You work hard for most of the year to grow your own vegetables. It wasn’t something you ever thought you’d care about when you were younger, but now your garden means a lot to you. So when you see your canine pal leap onto your strawberries and eat your green beans, well it’s hard to keep your cool. Alternatively, perhaps you have a swimming pool that is strictly not to be filled with doggie hair, yet he insists on trying to leap into it at every given opportunity.
Training your dog to stay within boundaries could save you serious heartache. If he refuses to stay within the yard, he could get out into the road and cause a serious traffic accident. He may lose his life or cause someone else to lose theirs. Enforcing boundaries then is essential!
While it may sound difficult, this training is straightforward if you are consistent. If you consistently drill into him where your dog is and is not allowed to go, he’ll soon get the message. You can use treats to keep him inside the boundaries and deterrents to keep him crossing the boundaries. If he’s young then he’s probably still learning the ropes and could respond to training in just a week or two. If he’s older and spent years going where he likes, then breaking that habit and reinforcing new boundaries may take a few weeks.
If this training yields results, you will have strict boundaries that you will no longer need to police. You could save him escaping and getting lost. You could save him hurting himself or getting in any danger, which in turn could save you from hefty vet bills.
Before your military regime kicks off, you’ll need several things. Treats or his favorite food will play an important role. They will help motivate him to stay within the boundaries. You will also need a water spray bottle and deterrent collars for some of the methods below.
The other main component needed for this training is time. You need to commit 10 minutes a day, every day, to this training. Consistency is key if you want swift results.
Once you’ve got all of that, it’s time to get to work!