Teaching a dog to “place” is one of the most useful things you can do! Being able to send your dog to its bed, crate, or other place means it will be occupied and out of trouble while you’re doing something else. It’s also a great way to keep your pup safe during a party with guests or when you’re cooking family meals. Soon enough, your dog won’t just know how to go into its place—it’ll love going there.
Get your dog used to the crate.
It’s important to teach your dog to associate the crate with something positive, such as treats. To do this, start by putting a few treats in the back of the crate and give them to your dog when they enter. Then put some on the floor of the crate, then gradually increase their size over time until you can fit a whole treat inside. As long as your dog is getting something good from going into the crate, it will get used to spending time in there without any problem!
Practice going to the crate.
First, get your dog used to the crate by putting it in the room with them and using treats to lure them into it. Once they’re in, try closing the door for a few seconds and then opening it again. Repeat this process until you feel comfortable leaving your pup unattended in the crate for longer periods of time. Don’t push them into their crate if they don’t want to go; that will make them associate negative feelings with going there on their own accord.
When training your pup, remember not to leave them in a crate for too long—no more than an hour at first! That’s because dogs can actually suffer from anxiety when left alone for long periods of time (and being locked up makes it worse).
Get your dog used to being in the crate on its own.
To get your dog used to being in its place, you’ll need to start by letting it get comfortable with the crate.
First, let your dog go in and out of the crate on its own as if it were a normal part of your home. Next, have them spend time in there while you’re around so they can learn that nothing bad is going to happen when inside. Finally, put it away for short intervals at first and then extend those intervals until they are used sleeping overnight or even longer periods of time without any issues!
Start training your dog to stay in its place.
Now that your dog is familiar with its place, it’s time to teach it to stay there. To do this, start by training your dog to stay in its place when you are holding it and then gradually work on training them to stay in their spot even when you’re not holding them.
You can also train your dog to remain calm while you go into another room or leave the house for a few minutes – but this step should only be attempted after you’ve mastered the first two steps of distraction-free sitting and staying put!
Reward your dog when it stays calmly in its place.
You want to reward your dog when it stays calmly in its place. Do not reward your dog if it starts to get restless.
If you give a treat, the treat should be small enough that your dog will eat it all in one bite.
Praise is another great way of rewarding your dog for staying calm. It doesn’t have to be a verbal “Good boy!” or “Good girl!”—you can make some other noise that’s meaningful to your pup, like clapping or whistling.
Petting is also an effective way of giving praise and rewarding good behavior!
Your dog can learn to go to its place and stay there until you tell it to come out.
Learning how to train your dog to go to its place and stay there until you tell it to come out is a great way for both of you to build trust and confidence, but it’s not something that can be done overnight. Your dog has been training you since the day you brought it home. By taking the time and effort now, however, your relationship with your pet will be better than ever before!
Your dog is capable of learning all sorts of tricks—and going to its place is one of them! A smart owner knows that rewarding proper behavior leads up towards success in any situation; so when teaching this trick, start by rewarding small steps and gradually build on each step as time goes on.
With a little time and patience, your dog will learn to stay in its place when you tell it to. The key is to reward your dog for doing the right thing so that it learns faster than if you were just correcting it for doing the wrong thing. Once your dog gets used to going on cue, it will be much easier for both of you to relax while they’re out on their own.