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How to Teach a Dog the Command “Place” in 3 Basic Steps

Written by: Nicole Cosgrove

Last Updated on April 15, 2024 by Dogster Team

brown dog in its bed inside the bedroom

How to Teach a Dog the Command “Place” in 3 Basic Steps

Properly training your dog is a way to set it and you up for a successful relationship and it will make your life a lot easier. There are times when you want your dog to go to a specific place. This can be to its dog bed, outside, or in a different room in your home.

This command, like other obedience commands, can easily be taught with a few different verbal cues and a ton of reinforcement. Before you know it, your dog will know exactly where you want it to go and will happily oblige. Let’s take a look at how to teach your dog the “Place” command.


The 3 Basic Steps to Teach Your Dog the “Place” Command

1. Teach the Verbal Cue

Start by placing your dog on a leash and then stand a few feet away from its bed. Then give the verbal cue of “Place” to instruct your dog to go to its bed. Pat the bed or other area if necessary, so that your dog understands what you want it to do. If and when your dog goes to its bed or other designated area, be sure to give it a pat on the head or a treat, or both.

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2. Redirect If Necessary

If your dog attempts to get up before you give another command, simply say “No” and guide it back toward its bed.

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3. Practice, Practice, Practice

Keep practicing the “Place” command until your dog instinctively goes to its bed or any other place in the house that you designate after giving the verbal cue. Know that the dog may not stay in place for more than about 10 seconds initially, but this may increase the more you practice. Well-behaved and well-trained dogs may not move from the “place” until you give them another command to do so. It may take your dog anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks to get the command down.


Other Training Tips

Do Not Wait Too Long to Start Training

You shouldn’t wait to start training your dog after you have adopted it. It may take more time to train your dog the longer you wait. Although puppies have short attention spans, they can learn commands in the first few weeks.

Although it is good to train your dog quickly, certain types of training may not be suitable for all dogs. Most dogs lose control of their bladders by the time they turn 11-16 weeks old. It might not work if you attempt to potty-train them before that age.

Always Use Treats for Motivation

Dogs love treats, and no matter how they’re doing, they will run if you give them one. Treats can be a very effective tool in training dogs. Treats can be used to reward good behavior or to get your dog to do the desired thing.

Even if you aren’t home, treats can still be given to your pet. You can reward good behavior even while you are away from home by using a dog camera that dispenses treats. Although treats should not always be used to get your dog to behave, they can be a valuable tool in building good behavior and building trust.

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Eliminate Distractions

Distractions are typically the number one obstacle to a successful training session. They can cause dogs to lose focus, just like humans. It’s important to remove distractions from training sessions as much as possible. You can keep their toys out of reach, shut the windows, and do your training in quiet areas away from children and pets.

And take note of your training time, using small intervals instead of long hours that may tire out your pup. The ideal time for training is between 10 and 15 minutes. Any longer than that and your pets may become distracted by anything and everything.

Stay Consistent

Repetition is important when it comes to training dogs of all ages. For your puppy to associate regular routine and actions with rewards and commands, then you need to be super consistent. So be sure to keep to a regular schedule for things like feeding, physical activity, breaks, and downtime. Doing so will provide structure to help your dog learn quickly.

Different training methods may be more effective for your dog than others. Clicker training, for example, is one of the most popular types of training and provides a consistent audio cue your dog associates with a reward. This allows the pup to recognize when it has correctly answered your verbal commands.


Final Thoughts

Done correctly, training cannot only be rewarding but it can be a lot of fun for you and your dog as well. Introducing your dog to the “Place” command is as easy as any other command, it simply takes consistency and an outlined command and reward structure.

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