Go to Your Mat – Layer 6

Objective:  Now that your dog understands the behaviour, we want your dog to learn to stay on the mat until they hear the release word even if you are moving away.

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Step by Step Instructions Comments
Warm up with the 4th layer
When your dog is away from the mat, give your cue ‘Mat’.  Once she is on the mat, wait for the DOWN. If she doesn’t:

  • Go to the mat
  • Offer a DOWN

Go back to the 4th Layer and practice that layer for a few more days.

Take a small step back.  If your dog stays on the mat, mark ‘Yes’, move back to your dog and give a treat.
If your dog doesn’t stay on the mat, reset her, and wait for a DOWN.  Instead of a small step, rock back slowly.  If your dog stays on the mat, mark with a ‘Yes’, move back to your dog and give a treat.
Repeat 4 more times.  On the final repetition, move back to your dog, and give your release cue.  
When your dog gets up, mark with (‘Yes’ or click) and toss a treat to reset. If your dog doesn’t respond to the release cue by getting up and leaving the mat, then tap the floor, clap your hands while backing up or make kissy sounds.
Give your cue ‘Mat’, and wait for her to lie down on the mat.
Repeat the above but take a bigger step back.
After no more than 5 minutes of training:

  • If you plan to continue your training session, take a break and play with your dog or practice the ‘settle on the mat’ behaviour.
  • Otherwise ‘all done’ to end the session
Goal:  Work up to taking 5 steps in any direction; always building on success one step at a time
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