Teaching the ‘place’ command is training your dog to go to a bed and stay put.
The Place command can be used in any situation when you want your dog to stay still, or to prevent problem behavior. You may wan tto place your dog when someone comes to the door, when you eat dinner, while you’re working at your desk, while you’re watching TV, or to prevent housebreaking accidents. If your dog is in front of you on their bed in the place command, they aren’t getting into trouble somewhere else in the house. I end up sounding like a broken record with the place command.
People will ask how to train their dog to stop begging at the table.
“Let’s train him to go to his bed and stay instead of begging,” I’ll say.
Clients will ask how to get a dog to stop bugging guests when they come over?
“Let’s train him to go to his bed and stay instead of bugging your guests,” I reply.
But how can I get him to stop sneaking off and going potty in the house when I’m doing something else?
“Let’s train him to go to this bed and stay instead of sneaking off,” I respond.
The bottom line is that your dog DOESN’T need to be in his bed for 20 hours a day. But there are several times throughout the day where your dog can benefit from just lying in a bed comfortably and staying put.