We love our dogs but sometimes we need our space. Place serves as a way to keep your dogs calm and present while out of the way.
1. Make sure to have all your supplies ready.
Treat pouch filled. Clicker in hand. Slip leash positioned high on neck, just behind the ears.
2. Get your dog comfortable with the bed.
Some dogs just need a quick sniff of the bed before climbing right on. Others need help learning that it's not so scary.
For dogs that need help getting on the bed, try flipping the bed over. The elevation could be intimidating. Not enough? Try walking over the now upside-down bed with your dog. Click and feed on the bed's surface for any paws touching the bed.
3. Lead your dog on. Click. Feed. "Free."
No words yet. Get your dog familiar with the pattern. Treat one side of the bed as the Entrance and Exit. Lead your dog off the same side it walked on.
Remember, all food for place comes from the surface of the bed.
4. Add the word "Place."
Say "Place" (or your chosen word for this command) as you lead your dog to the bed. It's very important to remember to free your dog before leading them off now. "Place" not only means go to your bed, but also stay on your bed.
5. Teach the boundary.
Start adding in the 3 D's. Distance, Duration, Distraction. Wait longer before rewarding or releasing your dog. Step further away. Try talking to your dog while they're on place. If they stay, perfect. Reward them.
If they step off the bed, immediately tighten the leash and guide them back on to the bed. The leash stays tight until they return. Just because the leash is tight doesn't mean we have to scold our dogs. Stay encouraging!
6. Switch to corrections.
Corrections serve as a way to have our dogs do more of the thinking. Instead of pulling them all the way back to the bed, a correction is a quick, guiding tug in the direction of the bed.