Training and Raising a Dog in Maine
Owning and caring for a dog is an enjoyable and rewarding experience. However, properly training a dog, especially a puppy, requires time, energy, and patience. One of the top concerns of any dog owner is keeping their pet contained. Whether this means walking your dog on a leash or having an enclosure in your yard, you want to prevent chances of escape. One way to do this would be to buy and install either a conventional or unconventional fence. Maine law prohibits any dog to be at large except when used for hunting. Dog owners who fail to abide by this law can face expensive fines and even civil action in the event of damage or injury to a person or property.
At Dog Guard, we understand that your dog is an important part of your family, which is why keeping your dog safe and happy is our top priority. When you purchase an electric pet fence from us, you can rest easy knowing that your beloved dog is in good hands. Every member of our team, from the manufacturers and dealers to the trainers and representatives, is committed to providing a safe and effective space for your dog to happily play at home.
How it Works
Dog Guard’s pet containment systems use a digital radio signal to keep your dog in the defined boundary. The radio signal is sent from a transmitter, which is installed in a convenient location in your home, typically in your garage or basement. A thin wire is then buried underground around the perimeter of the yard. The transmitter sends the signal through the wire, which is picked up by a receiver placed on the dog’s collar. The signal emits a correction stimulus that is mild enough to be harmless but unpleasant enough to discourage your dog from advancing.
Benefits of Installing a Hidden Fence
ME residents know that the frigid and harsh weather conditions make walking a dog in the winter unpleasant. In addition, heavy wind, snowfall, and ice will damage traditional fencing over time, requiring routine maintenance and expensive repairs. With an electric fence, ME dog owners don’t have to worry about their pet slipping through the cracks, unlocking the gate, or digging their way to the other side. A wireless dog fence is the best option for many dogs, and Dog Guard’s out-of-sight fencing is approved and recommended by veterinarians. Since each installation is customizable, you can define the boundaries and may also choose to block off access to pools, driveways, and other potentially dangerous areas.
Training Your Dog Using an Underground Fence
Maine pet owners can use boundary training to familiarize their dog with the perimeter of the hidden fence. ME dog owners will work with the Dog Guard representatives to develop a training routine. We will place small flags in your yard to mark the perimeter and provide a visual cue of the boundary area for you and your dog. In the beginning of your training, take your dog out on a leash and walk it around your yard. When the dog approaches the flags, tell it “No” and move it away from the boundary. Once your dog has an idea of the physical location of the boundary, you can remove the flags. Plan to spend 15 minutes twice daily training your dog and continue the process for at least two weeks.
Dog Training Tips
When training your dog to respect established boundaries, positive reinforcement is the key to success. Rewards could be in the form of treats and/or praise. The rewarding of desirable behavior is what will make your dog want to repeat this behavior. Although this sounds simple, there are a few things to remember in order to be effective:
Praise must always be timed correctly. Dogs can only understand the immediate consequences of their behavior. A dog cannot associate rewards or punishments with actions that occurred even minutes in the past.
When giving commands, always be consistent. Use simple one- or two- syllable commands, and make sure each member of the family uses the same commands.
When giving your dog a treat, be sure to also praise them at the same time. This way, your dog will eventually work for verbal praise alone.