Training A Dog With An Invisible Fence
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Training A Dog With An Invisible Fence


An invisible fence will only work well if you train your dog before you start using it. The dog has to be thought that it is not allowed to cross the invisible fence. If you don’t teach your dog, it might still grasp it eventually from trial-and-error, but it will be really confusing for the dog in the meantime since it does not understand why it receives the correction signal. The dog might also decide that the best course of action is to stand still and wait for the signal to stop, or to simply sprint over the invisible fence and out into the street. You must therefore teach your dog that passing the invisible fence is bad, and that the best way of making the correction signal stop is to retreat back into your yard again. Training do with an invisible fence is not difficult, and most dogs grasp the idea quite rapidly.

Most dogs will occasionally test the invisible fence, even after successful training. This is why it is very important for the dog owner to regularly make sure that the invisible fence is working properly. Remove the collar from the dog and test the fence yourself. Also check any back-up batteries, to make sure that the invisible fence will work even during a power outage.

Training dog with an invisible fence – step 1

When training dog with an invisible fence, the boundaries have to be clearly marked in the beginning. You can for instance use training flags or a piece of string. Many manufacturers include small training flags when you purchase an invisible fence. Place the markers along the invisible fence to give your dog visible clues.

Training dog with an invisible fence – step 2

Test the collar (without the dog) to make sure that everything works. Then place the collar on the dog and keep the dog on a leash. As the dog approaches the markers, the collar will start beeping. You should then run away from the fence and encourage your dog to follow you. Give your dog a lot of praise when it follows you. Soon, it will associate the beeping signal with turning around and running in the opposite direction, i.e. back into your yard. You have to repeat step 2 many times while training dog with invisible fence, to make sure that the dog really understands the principle.

Training dog with an invisible fence – step 3

Sooner or later, something will be so interesting on the other side of the invisible fence that it makes the dog ignore the beeping signal. During the training, the dog must therefore experience the strong correction signal, e.g. static electricity or a spray of citronella. After the first unpleasant experience, many dogs instantly grasp that importance of adhering to the warning signal.   

Training dog with an invisible fence – step 4

Step four involves removing the markers and making your dog understand that the boundary is still there even though there are no longer any visible markers. If you are using flags and want to take it gradually, you can start by removing just a few flags and train the dog to understand that the area between the flags are not “gates”. Gradually remove more and more flags until all the flags are gone, and the only warning signal is the beeping sound from the collar.

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