In Step 3 you will be adding temptations to the training. This is when you figure out if there is any additional training that needs to be done. And now is the time, not when your dog has gotten used to crossing the boundary line.
Goals for Step 3
- Get your dog to resist temptations to cross the boundary limit
In preparation for this step you will need to come up with your dog’s biggest temptations like a thrown ball or stick, you walking off the property without the dog and another dog being nearby.
- You will continue as you have through the first two steps by putting the leash on your dog inside and bringing them outside. Make sure that the collar is fitted correctly and that you have the correction turned on.
- You will now play with your dog within the safe zone as before but this time you are going to add those temptations to the outside of the safe zone to tempt your dog to cross the line.
- While still on the leash, drop the dog’s favorite ball or a stick just past the edge of the safe zone. If the dog starts to go after it but turns away, make sure to be very positive with your dog and even provide treats for doing a good job.
- If your dog goes after the temptation and gets corrected, do as in Step 2 and say No in your authoritative voice, while pulling the dog back into the safe zone and then praise the dog for being in the safe zone.
- If your dog is progressing well, you can start to drop the leash, leave it attached, just don’t hold it and go through the temptations. Have a neighbor walk their dog by or even walk out of the safe zone without your dog.
- Continue to do this 3 times a day and do not let your dog get corrected more than once a training session.
- Once you have gone through 3 or so sessions without the dog being corrected, you can take off the leash and start to have supervised time in the safe zone. This is when you can start to play with your dog in the safe zone and take a few opportunities to tempt the dog to go outside the boundary by throwing a stick or ball or having a dog walked past on the outside of the boundary. Never lead the dog outside the boundary, if leaving, always make sure to tell your dog to stay!
- As the sessions progress, you can start to let the dog out on its own and watch from a window.
- If the dog is still going getting a correction on a regular basis, you may need to go back to Step 2 training. Just remember that it is easier to do that at the beginning than to do it once the dog is used to going through the fence and getting a correction.
- There still may be occasional times where your dog goes through the fence boundary, if that happens be sure to check the battery for the collar to see if it is still live, check to make sure the fit hasn’t changed on the collar and make sure that the correction level is set high enough to get your dog’s attention.
Congratulations! Your dog is now trained. While it was time consuming, it should have allowed you to build and even better bond with your dog and you should be proud of yourself for doing it all!
Frequently Asked Question for Step 3
My dog has been trained for some time and has just started to go through the boundary, what can I do?
If it is possible to view your dog when it goes through the boundary line to see how it reacts there are several possibilities.
If your dog is just going through the boundary line with little to no reaction, it probably means one of two things, either the batteries are dead (or the charge is gone) or the collar is not fitted correctly. Check the collar to see if it still providing a correction by using the tool that comes with your system or using your hand. Then check to make sure that the collar is fitted correctly so that the contacts are both touching the skin of your dog’s neck.
If your dog is reacting but not very much when it goes through the fence, the correction level is too low and needs to be turned up. Turn it up until you get the urgent reaction to return to the safe zone.
In all of the cases, you may need to go through a day or two of training from Step 2 in order to reinforce the collar working again or the new correction level.