You can create a GPS fence with a location tracking collar to help keep an eye on your dog’s whereabouts and get an alert if they leave the area where they’re supposed to be.
Does your four-legged family include an escape artist or dog who loves to wander off? Fences can be a great way to keep some dogs put, but others will jump, dig, or do anything to jailbreak themselves from backyard prison. Although pet parents can’t watch their dogs 24 hours a day, modern technology makes it easier than ever to keep an eye on their activities. If you’re worried about your dog escaping from your home, doggy daycare, or anywhere else, a GPS fence can help keep them safe.
What Is a GPS Fence?
A GPS fence is a virtual boundary. Unlike traditional invisible fences, it doesn’t shock your fur baby or emit a warning alarm to scare them. Rather, it alerts you when your dog crosses the boundary. This fencing option is available with many GPS collars. Using the device or an app, you can designate the boundaries of your virtual fence, such as the perimeter of your property. When your dog or cat leaves the designated area, you get a notification on a mobile device and can act immediately.
Training Your Dog to Stay Inside the Virtual Fence
A GPS fence can complement a physical fence, but dog parents with open properties can also use them. The trick is to first train your dog so they know where they’re allowed to roam and when they’ve gone too far. Here are some tips:
Obedience Training: Ensure your dog has a solid foundation in basic obedience commands such as sit, stay, and come. These commands will be essential for teaching boundaries.
Mark the Boundary: Define the boundaries of your property. You can use physical markers, such as flags, to indicate the boundaries of the GPS fence.
Boundary Training: Train your dog on a leash within the boundaries of your property. Use the stay and come commands while walking. Reward your dog for staying within the designated area.
Positive Reinforcement: Use treats, praise, and toys as positive reinforcement when your dog stays within the boundaries. Reward good behavior immediately to reinforce the connection between staying within the limits and positive outcomes.
Remain Consistent: Practice regularly and reinforce the boundaries consistently. Dogs thrive on routine and repetition.
Supervise Outdoor Time: Initially, supervise your dog when they’re outside to ensure they’re following the rules. Gradually increase the time your dog spends in the yard without direct supervision as they become more reliable.
Create a Safe and Stimulating Environment: Make your property an appealing and safe place for your dog. Provide toys, comfortable resting areas, water, and physical and mental stimulation to reduce the temptation to roam beyond the limits of the GPS fence.
Animal Wellness is North America's top natural health and lifestyle magazine for dogs and cats, with a readership of over one million every year. AW features articles by some of the most renowned experts in the pet industry, with topics ranging from diet and health related issues, to articles on training, fitness and emotional well being.