Top Tips For Training Your Dog To An Electric Fence
Without a doubt the most crucial element to any electric dog fence is training.
And how well you do the recommended training will ultimately determine the degree of success or failure you’ll have with your fence. Taking the time to properly train your dog ensures they understand that crossing the boundaries of the fence means they’ll get some type of correction. People who take the time to properly train their dog end up totally satisfied with how effectively these fences contain their lovable furry friends.
The first thing that will happen is their collar will beep, reminding them to stop moving toward the fence boundary. Once your dog receives the first correction, pull back immediately and say “NO FLAG.”
- If they ignore the warning beep the next thing that will happen is that metal prongs on their receiver collar will deliver a mild static correction. This electric stimulation won’t hurt them — it simply reminds them that they’re somewhere they shouldn’t be. Your dog’s training may take more or less time depending on how they learn and how much time you have to devote to the training on a daily basis.
- For best results perform the training sessions frequently and keep them short, 10-15 minute sessions several times per day seem to work well for most dogs.
- Keep your dog engaged and help them look forward to the training by making the sessions fun. Put a positive spin on the training experience by starting and ending each session with some play time; including your four legged friend’s favorite toys will help jack things up a notch.
- Leash: The leash allows you to be in complete control so that you can help your pet respond appropriately to their new boundaries.
- The beep will serve as a warning to let your dog know that they’re getting too close to the boundary. The leash will help you redirect them away from the flags when they hear the beep.
- When they get to a point where they’re turning around on their own every time they hear the beep, you’ll know that they’re familiar with their new boundaries. Your dog will learn that if they don’t move away from the boundary and back into the yard when they hear the warning beep they’ll receive a static correction.
- When you first introduce your dog to the static correction it’s highly recommended that you start with the lowest level your collar offers and increase it only if you have to. Some dogs respond well at the lowest level while others need a higher level to make them comply.
- The mild electric stimulation your pet’s collar delivers is designed to remind them to stay within the preset boundaries, not to hurt them and most e-collars offer a range of static correction levels so that you can find just the right one for your dog’s temperament and size. As you go through the training your goal is end up on the lowest possible level that gets the results you’re looking for.
- You can use whatever kind of temptation or distraction you want here — create a situation like, your dog’s favorite toy, a neighbor walking by with another dog — through a stick or a ball toward the flag or anything that you know would be really hard for your furry friend to resist.
- You can remove the collar and dispense with the leash. The receiver collar to see how well your dog does when they’re off leash and have full run of the containment area. Because this is the first time that they’ll be off leash since the beginning of the training it’s recommended that you stay outside with them and continue to keep a close eye on them at this point.
- You can move on to this phase when you’re comfortable with how your pet’s behaving off leash with close supervision. , you don’t need to be outside with them all the time — you can just check in on them every so often.
- If your dog does cross the boundary for some reason, you simply go back to the on leash training using the biggest temptations you can think of.
- Once you’re confident your dog won’t cross the boundary no matter what, all your time and effort has paid off. The training is done and you can start removing the boundary flags every other one on a daily basis.
- Once your dog fully understand and respect the system, you can physically walk him off the property. Designate a spot that will become their “gate” an area your pet will cross over only with you and only when the receiver collar is off. Many people are apprehensive about ‘shocking’ their dog and that’s completely understandable. But keep in mind that before you use any kind of electric stimulation you’ll teach your dog to associate the beeping of their collar with the end of the containment area. By doing this the warning beep will quickly become all the motivation they need to stop moving toward the fence line and stay within the predefined boundaries.
- For the relatively small amount of time it takes to properly train your dog, your reward will be a lifetime of safety and security for your beloved pet. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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