When you live in an area that doesn't allow fences long your property lines, training your pup to stay on your property becomes very important. If you can't train him to stay in your yard without a fence, the only time he will be able to go outside, relieve himself, or play is when there is a responsible person available to do so or he is on a leash.
If this doesn’t sound like fun, it's not for either one of you. Your dog likes to be off his leash and allowed to run around free. The best way to make this possible is to train him to stay within the boundaries of your yard whenever he is allowed to go outside off leash. You can also use this type of training to teach your dog to stay out of specific areas where he might get hurt or away from things that might hurt him.
Boundary training is one of the best ways to teach your pup to stay within the boundaries of your property whenever he is not on a leash. Playing games with you and your family without the use of a leash is a lot more fun, especially when you don't have to worry about tripping over a leash. This command might be a little harder than some to teach your pup, but with a little patience and time, your pup will master it and be able to run around the yard without the need for a leash or a fence.
Chances are pretty good that your pup already has a reasonably good idea of where his boundaries are. Dogs are, by nature, territorial and will keep other dogs and people out, but when it comes to understanding that those boundaries exist for him as well, he doesn't quite get it. Dogs are typically very curious and like to explore, this makes it hard for them to understand the concept of boundaries.
Before you get started training your dog to respect his boundaries, you need a few supplies. Depending on the method of training you chose, you may need several small marker flags on wires or stakes. You can pick them up at your local hardware store. You will need a bag of your pup's favorite treats. You may also want to grab a clicker as a way to let your pup know he has earned a treat. You also need a quiet place to practice and time to work with your pup on a regular basis until he learns his boundaries. Be warned: this could take several months for him to master.
Mum is 6 years her two pups are 5 years. Generally our three dogs are well behaved and obedient. Problem is we can only have one off at a time or they take off for a run.we give them a couple of hours off each a day others stay on a long rope and we constantly rotate them.We have tried invisible fence, fencing and many things. we are on 6 acres and they will go over, under or around the fences they will always find a way and are so fast. We call them and run after them but they never listen. If they get off they go for a run anywhere from 1-10 hours then come home so exhausted,excited and happy from their adventures.we worry about them any thing could happen to them. We try not to get angry on their return because they have come home. How can we have all 3 off at the same time and stay home....please desperately need your advise
Hello Jennifer, I would hire someone to help you with off leash e-collar training. Check out the reel in method from the article linked below - you will need to teach that first: Come article: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-whippet-to-recall E-collar training information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtJxSXu4rfs For your pup's I would teach them that the tone function on the collar means Come, so they will "hear" you even if far off. A far reaching whistle is also a good thing to train. Look into a high quality collar like E-collar technologies EZ-900 that has a dial up function, 125 levels, tone, and vibration function. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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I rescued my Dog as a stray at 3 years of age. I live on an acer of land without a fence. I let him off the leash 3 times and twice he went running and kept going. I have been walking the perimeter of my yard since I got him every day for 3 weeks..too soon?
Hello Gina, Three weeks is too soon. He needs to have an off-leash come that is reliable around distractions and be able to stay with you off leash anywhere on your property when told to before you can expect him to do it while you are not there. Base it on his off leash reliability skills rather than just timing since different dogs will learn it at different speeds. Some dogs are more likely to wander than others. If your dog naturally doesn't stay close to home after a few months of working with him off leash, then consisder e-collar training or putting up a physical fence. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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