How to Train Your Dog With an Invisible Fence
Today we are covering a very important topic when it comes to your new dog containment systems. We are going to talk about how to train your dog with an invisible fence. This is by far the most crucial part of implementing this kind of system and people tend to avoid invisible fences completely because they are not willing to put in the time and effort. It's understandable if you have your doubts as well, but we assure you that the training process is not difficult, but will require a well-thought-out plan and some preparations.
Consider doing shorter sessions multiple times a day since they are more effective from our experience. These should last no longer than 15 minutes.
First and foremost, finish installing your invisible dog fence and place the training flags along the boundary line. Set the flags a few feet apart from each other, they will represent a visual aid for your pet and will be quite helpful during the training process, you can remove them later on.
When you have done all the preparations continue to Step 1.
Step 1 - Introduction to the boundary line
Now that you have completely installed the boundary zone and got everything set up, it's time to introduce your canine pal to his new playpen. Remember, making sure your pet associates a positive emotion to the training process is key to your success. Make it fun and cheerful, while maintaining focus and consistency. Set goals and plan every step.
So the goal at the start of the training process is introducing your pet to the boundary line and making sure he associates the audible beep as a warning sign that lets him know he is close to stepping out of bounds. The majority of collars have a tone-only mode and this is the only mode you should be using on day one. Make sure that the receiver collar has a nice snug fit around your pet's neck.
Also, put another non-metallic collar and attach a leash which will be used as a tool to guide your pet in this step of the training process. Using a separate collar is very important because attaching the leash to the receiver collar will almost certainly cause the metal prongs to move or apply unwanted added pressure, rendering them useless or even hurting your pet. In order to apply positive reinforcement, grab a bag of your pet's favorite treats and use them every time your diligent pupil does well.
Walk your dog up to the training flags until he can hear the audible beep. Give him a second or two to identify the beep and then turn around towards the center of the yard and tug the leash. Be generous with praise everytime they retreat on their own and remember to offer them a treat. Rinse and repeat until your dog reacts to the beep and resists approaching the flags.
Step 2 - Introduction to the Static correction and finding the right level
Static stimulation is a mild, but irritating tingling sensation that works great for basic behavioral correction. Contrary to what some people believe - it is perfectly harmless and safe for your pet. Most collars that come with invisible fences have the option to choose a lower or higher level of intensity. Now not all dog breeds respond equally, especially if there is a difference in size. Even individually, depending on the temperament you will have to fine-tune the intensity of the jolt. Start small and pick it up from there gradually. Remember, static stimulation is there to reinforce and remind your dog that leaving the set boundary zone is a no-no, not to hurt your pet in any way.
So like in step 1, walk your dog up to the flags and wait for the beep followed by the static. Retreat back to the safe zone and make sure to praise your furry friend. Make sure to take breaks if your pet seems stressed out or overwhelmed by this phase of the training process. Repeat until you achieve the desired goal.
Step 3 - Bringing in distractions to the mix
By now your dog should be familiar with the boundary line and should be retreating without your interference. This is a good time to introduce distractions like their favorite toys or just familiar people walking by. Once you're happy with the results and can rest assured that your pet won't give in and cross the boundary line, it's safe to move on to the next step.
Step 4 - Taking the leash off
Before moving on to this step you will have to be completely confident that your dog can retreat from the invisible dog fence without your interference. If that is the case move to phase - removing the leash.
Stand in the yard and watch how your pet behaves on its own, stepping in from time to time if needed. It is perfectly normal that your curious student challenges the boundary a few times now that he has the freedom of running around the whole yard. As long as he doesn't step over the boundary line and leave the area completely you should be happy with the results.
Supervise your pet a little bit longer but gradually decrease the amount of involvement. Stand back and reap the rewards of your success.
CONGRATULATIONS - You did it!
If you have successfully completed all the steps we congratulate you. Now you have a much better understanding how to train your dog with an invisible fence. Tap yourself on the back and give your pet a whole bag of treats, you both deserve it. If you have any doubts, you can always come back to this guide and repeat some of the steps until you're satisfied with the results.
Remember, this is the hardest part of implementing an invisible dog fence into your household and we can't stress enough how important it is to go through it. Patience and consistency are key to achieving your goals. Hopefully, the time you spent with your pet was fun and also a very special bonding experience that brought you even closer. You can finally rest assured that your favorite furry friend can enjoy a safe and secure environment.