dog training place board

A place board is a useful training tool for dogs, especially for teaching them to stay in one place. It is essentially a raised platform, usually made of wood or plastic, that the dog is trained to stand or sit on.

Place Board used for dog training with a catahoula on it

How to train a dog to use a place board?

You can follow these steps:

  1. Introduce the dog to the place board by placing it on the ground and allowing the dog to investigate it.

  2. Use a treat or toy to lure the dog onto the board and praise the dog when it steps onto it.

  3. Repeat this process until the dog is comfortable standing on the board.

  4. Once the dog is comfortable standing on the board, start to add duration to the training by rewarding the dog for staying on the board for longer periods of time.

  5. Increase the difficulty of the training by introducing distractions, such as throwing a ball or having someone walk by, and rewarding the dog for remaining on the board.

With consistent training, your dog should learn to use the place board effectively and stay in one place for extended periods of time.


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About the author: Hi 👋 I’m Emma, accredited as a professional dog trainer by the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT). I help owners of energetic dogs achieve the dog-owning life they envisioned by providing robust obedience & agility training for dogs across my two venues in Balsham and Barton, near Cambridge.

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