Targeting: Go to Mat

Ever wish your dog would not mug people when they came over to your house? Or that they would not be underfoot as you were cooking dinner? We have a simple soluton for you: teaching your dog to target their mat!

Course Details

Targeting is a clear concept for dogs to understand. They must place some part of their body onto a given item, in our case a mat, in order to be rewarded. In this 4-week course, we will expand upon this basic concept to have your dog automatically target their mat in certain situations and scenarios. 

As if that were not enough, we will introduce some relaxation exercises you can do while your dog is on their mat. This will help your dog develop more impulse control and a calmer overall approach in these situations they used to be over-aroused in.


Family Dog I or equivalent

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What You Will Need:

  • flat or martingale collar
  • front-clip harness (optional)
  • clicker (optional)
  • 6'-8' leash
  • 10'-15' long line
  • mat or towel for your dog to lay on
  • crate (optional)
  • LOTS of small, soft and yummy treats

Course Outline

  • Mat Is Our Happy Place
  • Someone Is At the Door!
  • Dinner or Other "People-Only" Times
  • Relaxation Protocol
  • Taking Mat Work on the Road

Meet Dianna L. Santos

Meet Dianna L. Santos

Owner and Lead Instructor




 AKC Scent Work Judge

 USCSS CSD and Judge

 AKC CGC Evalutor and Instructor

 C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator and Instructor

 Associate Trick Dog Instructor

Student Enrollment

Intensive learning experience

Full access to all course materials

Full access to course forum

Submit homework and videos

Detailed review from instructor


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Auditor Enrollment

Perfect intermediary

Full access to all course materials

Full access to general forum

May view homework forum

May ask instructor questions


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Watcher Enrollment

Self-taught option

Full access to all course materials

May view general forum

May view homework forum

May not post or ask questions


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NOTE: You will be directed to the Online Dog Training University website to complete your purchase.

This is where you will login and access your course and forum.

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