I’ve sung the praises of mat training before, and here’s an example of why it’s so useful. This little guy was able to be part of the family’s holiday celebration without bothering anyone at the dinner table.
His person started the moment he came home (two weeks prior), rewarding him for getting onto his mat, and then for relaxing on it during meals. At first she tossed frequent treats onto his mat during every time she sat down to eat. Now he has the habit of settling there and needs just an occasional treat. On this night he was tired from all the pre-dinner socializing and needed no treats!
He slept through the whole meal and afterward, well rested, played in the living room with no overstimulated-puppy-meltdowns. A win for everyone!
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