Dog Fence Training Getting Started
After you have finished your installation and tested the transmitter and receiving collar on the dog containment system, you can start the first steps to training your dog. Before putting the collar on and getting your dog outside, be sure that you have at least two weeks of dedicated time to spend training your dog. You don't have to spend endless every day trying to familiarize your dog pooch with the fence, but for at least 14 days you should train for a minimum of 15 minutes.
The First Week of Training
Successful dog training is all about positive reinforcement. This should be fun for you and your dog. Be sure that you have some time before and after the training sessions to play and get exercise with your dog. This way your pet associates the training with playtime. You should also keep in mind that is difficult to train more than one dog at once, so keeping training limited to just you and your dog.
You should be aware of when your dog is becoming overstressed from the training. If you see stress signs in your dog, it's time to end the training for the afternoon and give them a treat for a job well done.
Common Stress Signs Include:
- Ears tucked
- Tail bent downward
- Hunched Body
- Pulling on leash towards the house
Start Training With Sounds/Vibrations
Put your dog's receiving collar on and attach a leash. The first training sessions should be done with you walking around with your pooch. Be sure that you have set your collar and/or transmitter (depending on your model) to a beeping or light vibration mode. You do not want to use physical shock stimulation in the first training sessions.
- First, let your dog lead you around the yard. Allow them to use the bathroom if they need to, and then begin walking around. Also, you should have your boundary flags installed so your dog can easily see them.
- Pay special attention to the moment your dog hears the collar or feels the vibration when you both approach the boundary flags. Sternly say "No" and repeat yourself and back away from the flags.
- Head towards other areas with boundary flags until the collar triggers the noise or vibration again.
- Be quick and intense when you say "no" when the collar beeps. You must make sure that your dog associates the noise/vibration with the flags as a danger zone or bad behavior.
- Repeat every day for one week.
The first seven days of training should be done as an "on-the-leash" activity. The idea is to plant the idea that the flags and boundary lines are off-limits for your dog. By repeating "No" anytime the collar beeps or buzzes, you are associating the boundary line as bad behavior. When you pull or lead your dog away from the flags, be sure to praise them for turning away from the beeping.By Sean Bowes