Imagine how nice it would be if you could let your dog out in the yard without having to worry about not having a fence to keep him in your yard? While adding a fence around your yard might be one of the best ways to keep your four-legged friend in check, it can be expensive and not all communities allow them. Not only this, but your dog can still dig under the fence or teach himself how to climb over it.
The most important part of training your dog to stay in an unfenced yard is to start out by marking your pup's boundaries. Do this by using several small flags you can stick in the ground. Be sure to mark your pup's boundaries around 2 to 3 feet from your property's actual boundaries and then make sure everyone in your family understands them.
The task at hand is to teach your pup that he must always stay within his boundaries unless you or another member of your immediate family is with him and gives him the appropriate command while crossing the boundary. Once your pup learns to obey his boundaries, you will be able to let him enjoy running around the yard without his leash. Note, you should never allow your pup to be outside on his own when he is not on a leash as this could lead to serious injury or death if he runs out into traffic.
The idea here is that once you teach your pup what his boundaries are, he will stay within them whenever he is outside with you or a family member. It is a skill well-worth teaching your pup, as it could save his life.
One of the most important things you can do before you try to train your dog to stay in an unfenced yard is make sure he has mastered the four basic commands. Commands such as 'sit', 'stay', 'come', and 'down', along with 'stop', are vital and will come in very handy no matter what else you decide to teach your pup. Beyond this, there are a few things you may need, including:
Beyond these basic supplies, you need time to train your dog every day and plenty of patience during the process. Take your time, let your pup learn at his own pace, and he will soon learn where his boundaries are.
Hi! We have two older labs (7 and 10) and 20 acres of property that they get to enjoy. We've lived at this house for 5 years and the dogs know the boundaries (taught them using perimeter method).
However, after Thanksgiving my neighbor dumped a pile of leftover food in the woods behind his house and now my pups break bad. As it turns out he dumps a lot of old food back there, we learned this after catching our dogs over there multiple times now.
Based on their behaviors when caught, they know they are breaking the rules and boundaries but can not help themselves, do you have any recommendations?
Hello! That is quite something to have to deal with. You may want to spend a few days to a week, retraining the boundaries. Just reinforcing the good behavior despite the deliciousness that is on the other side of the boundary. Sometimes practicing learned behaviors in a new environment (or in your case, with new distractions) is all a dog needs.
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