You have a lovely big yard, in a beautiful countryside setting. It is however, on the border with a local farm. In that farm is plenty of livestock. Your canine companion happens to have a taste for chasing livestock. He recently escaped from the yard, and then caught and killed one of the farmer's animals. After having to pay for the replacement animal, you know this isn’t something that can happen again. There won’t be forgiveness from the farmer next time.
So, you need a foolproof way to keep him confined to your home and territory. You didn’t want to use an electric fence but he’s managed to get around every other deterrent. Training him to use the fence will not only keep him safe from the farmer, but it could also keep him safely away from busy roads with dangerous traffic.
Training your dog to use an electric fence isn’t always easy. It will take patience and perseverance on your part. You’ll need to use boundary training to let him know where his territory begins and ends. You’ll also have to gently introduce him to his deterrent. If you combine this training with positive reinforcements for coming away from the fence, then you could see success in a relatively short time frame. If he’s young he should be a fast learner. You may need just a month for training to prove successful. If he’s older and used to going wherever he wants for many years then you may need up to three months for it to fully do the job.
Succeed with this training and you can relax when you haven’t got an eye on him. He won’t be able to get in any trouble with other animals and other dogs. You’ll also have an effective way to keep any other pets in too.
Before your work can begin you’ll need a few bits. An electric fence will obviously by the first essential component. For one of the methods, an electric collar will also be needed. You’ll also need a generous supply of treats and toys.
Set aside 10 minutes for training twice a day. You don’t want him getting distracted by whatever is on the other side of the fence.
Once you have those things, just bring a leash and a positive attitude and you’re set to get to work!