Having Boundaries for your Dog in Your House
I was in Coral Springs last Tuesday fixing a line break in a Dog Guard Out of Sight Fencing® system for a prior dealer’s client with a very well trained Schnauzer named Wilma. It seemed that he had recently put a few more trees in his back yard right where the underground perimeter wire had been placed. The landscape workers had broken the wire as they were digging the holes for the trees. It took a little bit of time to find all the “breaks”, but I had the system up and working as good as new in a few hours. As we were finishing up, he said that the outside system worked like a charm in keeping Wilma in the yard. He wondered if there was anything that could be done to keep Wilma from going in specific rooms in the house. Wilma knew how to “stay in”, was there a way to teach her to “stay out”?
I told my client that I would normally focus on “behavior only” techniques with minimal outside intervention when dealing with inside territorial issues such as his issue with Wilma. Since Wilma was already trained and acclimated to the Dog Guard Collar and response system, we would use that in conjunction with the behavioral constraints to quicken the process.
The first thing that he needed to understand was that Wilma needed clear and consistent boundaries of where she could go and where she couldn’t go. This meant that he couldn’t allow Wilma in the family room at one time and keep her out another time. He needed to provide her with a simple “yes or no” answer to whether she could be in a room.
He also needed to understand the concept of “pass-thru”. If he wanted to keep Wilma out of a particular room but wanted to allow her in another with the only access to that room through their “no man’s land”, that could not happen. Wilma can never be allowed to simply pass through an “off limits” room to get to another room.
With that said, I told him that the best tool to use as a passively physical boundary for Wilma with no hindrance for himself, his family, or his guests is our Dog Guard RT-2 Transmitter. It functions exactly the same as his outside transmitter and the learning curve is precisely the same that Wilma went through when she learned not to run off the property. I told him to purchase a transmitter to be placed at the doorways and entrances of the rooms where he did not want Wilma to enter.
Now, he needed to put a leash on Wilma and walk her around the house. (We had already placed some of the yellow perimeter flags at the doorways of the “don’t come in me rooms”.)
Now, he was to approach one of the openings. As they got closer and Wilma could see the flags, he was to turn her away. After doing that a few times, he was to approach closer until Wilma heard the familiar beep from her collar and felt the familiar sensation of the static shock given off by the collar. Again, he needed to turn Wilma away.
A few hours later, I wanted him to take Wilma around to that same opening and see if Wilma wanted to go inside. He still needed to have the leash on her. If she “walked into the stimulation zone”, he needed to guide her out. He needed to repeat this a few times a day until Wilma just didn’t want to go through that entrance.
At that point, I told him to take Wilma to the next room’s opening and repeat the process. Since the learning method we provided him and Wilma was based on consistent operand conditioning, Wilma would “figure out” what to do when coming to the rest of the doors pretty quickly. Within a matter of a week or so, Wilma should successfully want to stay out of those rooms.
Even though he had successfully conditioned Wilma to stay out of specific rooms, I told him that if he should not inadvertently tease her when she was deciding to stay out of the room. For example, if he had left unattended food in the room, that creates a very strong drive for Wilma to enter and eat. At instances like that, he should simply close the door or don’t leave the food unattended.
There will also be some rooms where the situation may determine whether Wilma is allowed to enter or to stay away. The best solution here is to simply close the door when she is not allowed. This creates a boundary that can define a consistent rule.
As long as we keep things simple and we continually enforce our rules, we can successfully teach our dogs what they should do. We hope that you feel free to get in touch with us about our out of sight dog fences or home dog training. Check out Dog Fence Training Help Coral Springs South Florida or call (954) 472-4724. We have a lot more Dog Guard Out of Sight Fencing® and home dog training suggestions at Best Out of Sight Dog Fence Trainers Coral Springs South Florida. Robin and I are clearly your “go-to” pet professionals and have been for over eleven years in Coral Springs and all over South Florida. Is your dog just downright annoying you? Besides dog fence professionals, we are also dog training experts. Find out more about our Behavior and Obedience Dog Training Program by clicking Home Dog Training Coral Springs South Florida.