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We were in Green Acres last week installing a new Dog Guard Out of Sight Fencing® system for my client and Murphy, his crazy Labradoodle. Murphy loved visiting all the neighbors and it was really making my client go crazy.  He could never find his Labradoodle and it always took him 30 minutes to find and bring him home from a neighbor before he could leave the house for work.  After installing the system and training them in with perimeter dog training program, Murphy was more than happy to stay at home.  In talking with my client, he had mentioned that they had several other invisible dog fence companies out to talk about installing a system.  He went with us because he felt that we really explained the canine reasoning behind how the invisible fence kept Murphy at home and why we used the specific methods in our active training process.

Invisible dog fence training operant conditioning

My client was reminding me of our discussion regarding how dogs learn and how we designed the layout of his perimeter dog fence.   During our initial meeting, I explained that dogs learn through an operant conditioning, linear learning process.

I explained that a dog’s ability to comprehend is based on constant repetition.  A unique action will always have a single response.  That response can be either positive or negative.  The positive response will encourage that unique action and the negative response will discourage that unique action.  In the situation of our Dog Guard Out of Sight Fencing® perimeter wire, every time a dog approaches the boundary, he receives a stimulus in an amount just enough to provide an uncomfortable feeling.  Every single time he approaches any part of that boundary, he would receive the exact same uncomfortable feeling.

Our initial training then teaches the dog that as soon as he feels that stimulus, he should turn around and head back towards the house.  We did this by having him on a leash or training lead and guiding him back as soon as we saw his reaction to the stimulus.  Slow repetition of this unique situation encouraged him to naturally turn back towards the house with no assistance on our parts.  Since the stimulus was always delivered at the perimeter barrier, he quickly became aware that he didn’t want to enter a specific area and didn’t need the stimulus as a reminder.  Simply approaching a specific location provided that constant and repetitive reminder.

Having established the appropriate trigger, we also need to make sure that the redirection that takes place because of the activation of the trigger is consistent and easy to recognize.  In the event of the perimeter dog fences, the redirection is normally a constant sight of “so, where should I be?”.  This needs to be a unique answer allowing a clear ability for singular egress from the current location.

When the dog gets his stimulation, he should immediately see the correct direction in which to leave the area and remove himself from the inappropriate situation.  This undoubtedly enforces his feeling of “I would rather be there than here”.

We accomplish this by always placing the perimeter fence in clear sight of the center of the property or safe zones within the property.  This is the same concept of our parents telling us to always keep them in sight while we were on the playground.

I accomplished this with my client by making sure that the dog perimeter fence was never placed through a thicket of bushes or trees where he couldn’t see his way out.  We kept the dog perimeter fence away from the end of the driveway because he couldn’t see the rest of the property or the house from that vantage point.  As we designed the location of the dog perimeter fence, we always made sure that the dog could always see the center of the property or the house so he knew his point of egress.  This allowed for a consistent training process that he could easily and successfully accomplish.

As with most things in life, it all comes down to appropriate repetitive redirection and commendation for success.  Robin and I do our best to make sure you can always ask anything about dog training or underground dog fences.  Please go to Dog Fence Training Help Green Acres South Florida or phone us at (954) 472-4724.  We have more dog training and underground fence information at Best Out of Sight Dog Fence Trainers Green Acres South Florida.  Together, Robin and I have trained over 3,500 dogs in the Green Acres and all over South Florida to be great dogs through behavioral dog training and invisible dog fence training.  If your dog doesn’t run away, but displays bad behavior, doesn’t listen, and can just be a nudge, check out our dog training web site by going to Home Dog Training Green Acres South Florida.