A reader asks if they can teach their dog to play fetch, going through the containment system boundary.
Strange question but I was hoping you would know. Im looking at putting the Innotek/PetSafe UltraSmart IUC 5100 Contain n Train in and I wanted to know a training question. My dog and I play well in the back yard (off leash) but we want this for when were not with him. We play fetch and normally the ball will be thrown well past where we would have the underground fence (don’t worry our neighbors are ok with this). Is it possible to train the dog to know that when the color is on the boundary’s are on but when its off and we are playing fetch its ok to go over the lines to get the ball? Will this only mess everything up???
You can train the dogs to be sensitive to context and teach them that they can go through the fence when say playing catch. I would definitely wait a month or two until the dogs have learned the basic rules of the containment system. Then, I would create a ritual for the start of your fetch game – for example taking off the correction collars and then showing them the ball. Then start your game of fetch. The first few times you may have to drag him through on a leash to get him to cross the boundary – but soon he will learn that it is ok to cross when playing fetch.
The training is very similar to teaching your dogs to go for a walk through the fence. It is a little harder and it is not a sure thing, some dogs will always be cautious going through. Others will take to it straight away. Often the dogs will look toward you as if seeking permission … if so give them lots of encouragement to go through.
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