Last week I was installing a new Dog Guard Out of Sight Fencing® System in Jupiter for a client and his Bull Terrier named Jack. It was a large property and took two days to complete the physical installation and initial training process. Even though the bulk of our time for those two days was spent on the dog fence installation, I always stress with my Dog Guard clients that the most important part of the process is the training. After about thirty minutes of dog fence perimeter training with my client and his Bull Terrier, Jack was well on his way to understanding where he could wander and what was off limits. My client was amazed and asked if this was some special dog training process.
I have been training dogs for over eleven years and have needed to deal with anything from potty training, aggression, fear, anxiety, leadership, and much more. These are all very different actions and behaviors that need to be solved. The path to success with any of these dog training problems is to understand the communication tools that are needed to direct your dog to the correct result.
Let’s think about this a moment. We all speak a language. We use the same language to welcome people in the morning, order a donut, discuss a new project at work, or to make jokes with our friends. Isn’t it reasonable to assume that we should use the same, constant language with our dog when we need to direct him to the appropriate canine behavior? (Spoiler alert! The answer is yes.)
Whether we are asking our dog to sit, keeping him back from the dinner table, or running out of the yard, we should use the same language to communicate what is correct and incorrect with him. We should also use the same language that our dog uses to communicate with other dogs when he wants to tell the other dog what to do.
Dogs communicate through an increasing hierarchy of canine communication queues. Each queue builds on the prior and is only used if the prior queue was unsuccessful in transmitting the dog’s intention. So, what is their communication process?
- Over 80% of how our dogs communicate is through visual queues. They use their body language in order to gain focus and intent. We observe this every day when our dog jumps on us, has his tail raised, or rolls over on his back. These are visual, canine body language tools intended to gain or give focus.
- If needed, our dogs will switch their communication from “eyes to ears”. They will give a little bark or growl as a slight escalation of their communication in order to gain focus and deliver intent.
- Ultimately, and as a final resort, our dogs will commit a passive, physical act in order to engage in communication. This normally comes in the form of a nip or “mouth pull” on the hand. Since dogs have fur and these acts do not hurt them, they have no idea that they may cause us pain. To them, they are simply “tapping us on our shoulder” to get our focus so that they can deliver their intent.
This universal canine communication process ties directly into the Certified Perimeter Dog Training Methodology we use with the Dog Guard Out of Sight Fencing® System. Once the system in installed, brightly colored flags are placed around the perimeter area building a visual perspective of the rule that will be communicated. As our dog approaches the visual flags, he will hear an audible beep from the collar reinforcing the visual location of the flags. As he continues to approach the flags, he will receive an increasing physical stimulus from the collar reinforcing the audible beep and the visual flags.
I continue to explain to my client that we started with Jack, his Bull Terrier, on a leash far away from the flags. As we approached the flags, we stopped and turned away before we even got close enough to the flags to have Jack hear the beep. We reinforced the action of “Turn away when you see.”
Next we allowed Jack to walk a little closer until he got close enough to the flags to hear the audible beep. We repeated this once or twice until Jack would naturally stop or turn around as soon as he heard the audible beep. We reinforced the next learning process on the hierarchy of “Turn around when you hear.”
Finally, we allowed Jack to take one step too many towards the flags and the collar would emit a physical, static correction. We immediately turned Jack away from the flags and directed him back to the center of the yard. We were reinforcing the third learning process of the canine communication hierarchy in the form of “Turn away when you feel.”
It was important that we had a leash on Jack because we needed to consistently communicate the required intent as soon as we received his focus. Since this was the way that Jack naturally learns and communicates, using this method to let him know he can’t cross the perimeter and leave the yard was simple, quick, and created a happy and safe dog.
Understanding the natural communication and learning process of our dogs makes it simple in letting them know what is expected. Since they really want to obey, it removes a great deal of stress from them and quickly delivers the appropriate results. Let us know if you have any dog training or invisible dog fence questions. Go to Dog Fence Training Help Jupiter South Florida. You can find more dog training lessons and invisible dog fence information at Best Out of Sight Dog Fence Trainers Jupiter South Florida. We have professionally trained over 3,500 dogs in Jupiter and the rest of South Florida. Effectively delivering a Dog Guard Out of Sight Fencing® System requires both a great installation process and expert dog training procedures. Our Certified Dog Training is key to the Dog Guard Out of Sight Fencing® System. Learn about our dog training procedures by going to Home Dog Training Jupiter South Florida.