It is great to have a pet dog. If you are tired from a long day of work and really stressed out then you came home and find your dog greeting you and really happy to see you, it will all fade away.
Of course, as a dog owner, you will also have the responsibility. You will have to feed them and also take them for walks. Another responsibility is to train them. No, your dog does not have to do some tricks but they have to be disciplined. And being disciplined means not being messy in the house and knows where to do their business. Being disciplined also not running away from your home and harassing your neighbors.
Another kind of discipline they should know is staying in your yard even if you do not have any barriers. By this, they will not cause chaos and also will be good for their safety.
So, what are the ways they can be trained?
1. Boundary Training
As the name suggests, it is when a dog will be trained to stay within boundaries. And this boundary would be within your house. This will let them know where they will be free to roam and not. This will also have them guarding your property.
For you to do this, you will need to have some items for your dog to recognize the boundary. One of the things you can use is flags. With those, you will also need a clicker. This clicker is essential for their training. Every time your dog recognizes the flag, you will use your clicker and also give them a treat. Practice this in different ways. You can start easy like keeping them near then have them further in your yard as time goes on.
2. Perimeter Training
Another method is the perimeter training. This involves walking your dog around the border so that they will know the boundaries. You will have to do this several times. If you are busy, you will have to set a schedule for this.
This method involves more on command. After introducing your dog to the boundaries, let them walk around it and see if they got familiar with it. Then you will have to do some commands around those perimeters, and this includes the stay and sit. You will have to also introduce a new command which is “leave it.” It is the command you will say when they go to a place outside of boundaries.
3. Extension Leash
This involves putting your dog in a long leash. This will still involve training them with the commands mentioned above. Then you will have to walk them around your property but this time, they will have a leash. With this, you will use those commands but if they do get to cross boundaries, you will have to tug the leash gently. If they managed to obey or stop, you will give them a treat.
This method also involves having someone else. Their role is to go around the perimeter and having your dog not chase after them. If they do, you tug the leash. Another thing you will do is having toys tossed outside the boundary line and let them have restrained in taking it. Do this until you get your desired result.