Ruhetraining für unterwegs: Deckentraining 2 Go für Hunde [Teil 5]

Rest Training on the Go: Blanket Training 2 Go for Dogs [Part 5]

Quiet: Measures & Management

Practicing calmness means dealing specifically with calmness and relaxation. Relaxation and rest cannot be trained like a “sit” and then called up at will. Implementing calm in everyday dog life means gearing the day specifically towards calm and therefore in the first place Measures and rest management to pursue

An adult, healthy dog needs around 16-20 hours to doze and sleep. Puppies or old dogs need more than 16-20 hours of rest. Some dogs find their rest on their own. Other dogs need human help. On the one hand, this can be due to the fact that the dog has not learned it from the beginning, or on the other hand, because its personality and character favor it. Diseases and dysfunctions can also be the origin of a restless dog. You can read more about this in the blog Why rest is so healthy read.

dog as a social being

Dogs are very social creatures and like to live in a group or their biological pack. As soon as the dog is separated from its family and moves in with us, we as humans usually represent the most important social partner for our dog. 

We distinguish the ceiling training "2 go" from a ceiling training that is set up in the dog box or on the dog bed. The rationale is that this type of blanket training is primarily intended to work on-the-go, with an easily portable blanket or towel. You mainly need the “2 go” blanket training in situations where your dog accompanies you in everyday life, such as in a restaurant. Depending on the size of the dog, you may not be able to take a large dog bed with you on these occasions. Dog bags are ideal for smaller dog breeds. These are small, cuddly and easy to take with you. For larger dogs you can use blankets or towels. We do without treats so that there are no expectations and you can fall back on them at any time. 


Ceiling training "2 go"

Equipment: small blanket or towel, harness or collar and leash, if necessary. food toy or snack items

Location: first at home, then everywhere 

Duration: depending on the relaxation of your dog

  • Begin the exercise while your dog is in an even mood. 
  • Lead your leashed dog onto the blanket. You can use body language and verbal guidance to do this, but not a signal. 
  • stop for now. 
    • Try not to look at or communicate with your dog. 
    • Physically limit your dog when he tries to leave the blanket.
    • Don't use a signal for the ceiling at first.
    • If your dog starts to squeak, the situation and posture were not relaxed enough. Next time, try to keep the duration so that you and your dog leave the blanket before the squeaking. 
    • A chew helps some dogs. In this context, you have to be aware that in the future you will either have to always use the chew item or slowly break it down during training.  
  • As soon as your dog relaxes (e.g. sits quietly or lies down), offer space again. Make sure your dog doesn't jump straight off the ceiling. 
  • Always finish the exercise before the dog gets an opportunity to make mistakes. 
  • The ceiling may only be left with clear approval. 
  • Repeat this process several times at moments when your dog is looking for/needs rest - i.e. is already tired. 
  • Once your dog understands the blanket as a resting place, you can add a signal. 
  • Lead your dog to the ceiling and give your signal.
  • The aim is for the dog to lie down and sleep/doze on its own. 
  • Now practice the blanket in different rooms with and without your absence while:
    • you are sitting at the table and the blanket is placed by the table,
    • you lay out the blanket and take a few steps away from your dog,
    • you are in the kitchen and the ceiling is near, 
    • etc. 
  • If your dog associates the blanket with rest, the blanket can now be used as a blanket to go. 
The blanket can then also be taken to the restaurant or on a visit because the dog has already learned to be calm

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