ADW Place Board for Dog Training

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  • Description
  • Looking for a training aid to help improve recall, sit-stay, retrieves, and much more? Level up with a Place Board!

    Have you ever wondered how to communicate what you want to your dog?

    You know you want to train an exercise, but you just can’t find a way to tell the dog what it is you want them to do in order for them to succeed?

    For example, you want to practice sit-stay, so you ask your dog to sit but as soon as you take a step away, they creep forward to follow you? No! this isn't what you wanted at all! But how on earth can you tell the dog that doesn’t speak your language, what you want?!

    Focus your training using a target

    This is where The Place Board comes in! Place board training is a form of target training. Target training is used throughout many disciplines where complex interactions between animals and humans are required.

    Using a place board as a target training mat in your practice cuts out the confusion by allowing us to break down behaviours such as ‘sit’ and ‘stay’ in dog obedience as well as more complex exercises found in gundog and agility work, into smaller steps making it easier to communicate what we want to our dogs.

    Breaking behaviours down into steps allows dogs to rehearse doing the right behaviour, meaning it becomes reinforced. As your training progresses by adding new challenges or not using the board, the dog remembers the successful repetitions in your foundational training meaning that they're more likely to succeed when called upon to perform that particular behaviour in future.

    How they work

    • 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.

    • This type of target training has been made popular in dog training by professionals such as by field trial champion Ian Openshaw when he demonstrated the merit of using boards as gundog training equipment in place board training for spaniels at the CLA Game Fair.

    • 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.

    Finally see rock-solid steadiness, reliable recalls and retrieving to hand

    Adding a training platform to your tool kit you’ll see a dog that is excited, motivated, and eager to learn increasingly complex drills. Truly a gamechanger; making it easy to own a well-trained working dog.

    Don't just take our word for it, check out what our customers in the UK and overseas say in their reviews.

    The design and build team includes a professional dog trainer who is a member with distinction of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT). With extensive first-hand experience of using place boards for dog training in classes and training their own dogs the specifications of Anglian Dog Works’ place boards are well thought out and you can be assured of a quality product. 


    Get the Guide to Place Board Training

  • Specifications
    • Material: Treated Timber & Recycled Artificial Grass (Non-Slip)
    • Dimensions: 61cm x 38cm x 15cm (L x W x H) which comfortably seats all breeds
    • Weight: ~5 kg
    • Suitable for the indoors and outdoors

    Please note: Whilst all the boards are made to the same specifications and high standards, due to our heartfelt environmental obligation with regard to recycling materials, the appearance of the surface of the place boards may slightly differ from the listing photos as well as contain small amounts of sand from their previous life as sports pitches.

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  • Do you offer a multi-buy discount?
  • Yes, 2 or more and automatically receive a MULTI-BUY DISCOUNT saving you 5% off each item when you “view cart & checkout”.  

    Please note: Place Boards weigh around 5kg each. Shipping conditions are set by price, because as the order value increases, so does the weight.

  • I’m a trainer, can I buy in bulk?
  • Yes, absolutely! If you would like more than 5 boards, which exceeds the conditions set out in our shipping policy this can be arranged by emailing us directly for special delivery.

    If you have any further questions or to get in touch to request special delivery, please don't hesitate to contact us at

  • Environmentally conscious
  • It is Anglian Dog Works’ ethos to make environmentally conscious and responsible choices when we choose materials; in line with our business’ values, these place boards are mostly constructed with renewable or recycled materials.


    The tops are made of sturdy OSB board and the dog training place boards dimensions measure the industry standard: Metric, 61cm x 38cm/ Imperial, 24” x 15”, the place board size comfortably seats all breeds. The platforms are constructed with timber; the wood is treated making it suitable for outdoor use. The board is covered in non-slip artificial grass.

    Professional venues and events lift nearly new artificial grass often after a single use or a set number of years for insurance purposes. Due to the difficulty in separating the material into raw components, after use artificial grass is usually destined for landfill. Collaborating with a local tradesperson Anglian Dog Works have been able to develop a unique reconditioning process so that instead the artificial grass starts a new life as the recycled surface on the boards. 


    Please note: Whilst all the boards are made to the same specifications and high standards, due to our heartfelt environmental obligation with regard to recycling materials, the appearance of the surface of the place boards may slightly differ from the listing photos as well as contain small amounts of sand from their previous life as sports pitches.

  • How to get started with Place Board Training?
  • Once you have your ADW Place Board, you may find our

    Guide to Place Board Training is useful to inspire your training together.

    Try it for Free!

    You don’t need to figure out Place Board training on your own because we’ve done the hard work for you!

    We’re passionate about sharing effective training tools and techniques, we’ve tried, tested, and seen the first-hand benefits of with our own working dogs to help fellow dog owners.

    And we’re so sure you’ll love it and it’ll add value, we give everyone the chance to try for free.



    Check out our FAQs here to have all your Place Board Questions Answered

  • What's the difference between green and blue boards?
  • Green is a traditional colour used in gundog training, whereas blue is a colour that dogs can easily see. 

    It’s a myth that dogs are colour blind, in fact, they’re ‘colour limited’. Dogs see in mostly yellow, blue and grey shades.

    Dog vision apps or online image processing tools you can download are a useful way to illustrate this as shown in the image below comparing how Anglian Dog Works agility setup appears to us (right) versus our dogs (left).

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    Customer Reviews

    Based on 21 reviews
    Michael King
    Quality dog board

    Great quality board that's really helped with training our crazy puppy to stay on command! Would recommend some of the sprats too - perfect healthy & tasty treats to use while training

    Nigel H.
    ADW Pace Board

    I purchased two boards as part of the training programme for our 5 month old lab. Already making her training much easier (and enjoyable) for both of us. Boards are solidly made and well finished. Would recommend.

    Great quality product to really improve training

    I was so impressed with the quality of this product when it arrives. Its really sturdy and perfectly fits my Labrador! We had a go with a borrowed place board and thought that we could really advance our training with one. In just a couple of weeks, it's made such a difference. Really pleased with our purchase!

    U Wide
    Excellent place board

    Speedily delivered.

    Great addition to our training

    I have a very busy, inquisitive spaniel who won't sit still for long! The place board has helped a lot with his focus and patience and I've been able to build up the time he's sitting. It's great alongside the online place board training.
    It's also well-made and light enough to move around.