Dogs That Avoid the Fence Boundary

by Gajan Retnasaba on November 20, 2009

For some dogs, after they get the first correction, they stay well away from the boundary line.  Some dogs will stay on the porch, and others will stay very close to the edge of the building.

This is normal and even a good sign.  The dog got the idea that they get the correction for getting too close to the flags.  They understand that the house is the safe zone.  Left to their own devices, the dog is going to naturally venture further and further out toward the boundary.  Over the coming weeks, they will gain confidence that they can get right up to the flags, just not over the line.

If you want to speed up this process a bit, you can play with the dog in the yard to let them know that it is a safe area.  You can take them into the safe area on a leash, leading them with confidence.  You can do pretty much anything.  In fact, the only thing that you should not do during this time is to try and compensate and baby the dog.  This will give them the idea that there is something they should be afraid of.

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nikki June 8, 2010 at 9:50 am

My dog got shocked by the fence, and now refuses to go out in the yard unless forced by me pulling him by a leash. I can’t get him to play while on the leash. Will this change over time if I am consistant?

ADMIN – Hi Nikki,

This is a common experience. Your dog will relax over time. I would try putting the collar on him, taking him outside and playing with him outside in the safe area. Maybe even take him out there to feed her. Sometimes it can help if you do it after a walk when he is most relaxed.

It really helps if you are confident and strong leader at that time. Comforting him if he is fearful counter intuitively makes him more fearful that if you act like everything is fine and are relaxed. And just take it slow. Dogs will adjust in their own time. It may take her a couple of weeks, but he will get used to it.

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