Don’t Confuse Your Dog by Changing the Rules
Robin and I were in Pompano Beach last Wednesday installing a Dog Guard Out of Sight Fencing® system for a new client and his Rhodesian Ridgeback, Comet. The system worked perfectly and Comet responded very well to the perimeter training. During our conversations with our client that day, we had mentioned that we were also behavioral dog trainers and had trained over 3,500 dogs besides providing the underground fence systems. He found this quite interesting and wondered how it was so easy for us to make the transition from training dogs not to jump on people or beg at the table to having them stay in the yard.
This is a great question and is one of the reasons that Dog Guard actually approached us to become a Dog Guard Out of Sight Fencing® dealer. They recognized that the success of their products came from proper dog training. Understanding how dogs communicate and socialize is key in any dog behavior.
We told our client that we look at the equipment that we install and the collar that we place on Comet are simply training tools designed to guide him through a learning process that he already understands. All dogs learn through consistency and repetition. Just as we learned our “times tables”, every time we saw the card that said “8 x 8”, the back of the card always said “64”. After we saw this card enough times, we understood that 8 x 8 = 64. That was that and we were done. We now knew the answer and could move on.
That is the exact same way that Comet and all dogs learn. Every time we provide them with a command or they break a rule, a consistent act must always follow. When we were all young and had our first dog, we wanted to teach him to sit. We would tell him to sit and if he didn’t, we would guide him down until his tail was on the ground. We would do this over and over until we didn’t have to help him down, he would naturally sit when we said that word. It was pure, consistent repetition. There was no logic or any big hoopla, we said it and he just did it.
Comet’s learning process follows this same “consistent action” process for anything he needs to learn. If he steals food from the table, we always correct him in the act and praise him when he has backed off and is no longer begging or jumping. If we don’t want him on the furniture, we always guide him off whenever he is on the furniture or even attempts to get on the furniture.
Now, we extended our conversation to our Dog Guard Out of Sight Fencing® Training Process. We explained that the flags that we placed to mark the underground wire around the border of his property were the impetus of a consistent and continual rule we taught Comet. Since dogs are very visual, Comet would easily recognize that the flags were something new and would peak his interest. As we approached the flags, his collar would then give off a sound and slight stimulus that would emulate the canine communication/correction process. At that very moment, having him on a leash, we drew him away from the flags and back towards the house.
We continued walking around the yard near the house so he could realize that there was no correction there. After a period of time, we approached the flags again and repeat the approach/correction process. That time, he backed away with little direction from the leash. After several times, we approached the boundary (marked by the flags) and he would stop before the stimulus seeming to say “no thank you, I don’t go there”. We were providing him a very simple lesson of “the yard close to the house is good, going off the property is bad.”
Since the action/correction/answer is always the same (8 x 8 = 64), Comet easily learned the rule. Our client was amazed and said that this really opened his eyes to how Comet communicated and how he needed to teach him things.
We “humans” always like to think that variety is the spice of life. We need to understand that our dog doesn’t necessarily agree with that conclusion. Robin and I encourage you to contact us with any question you may have concerning dog training or underground dog fence training. Just click on to Dog Fence Training Help Pompano Beach South Florida or phone us at (954) 472-4724. We have an ever increasing list of dog training and out of sight dog fence tips at Best Out of Sight Dog Fence Trainers Pompano Beach South Florida. We are thrilled to have trained over 3,500 dogs and humans in Pompano Beach and all over South Florida. If your dog doesn’t escape but has behavioral issues or is not obedient, we can absolutely fix that too. Learn more about our Obedience and Behavior Dog Training Programs by clicking Home Dog Training Coral Springs South Florida.