The Cato Board
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Place training is a fantastic tool within dog training, and the Cato Board is the perfect piece of equipment for teaching this all-important cue. Safe, elevated, sturdy, and portable. The Cato Board was designed with your dog in mind!
Once your dog understands the place cue in conjunction with the Cato Board, the cue can be used for almost any situation – visitors at the door, control when being let in and out, feeding time, remote sits/sendaways, recall, steadiness training, handling drills, directional control. With a little patience and creativity, the Cato Board will change the way that you interact with your dog.
Available in three colours, purple, white and blue, with two different surfaces, turf and rubber. Many customers like the turf because it looks/feels more like grass. The rubber is easy to sanitise and keep clean
High-traction surface (rubber or turf) that that is safe and comfortable for dogs
Incredibly durable – will not crack or chip
NO TIP design – even the most rambunctious dogs won’t cause the Cato Board to flip up on its side.
Non-absorbent, molded design with integrated water drainage built into the surface
Stackable for easy transportation
Ultra-stable on uneven terrain
Air-flow underneath to reduce damage to grass
High-grip rubber feet for hard surfaces – it WILL NOT slide on wood, linoleum, tile, concrete, or other smooth surfaces
Made in the USA
Weight: Turf surface: 6.5 LBS —- Rubber surface: 7.25 LBS
Dimensions: 16″ wide, 24″ long, 3.5″ high
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: How much weight can a Cato Board hold?
Answer: They will hold a 200 LB human with minimal flexing. Easily strong enough for the largest dog.
Question: Why is the Cato Board rectangular in shape?
Answer: To aid in controlling the direction in which a dog faces while it is sitting on a Cato Board.
Question: Why is the Cato Board 3.5″ high (couldn’t I use a mat instead)?
Answer: Elevation is very important for training for two reasons: 1) It is much easier for a dog to see the Cato Board if you are using it outside and 2) Because of the elevation if a dog steps off of the Cato Board with even one foot, there is no doubt that they know they are no longer on the Cato Board. The elevation eliminates confusion.
Question: Why does the Cato Board use an artificial turf surface?
Answer: Believe us, it would have been MUCH easier from a manufacturing standpoint leave the surface as plastic. Unfortunately, dogs use their toenails for traction, and regardless of how much texture you put into plastic, toenails CANNOT grip plastic. The artificial turf provides excellent traction, stays cool in sunlight (unlike rubber), and is very durable.
TRAINING RELATED QUESTIONS:
Question: Once a dog is full-grown and has been trained using Cato Boards, are the Cato Boards still necessary?
Answer: We recommend using Cato Boards throughout the life of the dog. Even after it fully understands the concepts, it is still important to periodically give refreshers, and also reaffirm that your pet is working with you.
Question: At what age is it recommended to start using the Cato Board with my pet?
Answer: We recommend starting almost immediately – even an 8 week old puppy can start to understand the concept of the Cato Board being a place for work and reward (although initially, it is almost exclusively a place of reward).
Question: Can I just use my pet’s bed instead of a Cato Board?
Answer: We strongly recommend against this. Your pet should see their bed as a place to go to relax and tune out the world. The Cato Board is a place of work/reward, and we want our pets to understand the difference. Using a pet bed for work and for play is very confusing to a dog.