Saber Practicing Place Command on the rocks, I think the place command is a very important aspect of Saber’s training. This text explains exactly why.
The Place Exercise
“Is your dog hysterical with out of control enthusiasm when the door bell rings? The anticipation of a guest at the door can send many dogs in to a frenzy.
Perhaps your dog is territorial with aggressive barking and lunging at the door and window guarding every inch of your home.
Does your dog think that a grand adventure awaits him when he runs out the door? Never fear! It is possible to train your dog not to exhibit these behaviors.
Teaching boundaries is important for the well being of both you and your dog. It gives you peace of mind to know your dog is under control and the dog learns to relax and take your direction in place of deciding to run things on his own.
Teach your dog “Place” This means the dog will go to an area that has a clearly defined boundary such as a dog bed or cot and he will stay there until released. It is an excellent way to handle the doorbell with all its anticipation and excitement.
Giving your dog direction to go to his place is valuable to you and your dog for many reasons. He will be less likely to injure or annoy guests with his enthusiastic greeting. You will be better able to control protective behaviours such as barking.
He will be less likely to run out the door and be injured or killed by a passing car. Out of control aggressive behaviours such as barking can lead to the dog becoming more confident. and assume a dominant type role. The excessive barking can develop into more serious behaviors which can result in a liability to you if the dog bites someone. For all these reasons good training is extremely important to both you and your dog.
Here are some introductory steps to teaching your dog to go to his place.
Use something elevated for a teaching aid.
I used an elevated dog bed as a teaching aid, because they are elevated help the dog clearly understand the boundary. The reason they are excellent to start teaching this exercise is that it is very simple for the dog to understand that he is either on the place or off the place
Use a leash or line to help guide your dog
We start introducing the dog to the place exercise by asking him to walk on leash with us over the place obstacle. It should not be difficult to walk in a straight line over the place if the dog has been taught to walk and follow you on a leash. The leash is being used at this stage so that if the dog decides to try and avoid the place you may guide him using the leash.
Give your dog the opportunity to choose
Once your dog is on the place allow him the opportunity to step off. Only let the dog get a front foot or two on the ground before immediately guiding him back onto the place as you tell him the word “place” (or what ever word you decide is easy for you to remember). You may give your dog his favorite toy, chew bone or a treat while on the place.
What ever you teach your dog must be consistently reinforced order for the dog to learn and understand what is expected of him.”
Part of Saber’s ongoing training is being able to place him wherever necessary.
Whether it be for his own safety or just to get him to chill out.
I have trained him this command for two years now and wherever I point and say place he goes there and sits until released.
Giving your dog direction helps him gain control of his energy and helps you do the same.
Another Article on the subject is here