In lesson five will move on to being off lead unsupervised.
And then wrapping up the training you will remove the flags
gradually until they are gone. Thatís the schedule and most
importantly, everyday, review the previous dayís activities to see
if your dog is learning on schedule. Boundary work should take
place only in your yard. Take your dog around to the boundaries
of your entire yard talking and pointing out the area you want to
be observed. Do not let your dog go beyond the boundary.
When you have completed a session, always end it on a high note
with more play and praise . When a session is complete bring your
dog indoors to remove the electronic collar.
If you are training more than one dog, train each dog in separate
The first lesson is to introduce your dog to the boundary
and to help your dog upon hearing the tone to understand to retreat
to the safe part of the yard when the warning tone is heard. Your
system came packaged with Innotek plastic training contacts. Please
install these training contacts before beginning your training session.
With your dog on a lead, casually walk to the boundary. When the dog
reaches the signal field, immediately spin around and briskly jog back
into the yard. The dog will feel the tug and run after you. Praise
enthusiastically. If your dog does not indicate hearing the tone walk
your dog to the boundary and follow the same procedure.
On days two and three repeat the same lesson. As the training
sessions of the next three days progress, youíll see that your dog will
start to anticipate the signal and retreat without your prompting as
Now itís time for the real test. Day three is successful only if your
dog retreats without your prompting and refuses to approach the
boundary as you approach. For each successful attempt be sure to
praise, praise and praise again. If you are not successful keep the
training going as you have been the past two days until your dog re-
reats without prompting.
Itís time for your dog to move to the next phase.
For this lesson, you will need to replace the Innotek plastic
training contacts with the Innotek supplied metal correction contacts.
You will also need a helper for this phase of the training with your
dog still on a lead, causally walk to the boundary with your dog and
helper. The helper should continue to walk through the boundary, should
the dog try to follow he will receive a correction from the collar.
Immediately retreat to the safe part of the yard and lavish your dog
with praise. Please note, it is very important that your helper not stop,
look back or acknowledge the dog in any way. Continue this lesson at
a number of different areas around the boundary.
We are now ready to start with Lesson number three that we
call Distractions. If your dog is avoiding the boundary, with the
helper moving freely in and out of the area, you are ready to add
more tempting distractions. Remember, never pull or coax your dog
into the boundary area. This lesson teaches that your dog must resist
all temptations to leave the yard. Dogs have trouble connecting the
lessons learned with one distraction to another. So, you canít assume
that if your dog wonít chase a ball out of the yard, Your dog wonít
chase a bicycleÖ Or favorite neighbor. You have to go through a list
of distractions that will tempt your dog and prove each one before
proceeding to the next. Before long your dog will connect the dots.
Donít leave the yard for bikes, neighbors, bouncing balls, moving
cars means, donít leave the yard for any reason.
Off lead supervised. A very important next step for your dog.
This is the first time during your training sessions that your dog
will be off lead and you must make certain that you and your dog stay
in the yard at all times during this training. Make sure the Innotek
device is correctly placed on the collar and on your dogs neck and the
electronic collar is turned on.
Itís wise to spend a lot of quality time in the yard with your
dog. The more your dog stays on the property for the first month, the
less chance of your dog attempting to leave the area. Continue to
supervise and play with your dog outside for a period of one week.
Ok, weíre ready for lesson five, ďoff lead unsupervisedĒ. You
will know when your dog is ready to be unsupervised because your
dog will resist all manner of distractions, both on and off the lead.
Itís a big step when your dog can be left unattended in the yard.
Keep a close eye on your dog for two weeks from inside the house.
This freedom should be brief at first and the amount of time
Before and after each unsupervised session, you must continue
to the play and praise routine to continue to reinforce that the
yard is a happy, fun and safe place to be. After two weeks of
successful containment, you can begin removing the flags. Start by
removing every other flag, every other day until all of the flags are
gone. The leads, trainers, flags and the electronic training collar
are all clues for your dog to learn the boundaries. They are all removed
gradually except the electronic training collar. Itís essential that
you observe whether youíre off lead, unsupervised dog still avoids
and retreats from the unmarked boundary. If your dogís response is
anything but immediate retrace your steps through the training process
Thanks to you, with help from your new Innotek In-ground Pet
Fencing system, your dog now will have the freedom to run without
the worry of running away.