Place Board Training Online Course

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  • Online Course: A Guide to Place Board Training

    Currently unavailable; We don't have an estimated date for this resource's re-release as we are migrating to a new provider for the online course platform. 

    However, check out our eBook if you are interested in this type of content, the chapters mirror modules 1 to 5 in the course on the T.A.R.G.E.T method. 

    Do you want to uplevel your dog’s obedience by introducing a platform to their training using a Place Board, but don’t know where to start?

    You may have heard of Place Boards or seen the success other trainers are having using training platforms in their exercise but are unsure how to introduce one to your dog?

    Used correctly as a training platform the Place Board can act as a target to focus dog training and improve, sit-stay, recall, retrieves, general obedience and dog sports and much more.

    I first saw Place Board’s demonstrated by field trial champion Ian Openshaw at the CLA Game Fair 2014 and was so impressed by the results he displayed. It inspired me to introduce them into training with my dog, a cocker spaniel who worked as a beating dog throughout the shooting season and was training and competing in dog agility in the closed season. So, I made a start, trawling the internet for tips and tricks without many results and instead ‘feeling my way through’ using intuition and trial and error.

    Fast forward, I am fully accredited as a professional dog trainer by The Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT), have been leading classes since 2019 and have niched down into training with and selling Place Boards. I have extensive first-hand experience of using place boards for dog training in classes and training our dogs and have drawn on this previous experience and knowledge to put together this guide and share with you, my expertise.

      Emma is  fully accredited as a professional dog trainer by The Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT)

    The T.A.R.G.E.T method

    Anglian Dog Works have designed a progressive, achievable training programme that shows handlers how to teach their dogs to use a Place Board as a target, using our signature T.A.R.G.E.T method which we will cover in this course.

    In the online course, you will find the method of training a dog to use a Place Board broken down into a simple, step-by-step, guide so that you can become a Place Board Pro in 6 easy steps!


    How it works

    • The online course features clear and easy-to-follow lessons:

    Part 1 is about introducing the Place Board to your dog with 6 easy to follow steps using our signature T.A.R.G.E.T method. This shows you how to introduce a training platform to your tool kit to see a dog that is excited, motivated, and eager to learn increasingly complex drills; extend your sit and stay at a distance for 30 seconds or more until released, even with distractions. Plus travel to the board on cue from a distance of 5 paces or more.
    Part 2 guides you through training exercises using Place Boards.

    • So, with just 10 minutes of training a day, you could be a Place Board Pro by the end of the week BUT the beauty is you can progress at your own pace. Checkpoints are in place to make sure you progress at the rate right for you and your dog.
    • Videos and photos are there to help you understand the concepts.
    • Professional help is always to hand should you need it using our comment function
    • The guide is treated as a living, breathing document, we will continue to review and, where necessary, update the content.
    • This is a digital product, when you order, a download link will be sent via email as well as displayed on the checkout page with instructions on how to enrol.


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

    When you introduce a Place Board correctly, your training will form foundations so strong the target becomes like a magnet for the dog making it an incredibly powerful training tool. 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.


    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.


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  • Can I bring someone to watch?
  • Yes, spectators are more than welcome. 

    What we recommend is that you decide who will be handling your dog and stick to that person doing the training for the duration of the session to save any confusion for your dog.

    Any children under the age of 18 must be always accompanied by an adult.

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 4 reviews
    Yuri Bradford
    Very helpful

    Easy to understand and easy to follow

    Jane Lewis
    Place Board Online Training Course

    Really enjoying the place board and course. My young cocker Minty has just finished her first season beating and picking up (at which she excelled) so I needed some inspiration and focus for us to hone our skills and keep us occupied. The board is well made and the course is very clear and supportive. Minty, of course, is a star.
    Thank you.
    Jane & Minty

    I have loved working through this course

    I have loved working through this course with my 17-month-old Labrador Retriever, Sindy. Being new to dog training, detail such as how many treats to count out for an exercise is very welcome. The "goal to achieve" sections are especially helpful, they make it very clear when to move on to the next step.

    I have also found your recommendations for equipment and treats to be excellent. As well as a place board, I have bought the treat bag, grain-free fish biscuits, pure paté and sprats. It will be yak chews next I think.

    Really fun and effective training method

    Myself and my 4 month old puppy Rosie have been doing this place board training course for the last few weeks. Her breeder suggested trying a place board when we got her. She's from a long line of gundogs, and I can already see that she loves to work, so even though she's a family pet I think we may end up trying agility to keep her busy! I've never used a place board before but Rosie's tail starts going the minute she sees it! She can't believe her luck getting all those treats for just sitting there while I dance around her trying to distract her, and now she's really good at stays, even if I throw food! She can also run to her board from across the garden and sit there waiting for me, after only a week of two of training. The course has been great and I'm looking forward to the recall bit. It's been great fun and so worth it, I definitely recommend it.

    Thanks Emma for your super online content!