Go to your mat.
End Goal: Your dog will lie on a mat quietly no matter what.
- Get a new mat (towel). Make a big deal out of it, sniff it, be excited about it.
- Flop it down on the ground
- Your dog will most likely sniff it Click and treat. Drop the treat ON THE MAT.
- Give your dog a release word and toss a low grade treat away from the mat.
- Every time you dog interacts with the mat. Click and treat. Toss the treat ONTO THE MAT.
- After the first few interactions, use only your “ok” treats
- If your dog stops interacting with the mat, stare at it.
- If that doesn’t work, pick it up and repeat step 1.
- STOP BEFORE YOUR DOG GETS BORED
Repeat steps 1 -3. Your dog should be fairly into the mat by now.
- When you dog is on the mat, wait a bit and see if your dog will offer any other behavior (sit, down). Click and treat that move with a higher value treat.
- The “Down” gets the best treat.
VERBAL CUE and Building drive
- Put down the mat,
- Hold your dog’s collar
- Toss a treat onto the mat
- Wait for the dog to focus on the mat
- Say “go to your mat” and let go of the collar.
- Wait for a down, click at high value treat that behavior.
- Work up to the dog running and flopping onto the mat
Mix it up by picking the mat up and putting it in different places
STAY ON THE MAT:
Wait until the above behaviors are well trained. Dog is down on mat, you move your body just a bit, if dog stays, click and treat. If your dog moves, you moved too much, cut it in half.