After a series of deep barks and then silence, a closed door is opened to reveal a 90 pound Rottweiler staring you down only 6 feet away. If this wasn’t scary enough, the dog has no visible restraints keeping him from…well, doing whatever it is he wants to do! Then you realize there truly is nothing from physically keeping him back…this is usually a reality check for most people.
The level of security this homeowner feels is priceless and really can’t be described to someone who has never experienced it first hand. The total trust in this dog is something many people think is unattainable or only talked about in stories when in reality it began from very humble beginnings, the climb-board. The climb-board was the foundation for the level of control this dog has. The reward for all the hard work and long hours put into the training is that this dog is in a position where he has the ability to fully protect his family.
His mere presence in such a calm and collected manner is the first line of defense and would stop 99% of all situations before they ever happened, but if in that rare instance he was needed to act, he is in the perfect position to do so.
This is a perfect example of why I use the climb board so much! It is such a versatile tool that can then be applied to as many applications as your mind can dream up. In the photo, this dog happens to be laying down, but he has the ability to do whatever it is he wants as long as he stays on that elevated surface, in this case, the stair landing.
The client specified he would like his dog to “greet” people at this location, so we spent many hours “proofing” the climb command until we knew 110% that the dog would stay there under any distraction until released. I talk about this in more depth in the article: CLIMB-BOARDS: The Art of Teaching Self-Control.