By Kelly Marshall
Whether you have recently adopted a puppy, or you have brought an older dog into your home, you will find that one of the most important things that you can do is to teach your dog not to stray.
Even if you have fencing up, dogs can find a way out, and before you need to start canvassing the neighborhood or calling the pound, you should consider teaching your dog how to respect the boundaries of your property.
There are many reasons why a dog who is able to stay on your property is happier and well disciplined, but also remember that it is going to be an important part of keeping your dog safe as well.
First, you are going to need to think about how to get your dog used to the boundaries of the property. If your property has no fencing (and it is possible to keep a dog close without relying on a fence), make sure that you put up small flags that will tell him where the property ends.
For a while, just walk him around the perimeter of this property, occasionally taking the time to stop and reward him. This can be a great way to get him used to walking on the leash as well.
Before you begin this next part, make sure that you teach him to come back to you first. Then, when you are in the yard, let him off the leash and see where he goes.
If he starts to stray, call him back. This is something that you are going to need to keep in mind, so really take the time to cement in his head where he can and cannot go.
If you decide that you would prefer to keep your yard fenced in, make sure that you get a fence that will hold up to rough treatment. Is the fence sound and sturdy, and can you make sure that there are no holes in it?
Look at the bottom of the fence and think about how difficult it might or might not be for your dog to get under it. Placing mesh at the bottom of the fence in the ground to prevent diggers is a good option.
When you are trying to keep your dog in the yard, remember that there are reasons why dogs roam. When dogs get out, it is usually because they are bored or they are feeling frustrated and too full of energy. If you keep them alone too long, they may very well wander for some kind of socialization.
Dogs are pack animals, after all, and they will certainly roam if they feel that they are too solitary. Dogs will also roam for lack of exercise, so take some time and make sure that you are giving your dog all the catch games and walks that he wants.
Kelly Marshall is a featured author on Oh My Dog Supplies. For more articles by Kelly visit Oh My Dog Supplies.