I was down in Miramar the other day visiting one of my favorite Vet Hospitals and playing with their German Shepherd that is always in the waiting room. While I was down on my knees with Nevada (the Shepherd), one of the waiting clients approached me with a question. “I see that you are a dog trainer and I have a Cocker Spaniel named Sweet Pea that is always causing me problems. I don’t want her in my baby’s nursery and she is always running out the front door. I don’t have a lot of time for training and I don’t want to put up gates.” I told her that besides being a canine behavioral trainer, I also use the Dog Guard Out of Sight Fence to solve wandering and perimeter issues. This would probably be a great solution for her.
Whether the answer is consistent canine behavioral training or containment aids, any solution will involve some degree of interactive training. This individual clearly stated that she had very little free time and needed a solution that was fast and effective. That is why I decided to help her with the Perimeter Dog Interior Fence Solution. This involved a transmitter that would help us define the “don’t be here” locations and a training collar that would react to the transmitter.
We first had to define the areas she wanted Sweat Pea to stay out of and lines she didn’t want her dog to cross. Right down from the Master Bedroom was her son’s nursery and she didn’t want Sweet Pea in there at all. Since she or her husband had to get up during the night to attend to their son, she didn’t want to deal with tripping over baby gates. Sweet Pea also had the habit of running out the front door when they were leaving for the day. She didn’t want her to get close to the front door.
Now that we had two zones, we could easily set up the tools to quickly train Sweet Pea to the new rules of the house. We placed a Dog Guard Interior Transmitter inside her son’s nursery and set the perimeter so that Sweet Pea’s training collar would respond if she tried to enter the room.
We set up a second transmitter right at the front door and set it to provide a “don’t be here” zone from the front door to six feet from the door. This would make sure that Sweet Pea would stop way before the door as they were leaving.
Now we were ready for the training. We placed the training collar and a leash on Sweet Pea. We slowly walked her towards the doorway of the nursery and turned around before we actually got there. We repeated this several times, getting closer and closer until the training collar responded to the transmitter’s boundary. It gave off a warning beep. We turned around and moved away.
We repeated this several more times and slowly walked past the point of the beep until the training collar responded with its second perimeter warning level delivering a slight static stimulus. Sweet Pea turned away by herself and walked back down the hall. We approached the door again and as soon as Sweet Pea heard the first perimeter warning (beep), she sat down and didn’t want to continue into the room. I told my client to repeat this process for the next few days and Sweet Pea will know to stay out of the nursery. We now moved on to the front door.
We walked Sweet Pea close to the door as my client walked up, opened the door, and walked out. Even though Sweet Pea wanted to follow, we turned her away. We repeated this process, getting closer and closer to the door as my client opened and went through the door.
When Sweet Pea heard the initial beep of the perimeter warning, she was done and stopped.
We dropped the leash and let Sweet Pea follow my client as she approached the door to leave. As soon as they both got close to the door, Sweet Pea stopped and sat as my client continued to the door and left. Sweet Pea had already associated the training from the nursery to what she was experiencing at the front door. Through simple, consistent, and repetitive training, the problem was quickly solved.
If you have a dog like Sweet Pea who likes to get into places she shouldn’t be and you have more training questions; or you have questions about the Dog Guard Out of Sight Fences, please contact The Best Out of Sight Fence Trainers in Miramar and South Florida. Also, please visit our South Florida Dog Training Blog on our Home Dog Training of South Florida Web Location.