Didn't want to hijack the invisible fence post, but does anyone have some effective boundary training tips?
We boundary trained our previous dog in a couple of months, to the point where he didn't leave the yard for rabbits, other dogs, etc. But we haven't been able to progress past the "pretty good" stage with our 18 month old Wheaten terrier. It is obvious that she knows the boundaries; she is just not able to resist tempatation from other dogs, cats or kids on bikes (thankfully, cars are not tempting for her). For now, we have a long, light rope that we leave on her collar, so that she can run around the yard, and we can get her back in bounds quickly if she leaves. But it sure would be nice to just open the door and let her run out! Not to mention that she sometimes get the long rope tangled around trees, and that is kind of a pain.
We don't plan to leave her outside unattended, but would like to be able to do yard work, read a magazine, etc, without having to hover over her.
Also, we have a remote training collar, which we used for a little while. It worked, but it also made her abnormally subdued - she seemed reluctant to race around like she normally does - would mostly just go to a spot in the middle of the yard and lay down. We only used the shock option a couple of times (on a very light setting - and yes, I tried it on my base skin), but we did find the warning tone to be pretty effective. The metal prongs on the collar look really uncomfortable, though, and I just don't like using it (and it is obvious that she doesn't like to have it on - she turns and heads the other way if I get it out).
I wonder whether there is a different type of remote collar that would be more comfortable, with just a tone, or maybe the spray kind, but wish that I could achieve better results by just working with her, rather than relying on a collar to keep her in bounds.
BTW, I have the same issue with the "come" command; she is "pretty good" but on occasion doesn't come right away, or runs after another dog. So we need to work on that, too.