Does your dog bolt as soon as he is outside? Fences and invisible fences can be expensive but teaching your dog invisible boundaries is a cheap and effective way to keep your dog in your yard.
Here are 5 steps that you can use a Leashboss to train your dog invisible boundaries. We recommend using Leashboss Long Leads at 20, 30, and 50 feet depending on your yard for boundary training.
Use cones or flags to make the edges of our property, or where you want to teach your dog to stay inside. You can also use sidewalks or pavement as boundary lines.
2. Use A Long Leash
Make sure your dog is secured on a long-line leash. You may want to consider using a harness to ensure your dog does not escape. If you have a tree or post near your boundary, you can tether your dog there. You can also have a friend hold the leash in order for you to be able to train him by the boundary.
3. Keep To Your Side
Allow and encourage your dog to move freely within your boundary. When your dog is close to the edge you have marked, give your dog a treat. You can toss your treat somewhere within your boundary limits, or you can return to your dog and give them the treat directly. Walk up and down small sections at a time with your dog and reward him for staying within the line. Repeat all around the entire boundary. If your dog should cross the line ask your dog to return to the correct side and reward with a treat. Make your dog associates the right side of the boundary with good things.
4. Cross The Line
When your dog is doing great at staying within the boundary, walk past the line and see if he stops. Make sure to treat him for staying on the correct side. Vary the speed that you move and test your dog further. You can also try standing on the other side and dropping toys and food outside of the boundary. Be sure to reward heavily when your dog does not cross the line. If you have a friend with a dog, have them walk past the boundary to test your dog. If you don’t have access to animals or persons that usually make your dog run after, keep watch outside and when you see a dog, or squirrel, or child outside the boundary attach your dog to his long leash and continue boundary training.
5. Take Your Time
Because there can be so many environmental factors and so many tempting attractions for your dog, it’s important to take your time practicing this skill. Some dogs may benefit from having regular training with visible flags posted for four to six months. You should also train your dog in any changes your boundary might experience such as snow or new plants.
If you need more tips check out this video to Teach Your Dog Boundaries