I have been training dogs for as long as I can remember. It goes way back to childhood when I would spend hours pretending to be a vet and finding ways to get my grandma's dogs to do what I wanted them to do. They were very patient souls, but, I think it also came naturally to me to be able to communicate with them in a way that they were inspired to please me.
Today I would like to share with you my favorite command and why every dog guardian should teach it to their dogs. It makes your life a million times easier and their lives safer.
My favorite command is "place".
This is the command where you tell your dog "go to your place" and they go to a designated spot and stay there until you release them.
What is this command used for?
This command can be used for many things. Any time you need your dog to go to a safe place for anything like any of the following examples.
- The doorbell rings
- A repairman or delivery person comes inside
- You have company over
- You drop a lightbulb or glass breaks
- You take your dog to work or other places where they need to stay put.
- Out on a boat
- On a picnic
- Moving furniture or large items where you cannot see and they could get hurt.
- Having a door wide open bringing things in and out of your house.
- In your car
Sydney comes with me to my client's homes. Being the nosey girl that she can be, I use the "place" command often. It creates a nice calm and enjoyable session for my clients and I can focus on them instead of worrying about what she is up to.
There are some basic commands that are helpful to know when teaching your dog the place command.
They should know "down" (which is lay down, not to be mistaken for off) because they need to lay down on their designated spot. "Stay" is also helpful to know before beginning training of the "place" command.
Some important things to remember when training your dog any command.
- Always use the same word.
- Use the word only one time. You don't want to create an immunity to the word by repeating it and enforcing that they do not need to do anything when you say it.
- Use a lure (such as a treat) in the beginning. This will help you not repeat the word.
- Use a normal, but, authoritative voice. No need to yell and you don't want it to be like you are asking them to do something.
- Reward them with a word such as good or yes.
- Be consistent with your words.
- Have a relaxed and positive body language.
- Do not try to train your dog when you are frustrated.
A nice example of this training being done can be found at this link.
Do you use this command? Would you like a step-by-step break-down of this command? Let me know in the comments below.