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Dog fence training is all about how to make your pet respond to the beep sound from the collar around its neck. When the pet hears the beep sound, it ought to know that it is a warning signal and should retreat right away. Going any further is meant to invite punishment.
Placing training flags on the boundary
When the fence is introduced, the dog is to be taught the concept of boundary. Placing some training flags will be helpful to clearly demarcate the boundary for your pet. Merely placing these flags will not impact the dog. The catch here is, every time the dog wanders past these flags, you pull them manually. This acts as a signal for them to retreat immediately.
Placing the collar without correction
The collar around its neck does not have correction enabled now. This means that it is only the beep sound that can be heard when it crosses the boundary.
Correction will come as a second step in the training. Right now, the dog is to be introduced to the boundary only.
Two fold signal
This introductory step reinforces the boundary in two ways for the dog:
- Through manually pulling back the dog from crossing the line, you make it realize that it is an absolute NO to cross the boundary. You are also using your voice and mannerism to reinforce the denial.
- The beep sound from the collar is meant to coincide with your vehement denial to let them cross the boundary.
It will take some time for the dog to realize that your denial and the beep sound are for the same purpose. Once it begins to make sense of it, it will start retreating on its own.
Do not force the dog to cross the boundary.
To be able to pull back and say a no, the dog should first cross the boundary. This might not happen some times. While wandering in an unleashed way, the dog might sometimes not naturally cross the boundary. In such circumstances, it is better not to force the dog to cross boundary. This might confuse it instead of training it.
How to say a firm NO
Hearing a NO from you might not be new to the dog. But in this context, the no should be firm and not ignorable. Keep the tone strict as well as make animated gestures with your hands. Plus, you should keep a firm hold on the collar anyway so even a distracted dog would be made to obey.
If your pet is generally not obedient, now is the time to make it one. This training is meant to ensure your dog’s safety in your absence, so be strict now.
Why is the correction disabled in this step?
Correction is supposed to surprise the dog with a mild shock when it crosses the boundary. Though not painful or threatening, it is not a positive reinforcement per se.
In the first step, when the fence is being introduced, we want the dog to understand what to expect.
Correction will follow eventually, when what is expected is not obeyed by it.
Initially, when the boundary is not yet internalized, the dog might cross the fence several times. If correction were to be enabled at this stage, it will surprise the dog too often, confusing it totally.
Also, correction might be stressful for the dog in some cases. The idea is to keep the whole exercise simple, fun as well as effective.
It is ideal to keep doing this for a week or so, three times a day preferably. This will build the muscle memory of the dog too!