GO TO YOUR SPOT!
Before we begin, think about a spot you would like your Rover to sleep on
and hang out on during the day. This might be a dog bed, a rug, or anything
else that Rover can call Rovers on.
need a place of their own, somewhere where they can
get away from all that attention, little kids and people wanting to teach
them more tricks. This is their "safe zone" where nobody bothers
Once you have a spot for Rover we can begin. Simply say, Rover, GO TO YOUR
SPOT, and take Rover to Rovers place and DOWN Rover. After a minute or two
praise Rover for staying in Rovers spot and release Rover.
step a couple of times, rotating praise and treats. After a while stop going
all the way to Rovers spot with Rover. Most Rovers are pretty quick with this
trick. Don't expect Rover to spend every minute in Rovers spot. At first after
the trick is taught you might have to encourage Rover to go to Rovers spot,
but after a while Rover will do it both on command and when Rovers feels like
As I said, this trick is pretty easy to teach. But here are a couple pointers
for improving Rovers trainability.
Rover to GO TO YOUR SPOT and throw a treat on Rovers spot. Make sure Rovers
DOWNS on Rovers spot though.
Give Rover a bone to
enjoy while relaxing on Rovers spot.
Shorten the command
to something like SPOT or BED