Dog Training the High-tech Way

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From electronic feeders to automatic ball launchers to self-cleaning litter boxes, high-tech inventions are making the duties of pet ownership easier. Some of the most common high-tech pet devices in use today are remote trainers and in-ground radio fence systems (a.k.a. invisible fences). These devices are used to not only train your pet but ultimately enhance your relationship with your pet as well.

Remote Trainers

Remote trainers are used to safely reinforce basic commands off-leash and stop bad behaviors like digging, chasing, and barking. Most remote trainers work up to 100 yards, have multiple levels of static stimulation, and are battery-operated.

Here are some quick tips on how to train your dog using a remote trainer:

1. Find the Right Recognition Level

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Start with the lowest level of stimulation and look for a reaction such as an ear flick or a head tilt. Make sure that they feel something so that it gets their attention when used in training.

The stimulation your pet receives is mild, safe, and harmless. Remember that every pet is different, which is why the levels are adjustable.

2. Reinforce Off-leash

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When reinforcing basic commands off-leash, say the command. If they don't respond, correct them by pressing the lowest level on the remote transmitter. When the dog obeys the command, reward them with praise, touch, or treats! Repeat until their response is quicker and you no longer need to use the remote.

3. Correct During Bad Behavior

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In situations such as nuisance digging, the remote collar is helpful for your pet associating his own actions as causing the annoying sensation. Hopefully, this leads to permanently ending bad behavior.

Observe your pet from a hidden location or through a window. When the bad behavior begins, press the remote transmitter. If one correction doesn't work, you may need to use a higher stimulation to reinforce the command. Do not press repeatedly or hold. The goal is to interrupt the behavior, get your pet’s attention, and communicate clearly and consistently that the behavior is unwanted.

In-ground Fences

In-ground radio fence systems are popular because they are inexpensive compared to traditional fencing, easy to install, and don't obstruct your view. Most in-ground radio fence systems cover several acres and can be customized to fit any yard.

Here are some quick tips on how to train your dog using in-ground radio fence systems.

2. Demonstrate With Distractions

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Once your pet has completed step one, it’s time to create distractions outside the boundary flags. Pet should remain on the leash. Throw a toy across the boundary or drop the leash and walk across. If the pet reacts, allow him to go into the boundary zone triggering ultrasonic beep or stimulation, then quickly help your pet back into the pet area. If your pet does not move toward the distraction, reward them with praise, touch, or treats! Repeat until your pet ignores outside distractions.

3. Freedom

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Eventually, begin to let your pet outside unleashed with supervision. Play with your pet in the pet area and do other tasks outside while keeping a close eye. You will feel when your pet truly understands their boundaries. Remove the boundary flags, starting with every other flag every four days until the flags are gone. This is when they can run free, and you do not need to be outside with them.

These high-tech training devices are simple tools to help teach basic commands and pleasant behavior that will make your household a much happier place. It will also help strengthen the trust and bond between you and your furry best friend!

While do-it-yourself projects can be fun and fulfilling, there is always a potential for personal injury or property damage. We strongly suggest that any project beyond your abilities be left to licensed professionals such as electricians, plumbers, and carpenters. Any action you take upon the information on this website is strictly at your own risk, and we assume no responsibility or liability for the contents of this article.


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