Teaching a Giant Breed Dog to Stay Behind an Invisible Line

By: David Codr

Published Date: September 19, 2019

For this Omaha dog training session we teach 9 year old Cane Corso Jazzmin to stay behind an invisible line to help her develop self control and respect for her human’s authority.

Training a dog to stay behind invisible boundaries isn’t hard, but it does take persistence. The technique I cover in the above free dog training video wasn’t complete. We cut it shorter as it conveyed the message, but Jazzmin was still probing. When teaching a dog to respect boundaries, its imperative you keep practicing until the dog gives up. Each time a human gives up, it mean the dog will push harder the next time. In this case, the guardian is going to have to make up for all the times she has given in in the past.

The good news is Jazzmin was starting to understand what we were asking of her. She will likely push back a bit, showing that at the end of the exercise by nibbling on the guardian’s shorts. In the future, having on jeans will help. So will exercising her before practicing this dog boundary exercise. The guardian just needs to be sure she has 10 minutes to rest between completing exercise and starting to practice.

Id like to see the guardian create scenarios where she can practice enforcing invisible boundaries to accelerate her progress. Not only when food is present, but when she invades personal space too. Nothing wrong with a dog up on you, if you ask for it. But Jazzmin does this to demand attention. This will reduce her habit of invading people’s personal space and reduce and stop her humping and help stop her invading people’s personal space.

Its going to be a challenge for the guardian to flip the leader follower dynamic in the house after years of a lack of rules and structure. But since Jazzmin is smart and her guardian is determined (You ARE!), it’s going to be a matter of time and dedication and determination on the human’s part.

The primary reason I was called in was to address Jazzmin’s dog aggression, but until she sees her guardian as a leader through her actions, its going to be much harder to address her dog aggression as it stems from protective instincts. Id like the guardian to practice the things we covered in this in home Omaha dog behavior help session for a few weeks, then contact us to schedule a follow up session to work on her dog aggression.

To help the guardian remember everything we covered, we recorded a roadmap to success video.

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