What is a “Place Board” and their benefits when teaching a dog “Place”?

Dog Place boards are a raised platform used in dog training as a target.

This equipment is called many things including:

A dog training platform, platform place, platform settle or dog training position box.

The reason they are often referred to as a ‘Place Board’ is they are frequently used to enable boundary control in Place Mat training.


What is Place Mat training for dogs?

You can teach your dog that when you say “Place” that’s a cue for them to ‘run towards the target’ provided by the Place Board and ‘move onto it and into a sit’ and stay sitting there until they are released. In our exercises, we train dogs that when you say “OK” that’s a cue for your dog that ‘the behaviour is finished’ and that they are released and can get out of a sit and off their board to get a reward.


What’s the benefit of teaching the dog “Place”?

Pets can be trained to go to their place in any room in the house for greeting visitors calmly such as when someone is at the door or used in a training class to learn increasingly complex drills in general obedience, gundog work and agility such as rock-solid steadiness, reliable recalls and retrieving to hand.


How the Place Board helps you train Place:

  • Because the platforms are raised and have a textured top, they feel a very different place for the dog to be than the surrounding area during training. In our foundation training you can teach your dog this is a positive place that they want to hang out on; you can then use the board in your training as a way to clearly communicate to the dog the desired behaviour.
  • The boards can teach the dog where they need to be in relation to the handler. For example: To teach a dog that recall means come right back to the handler and avoid a dog that returns but dances just out of reach, you can put a place board by your feet paired with calling your dog back to you. Now they are running back to a target right in front of you.
  • The texture of the mat on top provides a tactile contrast to the surrounding surface so there will be a perceptible difference to the dog having all four paws in the right place versus offering the wrong position. For example: when practising sit & stay we can teach the dog that when they place all four paws on the boards is when they earn a reward, whereas if they step off or creep forward, they will not earn a treat so the dog will be less likely to offer incorrect behaviour in the future.


Want to give “Place Board” training a go?

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Disclaimer: The content of this article does not include personalised advice and is for information purposes only. If you need individual advice or other enquiries please click here to get in contact or if you're not local to Anglian Dog Works, you can find a trainer in your area by going to the IMDT website: https://www.imdt.uk.com/find-a-qualified-imdt-trainer

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