Place boards’ are a stable raised platform with a non-slip textured top that can be used indoors or outdoors in a range of dog training exercises. They are often used for target training. Target training is common technique used in training animals.
Through using the placeboard in your training you can teach your dog to target their place board, offer a sit and remain seated until released, no matter the distraction. We can then use place boards in our training as a way for us owners to clearly communicate to the dog the desired behaviour in increasingly complex exercises.
The place boards elevated height and contrasting surface make if feel a very different place to be for the dog than the surrounding area during training.
The design of the place board helps owners communicate expectations through a few key features:
Being raised off the ground helps dogs spot and target their board from a distance.
The boards can teach the dog where they need to be in relation to the handler. For example: To teach a dog that recall means come right back to the handler, and avoid a dog that returns but dances just out of reach.
The texture of the mat on top provides a tactile contrast to the surrounding surface so there will be a noticable difference to the dog in having all four paws in the right place versus the wrong position.
The tops are made of sturdy OSB board and measure the industry standard: Metric, 61cm x 38cm/ Imperial, 24” x 15”
The board is covered in a non-slip mat made from Jute.
The platforms are constructed with treated timber.
*Note: the photos of dogs on placeboards were when the boards were made with coir. The stock photos are of the board you would be getting that is made with a Jute carpet top. Both boards have been made to the same size so the lifestyle images are to aid size comparisons. *