Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: San Antonio, TX
How do I train to NOT jump over the fence?
Still three weeks away from bringing my puppy home....but I have a serious question that I need help with...for my husband's peace of mind, if nothing else. I'll try to keep this brief while still providing enough info to help find answers.
I'm hoping to train and work my dog in IPO, or some similar sport. Most likely IPO, but I'm open to other things if that turns out to not be the best fit. Ultimately though, most sports involve jumping and scaling walls. Wooden walls.
Our back yard has the typical 6' wooden privacy fence. This is a fence that is shared with neighbors and the entire 'hood is fenced the same way, so they need to be consistent (in other words, an 8' fence or "toppers" to make it taller are not an option).
My husband had a GSD growing up. When my hubby was a teenager, his dog jumped over their back fence (a 6' wooden privacy fence) and got caught up...either by collar or lead, I'm not sure. The poor dog died by hanging.
I'm learning now that this fence thing is a deeply emotional issue for my husband. Hubby's parents suggested things like shock collars and electrical lines run along the top of the fence to deter my dog from jumping. Ummm....just....no.
She'll just be a baby when we get her. We've got time to figure this out....but there's an irrational emotional impulse from hubby that is making it difficult to even talk about the issue. It might help if I have some solid tips and info on how to train her to NOT jump the fence (while still maintaining the drive and will to jump wooden walls in competition).
Yazzy the feisty GSD ~ Jan 6th, 2019
Waiting in Heaven:
Mira the goofy Doberman ~ Dec 1st, 2007 - June 2nd, 2018