You’re having construction work done to the house, so the yard looks like a bomb site. There are tools, materials, and a host of sharp and dangerous objects around. Understandably, you don’t want your canine pal heading out there and hurting himself. He’s also somewhat defensive, so you don’t want any kind of altercation with one of the workers. You need to train him to stay inside where he’s safe and won’t cause any trouble.
This training will also come in handy if you’ve just put down grass or planted new and expensive plants. If he gets out there and tramples all over them you won’t be best pleased! If the neighbor's dog is always outside barking, then it will prevent the two of them getting into a heated growling exchange. This type of training also helps assert your control, making it easier to teach him a range of other things too.
Fortunately, training your dog to stay inside isn’t as difficult as you might think. First, you need to encourage him to want to stay inside by making it a fun environment that has all his needs catered for. You will also need to take a number of steps to discourage him from going outside in the first place. If you can do both of these things he’ll quickly get into the habit of staying inside and will be happy to do so.
This training will take far less time if he’s a puppy who doesn’t have an established routine. In just a couple of weeks, your work may be done. If you’re taking outside away from an older dog who’s had free rein for many years then you may need to stick to training for up to 6 weeks. Get this training right and you’ll never need to worry about him escaping in the yard, or getting into trouble with strangers, pets, and busy traffic.
Before you get started you’ll need a few things. An array of toys and food puzzles will be needed to make inside fun and exciting. For one of the methods, you will need an invisible fence system.
You’ll need to ensure your dog has a comfy bed that he loves spending time in. Stock up on his favorite food or treats. These will be used to motivate and reward him during training.
You’ll also need a few minutes to dedicate to training over the next few weeks. Apart from that, you just need patience and a proactive attitude and you’re good to get to work!