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Boundary And Perimeter Training For A Wandering Collie
Hello! I only bought your book a few days ago but have read it cover to cover and reread certain things all the time. (To read about the book she's talking about, please take a look at http://www.dogproblems.com/newvideos.htm)
I printed out the whole book so it was always handy. I have an 8 month old Collie. I want him to stay in our yard without having to fence and I believe he will never learn to stay in the yard. Please give me some tips as to how to do this.
I do believe this is and will always be my biggest problem. I love my Collie and want him to be able to run in the yard without being tied, as I really hate seeing a dog tied up.
P.S. I have quite a large backyard.
I'm nuclear of your intentions. I hope you're not expecting the dog to stay in an unfenced yard, when you're not home?
Here's the deal: You really need to keep the dog in a confined enclosure when you're not home. A big yard is nice, but it's still your responsibility to exercise the dog, yard or not. I recommend a kennel run, for when you're not home. This is as much to keep him safe as it is to keep others from taking him or from causing trouble.
Now, maybe I'm misunderstanding your question, and what you're asking is: How do I keep the dog in the yard area, when I'm in the back yard with him, doing gardening?
And my response is that you can do one of two things:
2. Use the technique in my book to teach your dog a reliable recall/come command. If the dog starts to wander too far off, then just call him back to you. Within a couple of days, he'll start to learn the general area that he should hang out in.
That's all for now, folks!
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