Your German Shepherd is a big ball of energy and you would love to let them run wild in your yard. Unfortunately, you can't trust them to stay in the yard and not take off whenever something grabs their attention. You take your pup on walks and to the dog park, but you can tell they need more time outdoors. If only there was some way to make your German Shepherd stay in the yard.
Boundary training is a great way to teach you German Shepherd to stay in the yard. With consistent training and a little patience, you can train your pup to respect the edges of your yard as if a fence were really in place. Compared to shock collars and other methods, training is a more humane way to keep your buddy safe. However, it is important to keep in mind that Shepherds have generations of working dog instincts in their DNA. Years of breeding have encouraged the prey instinct in your pups and there is always the possibility that some distraction will be enough to make your dog throw their training out the window. While you can train excellent manners into your German Shepherd, you should never leave your pup alone in an unfenced yard.
For boundary training, you will need a variety of treats of different values to show your dog which behaviors are ideal. Start with some good treats your pup doesn't usually get and reserve the top tier treats, such as roast beef and other high value meats, until later. You will also need a long training leash and for some of the methods, it is a good idea to use flags. You can buy small flags or tie a strip of white cloth to a dowel rod. A training clicker works very well for sculpting this behavior.