Dog Boundary Training
Whenever you get a new dog you will want to train it to stay in the yard and not go out to the street or into a
Even if you have a fenced yard there will be times when someone will leave a gate open or the dog will follow
you out the front door.
So when you are planning your training you’ll want to be sure to include dog boundary training.
Training your dog to stay within the boundaries that you want to set can be a complex task for you to do. The
one thing to remember in dog boundary training is to be consistent, make sure the boundaries stay the same always
and when the dog crosses the boundary immediately let it know that it has been crossed. Dogs will test you to make
sure you mean what you say, so a firm command such “home” or “out” will indicate that you mean business.
Setting Up The Boundary
Dogs are visual, so they will need to see the boundary that you want them to stay in. This can be done several
ways such as putting up little flags or drawing a white line. Fences work also, but for it to work you will need to
have the gate open so as to teach not to leave the yard.
Then you will need to teach your dog what a boundary is. This can be done with a leash and walking the perimeter
of the boundary, while not allowing the dog to cross the line with a slight tug or ‘correction with the lead.’ At
first this should be done several times before moving to the next step.
Advancing to the Next Step
During the dog boundary training you will want to
consistently extend the leash allowing your dog to move more freely. By using a longer leash line it will give you
the opportunity to test the boundary that has been set up as well as remind the dog that there is still a boundary
there regardless how much freedom he has. In this case you would tug on the leash the minute he steps on the
boundary line and command him with whatever word you have chosen that means do not cross that line. Again you will
need to be consistent.
The Final Training Lesson
Once you have reached the level of walking your dog without a leash within the boundary that you have set, the
final test will be given. This is where you want to entice him to cross the boundary. There are several ways to do
this but probably the easiest is to play fetch with him, and throw the ball
over the boundary line.
Dogs will need to learn that the boundary is there no matter what the circumstance and he needs to stop at that
line. If the dog crosses the boundary chasing a ball then you will need to let him know. This technique can
also be used inside for keeping your dog from entering a room.
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