Training

 

We have TWO Dog Training Plans

  1. Our Dog Guard Out-Of-Sight Fence System
  2. Our Dog Guard Remote Trainer System

 In both plans we save you money by custom setting the system for your dogs and then teaching you the follow-up training schedule. Most dogs can be trained and ready to be trusted within 10 days, giving you the peace of mind and safety for your family pets.

 

How your dog learns

When we install our pet containment system, we put out flags to mark the dogs boundaries.  The training process begins by teaching you dog the safe areas where they can enjoy running and exercising.  They must learn how to respond when they come to the flags.  We must teach them to jump back into the safe zone and praising them real good for a correct response.  Also, our training involves creating the impression in your pet's mind that this so called invisible boundary which you have created extends beyond just your yard.  To your pet, we want to creat the impression it goes into your neighbors yard and into the street and beyond.  He needs to believe that this invisible zone you have  created has no end, and it is uncomfortable enough that he just stops trying.

 

Reinforcing Positive Behavior 

It is very important to reinforce positive behavior at every opportunity if you want to be effective in training your pet.  This rule applies to obedience training such as sit, stay, come, heal, ect, or learning the boundaries you have created with the Dog Guard pet containment system.  When your pet makes a correct choice, you will need to respond with come form of positive reinforcement.  The more lavish the praise, the more your pet will want to repeat the behavior.  You do not necessarily need to give your pet a treat, but really be por active and show enthusiasm with your praise.  This praise should be reserved for a good performance to accomplish a preplanned goal.  Behavior reinforcement can be accomplished more quick by making your sessions brief and consistent over several days of more.  As long as you work with your pet daily, if only for 15 to 30 minutes, you should make steady progress.

 

What if my pet makes an error? 

If your pet is trying to follow your directions and makes an error, you would approach this the same way as you would when giving instructions to a child.  Just as you would have compassion for   a child, you should treat your pet the same way.  A pet that makes an effort should be shown the correct solution to the problem.  Your response should be calm but firm.  Somply repeat the correct method of responding to the problem and praise your pet when he does follow your directions.  Remember, the more lavish the praise, the more your pet will realize they are making the right moves.  This positive behavior must be reinforced at every opportunity.  

 

Trust but Verify

The first 2-4 days should be spent training your pet on a leash.  He should be learning his safe area, which direction to jump, and how far he is allowed to go before being stimulated.  Once this is accomplished, you can let your pet off leash and have the run of your yard.  At this point you may feel you can trust your pet to stay within his boundaries.  This is where most people let down their guards.  They see Their pet runner around and become over confident.  Your pet may seem to know exactly where he is allowed to go and not go, but I assure you, he is not ready.  You need to closely monitor your pet for at least 4-7 days.  Since your pet was just a tiny animal he has been chasing everthing you can imagine.  He responds to bees, birds, squirrels, other animals.  He does not have to even think about what to do.  He simply goes in the direction of whatever is stimulating him.  Now, what we are teaching him (jump back into his yard) takes time to become second nature to him.  Therefore, it may take him just a moment to remember which way to jump if he is distracted enough to enter the correction zone.  It will take your pet at least a week to absorb this new information to the point where he does not need to even think about which way to jump.  After this period of time, he will just automatically jump back into his yard if the amount of stimulation is adequate.  

 

Escape Behavior

This is when your pet refuses to follow you around on leash or off leash.  He refuses to go   into large parts of his yard.  He may even want to hug your feet or take off to his crate in the garage and refuse to come out.  Commonly referred to as escape behavior, this behavior is usually the result of not adequately preparing your pet before he is introduced to correction training.  Taking time to reassure your pet as to where   the safe boundaries are is very important to the success of the training process.