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In dog fence training, the second step to the exercise is about introducing the correction. Once the dog is familiar with the concept of boundary, it is now required to know what the repercussion of crossing the line is. This is done through static correction that makes the dog retreat when the boundary is unduly crossed.
Before the training
Deciding the correction strength
The correction level of the collar is to be decided based on the size of dog as well as its temperament. An excited and disobedient dog will need a higher correction. Similarly, how much static can the dog bear is also a factor to decide the level of static strength.
Some people set very high static level to ensure that the dog responds immediately. This could scare the dog and make it run away or never co operate with the training. So, it is necessary to choose the correction level aptly.
Fitting the collar
The collar has to be properly placed on the neck to ensure that the dog feels the correction. A hairy dog tends to remain insulated from the static. So ensure that the collar is in place.
You can sense if the correction is being felt by the dog or not. If there is no reaction in your dog, it might usually be due to the collar not probing the skin enough.
Play time before the training
Before the training starts, being a crucial phase, it is necessary to have some play time to ensure that the dog is in good spirits. It will keep your dog eager to co operate with you.
During the training
Wait for the dog to react to the beep.
With a week or so of training, your dog should have started associating the beep sound to your pulling back the collar. Now in this phase, you would stop pulling the collar and see if the dog responds to the beep with a retreat. If it does, both you and dog are lucky! The correction is not necessary. But most dogs won’t react this way. They will tend to stray and probably receive the correction too. This can be noticed based on the dog’s reaction.
Reward the dog
If the dog does not cross the boundary hearing the beep, it means it is very sensitive. Such a behavior should be rewarded. This will ensure that the dog knows how to please you when it comes to obeying your commands. In this case, the command is the beep.
How to handle a corrected dog
When a dog receives correction, it reacts depending on how effective the shock was. Some dogs tend to get an itch. They start scratching. Others get surprised and just jolt not knowing what it is. A few of them might also wimp.
Never comfort a corrected dog feeling sorry for it. As a pet owner you might feel sorry for it, especially when you are the one training them through the shock but comforting the dog will not help them train better. Do not give static too often. This will stress the dog and make them non co-operative.
Using your body language
When the dog is still receiving its correction, you should say a NO to make sure the dog associates the static with your command.
After the training
Spend some fun time with the dog. This will cheer them up and not feel punished by the master.
Make sure that the dog retreats every time you repeat the exercise. This means that the dog has been trained with the first two steps and this is the time for checking their compliance when something tempts them to cross the boundary.