I had just finished up installing a new Dog Guard out of sight fence for a client in Davie and was all ready to provide her and her Yorkshire Terrier with their perimeter training. I had set up the warning boundaries, placed the flags, and fitted William (that is the Yorkie’s name) with his new perimeter collar. At that point, I realized how many people don’t understand what to do next. Just for interest, I asked my client what she thought she and William should do. She said “Let’s just let William go and see what happens”. Unfortunately, this is what often happens when people get any invisible dog perimeter fence product.
The goal of training your dog to stay within a particular area is to clearly establish a “happy place”. This is most easily done through creating a static perimeter that provides some sort of mild, consistent warning letting the dog know that they have come to the end of their “happy place”. The out of sight perimeter fence provides that warning and the flags that are placed to mark the fence provide the initial, visual focus to educate the dog on the rule you are in the process of creating.
In order to clearly establish the boundary, you need to be in control and guide the dog to a point where they can experience the appropriate sensation and consistent reaction. We do this by having our dog on the leash.
We pick an area where the underground fence perimeter is a straight line so that as the dog looks left and right, his forward and peripheral vision are totally focused on approaching those flags. As soon as he enters the warning zone (hearing a beep), you need to direct him away. Now, walk him back into the yard and his “happy place”. Walk around a bit, letting him sniff and “be a dog”. Approach the flags again and enter the warning zone. Direct him out again.
Repeat the above process for about ten minutes so that his visual perspective of the flags and the beep from his collar has been consistently established.
Have someone on the other side of the flags approach and calmly provide a distraction that encourages William to approach the flags again. Make sure that they are doing this at the straight section of the fence where you have been previously training. This time, allow him to continue into the warning zone (where he will first hear the beep) and finally close enough to the flags and perimeter fence to receive a mild physical stimulus. William will probably respond in amazement of “What just happened?”. Immediately direct him back into the yard and his “happy place”. Let him stay wander the yard to unwind and become comfortable.
Direct William back near the perimeter boundary, but still outside of the warning zone. See if he decides to move nearer the warning zone or naturally moves away. Have the person on the other side of the flags give a slight encouragement to come across. If William moves into the warning zone, allow him to get a physical stimulus if he gets too close and quickly move him out of the perimeter and back into the middle of the yard.
This is enough for today. Repeat this on a daily basis so that William will build the perspective of the boundaries of his happy place. After building the flag perspective with one side of the yard, William should have no problem in extending that to the flags on the other sides of your yard and property.
If you still aren’t sure on where to begin your perimeter dog exercise, you have more training questions; or you want more information about the Dog Guard Out of Sight Fences, please contact The Best Out of Sight Fence Trainers in Davie and South Florida. We also hope you will visit our South Florida Dog Training Blog on our Home Dog Training of South Florida Web Location.