Place command allows your dog included in your life, but keeps him from being underfoot, getting into trouble, charging the door when guests come over, begging at the table, jumping on the furniture, jumping on guests, etc. You can have him in one spot without him roaming around the house getting into trouble!
Place command is like enforced doggie-meditation. By removing options, we remove the stress and anxiety that come from our dogs feeling responsible to assess and address everything that occurs in their environment. In the grand scheme of things, Place command is the most valuable exercise in our entire training program!
The benefits from utilizing long-duration Place command, and other duration work, are nothing short of profound. When your dog learns that he’s not only not responsible for what occurs in his environment, but is also not allowed to act upon his impulse, he learns to become more of a relaxed observer than an active participant in what goes on in the world around him. Everything from high anxiety, hyper-territorial behavior, nervousness and/or aggression towards people, and major attitude problems (bratty, pushy, snotty behavior), can be massively impacted through this simple exercise.
Sean, I’ve been meaning to post something about the “Learn to Train the Good Dog Way: The Foundation” DVD since its much anticipated arrival in my mailbox. I am really impressed with the quality of the video and with the in-depth PDF manual that comes with the DVD. The methods you demonstrate and explain are so humane and so doable. For any owner interested in LEADING their dog to the calm, stress-free life they both deserve, using inexpensive equipment and common sense, this is such a valuable and much-appreciated resource! Thank you!!-M Scott B