I'm moving from an apartment to a house/condo on a large property with a vineyard. I love the idea of moving from a cramped apartment to a place with a ton of property, but I don't trust my dog to roam free. I'd like to be able to leave her unleashed and let hang out on her own around the house without getting into any trouble, i.e getting into areas that she shouldn't be in like certain parts of the vineyard, flowerbeds, barn, etc.
I'm wondering if anyone has any tips on how to train your corgi to stay close to the house and stay away from certain areas of the property?
I don't have any tips, but just want to tell you that I live on 10 acres which are fully fenced, the house is kind of in the middle. My Corgi can get to any part of those 10 acres in 5 seconds, if motivated....
Yup - that's my biggest concern because she definitely likes to get into mischief. So my goal is to keep her from doing that.
I would explote the entire new area throughly in all directions so dog can find home in case the dog ever gets loose. New place is a classic lost-dog scenario.
I did my first off-leash training illegally in the huge school paved playground, all fenced except for 3 openings. Somehow, the dogs learned never to pass the verboten openings, even when their soccer ball escaped onto the street. I never allow them onto the grass playfield, and somehow they learned not to go there, either.
This took some time. A dog needs off-leash experience to learn off-leash behavior.
When Gwynnie was young, before I fenced the yard, she disappeared. Dark. Could've been anywhere. Did not come. Amid growing panic, <lightbulb CLICK!> I opened the basement door and turned on the shop vac. She had her teeth sunk into the plastic vacuum nozzle within 7.23 seconds.
This is going to be something that will take time and training. Is she reliable off-leash at this point? If yes, I would start by only letting her out when you are out with her and can call her when she wanders too far. With time she will learn where the invisible boundary is and stick to it. However, if she doesn't have good recall or is a dog that is prone to escape or trying to run off, I probably wouldn't allow her off leash and would start training her on a long line with recall and lots of treats and praise until you have a great recall and then start working with short off leash sessions.
Franklin sticks close to me no matter what so I can leave him out at my friend's houses that have a ton of acerage without worry because he will usually hang out around the house or sit by the door and wait for me. Kirby will disappear in a heartbeat so is only allowed off-leash when I am out watching, so a lot of the freedom depends on your dog's personality and how much you can trust her to stick around.
You could consider an electric fence, there are some that can easily be installed above ground with clips that hold it into the ground. My son put one of these in himself for his dogs several years ago and it has worked well ( he has a sheepdog and a Jack Russel ). He fenced in approx 3 acres around the house. You would still need to do some training, but that may do the trick for what you are wanting.
Thanks for the tips. I think I need to start off with getting her comfortable with the new property, doing recall training and pretty much start over from ground zero with off leash training. Since I'll be on a large property, I'll look into getting an electric fence, too.
Are there any concerns with living on vineyard? I know that grapes are toxic to dogs, that's why I want her trained so that I can keep her away from the grape vines.