Yesterday we were in Parkland performing our initial Dog Guard Out of Sight Fencing® containment training with our client and his Cairn Terrier, Max. Our training was pretty simple and straight forward. Max was picking up everything very quickly and began to understand that there was a new boundary surrounding his home that he shouldn’t cross. After we finished up the session, we sat our client down to explain some additional training points. He needed to understand that giving Max a clear boundary was not the end of the training and establishment of rules.
The one thing that we must always remember is that it is our job to keep our dog safe. The one thing that our dig is always considering is his safety and who he thinks is responsible for providing it. Creating an invisible boundary around our client’s home allows him to establish a “safe zone”, but does not guarantee Max’s continued wellbeing while there. Our client must have follow additional steps to ensure safety in that area. We outlined additional steps that he needed to enact.
- NEVER LEAVE YOUR DOG OUTSIDE WHEN YOU LEAVE THE HOUSE. This seems to be a pretty obvious rule to most people, but not to all. Even though Max understands not to leave the yard, the invisible boundary allows other people and animals to enter the area at will. Since our client isn’t home, all sorts of things could happen to Max that could scare or hurt him. He could be attacked by another dog and, because he had learned not to leave the yard, not be able to have the ability to retreat. A person could come into the yard and harass, hurt, or even steal him. Kids could stand “outside the boundary” and coax him into the “correction zone” by holding out treats and other goodies. There could be a thunder storm with loud noises and lightening. All of these events would clearly show Max that his owner, our client, was not able to look after his safety.
- TEACH YOUR DOG ABOUT NEW EVENTS. We were able to teach Max and his client how to stay in the yard when it was rather quiet. Now that school is back in session, there will be many more “distractions passing by the front of the house”. Our client must repeat the training methods we originally taught him when there are kids on their bikes, neighbors walking their dogs, and more cars on the street. This acts as a natural reinforcement of the operant conditioning methods Max had already accomplished and tightens the bond between Max and his owner.
- INTERACT WITH YOUR DOG IN THE “SAFE ZONE”. I don’t think I have mentioned “safe zone” up until now. The “safe zone” is simply the area within the correction perimeter. In our example, it could be thought of as the front yard. We want our client to be outside with Max and actively play with him.
- He should throw the ball and have Max retrieve it.
- He should walk around the yard while patting his leg to encourage Max to follow.
- He should take a chair, place it in the middle of the yard, and have Max sit there with him.
- As neighbors pass, he should invite them over and have them quietly stand next to Max. Keep Max calm for a moment and then ask them to pet him. Then, they should calmly walk away as Max watches.
- ALWAYS INTRODUCE THE OUTSIDE IN A CALM AND FOCUSED MANNER. We don’t want our client to simply open the door and have Max dart out. He should open the door slowly and have Max sit at the door step. Our client will then invite Max to step out and enjoy the outside. This will assure that Max understands that our client is his leader and he has been allowed to be there.
- WATCH FOR ANY “BACK-SLIDING”. We have to remember that Max is still a dog. He can have his good days and bad days. If he starts to step into the correction field and doesn’t properly move back to the house, it is time for some more lessons. We instructed our client to always monitor Max when he was outside to see if he was back-sliding.
Letting our dog out in the yard to play and socialize is an important part of his life and a great joy for our family. Making sure that your dog feels happy and safe is paramount in this process. We are always here to help and provide dog fence and dog training advice. Please get in touch with us by going to Dog Fence Training Help. We have more dog fence and dog safety information; please check us out at Best Out of Sight Fence Trainers Parkland South Florida. Please be aware that we have been professional dog trainers for over ten years. You can find out more about our home dog training at Home Dog Training South Florida.