Training your dog to remain within boundaries is not as difficult as it may seem. It certainly does not require the use of shock collars, electrical fences, or any other dangerous and harmful products to force your pet to respect the set limits. All it takes is 10 to 15 minutes of dedicated training every day to teach your pup to know the boundaries in and around your home.
Training your dog to remain within boundaries is necessary to ensure his safety and security. It helps stop your pet from running out into the road, making an escape, destroying household items, being lost, and similar other troubles. Puppies are naturally curious and adventurous and usually do not have much sense when it comes to the perception of danger. Inquisitiveness causes these cute animals to travel beyond the set limits and unknowingly endangers their safety. This makes it important for an owner to teach his dog to stay within the boundaries.
Before you begin training your dog to remain within boundaries, it is essential that you first teach your pet basic commands such as “Come,” “No,” “Stay,” “Leave it,” and “Heel.”
Training Your Dog To Remain Within Boundaries: Setting the Tone
The first step is to teach your puppy exactly what a boundary is and how to recognize the same. When this is accomplished, you will be able to set up multiple boundaries in your home. Until then, choose only one area – for example, set up a boundary in a section of the front yard and start training your dog there. You may need to mark the boundary line by placing flags or strings about 2 to 3 ft high before the actual boundary (may be sidewalk, road, fence, etc.).
Training Your Dog To Remain Within Boundaries: The 4-Step Teaching
Establishing a boundary and training your dog to remain within the boundaries is a 4-step process.
1. Introduce your pup to the boundary line
Put your dog on a leash and walk around the boundary area. Try to make sure that your dog does not overstep or go beyond the marked limit. Each time the line is crossed, say “No” or “Stop” so that your dog knows this is not permitted. You can also walk up to the boundary and use the stop command right before your puppy reaches the line. You may need to repeat this process for about 10 minutes daily for 3 or more days.
2. Use the “Stay” and “Leave” commands
During the second week of training your dog to remain within boundaries, use the stay command more frequently. Get on the other side of the boundary line before your puppy can reach and command him to stay at the boundary. This training helps your puppy better understand that he is to stay within the boundary, unless you specifically allow them to step out. If your dog obeys and stays, give him a reward – a treat or praise – and repeat the training. If your pet does not follow your command, continue the same until your dog obeys. Persistence and patience are key in dog training.
Next, throw your dog’s favorite toy or a treat over the line and give the “Leave it” command. Your pup may be very tempted to go after the object and may look a bit confused at the beginning. Carry on until your pup understands what it is all about. With practice and positive reinforcement, he will learn to respect the boundary.
To avoid any confusion, it is important that you can use words, such as “go,” so that your dog knows when it is okay to step over the boundary line.
3. Train your pup on a long line and then a loose leash
After a few weeks of training your dog to remain within boundaries, it is time to practice with a long line. Repeat the same exercises as before to see how your puppy performs on his or her own. Continue using treats and praise to keep your dog motivated. Once you feel confident about your dog staying within the boundary line, you can try the exercise with your puppy without a leash.
4. Test your dog
The last step is to test your dog and see if you are successful in training your dog to remain within boundaries. You can do this by coming up with tempting situations to see how your dog reacts. Here are a few suggestions.
- Ask a friend or family member to stand on the other side of the line and distract your dog.
- Let someone walk his dog past your home.
- Play ball or another game your puppy loves in front of him beyond the boundary to see if the dog is tempted to join you.
When your pup passes the boundary test, it may be time to throw a puppy party!