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What is the purpose of a training mat and why is it beneficial?

What is the purpose of a training mat and why is it beneficial?

The purpose is to give your dog a clear boundary of where to stay, the resulting benefits can be newfound calmness and cooperation.

Embarking on the ‘place’ training journey? Here’s a step-by-step guide to get you started:

Step 1️: Grab your training mat or anything that will work as a designated boundary item. Whether it’s a comfy Salty Paws mat or a towel, choose something your dog can recognise as their designated spot.

Step 2️: Start with some shaping, reward your dog every time they pay any attention to the mat, jackpot the reward when they settle on the mat without any command. This encourages them to use their problem-solving skills and associate the mat with positive experiences.

Step 3️: Introduce a cue ‘Place’ or ‘Bed’ and reward your dog whenever they respond by settling on the mat. With repetition, they’ll start linking the word with the action and the reward.

Step 4️: Progress to building duration without relying solely on treats. Over reliance on treats may keep your pup in a constant state of anticipation.

Step 5️: Challenge your dog’s focus by introducing distractions such as people, other pets or enticing smells. Gradually increase the level of distractions.

Step 6️:  Once you’ve established a solid foundation within your home, it’s time to head out with your dog and practice in other environments.

Place training is a journey, not a race. Be patient and consistent and celebrate every small win along the way!

On-the-go mat, training mat, travel mat or settle mat, whatever you call it this multipurpose item has so many uses:

⭐️Place ⭐️Settle ⭐️Training on-the-go ⭐️Crate ⭐️Brewery ⭐️Picnic ⭐️Travel Bed ⭐️Beach ⭐️Trolley ⭐️Car Seat Cover


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