This 2 session class class teaches you how to make your dog happy about going to mat and lying down. This is an important skill, especially for highly excitable dogs. It helps them learn to make good behavioral choices and to calm themselves. It is a handy alternative behavior for dogs who are excited about guests entering your home. And mostly, it’s really fun to shape this behavior step by step and watch your dog respond by getting crazy about being on the mat.
Mat training is a part of the new trend toward platform training. It has many practical uses including:
Keep out from underfoot in the kitchen by creating a defined space
Keep visitors happy by preventing rushing and mugging them
Teaching solid stays
Home away from home: When you travel, go to restaurants and other activities you can include your dog who can lie quietly out of the way
Therapy dog work
Any dog or puppy over 4 months of age that has enough basic training to function in a room where dogs will be moving around.
Pre-Requisites / Requirements
Up to date vaccinations,
Basic Obedience skills at a reasonably reliable level and a desire to do more with your dog
- See Spot Stick 2357: March 9 & 23, 8:00PM
March 9, 2020
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
As the Lead Trainer at Train the Bay, Nancy spent the last three decades dedicated to her training work, to developing the program, and to helping Bay Area dogs and their families. In addition to the hundreds of students she teaches every year, she is the voice behind Berkeley Humane’s free Behavior Advice Hotline, and she evaluates and supports the training of shelter dogs at Berkeley Humane.