Teaching Your Dog to “Go To Your Place”
Dogs like to have a place to call their own to go to when they want some peace or to rest, etc. This is possibly their bed, or a rug on the floor, or even their crate. Teaching a dog to “go to your place” can work to help you get your pet to go there when you need him to be out from underfoot for some reason or another.
For instance, I had a Springer Spaniel named Sadie whose place was her crate. She was trained to go there when we went somewhere. All I had to say was, “Sadie, go to your room,” and she would run to the crate, go in and expect a dog biscuit. Yes, I used a different phrase than, “go to your place,” but it is still the same idea.
Beginning Training Steps
First, decide what is going to be your dog’s place. As stated above, it can be his bed, crate or some specific spot in the room. As long as you use the same thing consistently, that is all that matters. Now, all you need is some treats and your pet to get started.
Decide on a phrase you want to use. Like I said previously, I used “go to your room” but you can use “go to your place,” “place,” or whatever is appropriate depending on where it is you want him to go. Whatever your dog associates it with is the best words for you to train with.
Next, get your dog to go to where you want to be his place and give the command, “go to your place” or whatever you are using, and when he goes there, say “good boy!” and give him a treat. Make sure he doesn’t get the treat until he is lying on the bed, or has gone inside the crate, or whatever it is. You don’t want to confuse him.
Practice this several times for a few minutes each day until all you have to do is say the phrase and he goes to his place automatically. The next step is to lengthen the time he will stay put in his place.
Lengthen the Time He Stays
Once your dog has learned to go to his place, then it’s time to get him to learn to stay there for longer lengths of time. First, get him to go to his place, then start adding more and more time to how long you wait until you give him the treat. Eventually you should be able to get him to stay for a few minutes, even without a treat. But always give at least verbal praise.
Once your dog understands the “go to your place” command and consistently does it correctly, you can get him to do it no matter what room you are in when you issue the command. For instance, back to my dog Sadie, it didn’t matter where in the house that I was, if I told her, “go to your room” then she went to her crate. She knew exactly what I meant.
It really isn’t that hard to teach a dog to do this. As long as he understands that the bed, rug or whatever, is his place, then he can be taught to go there even if you are somewhere else. Most dogs will pick this command up in just a few days and then you will have a dog that will impress your friends because he will be able to get out of the way when you need to do something else like put things away, cook dinner, etc.
The bottom line is that the “go to your place” command is a great tool for getting your dog out from underfoot when necessary. It helps to make him a good family member and he could even grow to like his “place” because he knows it is his and his alone. One thing to note is when the dog is in his place, then no one should go bother him, because this is supposed to be his place to go and no one else’s.
I know this to be true because my dog, Sadie, loved her “room” and would go there completely on her own to sleep or just when she wanted to be left alone to relax. Dogs love dens, and this is how she saw her crate.