Go to Your Mat – Layer 2

Objective:  To wait for our dog to offer a sit or down

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Step by Step Instructions Comments
Warm up with 5 repetitions of the first layer
On the 6th repletion, put the mat down and wait for your dog to offer either a sit or a down on the mat
When one of those behaviours is given, say ‘Yes’ and give 3 – 5 treats one right after the other.
Say your release word, mark ‘Yes’ and toss a treat to move your dog off the mat.  Pick up the mat
Wait for 5 seconds and put the mat back down
Wait for the behaviour (Sit or Down) and then mark and give 3-5 treats one right after the other.
Say your release word, mark (‘Yes’ or click) and toss a treat to move your dog off the mat.  Pick up the mat If you are going to keep training, take a break and give praise or play with your dog before continuing with the training session.
If this is the same mat that your dog relaxes on, place it back in its usual spot once you are done training and continue to reward your dog whenever she chooses to lie down on her mat.
Troubleshooting: My dog doesn’t offer a sit or down
Cue a DOWN behaviour on the next 5 repetitions.  On the 6th repetition, wait and see if your dog offers the DOWN.
When to Advance  
When your dog is reliably sitting or lying down on the mat

 

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