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.
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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