When we talk about calming down, we primarily mean the emotional state of the dog. Think about the emotional
state of your dog when he lies on his mat. We do not aim to teach the dog to simply lie on his mat. If he does lie on
his mat but is not calm, then the behavior is more likely described as a tense or aroused dog waiting for something
else to happen while lying on his mat. And this is not the emotional state we are hoping for.
To complete this course you are going to need a clicker. You should also have a mat for your dog that is specific for
this exercise. In this instruction, we use both shaping and capturing. This way the behaviour becomes strong and
more importantly – we have a dog that offers it. When doing these exercises, be careful to follow the instructions
and always make sure your dog is in the right emotional state.