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Training Your Dog with a DogWatch® Hidden Fence

Boundary Training: It is necessary to teach your dog to remain within the designated boundary of your property by following a few simple guidelines and training tips. Consistency and patience is important! In about a week, your dog will know his boundaries and will be a safe and happy dog in your yard!

Your Dog’s Response To Stimulation:
Stimulation has been a safe and effective part of dog training systems for over twenty years. All dogs respond differently when they feel a mild stimulation. Some dogs may demonstrate little, if any, reaction, while others may yelp or jump back. Some dogs “freeze”. Do not try to comfort the dog if he receives correction from the dog training system or it will reinforce his anxiety.

Dog Personalities and Traits: Keep in mind that a dog’s personality and traits differ among breeds. Dogs may not exhibit the same personalities and traits within the same breed.

Professional Boundary Training: Your DogWatch dealer will ask you questions about your dog before training begins. A shy or senior dog may require longer Phase 1 sessions, while a gregarious or easy to distract dog may require a short Phase 1, but longer Phase 2 or 3 sessions.

The better you know your dog, the easier the pet training system will be for both of you!

Creating The Right Environment: Attitude and Consistency is Important!

  • Keep the training “light”. Use lots of praise. Keep the dog’s spirits high.
  • Use high happy tones for praise. Use low tones for negative commands.
  • Move around the boundary in the same direction.
  • Reinforce the boundary with commands.  Use the commands "Watch Out!" or "Careful" as you slap or shake the flags.
  • Limit each training session to no more than 20 minutes. Keep training consistent.
  • Keep your dog on the lead in the yard for five days.
  • If you are training more than one dog, train each dog separately.
  • Use naturally occurring distractions such as a neighbor or children.
  • Contact your DogWatch Dealer if you have any questions about our pet training systems.

Remember! Proper training is essential for successful containment. If you have any questions about the dog training system phases, especially during the first few weeks, or if you have questions about your dog’s behavior during his training sessions, please contact your DogWatch dealer.

Two Zones for Hidden Fence Training

Think of your property as having two distinct zones:

  1. SAFETY ZONE: This is the area where the dog is free to play and roam.
  2. AVOIDANCE ZONE: This is the signal field area created by the boundary wire. When your dog crosses into the signal field the receiver-collar will first emit an audible warning, followed by a correction. When the fence training is complete your dog will continue to remain within the Safety Zone.

Hidden Fence Boundary Training Tips

  • Never call your dog to "come" or issue a recall command when you are "outside" the hidden fence zone.
  • Never walk your dog all the way through the zone during a training session to ther other side.
  • During each training session, it's helpful to reinforce the retreat concept by shaking the flags and exclaiming "Watch out!", as your dog receives the audible warning and/or senses the correction.
  • Regularly adjust the collar strap, test the battery, and keep the contact posts clean.
  • After the training is completed, your dog must wear the receiver-collar throughout the day.  However, you may remove it at night (personal preference).  Also, regularly check your dog's neck to make sure there is no irritation on the skin around the area the contacts posts touch.
  • Keep each training session consistent: 10 to 15 minutes long, two to three times each day.
  • ALWAYS maintain a positive attitude when training your pet.
  • Remember to praise and play in the safe zone at the beginning of every training session.

The Seven Rules of Pet Training

Internationally known Animal Behavior Therapist and Trainer, Raymond J. McSoley, helped DogWatch Inc. develop our dog training system and continues to be a strong DogWatch supporter. Read his testimonial on DogWatch products. In his book titled "Dog Tales", Ray outlines seven rules for dog ownership which he conveys to every client before working with them. These rules also form the foundation for our dog training system philosophy.

Rule 1: You must be responsible for learning to communicate with your dog.

Rule 2: You must be the leader and the dog the follower - there's no room for equality in the dog's mind.

Rule 3:
If you're not teaching the correct behavior, then you're teaching the wrong behavior, because you're always teaching the dog something.

Rule 4:
You must be consistent in dealing with your dog.

Rule 5:
Don't expect your dog to know the difference between right and wrong. He is not a little person in a fur coat.

Rule 6:
You must be certain your dog understands why he is being corrected.

Rule 7: Reward your dog for the proper behavior.

©Raymond J. McSoley. All rights reserved. Published by Warner Books Inc.


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