Maggie has just arrived at her new forever home... (Maggie is going to be our little star and you can see Maggie experiencing the Electronic dog fence collar for the first time)
Today... the subject is Porch sitting syndrome - What Is It? - How To Avoid it - And How To Cure It.
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A big concern is that the fencing is not great and at the end of the driveway is a very busy road... So obviously there is a huge risk. A Double Risk - Not only for Maggie but also for the passing cars, and guess who would be responsible for the cost of any accidents or damage if Maggie did venture on to the road.
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We want our dogs to have the full range of the property so they can wander freely. Any dog that is not using the whole property could be said to be suffering from a degree of porch sitting syndrome. (But, it sounds worse than it actually is and is easy to avoid given the right equipment, training, and knowledge)
Again, it's not as scary as it sounds, and it is quite easy to understand why it occurs and what you can do to minimise the degree to which it affects your dog. Your dog can show varying signs of reluctance to venture out during the training period, which is a sign of Porch Sitting Syndrome. After all, from the perspective of your dog... there is something out there that they do not like or understand, just yet.
Like most things, being aware of the issue is 80% of the problem solved before you even start. So when you start the training consider a few things from your dog's perspective.
We can't explain what is going to happen - They can't see anything at the end of the driveway - and they actually want to go for a walk and obey you on the lead. However, they must experience the Pet Fence in order to understand it. The least amount of discomfort and the more time you give your dog the better.
Let's take it slowly and why not let your dog and its response be the guide in the training. If your dog says it has had enough or needs more time then that is what you should do.
In our training videos where we show the dogs experiencing the collar for the first time, we took advantage of the low levels in the Pet Fence Collar just to get some recognition of the sensation, the tones and the correction zone.
You will notice that in all of the videos, we did short, controlled ventures into the radio signal, and once the dog had given us a refusal - we stopped.
After a few training sessions (which are set out in our Pet Fence training guide) your dog will probably show a degree of reluctance to leave the house and venture out for "more training" This can be seen as some sort of Porch Sitting Syndrome (as I mentioned it does sound worse than it actually is).
If every time you take your dog out on the lead you give it a 'Correction' at the fence - then you shouldn't be surprised if your dog refuses to leave the house when you want to take it out for some training.
If you spend 80% of your time just cruising your dog around the property in a nice relaxing manner then you will probably find your dog will work out the other 20% by itself.
If your dog shows signs that it doesn't want to go with you for another training session don't panic. I would suggest grabbing a coffee, a chair, your dog's favourite toy or "blankie", and taking your dog to a patch of ground in the safe area for some "one on one" time.
Stay there for a while and maybe even move your chair along the boundary so the dog is reassured that you are not such a bad person after all - it's not always about giving your dog a correction every time you take them out. Train your dog to where it is safe to wander and play.
As I mention above if your dog is showing signs of not wanting to use the whole property then your job is to expand your dogs comfort zone slowly.
Again, don't panic. As time goes by, and we could be talking a few weeks your dog will gradually work out where the Correction zones are and where it is safe to play.
If you have to pick your dog up or drag him down to the back corner of the property to sit and play for a while then do it.
Cuddle time in as many different areas of the property will not only be really good for your fog - but probably really enjoyable for you as well.
Maggie is a rescued Staffordshire terrier (Cross) she has settled into her new home really well and quickly became a loved member of the family.
She was very interested in the chooks - so we put the radio signal around the chook pen as well. She responded to the fence training really easily. We decided to bring the wire up the driveway a bit to help push Maggie a bit further away from the open driveway.
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