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Phase 3

Distractions or proofing – By day 5 or 6 your pet should be avoiding the flagged area consistently. Now we have to test him in situations that will tempt him to want to leave the property. While still on the leash we can give him distractions, such as family members walking out of the boundaries. If he attempts to cross the boundary, let him get the correction and he should come back away from the boundaries. If he does not immediately come back away, we are there to get him back – remember still lots of praise when he avoids or comes back away from the flags. We can use sticks, balls and favorite toys thrown over the boundary. Your pet should not be willing to cross the boundary for any reason after a few days of this training. You can use any distraction you think would cause him to want to cross the boundary such as other animals, joggers, food, bicyclists and neighbors. Keep him on the leash until you’re sure he will not cross the boundary. Anytime your pet willingly goes into the flagged area let him, its part of the learning process. Your pet needs to know what to do when he does get a correction. This phase will last 4 to 6 days.

Phase 4

Off the Leash – Supervision is required for the next 3 to 6 days off the leash. Bring your pet outside with out his leash and allow him to run and play. Do this for 10 to 15 minutes a session 2 to 3 times a day. Again, begin with distractions, start out with light distractions and move up as you go. After a few days of this you will start to feel confident that your pet will not leave the property. Do not be concerned if your pet stays close to the house, this is normal.

It may take a couple of days for your pet to become acclimated to your Dog Guard system. If your pet does leave the property more than once call your dealer immediately!

Leave the flags up for at least 4 to 5 weeks. When you decide to remove them pick a day and take out every other flag. Repeat this process every 2 to 3 days until all the flags are gone. At any point during the training process you are unsure of something, CALL THE OFFICE! It is much easier on everyone, including your pet, to deal with any problems promptly.

If you do not follow this manual and the instructions from your Dealer/Trainer you will void any Guarantees of containment. We want this system to work as much as you do, so please follow the directions and we will be successful.

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