How old should my puppy be before being introduced to my Pet Stop hidden fence?

There are plenty of examples of 8 week old pets being trained, especially in recent years since GentleSteps training was introduced.  The basic premise of GentleSteps training is to break the process into smaller, easier to teach steps.   This allows Pet Stop owners to teach with very low correction levels until the pet shows some light avoidance, followed by a gradual increase in both distraction/temptation and correction levels.

The net effect is that if your 8 week old puppy is happy, hearty and healthy, you are only a week or two of training away from a contained pet.

If you have any concerns that your pet may be easily stressed or does not bounce back quickly from stressful events, then waiting a few more weeks is a better strategy.

The emphasis on treats (meat type reinforcers, not kibble!) also helps all dogs and puppies enjoy the process more.

Especially with young pups, keep the training brief and the play session long.  One of the most important elements of dog fence training is significant portion of the time spent playing in the yard, particularly near the flag line.

2 thoughts on “Dog Safety Tips From Pet Stop”

  1. Thanks for the reminder to dog proof my home. As you say, they’re curious creatures, so it’s important to take precautions, and I completely agree. Plus, making sure that your home is pet friendly prior to the pet actually arriving, you’ll be more prepared and equipped to deal with the puppy and everything that puppies bring! It will make the transition so much smoother. Thank you for sharing.

  2. I liked that you mentioned that the owner should avoid leaving small objects such as hair ties or socks lying on the floor. My grandpa has lots of dogs and he tries to be as cautious as possible! Now he considers getting a fence so that the dogs could get a walk without his presence. Quite a clever idea!

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