Teaching a dog to lay on a mat is a very useful command. It’s great for when guests come over or when your cooking or other activities where you need your dog to be  still. This video is the beginning of this type of training. Once your dog learns the place command and is reliably going to the mat, start putting the treats on the mat while she is in a down position  and work on duration waiting longer and longer between reinforcements. Soon you will have a dog who enjoys his down time on his Matt.

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