Mat training a dog

November 14, 2017
Mikkel Becker, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, CDBC, CTC
Mikkel Becker, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, CDBC, CTC

Mikkel Becker is the lead animal trainer for Fear Free Pets. She is a certified behavior consultant and trainer who specializes in reward-based training thats partnered closely with the pets veterinary team. Mikkel is the co-author of six books, including From Fearful to Fear Free, and was the featured trainer on Vetstreet.com.

Take the mystery out of sitting

It seems pooches will do nearly anything for a treat-even sit how and where you want them to ... with enough coaxing. But you can take the guess work out of the process with expert training.

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In this video Fetch dvm360 conference speaker Mikkel Becker, CPDT, gets into the intricacies and pacing of reward delivery.

"What we want to do is reward interest in (the mat). It may just be starting to move toward it. Ideally I want to get (the dog) down," she says.

Watch the video for a thorough demonstration and listen for input from Gary Landsberg, DVM, DACVB, DECAWBM (companion animals).

(Also, bonus footage of good boys and girls on their mats!)