How to prevent the dog from leaving his territory and running away

Whenever you are away from home, the dog can seize the opportunity to run away. The results could be disastrous; the dog could be stolen or killed in an accident. The dog can have many reasons for running away: his territory is too cramped; he’s bored and wants to explore; a female catches his eye and he can’t resist; another dog enters his territory; or someone passes through his territory and he wants to follow. Also, the dog can respect the limits of his territory when your are there, but wants to run away as soon as he feels he’s not being watched. Or again, the dog can feel anxious when left alone, and will attempt to find his master.

How to establish limits on your property with spray commander
Though you may use a virtual fence to deep your animal on your property, you can use the spray commander ® to show the dog how to respect the limits of his assigned territory. Proceed as follows:

  1. Place small flags every 2m (2 yards) around your property (visual limits).
  2. Put the device and the leash on your dog, and go outside in the yard together.
  3. Walk towards a flag, move it, and quickly return to the middle of the yard, and congratulate your dog (SR “SOUND + GOOD!”).
  4. Repeat the same procedure in various spots around the yard. Don’t forget the flags situated in the corners – we noticed that corners are favorite spots for running away.
  5. The next step is to discourage the animal from going beyond the visual limits. Head towards the flags, and touch one. Let the dog approach it, and as son as he shows the slightest interest, use the short spray. Then, go back to the middle of the yard and congratulate him with the SR “SOUND + GOOD!”.
  6. Repeat the same procedure in various places in the yard, without forgetting the corners. You can add some simulated distractions such as pedestrians, dogs, children playing all, etc. should your dog approach a flag with the intent of going beyond the limits of the territory, give him the VW “HEY! + SHORT SPRAY”, then go back to the center of the yard.
  7. Put your dog to the test by removing the leash as well as the distractions. Make your dog believe you are leaving the yard; say nothing, and watch your dog’s reaction. If he remains within the limits, go back into the yard and congratulate him with the SR “SOUND + GOOD!”, then reward him.
  8. Repeat the scenario many times, and at various exist points before introducing different distractions that could incite the dog to leave the limits of his property.

Note: The same technique applies to any territorial limits you wish to establish on our property.

virtual Fencer ® is a specially a adapted collar which picks up the signal of an underground wire. The system includes an emitter, a receiver collar with citronella spray and an antenna (for the wire buried within the perimeter of the territory). The emitter is plugged onto a regulation electrical switch of 120 VCA. It generates a low-frequency radio signal which is transmitted to the underground antenna. As your animal approaches the underground antenna, the citronella spray receiver collar will pick up the signal. First, the collar will emit a warning sound to alert the animal that he is approaching the limit of the territory; if the continues despite the signal, he will get a swift spray of citronella. The Virtual Fence ® system is not a physical barrier, but rather a complement to the education of your dog. It aims at reminding your dog what the limits of the territory are.

The leader of the pack controls the territory: The leader of the pack clearly demonstrates the territorial limits of the pack to the other dogs. In the same manner, you will define the occupational parameters of the territory to your dog. Virtual Fence ® serves the purpose of the situation, that is, to be able to neutralize every attempt at going beyond the territory, so the dog will remain within the confines of his assigned space 100% of the time. This performance level far surpasses anything that the master could accomplish. In these cases, technology allows for a faster, more efficient output.

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