FTC Disclosure: I get commissions for purchases made through some of the links in this article for more information, visit our Advertising Disclosure Page.


How To Teach Your Dog Boundaries Inside Your RV

Train your dog to Stay off the sofa, stay off your bed, stay off the driver’s seat, and not run out the door of your RV

By Professional Dog Trainer
Adam G. Katz

Here are some basic techniques to teach your dog boundaries inside your RV 

The technique to teach your dog boundaries is really cool. It’s the same approach we use to teach dogs to stay out of the street, or to not run out the door of your RV.

You can use this technique to teach your dog to: Stay off the sofa, stay off your bed, stay off the driver’s seat, not run out the door of your RV… pretty much any area that can be easily distinguished by the dog.

First, your dog should be wearing a training collar and a tab (1 foot leash) any time you’re with your dog, in a situation where you may need to correct unwanted behavior– until your dog is 100%. And until then, your dog should be confined to an area where he cannot walk or jump on “the hot zone” without getting corrected. So, if you need to — get a dog crate or use a leash as a tie down.


Amazon Pet Supplies

To start with, throw something (like a toy) on the hot zone, which will tempt your dog to walk on it. As soon as he puts his first paw on the hot zone, say, “No!” and tug the leash (loose-tight-loose) in the direction that is away from the hot zone. [If you feel like you're giving meaningless corrections, please upgrade to a "pinch collar". They're safe and humane if used correctly.)

Here’s the concept: You want your dog to think of the whole exercise as a safe zone/hot zone area. The safe zone is anywhere in the RV EXCEPT the area you don’t want him to go. (The hot zone should be self-explanatory). Your dog should come to understand that walking on the hot zone is similar to walking on a hot stove. It feels UNCOMFORTABLE, and he wants to get back into the safe zone as soon as possible.

Good Sam Club
Good Sam members enjoy instant discounts on fuel. Join Today!

Now, if your dog puts more than one foot on the hot zone, and actually walks to the center of the hot zone… it’s okay to drag (quickly) him back to the safe zone. This is one of the few instances where you’re actually pulling on the leash, instead of giving a quick “tug and release” on the leash.

Next, tempt the dog again. If your first correction was motivational, you’ll see him refuse to walk on the carpet.

WHEN YOU SEE THAT THE DOG HAS MADE THE RIGHT DECISION… PRAISE HIM! WHEN THE DOG HAS MADE A WRONG DECISION, CORRECT HIM, AND THEN GIVE HIM THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE THE DECISION AGAIN. IF HE THEN MAKES THE RIGHT DECISION, YOU’RE GOING TO PRAISE HIM.


Good Sam Roadside Assistance
Sign and Drive Coverage with Good Sam Roadside Assistance! Plans Starting at $49.95! Shop Now!

How To Teach Your Dog Boundaries Inside Your RV

Next, you can start doing the same exercise with a variety of different distractions. If you’re halfway across the room and he walks on the hot zone, you’ll say, “No!” as soon as his foot touches the hot zone, and then “NO, no, no!” as you walk to him and immediately correct him back into the safe zone.

Your success with this exercise will depend on how motivational your corrections are, how precise your timing is (never correct the dog if he’s now in the safe zone) and your attention to making sure that you’re consistent in your enforcement until your dogs drop the unwanted behavior.

About The Author

Learn how to get your dog to listen to you, anywhere you go: Sign up for Adam’s free weekly dog training Tips newsletter at: http://www.dogproblems.com/

Copyright 2011 By Adam G. Katz and DogProblems.com.  All Rights Reserved.

You might like these

  • It's estimated that over 6 million dogs accompany their owners on RV adventures each year.Here are some great tips for RVing with your dog.

    Tips for RVing With Your Dog

    It's estimated that over 6 million dogs accompany their owners on RV adventures each year.Here are some great tips for RVing with your dog.

  • Does your dog embarrass you by “pottying” in places he shouldn't?  Learn how to teach your dog to potty on command

    Teach Your Dog to Potty on Command

    Does your dog embarrass you by “pottying” in places he shouldn't?  Learn how to teach your dog to potty on command

  • When you take your pooch along on the road in your RV, there are a few things you should remember to carry with you.  This is What You Need For A Pet Road Trip.

    What You Need for an RV Pet Road Trip

    When you take your pooch along on the road in your RV, there are a few things you should remember to carry with you. This is What You Need For A Pet Road Trip.

Way Interglobal
Shop Best Prices on RV Fridges, Kitchen Appliances, Griddles, Stoves, Gas Ranges, Fireplaces at Way Interglobal Today!

Get Your Article Published on Everything About RVing

If you have written an article about RVing, Camping or the Great Outdoors and you would like us to publish it on Everything-About-RVing.com, please visit our Submit An Article Page.

Fill out the form below to receive The Free
Everything About RVing Gazette
Newsletter

LEARN HOW TO RUN 2 RV A/Cs ON A 30 AMP CONNECTION

Return to the RV Lifestyle Articles page from How To Teach Your Dog Boundaries Inside Your RV page