My dog won’t go anywhere near the dog fence flags. He sticks to the area right in front of our house and to the front porch. What do I do?
That is perfectly normal. After training most dogs will not go anywhere near the dog fence boundary flags out of an abundance of caution. After all they have just learnt that going near the flags is bad and they do not want to even be near the flags.
But you will see over the next couple of months they will start being more adventurous. They will start roaming further and further from your house and closer and closer to the flags. A couple of dos and don’t that will help them along the way.
DON’T force the dog to go near the containment flags, that will just make them associate more bad things with the flags.
DON’T remove the flags straight away, they will help your dog learn exactly where the boundary lies. Leave them until your dog has a bit more confidence in the boundaries, at least a couple of months.
DO play with your dog in the safe areas. This will get them to associate the safe area with fun.
DO sit in the safe areas as a family. Your dog will see the family in the safe area and will want to join the rest of the pack and will take comfort from the fact that the whole pack is sitting there in safety.
DO feed your dog in the safe area or give them a treat/toy in the safe area of the dog fence. Again this will help them associate the safe area with good things.
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