This is a continuation of our Dog Guard Out of Sight Fence Training discussion from last week regarding properly containing our dog in the back or front yard. If you will remember, we were discussing that simply scaring your dog to try and not run away simply does not work. We are not allowing him to progressively learn the lesson of “stay in the yard”. Last week we left the dog owner showing his dog the flags and calling him back as he approached the flags. This was working with visual distractions as part of the lesson.
This week, we are going to continue our lesson by expanding on the way that your dog learns. After physical stimulus, dogs respond to audible and physical actions. Think of a dog trying to keep another dog away from his dog bowl. He would first place himself in a dominant stance to dissuade the other dog. He might even begin to show his teeth. Next, he would produce a low growl or even bark at the other dog. If the other dog still approaches, he would nip at the other dog as his final countermeasure. This same social/learning methodology is built into our containment equipment and training process.
Let’s get your dog outside on the leash again. The flags that we worked with are still visible. We walk your dog around the yard, coaxing him away from the flags if we start to get too close. Now, we are going to introduce the audible stimulus. There is a setting on the perimeter transmitter that will send a beep to your dog’s collar if he gets within a specific distance of the perimeter.
We will now walk your dog around again and walk close enough so that the beep will sound on your dog’s collar. As soon as we hear that beep, immediately direct your dog away to the middle of the yard. We will repeat this process until your dog will naturally move back to the middle of the yard with no or minimal coaxing.
Now, we will ramp it up slightly. Have a friend outside the yard and on the other side of the perimeter. Have him move around the perimeter but not directly engage or encourage your dog to come to him and cross the perimeter. Repeat walking your dog around and into the “beep zone”. Ask your friend to slowly ramp up his distraction and begin to encourage your dog to come to him. Allow your dog to watch and engage. Guide him back a few times if he gets into the beep zone. Now, let him enter the beep zone and let him make the egress decision. If he continues to approach the perimeter and your friend, be aware that he is about to get a physical, static shock stimulation. If he moves too close to the perimeter, he will receive a slight shock. Guide him away immediately.
Continue the above process while your friend becomes more animated and encouraging to your dog. Guide your dog away two or three times, then let him make the decision again. If he gets too close to the perimeter, he will receive a slight shock. Direct him away.
What we have done is to maintain the lesson of staying within the yard. We are slowly ramping it up with distractions that might cause him to physically leave the yard. The end goal of the entire teaching process is to have him understand that he wants to stay within the yard no matter what might be on the other side of the perimeter.
This is a great deal of information for your dog to process at any one time. Only work with him for about twenty minutes a day so that he can best process the lesson. If you have any questions regarding this process or any out of sight dog fence training questions, please contact us at The Best Out of Sight Dog Fence Trainers in Naples and South Florida.