but not close to the boundary. After they were comfortable with that, I slowly allowed them to wander up to the boundary zone. As soon as they received a correction, I guided them away using the leash and praised them. I did not allow them to go back into the zone that day.
I repeated the above process every day for the next week. By the end of that week, they would wander around the yard, but never approach the edge. Even if there were ducks and other dogs next door, they would not go near the edge of the yard.
I asked my client to watch them for a week with a leash and to guide them back if they got close to the perimeter. He reported that they no longer wanted to approach the edge of the property. He was very happy and amazed at how easy it was. He admitted that he was just a little too anxious in getting it done. Sometimes slow and steady is the best way.
If you have any questions about out of sight fencing for your dog, perimeter containment dog training, behavior issues, or obedience issues with your dog, please contact us at The Best Out of Sight Dog Fence Trainers in Greenacres and South Florida.