How would you test your dog’s compliance while training the dog?
“Bruno, will you fetch the stick?” If your dog doesn’t respond, or goes for something else, then Bruno needs proper compliance training. It is important to teach the dog the trick, else it can be stressful for the animal and his owner.
Wireless Dog Fence Training is a method, which train dogs about turning and retreating at a warning signal and gradually building their sense of returning. It helps them to figure out how far to go and where to stop. They are able to follow the instructions of the owner and return, when signalled.
The training helps the dog to understand the containment area and when to retreat by not going through the fence.
Training generally includes the following steps:
- Introducing the dog to the fence– It is done by denoting the circumference for the dog by training flags, and teaching him to ‘turn and retreat’ when the warning beep turns on.
- Making corrective action– It is the phase where the dog gets a mild shock if it defies the action. This is to reinforce its action of retreat.
- Testing the compliance– This is to test whether the dog has undergone the right training. It is done by using other distractions.
- Taking off the leash– This is where the dog starts following instructions when let off the leash or collar.
- Leaving the pet zone– This phase deals with how comfortable they are when they leave the pet zone and go to a foreign territory.
- Removing the flag– Finally, this is where the training flags are removed, which used to denote the fence and see how the dog reacts to the instructions.
We will discuss at length about the third step. This is where we test the compliance and see how we can ensure that the dog is doing it right during the course of the training. This test is generally done when the dog has already undergone the first two stages of training. This is to check whether the dog is able to respond to the instruction of turn and retreat, when there is a playmate, or a different boundary, food, toys or any other distraction. They should be able to do the same under tempting circumstances.
How to do it?
Step 1: Create a similar comfortable environment, but with a different fence and other distractions. Then, encourage your dog to follow instructions.
Step 2: If your dog follows the distraction, but does not cross the fence and returns, then praise and treat him.
Step 3: If your dog follows the distraction and crosses the fence, wait for a while. If he still doesn’t come back, then pull him back. Do not scold or reprimand but follow the step several times till the training is successful.
- It is important that you never force or coax the dog to the fences.
- They should be able to connect the learning from one distraction to the other
- It is not yet time to leave the containment area. Avoid distractions like moving objects, bikes, etc. initially.
- It depends on the attitude of the dog, types of distractions and training so far.
If your dog is able to pass the test of compliance, then the major part the training is done and successful. By the end of this stage, your dog will know the containment area and what to do when the alarm goes off, corrective steps to reinforce the previous action and how to behave in the same manner under varying situations. Train your dog properly by following the steps and he will be a happy and well-behaved pet forever!