In the second step of the training procedure, you need to teach the dog that there is a consequence for breaking the boundary rules you established for him. What you did in step one was to teach the dog to turn and retreat when he hears the warning tone. Now, your pet needs to apply what he learned to avoid receiving a correction.
Activate the Stimulation
The correction on the collar was deactivated before performing step one. Now that your dog has learned to associate the warning tone with the training flags and has learned to turn and retreat, it is time to activate the correction. Each dog fence system is different. Some models have you adjust the correction directly on the receiver collar, while others require you to adjust the correction on the transmitter.
Set the Correction Level
When you begin the training, you always need to start at 1, the lowest correction level. The goal of static correction is to use the lowest level possible that is enough to get your dog’s attention and refocus them. You never want to overpower your dog or cause them pain. This is very important.
Begin at level one. Watch your dog for signs that he is responding to the static correction. His response should be to lift his ears, turn his head and look for the source or move away from the area. If he does these things, chances are you have the right correction level for your dog.
Should your dog vocalize or show any signs of fear, stress or discomfort, you need to turn down the correction level. When you start with the lowest level, you are able to increase the correction until the dog responds, without reacting negatively. Before you turn up the collar’s level of correction, be sure that the dog fence collar fits snugly on the dog’s neck. If your dog’s collar is loose, it will not let your dog feel anything. This produces results that are inconsistent.
Just as in step one, start the training session by playing with your dog inside of the safe zone of your property. This should be done at the beginning and end of each training session in order to keep the training positive and keep the dog excited about participating. Remember to give him high-protein treats as a reward.
Just as in step one, the dog should be started on a long leash, wandering within the containment area. It is okay if the dog doesn’t head to the boundary zone right away. You never want to force the dog to enter the correction zone. Just wait for your dog to wander into the correction zone where he will hear the beep and receive the static correction. Once this happens, give the “no” command. Quickly pull him back into the safe zone. Then you need to praise your dog and give him a treat.
Should your pet not cross the boundary, give him a lot of praise and reward. Be sure to watch your dog for signs that he is learning the new rules. You may notice that your dog walks toward the boundary but stops or redirects himself when he sees the flags. This type of behavior is exactly what he needs to be rewarded for.
Throughout the training process, it is important for you to remain in a position of leadership. If your dog happens to receive a correction, just ignore it and continue training him. When the correction level is set properly, the shock he receives is relatively painless. It feels a lot like when you run across your carpet and then touch a doorknob. The shock is no big deal, so there is no need to comfort or baby your dog. Doing so may compromise the training process.
You still don’t want your dog to receive too many shocks in a single training session. This is because you want them to have a positive association with training in the containment area. Simply limit the training to only a few corrections per session. Once the dog has received several shocks, just set the system back to tone-only mode, continuing the session. If there is over-correction in the beginning, a negative association may be established that makes training stressful and more difficult.
Professional Tip: You may find it very helpful to have two people participate in the training process. One member stands at the flags and shakes them when the dog receives the warning tone. This helps to help your dog understand that the flags are bad and reinforce the connection between the tone and the perimeter. In addition to this, having family members involved in training your dog will make sure that everyone understands how the system works and to help the dog succeed in the training process.
For the next week, you will need to repeat this second step of training, three times each day. It is time to move to the next step when he consistently shows that he understands that boundary and isn’t going to cross it. Every dog is different. If your dog shows an awareness in 3 or 4 days, move on to the next step.