To teach your dog safe and practical boundaries, you need just three things:
- a dog
- a long line
- a regular or training collar
With a long line attached to your dog via his collar, you can teach your dog to respect virtually any boundary – whether it is the edge of the lawn, the threshold of your front door, or the doorway of the room that you are in. Here’s how:
- Choose the boundary you want to teach.
- Put a collar on your dog (either a flat collar, or a training collar like a slip chain, a martingale or pokey style).
- Attach a long line of 15-30 feet to the collar and hold the other end.
- When you dog reaches the boundary you want to teach, POP the long line to give a quick, sharp “that’s far enough” message through the collar. If your dog tries again to cross the boundary, POP the line again. The long line and collar are, in essence, acting like an invisible fence, which the dog encounters each time he tries to cross the boundary.
Repeat this several times. Enlist the help of a friend or family member as an assistant, and have them cross the boundary, as you reinforce the do-not-pass rule for your dog. Very soon, you will have a dog that will NOT bolt through the door, run across the street or leave the room that you are in, because he will believe and respect the boundaries that you have defined for him.
Try it! This is especially effective for young puppies, but can work with any age dog. Here’s to a safer life ahead through better boundaries for our dogs!