Training Your Pets

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Training Guidelines

The following information is designed to help you and your pet get the most out of your Dog Guard Fence system.
Remember, your Dog Guard dealer is only a phone call away if you have any questions or concerns about your Dog Guard equipment or training.


Keep these tips in mind before you begin the training process:
1. Keep your dog on a leash for the first seven to ten days of training.
2. Your pet must be kept from the boundaries at all times for the first seven days.
3. Your pet must wear the receiver collar all day from the first day of training. Remove the
collar every night.
4. If training more than one dog, train them separately; at least for the first five to six days.
5. Train at least two to three times a day with your dog, more if possible, but keep each
training session short: five to fifteen minutes depending on the size of the property.
6. Be sure your pet does not receive a correction more than three times per day while
7. After seven days of training, your pet may go outside off-leash only when supervised by
a person able to handle the pet in a safe, secure manner.
8. Have fun training and make it a happy time for your dog! Always try to end a training
session with some fun time: throwing a ball around or whatever makes your dog happy!


The weeks ahead!

Week 2
Your pet has now entered the final stage of training. This stage takes the least amount of work but it is critical to stay committed throughout the rest of the training process. With your dog off the leash, repeat the training process as performed during Week 1. If you feel
that your pet is having trouble avoiding the flags, keep your pet on the leash for the first day or two of Week 2.
• Your pet may be allowed off-leash only while someone supervises him in the yard.
• If your pet seems tempted to go beyond the flags, correct him verbally. If your pet is
still on-leash, pull him back before he enters the signal field.
Week 3
Continue training as outlined above. Remember to keep the flags up for at least thirty days.
Week 4
At the end of week 4, begin to remove the flags. Begin with removing every third flag every
other day until all the flags are gone. Flags that are in the woods or hard-to-see areas may
be left up.


Training 1

The Dog Guard Training Process is a four-phase approach. The process first starts with introducing your pet to the boundaries, introducing your pet to the correction, supervising your pet while off the leash, and finally proofing. Following the process is crucial to your pet’s containment success.

Phase 1
Introduction Phase
Teaching your dog the boundaries
Days 1-3
Border training begins by teaching your dog to avoid the areas where they hear the tone 
19and see the flags. Initially, we will deactivate the Dog Guard receiver collar by putting
rubber caps over the posts so that your dog does not experience a correction from the

You will manually give your dog corrections by jerking him away from the flags with
a leash every time he gets too close to the flags. As soon as your dog gets turned away
from the flags, you begin to praise him while running away from the flags toward the
safe area (at least 10 feet). Always use short jerking motions with the leash to get your
dog to turn away from the flags.

Your dog should start hearing the tone about one foot before the flags, which is when you need to turn your dog away from the flags. Do not let your dog walk in and out of the flagged area without getting a correction. Any time your dog willingly goes into the flagged area, let him, and then give him the short
jerking correction with the leash while running back toward the safe area.

This phase of training should last from one to three days. By the end of this phase, your pet should be avoiding the flagged areas and backing out of it when he hears the tone. This indicates that the training is taking effect.

• Do not pull your pet into the field. Pull him within 5-6 feet of the flags.
• To help some pets understand that they should stop AT the flag, you may have to stop two or three feet AHEAD of the flag.
• During training without the collar, never let your pet cross or get within 1-2 feet of the flags. Your pet must understand that he will never be able to get to the flags without a correction.

Training 2

Phase 2
Correction Phase
Letting your dog get corrected by the collar receiver
Day 3-5
Now it’s time for your pet to experience the correction from the collar while still on the leash. We will remove the rubber caps from the posts of the collar and place the collar on the dog. The training will be similar to what you have already been doing except you will not need to jerk the dog back with a leash for the correction; the Dog Guard collar receiver will now do that for you.

It is important for your dog to experience three to five corrections from the collar (while still on the leash) for the next three to five days, but no more than three per day. This will ensure that your dog knows what to do when he receives the correction. Your dog should immediately turn away from the flags when he gets a correction and move toward the safe area. If he doesn’t, you must be there to get him back with the leash.

If your pet stays within its boundary:
• Praise your pet verbally for staying insides its boundary20
• Slap the flag three times and say NO! with authority.
• Run toward the safe area and praise.
If your pet crosses its boundary:
• Pull your pet out of the signal field.
• Slap the flag three times and say NO! with authority.
• Run toward the safe area and praise.

If your pet becomes hesitant to go back outside after the correction, back off on
training but continue to bring your pet outside in the safe area. It is important and necessary
to get your pet outside playing in their safe area. Remember to always incorporate praise
and play into the training sessions.

At this point, your pet should be avoiding the flagged areas while still willing to run and
play in the safe area of the yard.

Training 3

Phase 3
Supervision Phase
Letting your dog get corrected by the collar receiver
Day 5 or 6
By day five or six, your dog should be avoiding the flagged area consistently. 21
You now have to create situations that will tempt your pet to leave the property. With your dog on the leash, have family members walk out of the boundaries. They should walk around to entice the dog to come but must never actually call the dog. If the dog attempts to cross the boundary, let him get the correction from the receiver collar. He should turn away from the boundary and run toward the safe area.

If he does not, you must get him back with the leash. Remember to give your dog lots of praise when he avoids or turns away from the flags and runs toward the safe area. For additional distractions, you can use sticks, balls, and favorite toys. Throw these items past the boundary to ensure your dog doesn’t leave the area. Your dog should not be willing to cross the boundary for any reason after a few days of this training. Keep him on leash until you are sure he will not cross the boundary. Any time your dog willingly goes into the flagged area, let him; it’s part of the learning process. Your dog needs to know what to do when he does get a correction. This phase will last 4 to 6 days.

Training 4

Phase 4
Proofing Phase
Off leash training (when ready)

You must supervise your dog for the first three to six days off leash. Bring your dog outside without his leash and allow him to run and play. Do this for 10 to 15 minutes a session, two to three times a day. Again, begin distractions and increase the intensity22
as you go. After a few days of this you will start to feel confident that your dog will not leave the property. Do not be concerned if your dog stays close to the house at first; this is normal. It may take a couple of days for your dog to
become acclimated to your Dog Guard system. If your dog leaves the property more than once call your dealer immediately!

• If during the Proofing Phase, your pet is showing signs that he does not understand his
boundaries, you may allow him to get corrected. However, he should receive no more than
three corrections per day.
• If, by the end of week one, your pet is still entering the signal field, please call your dealer!
Your pet must understand that he will never be able to get to the flags without a correction

*DOG GUARD® Out-Of-Sight Fencing® is a trademark of Sunward Electronics® and should not be confused with Invisible Fence® (InvisibleFence®). Invisible Fence® and Invisible Fencing® are registered trademarks of Invisible Fence Company.