Teach your dog to settle anywhere!
with Melissa Dallier of ACanineAffinity, Training Advocate
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One of the most important steps to setting your dog up for success in public is being able to settle on cue. By shaping a "Go to Mat" cue, your dog will have a reliable, safe and predictable place to lie where good things happen!


Follow along with the attached video for the foundation steps!


  • Create a positive association to the mat - mat in environment = good things
  • Active engagement with mat - Anytime mat is on the ground and your dog places paws onto it, reinforcement will follow.
  • Pick up mat when not in use.
  • Sitting on the mat is better than lying (higher value or better reinforcement)
  • Lying is the best - this can be captured, shaped or lured after the initial steps are in place


Comment in my community when you're ready for more challenge and I'll add next steps!


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