Training Tips

Home-bodies and Porch-sitters. Helping timid dogs

If you have a dog that doesn't want to go out of the house or is sticking close to the house, be patient. Time is your best friend. The more sensitive your dog is, the longer it will take him to explore the yard. Eventually, your dog will use the whole yard.

The main problem with this scenario is that your dog's enthusiasm is very low and his containment is very high. Your job is to get his enthusiasm back up. Here are some tips that will help you work through this challenge:

  • Try not to worry about your pet. Picking up on your anxiety may hinder his learning. Again, time and use of the yard without corrections will solve this challenge.
  • Do NOT take your dog on a leash near the boundary.
  • Do NOT take the Dog Guard receiver collar off the dog. If you do, the entire process will become inconsistent and the dog will become more confused and take even longer to settle in.
  • Do NOT let the dog hide in the house. Make him go out even if he sits next to the door all day. The only way he will loosen up is if he is outside to explore.
  • Play with your pup in the yard. Kids and other dogs expedite things greatly!
  • Use food and water to encourage the dog to go away from the house. Start with small distances first.

Try and limit the number of corrections your dog gets. Right now your dog is "over contained." Don't play with him near the boundary or do anything to coax him towards the edge. Another correction at this point will only discourage him from using the yard. Because some dogs can't tolerate more than one correction every two days, try and extend the amount of time between corrections.

Problems with break-outs

If your dog has run through the fence more than twice, his desire to get out is greater than his concern for the correction of the fence. To solve this break out problem you can either turn off the transmitter or take off his Dog Guard receiver collar. This will allow the dog to come back through the perimeter without getting shocked. Put the collar back on the dog once he's inside his boundary.

If your dog acts like he doesn't feel the correction it is for one of two reasons. Either his collar is too loose, or there is too much hair between the probes and his skin. In both cases he will not feel any correction. To remedy this, try adjusting the collar. If that doesn't work, try trimming the fur directly beneath the probes.

If you have a dog that runs through the fence more than three times, call Alabama Dog Guard immediately. Adjustments may have to be made in either the receiver or the field. Please call your us before attempting to make any changes to your transmitter settings.

Proper collar/receiver placement

To ensure a consistent signal, the dog's collar must be secured as illustrated above. To do this, make sure the probes are closest to the dog's chest so that the receiver hangs down at a slight angle in the front.

Taking your dog for a walk. Three proven methods.

In all three methods you must take the dog's receiver collar off. If you don't take the collar off and you enter the correction zone of a house that has a Dog Guard fence, your dog will get a correction. It is important that you remove the collar instead of turning the fence off at the transmitter.

Method 1 - The Carry

Simply pick your dog up and carry him through the perimeter. Please only use this if you have a small dog and you can safely lift and carry him. Put the dog down once you have generously passed the barrier. Use the same maneuver when returning through the fence.

Method 2 - The Drive

Put your dog in the car and drive through. Much like the pick up method, but a little less strenuous for large hound owners.

Method 3 - Begin at the Beginning

From the day your fence is installed, follow the same route when taking your pet out of the yard, making sure to leave and enter the yard in the same spot each time. If this is done consistently before and during training, your pet will associate you, the leash, and the route as a safe means of leaving the yard.

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