How do you feel being a dog owner when you see your loving pet not adhering to the boundaries? We know from our continued presence in the pet industry that it has always been an awful experience for most dog owners. We love to see our dogs happy and spontaneously moving everywhere. But free movement might bring some serious security risks to our furry friend, and it may also bother our neighbors.
Usually, the prevailing idea (believed to be the easiest way) to solve the problems is to contain the dog in a fence. However, we do still love to think a bit differently, as fencing is more like a prison for most of the dogs. Therefore, we prefer a way that resolves all issues – neither imprisons your dog nor bothers your neighbors’ freedom and privacy. Straightforwardly, we want to contain the dogs within a particular area without the help of any fence!
Does it sound strange? How to keep dog in yard without fence? Is that even possible? Shortly, yes, you can do it just by offering boundary training to your dog! It will learn over time to stay within the specified area where it requires no fence. The best time to start with your dog is when it is a puppy, it will otherwise be quite a tough task to train and achieve the desired result.
How to Train a Dog to Stay in an Unfenced Yard
You are going to train your dog to stop it from digging, jumping or climbing. You are going to make accustomed to something not visible! So, keep it in mind that it will take some time. The basic steps of boundary training to make your dog get accustomed to stay within a particular boundary are as under:
Plan a Boundary
Plan a boundary line across your yard according to your needs and measurements. Breed and size of your dog should be the prime concern when you measure. Mark the boundary line using flags with a fair gap from one to the other one (try to keep the difference as less as possible) that a dog can quickly identify. Place the flags 3 to 4 feet away parallelly along the actual boundary line. Instead of flags, you may use other natural marks such as trees, pillars, garden fences, etc.
Make the Boundary Familiar to Your Dog
After marking up the boundary, bring your dog and walk along (inside) the boundary line for the next few couple of days. It will help your dog to memorize and recognize the entire boundary and surrounding. Make sure the dog does not cross the maximum line of the border you have expected at any time throughout the training sessions.
Put a training collar on your dog’s neck and attach a leash to the collar so that you can control the dog in the case it tries to cross the border. It is a “must be done” task for the ultimate success of the entire training. So, never let it be less attended! Although we’ve said few couple of days, a dog is smart with sharp memory, and it should recognize the boundary line within 2 or 3 days maximum.
Get the Dog Accustomed to Your Command
It’s time to go for the next step – getting it accustomed to your command. Keep your dog inside while you’re just outside of the boundary line. Carefully observe your dog and command “Stop” & “Stay” when it approaches to cross the boundary line.
Give instant awards, e.g., cookies, toys, if the dog follows instructions and performs accurately. If it ignores your command, pull the leash and repeat the process. The entire process may take some more time, so stay calm and keep patience. Continue to train him every day for at least 20 minutes around a week.
Add Some Distraction and Command
After training a week, start something harder. Provoke your dog while it is staying inside, with something such as toys or food to cross the boundary line. When it is about to cross the border, command with the word “Leave” so that it can turn back inside the boundary, leaving the provocation outside the perimeter. If it ignores your command, pull the leash, and repeat the process similarly.
Do not punish it if the dog fails to comply with your directions. It will take much more time and labor than any other step. Repeat continuously for days unless you get the expected output. We assume two or three weeks of training would be good enough to achieve the expected result.
Introduce Some Larger Challenges
It’s time to put the big challenge on your dog to test if it can stay within the specified boundary in any way. Place something outside the line that is tough for your dog to avoid, for example, another dog or small children. Observe the dog if it crosses the line, and if it approaches, command similarly to halt and get back.
Similarly, pull the leash if it ignores your command and again repeat the process. Continue the session until you get a perfect result, where your dog’s built a successful habit of avoiding provocation and staying inside a particular area. Don’t miss to give him treats every time he obeys you.
It’s Time to Test without Leash
Release the leash and allow your dog to go forward; you just follow him. Check if it stops himself at or before the boundary line. Your dog can get him back from, or before the line if your training was given accurately. But if it crosses all of a sudden again, follow the process again and again.
Never get frustrated while you’re providing your dog with training, and keep it in mind that consistency is the primary key to achieve the desired result. And, there is no practical way other than the boundary training method if you want to contain a dog within a particular area without a fence. Someone may suggest no-wire or grounded fencing, but that is still a fence. So, keep faith and continue to follow the steps unless the targeted outcome comes.