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.

48 thoughts on “Keeping Your Dog Entertained When the Weather is Bad”

  1. Because tug-of-war tends to reinforce dominant type behavior, I generally don’t recommend it as a game for dogs. You have a lot of other good ideas though that can be used.

  2. Some cute ideas here! If you dog is small enough and the ball soft, you can play fetch indoors. If either of those isn’t true I wouldn’t recommend it though! Another fun indoor activity is teaching them tricks like sit or roll over.

  3. I appreciate everything that you said here on how to better take care of your puppy. Just like you said, helping your puppy learn how to be crate trained is really important because it might become more difficult when they get older. My girlfriend really wants a puppy, but I do not want them to pee on our new hardwood floors. Thanks again for all the information, and we will consider getting a little puppy fence to keep them inside.

  4. Our 4 puppies are now turning one month. We want them to keep secured and safe in and out of the house. But not outside our fence as there are too many vehicles out there. Next week, we might as well replace our fence system for their sake.

  5. My sister is trying to look into pet containment systems for dogs. She wants to adopt a puppy and make sure that h does not run off. It might also help her to look into teaching her puppy how to stay for more obedience.

  6. Having an aluminum fence to keep my dog secure in our backyard. Since he is fairly small I don’t think that corrosion would be a huge problem. Maybe I should look into getting a fence for my dog made of aluminum.

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