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Creating No-Go Zones
It's possible to train your dog not to cross an imaginary line. This is essentially what you did with the Wait command and the door. Sometimes you don't have a convenient line to work with like a door frame, so that's when you want to create a No-Go Zone.
You'll need to place a line marker on the ground – simply laying a leash on the ground will do the trick. Ask your dog to sit on one side of the leash. You stand on the other side (the side you don't want your dog to cross
When your dog tries to follow your across the line, use the "Wait" command. As long as he doesn't try to cross the line, praise and reward him.
Some dogs won't get it right away – they will think the "Wait" command only applies to the door where you first taught it. If your dog keeps crossing into the No-Go Zone, there's something you can do. Attach a leash to the dog's collar and tie the other end to something solid nearby, like a table leg. You should arrange it so that the leash will pull tight before the dog can cross the No-Go line. Now go through the above process again – but this time, because your dog can't physically cross the line, she will eventually stop pulling on the leash. When this happens, say the "Wait" command and then reward her, as long as she makes no attempt to cross the line. Repeat this a few times.
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