Boundary Training (Days 1 - 3 AUDIBLE TRAINING ONLY) - The first 2-3 days of training serve to teach your pet his/her boundaries as well as reinforce that the flags are "bad". You will need an assistant for this phase of training, someone (such as a friend, neighbor or family member) to shake the flags while you handle the leash. This is where, as with the initial training day, you work your way around the yard shaking the flags at your pet and discourage them from going near the flags with a phrase like "WATCH OUT!!" . If your pet pulls you towards the flags, allow them to receive the audible warning at the flags, yell "WATCH OUT!!" and then immediately pull them back towards the safe area of the yard.
Once you are safely away from the flags, turn them around and have your helper shake the flags in the spot they received the audible warning and remind them to "WATCH OUT!!". You may walk your pet around the boundaries from 3 to 5 times a day during this phase of boundary training.
Distraction Training (Days 3-7 AUDIBLE WITH CORRECTION)
Distraction training teaches your pet to "watch out!" for those flags on their own.
YOUR PET IS STILL ON LEASH AT THIS POINT. Continue training as you have the first 3 days. When your pet receives the audible and then the correction yell "WATCH OUT!" and pull them back towards the safe area of the yard. At this point you want to guage your pets' reaction to the correction, you may have to spend a few minutes walking around the yard and play with them for a few minutes if they are upset. If they do not appear overly worried, then continue the boundary training. During this phase of training, 10-15 minutes, 2 to 3 times a day should suffice. Always end a training session with a few minutes of play and walking to reassure your pet and help them to understand that the yard is safe.
A distraction is any situation that may draw your pets' attention beyond the flags. You will be setting up scenarios that will catch your pets' attention and may draw them towards the boundary. Some suggestions for distractions include having a friend or family member walk out past the flags, on their way by, they might reach down and slap the flag.
The next step is to have that same person walk or run from the safe area of the yard through the flag line and see if your pet will try to follow. Your distraction scenarios will become progressively more difficult for your pet to ignore, until they possibly receive a correction. At this point you will have your helper shake a flag or two and remind your pet to "WATCH OUT!".
You will want to immediately try to reintroduce the same distraction. Your pet will probably not approach the flags again at this time for the same distraction. This is good!! They are learning! Praise them and proceed to the next distraction (An excellent distraction would be to have a neighbor walk there dog past your property). Make a note of any distractions that cause your pet to take a correction. You will try these scenarios several times over the rest of the training period until you are confident that your pet will not approach the boundaries.
Boundary training should move all around the yard in any area where the flags are present. If you only work one area then your pet will most likely take unnecessary corrections elsewhere on the perimeter when they come off leash.
THE DECISION TO APPROACH THE BOUNDARIES MUST BE YOUR PETS!
PLEASE DO NOT DRAG YOUR PET INTO THE CORRECTION ZONE!!
You must try to keep a balance between training and play to make sure that they are not overwhelmed. You do not want them to feel that the yard is no fun, so spend the time with them in the yard on the leash walking and playing!
For at least the first week or two after your pet comes off leash, directly supervise them when they are out in the yard, as that is when they are most likely to make a mistake, so you want to be present to observe and take steps to correct the situation.
Your pet wants to be with their family, please remember that your PET STOP system is no substitute for the love and attention that your pet needs from you and your family.
Four Paws Fence does not recommend leaving your pet outside unsupervised for extended periods of time.
After 14 days we recommend removing every other flag each day until all flags have been removed. Your pet should know its boundaries by this time.
Do not allow your pet to cross through the boundary on foot for any reason, with or without the collar for the first 30-60 days. If you wish to take them for a walk, REMOVE THE COLLAR and put them in the car and drive them off of the property, or, if they are small enough you can carry them. Once they are familiar with their boundaries and the visual of the flags have been removed you may teach them to cross by removing their collar, placing a towel on the driveway where you would like them to leave the yard. Then you tell your pet it is walk time. They will not want to leave initially. Encourage them that it is O.K. for them to leave. When you come back from your walk, pick up the towel or cloth, place the collar back on them and say WATCH OUT. Your pet will know they are contained again.
PLEASE REMOVE THE COLLAR AT NIGHT TO AVOID NECK IRRITATION. CALL US IMMEDIATELY IF NECK IRRITATION DEVELOPS!
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