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Creative Ways To Use The Place Command

By Kathy Santo | Updated:Mar 26 2019

For me, “Place” is right up there with “Come” as one of the most useful commands I teach my dogs.

Here are the Top 10 ways that I incorporate "Place" into my everyday life:

  1. I teach my dogs that the sound of the doorbell means “go to “Place.”
  2. If I break a glass or spill something, “Place” gets my dogs out of trouble fast.
  3.  My dogs can be on “Place” when people come in the house, so no jumping up on guest happens.
  4. When I’m watching tv or working on the computer, my dogs can stay on “Place” and rest or chew a bone.
  5. During mealtimes, my dogs are either crated or on their places.
  6. If my dogs are wet or muddy, they can hang out on their pvc beds – NOT a fabric one – and dry out.
  7. My dogs were taught to generalize ANYTHING I point to and say “Place” means they should get on it and stay there.
  8. I teach my dogs to get on a grooming table by using “Place” – starting with the table folded up and on the floor, and then gradually making it higher.
  9. I teach “Place” on a stepstool, so my dogs can more easily hop into the car.
  10. At the vet’s, my dog does “Place” on the scale!

If you’re looking to teach your dog place, as well as other commands, look no further than right here!

Kathy Santo has spent her entire career as a dog trainer and handler, training dogs and winning over 500 obedience, agility and Canine Good Citizenship titles. Working with her own dogs, she has achieved every competitive obedience title the American Kennel Club (AKC) has offered and earned the prestigious AKC “Obedience Trial Champion” title (OTCh) multiple times.

In Ramsey, Kathy teaches classes, private lessons, and oversees the training of her student’s dogs using her extensive knowledge, experience and intuition to handle problems from the benign to the serious. Her engaging personality has won her the respect and friendship of her many students, who now consider themselves part of her extended family.

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