Although we love our four-legged friends and enjoy having them in the house as part of the family, there can be times when they can become troublesome. When this happens, there are several ways we can deal with his misbehavior. And in order to keep them contained in a space where they can still move around freely without being a bother to humans (or other animals), we can put up a dog fence for him.
If you’re putting your pooch in a dog fence for the first time, here are the steps you should take:
Introduce the fence
As it is with other things, a change can be tough. The first thing you need to do is make the fence a familiar place for your dog. Walk him around and wait until he becomes comfortable in it. It’s normal that he would show edginess during his first moments inside the fence. Once you observe that he’s overcome his anxiety or discomfort, you can then proceed to the next step.
Today’s fences are not only meant to keep dogs within boundaries; they’re also armed with consequences if the animal inside attempts to breach those boundaries. As part of your pet’s fence training, you’ll now make him become aware of the built-in correction. You can both walk towards the boundary of the fence. Wait until you hear the beep. Once you hear it, you’ll both walk away from the boundary. Your dog, since he’s trying to explore his new space, may again walk towards the boundaries. If he hears the beep again and doesn’t stop, he’ll get a mild shock. This should tell him that ignoring the beep has a consequence.
Get out of the fence and try tempting him with something. Your pooch will then get excited and try to run towards you. If he has already learned his lesson, he’ll stop once he hears the beep. Otherwise, the correction will again take place. Do this several times until he stops walking or running towards the boundaries even if there’s something very enticing beyond them.
Dog fences are an effective way of containing your canine friend without the discomfort and constraint associated with cages. He can still play and walk around without disturbing people and he can be kept in a safer place.
If this article has been informative to you, you might want to check out the following articles, too:
Why Dogs Bark (humanesociety.org)
Training Your Dog (aspca.org)
Teach Your Dog Self-Control (dogs.about.com)