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By nature dogs are very physical and need a lot of exercise. Many owners are aware of this fundamental need, which is why invisible dog fences can be such a valuable tool. Now that your dog understands the boundaries of your property, it is your chance to train the dog with respect to entering and exiting the property with a handler.
Most actions dogs need consistency. You may have already experienced this with boundary training and it will always be a resonating core skill. Make sure you are giving walks around the same time of day, give the dog a set entry and exit point in your property, and make sure you remain calm and assertive at all times.
The Pet Fence Boundary Flags Have Been Removed, Now What?
Once you have successfully removed boundary flags it is now time to train the dog to walk off the property. Dogs tend to be scared at this point to go beyond the boundary or hesitate once in training. Every dog is different and will have their own way of reacting but the handler’s behavior will ultimately be reflected onto the dog.
Removing The Collar
The dog must know that they will not receive a behavioral static shock if they exit the property with a handler. The memory association will shift and once the dog finishes training, it will understand that once the collar is removed and a collar with a leash is put on, then it’s time to leave the property with a handler. Remove the static shock collar and replace with a regular collar and leash. This is the most important step.
Having a dedicated entry and exit point is the second most important step of training. Repetitive and consistent actions are what dogs rely on and learn most from. If you do otherwise your dog will be in a confused state and always be fearful when leaving the premises. Choose a place that is easy for you as well as the dog and a place that the dog feels safe and doesn’t generate excitement.
The Handler Must Lead Assertively
The attitude you bring into training the dog must be very assertive and calm. Dogs can sense when humans are not confident and when they hesitate. This will spill over to your dog and create an overall fear and distrust in your dog. So, to gain the dog’s attention, you must be firm when exiting the property and holding the leash. When exiting the property for the first time be firm in handling and use a command of your choice to entice the dog to come with you. If it hesitates, hold your position and reaffirm your command. Once the dog has exited the property, continue giving rewards/treats for the positive reinforcement. After the walk, make sure you enter at the same point and repeat your command and walk back onto the property. Continually reward the dog for positive choices.
Difficulties Exiting Property
If you find that there is difficulty while entering and exiting the property, using a car, at first, can help you adjust the dog to leaving without collar static shock. Put the dog into the car and exit the driveway the same way every time, giving treats once out of boundary. After some time, try to walk the dog off the property again. The dog should be easier to walk across the boundary by now.
The repetitive actions performed makes the dog comfortable and calm. The dog will associate removal of collar and use of leash with leaving the boundary. The continual use of the same entry and exit point will further reinforce the safety and trust that the dog will have with any handler.
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