Dog Boundary Training
Showing Your Dog the Limits
Dog Training Tips:
- Make use of positive reinforcement training. Be ready with morsels of tasty treats and plenty of praise. Dogs learn best when appropriate behavior is rewarded on a consistent basis.
- Put your dog on a short leash and keep him close to your side, but with some slack in the leash. Walk around the boundaries of your yard. If your dog strays past the boundary, turn slightly back and firmly say, No! then guide your dog back into the yard. Praise him when he comes back in.
- Repeat, repeat, repeat. Training takes time and patience and your dog needs time to understand what you're asking of him. Repeat the training a few times every day if you can (before and after a walk, when you're outside playing with the dog, before you begin your gardening chores, etc). And make sure you follow-up with lots of rewards and praise when your dog stays (or comes back into) the yard.
Ideally, of course, your dog would have a fenced yard to call his own. If that's not possible, there are still other options like erecting an outdoor dog run. Boundary training is a fine idea all on its own, but remember that even when your dog appears to reliable, there are always temptations that could make him stray - people, other dogs, cars, or wildlife are common temptations. It's best to watch over your dog and ideally, you would be outside with him whenever you can. Doing so will give you more peace of mind knowing that your dog is safe.