So, you put up a fence thinking that giving your dog a fenced in yard to play in would keep him at home. To your surprise, all he wants to do is jump the fence and go find a few friends to hang out with. This is nothing unusual in that it is only natural for a dog to want to roam and to hang out with his friends. But allowing him to roam loose can, at best, end up with a fine that has to be paid, but he could just as easily become injured or lost.
Part of the problem with trying to teach your dog not to jump the fence is that this behavior is "self-rewarding" in that by succeeding in getting over the fence your dog's reward is freedom. More importantly, each time he is successful merely serves to reinforce the behavior.
During training, the command you might use could simply be "No" or "Get Down" or even "Stop!". The most important thing to remember is that once you decide on a command, stick to it and use it with authority in your voice. Not only will this help to avoid confusion, it will let your pup know you mean business and expect him to obey immediately.
Remember, keeping your dog from escaping could save him from becoming seriously injured, lost, or killed. You could start this type of training while your pup is too small to actually jump over the fence by teaching him not to even jump on the fence at all. This way, by the time he could clear the top of the fence, he has no interest in even going near it.
There are a few things you can do before you start training your dog not to jump the fence. These include repairing any holes in the fence and, if you have a chain link fence, consider adding plastic slats to the fence to block him from seeing what's on the other side. Teaching your dog to stay in the back yard requires time, patience, and plenty of treats.
Try to choose a time of day when there aren't a lot of distractions like cars going by or kids out in the streets playing. You need your pup to remain fully focused on you and your training, which in turn will make the training go faster and help both of you reach the end goal much more quickly. Remember, teaching him to stop jumping the fence could save his life.
My dog keeps jumping the fence are you able to train her not to?
Hello Gloria, You can either teach pup to stay away from the fence using e-collar training OR you can bury an electric fence two feet in front of the physical fence, on the inside of the fence where your yard is. Having an electric fence in front of your normal fence will teach pup not to go all the way up to your physical fence so that pup can't jump or climb the fence. I do NOT suggest electric fences without the physical fence for dogs that try to escape, but when the two are combined it can work well for most dogs. The electric fence will enforce not going near the fence when you are and are not present - the e-collar training can do that, but some dogs will figure out that they only have to avoid the fence when you are present to enforce the training and may still try to escape occasionally; whereas the electric fence is always enforced while pup has the collar on. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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My dogs listen very well and won't jump the fence as long as we are there, but the second we try to leave they go to jump the fence and follow us. We work long enough hours that I don't want to leave them inside, that's not fair to them. We've tried a few different things but their drive to be with us seems stronger than the methods we've tried.
Hello Mickayla, For their own safety, I suggest using an electric fence in addition to your regular wooded fence. Bury the electric fence 2 foot inside your wooden fence, so that the dogs are corrected if they try to go up to the fence at all. It's important to bury it a little further in than your normal fence, because you want to prevent the dogs from even being able to go up to the wooden fence to climb, dig, or get traction to jump. Don't use an electric fence on its own though of course! That will be far less effective than the wooden fence. Just add the electric fence to the current yard setup. Be sure to have the dogs always wear the electric fence collars while in the yard. If you don't always put the collars on them, they will probably figure out after a bit that they are not corrected near the fence so long as the collars are off, and will get out again, plus be less deterred in the future. Keep things consistent with the setup and electric fence collars on the dogs. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Hi, my dog jumps at the fence and barks at anyone walking past especially with dogs. I'm worried as people think he's aggressive (he just wants to play) but he does go for other dogs to play but in a rough manner people assume to be aggression and malice. I am at a loss as to how to train this behaviour especially the fence jumping at people (he never jumps over the fence).
Hello Emilia, Check out the video below. I suggest recruiting friends with dogs to walk their dogs past the fence. With pup on leash, work on also walking your dog along the fence and rewarding for ignoring the dogs. The goal is to do this over and over again with various dogs until pup find the other dogs more boring and develops a habit of reacting calmly to the dogs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3n_fPKPLA2g&list=PLAA4pob0Wl0W2agO7frSjia1hG85IyA6a&index=6&t=0s When pup is doing better, you can also watch for opportunities to reward pup for not barking at all when a random dog walks by - which helps to condition pup to simply come over to you calmly instead of jump, when they see a dog. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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