Just because you have an older dog, doesn’t mean he can't still learn new skills. You may find that some older dogs learn more quickly than younger ones because they tend to be calmer, but others may simply take you a little longer to teach. No matter how you look at it, training your older dog to stay in the yard is a very important and useful skill for your pooch to master. The only other alternative would be to fence in your yard at considerable expense and even then, your dog might climb under or over it.
No matter which form of training you decide to use, the first thing you need is a dog who follows the basic commands. The other thing you need is a yard to work in with distinctively marked boundaries. Keep the boundaries you wish to establish around 3 feet from your property's actual boundary.
The job at hand is to teach your older dog that just because he now lives in a home where the yard has no fence, doesn’t mean he can go strolling around the neighborhood like he owns the place. In other words, we are going to teach your dog how to respect his boundaries and stay in his yard where he belongs.
The goal is to teach him that unless he is given permission by you or a member of your family to step outside of his yard, he should NEVER attempt to do so. By learning this skill, your dog should be able to resist the temptation that takes him out into the road where he could encounter a nasty accident. This is a vital skill that every dog needs to be taught.
While most older dogs have long since learned to obey the basics, before you start training yours to stay in his yard, he must have mastered them. You will be using 'come', 'sit', 'stay', and 'stop' throughout the training sessions. Along with this, you will need a few training supplies, including:
Along with these, you need to have plenty of time to work with your dog on a daily basis. This will help the training move along more quickly. Let your dog learn at his own pace, this will make the whole process much easier for both of you.