You worked long and hard for the swimming pool that now sits in your yard. It brings your kids, family and friends joy every year. What doesn’t bring joy though, is a pool full of dog hair or a pool cover with holes in. If there are holes in the pool cover, the heat gets out and not only do you have an expensive cover to replace, but you also have higher bills to keep the water warm. Once the cover is broken, dog hair, insects, leaves and any number of other things get in the pool too. Many covers are specially made to fit your individual pool and cost an arm and both legs!
Train him to keep well clear of it and you could save yourself this rather expensive problem. If you can train him to stay off the pool cover you can also train him to stay out of other areas too, from bedrooms to roads.
This type of training is often easier than people imagine it to be. The tricky part comes with reinforcing the boundary, but if you’re consistent your dog will soon get the message. You’ll need to physically show him where his freedom ends and use a variety of deterrence measures to reinforce the point. You’ll also use obedience commands so you can stop him in his tracks when his paws wander towards the cover.
If he’s a puppy, his bad habit should be relatively new and breaking it may take just a week. If he’s older and been causing trouble around your pool and on the cover for years, then expect to spend a few weeks training before you find success. Master this training though and you’ll never have that expensive pool cover bill to pay again. The obedience commands will also make it easier to teach him any number of other behaviors too.
Before you make the pool cover a no-entry zone, you’ll need a few things. Stock up on treats or his favorite food, they’ll play a crucial part in training. You’ll also need a water spray or citronella collar for one of the methods. Some fencing with a gate or bushes will also be required for a different method.
Set aside 15 minutes each day for training and make sure you have access to the pool cover in question. Once you’ve got all of that, it’s time to get to work!