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Cato Board Dog Place Training Board with Rubber Surface

Includes FREE exclusive Place Command training DVD featuring Robin MacFarlane!



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  • Made from heavy-duty structural foam (not plastic) for exceptional durability
  • Shatterproof -- will not crack or chip even in cold weather
  • Rubber platform surface for traction
  • No-flip design -- extra stable on uneven surfaces
  • High grip rubber feet prevent sliding on hard surfaces
  • Non-absorbant -- very easy to clean
  • Stackable for easy moving and storage
  • Use for teaching your dog the PLACE command
  • Weight: 6.5 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 16"W x 24"L x 3.5"H

  • Cato Board with Rubber Surface

    Steve Says:

    Gun Dog Supply EXCLUSIVE

    One hour of PLACE COMMAND training
    from Pro Trainer Robin MacFarlane.

    Country of Origin: Made in USA.

    Cato Board Dog Place Training Board with Rubber Surface
    Item # 8964


    Usually ships the next business day.
    PLEASE ORDER YOURS NOW IF YOU NEED IT SOON. Supply chain issues are affecting almost every manufacturer. We will completely sell out of many items this season. Web site is updated at least twice daily on weekdays.

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    Customer Reviews

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    100% Recommend this product (28 of 28 responses)
    By Tori
    Drummonds, Tennessee
    So versatile!
    January 7, 2022
    I had held off ordering a Cato board because I didn't want to spend the money. Finally got one and now I want a few more! So versatile and durable. Great for place/platform training, light weight, easy to store and move. Definitely recommend!
    By Susan D.
    Seattle, WA
    Great product! Great service!
    September 1, 2021
    My dogs and I are enjoying working and playing with these well-made training boards. They came well -packed and in a timely fashion.

    Many thanks.
    By John
    Solid & Durable Place Training Board
    August 5, 2021
    After having the White CATO board now for a few weeks, overall it seems to be well made and durable. We raise and train Labradors so It is especially useful and of good size for puppies and young dogs when training “place”. I also use place boards as a ‘home plate” when throwing marks for dogs while they are in a remote sit position. The board is ample size for puppies and young medium size dogs but probably could stand to be a bit longer and wider if it is be used in a “home plate” training scenario where the dog is sent back to and needs to turn around and sit with all 4 on the board.
    • Durable solid surface, Love the white color! Rubber mat is great for preventing slipping when wet.
    • May be a bit small for larger dogs over 70#
    By Adam
    Bay City MI
    Cato Board
    July 6, 2021
    Great product. Light weight, durable. I bought one for my finished lab and one for the new pup. The white color should be easy for my pup to identify.
    • Light weight, durable, stackable, stable, non slip grip
    • Only con is no handle if you're walking in to train somewhere.
    By Ralph B.
    Bozeman, MT
    Solid Place Board
    June 30, 2021
    Heavy duty and stackable.
    By Bill
    Lemoore CA
    Cato board place training
    May 24, 2021
    Love this product.. I know have 2.. they are great for place training.. and light, easily moveable
    • Lightweight, not slippery even when wet and comes w a training cd
    • None
    By PriscillaM
    Miami, FL
    We love this
    December 22, 2020
    I'd been looking for a training platform mainly so Whiskey would have a clearer signal of when training starts and ends (even though we've been using "we're done!" as the end, we didn't have a clear start signal). I found a couple but others has parts and attachments and while that may be great for some, I wanted something easy and sturdy and solid. I also wanted something I could start training our new puppy on, and she is very small. This was perfect and met all the requirements. It is low enough for the puppy, no extra pieces, 1 solid, study piece, and doesn'tslide on my smooth tile floor. Whiskey immediately took to it. While I haven't watched the video that came with it (no DVD player), I tell him "place!" and he runs to get on it and sits there waiting to see what is next, full attention on me. I can confidently recommend this product.
    • 1 piece
    • Sturdy
    • Low to the ground for smaller dogs/puppies
    • Doesn't slide
    • Compact
    • Non slip surface for dogs
    • More affordable than some others you'll find out there
    • May be smallish for a very large dog to do much more than sit on it. Would maybe be handy to have a larger size option for those dogs. Just speculation, as it works for me and my medium 30lb dog.
    By TaniaY
    Tucson, AZ
    Love this Place Board!
    October 5, 2020
    This product is well made and sturdy. My Clumber Spaniel weighs 70 lbs and it holds him without sagging. The video is well done and showcases the place board well. I have a homemade place board but it’s heavy. This one is lightweight and portable. We live in Arizona, and it’s been soooo hot. I moved this inside and we’ve been practicing in the living room.
    • Lightweight but sturdy
    • Wish it was square rather than rectangular so that it can be approached from all directions. My dog is long and low and he doesn?t fit the short side.
    By Sheila
    East Orange County Florida
    Cato Sit Platform Game Changer
    September 24, 2020
    I am not a hunter, but a sporting dog enthusiast who trains with a hunter and her beautiful Golden Retrievers. She has been helping me with my 2 Goldens (3yo and 8 months). She introduced me to the concept of place training and platforms to re-enforce the command to sit until it is the dog’s turn to work. It is working like I never imagined. The CD that came with the Cato Platform was a great review of what my friend was teaching me.
    • Light weight but does not skid on smooth surfaces like cement or wood floors.
    • Cleans easily.
    • Perfect size for retriever sized dogs.
    • My husband commented on the cost
    • Can't think of one other than not getting it earlier.
    By Nick L.
    Durham, NC
    Solid product
    December 2, 2021
    very solid, does not slide, rubber top is great. I would highly recommend.
    • construction, quality
    • none
    By Beth H.
    Arlington, Virginia
    Good accommodation for an aging dog
    November 9, 2021
    My dog is 16 years old, and he has trouble getting up and down the step into the backyard. (There is a 9 inch drop from the house into the backyard.) Ever since I put the training board there, he has had two smaller steps instead of one large step, and he's had no problem getting in and out of the house. The board is sturdy enough to hold not just my dog, but me. The top and bottom of the board have excellent traction, so the board doesn't move around on the concrete. This is exactly what I was looking for. I also like that it's lightweight.
    By Dustin T.
    Well made
    November 7, 2021
    Sturdy, will made. Put Kayak handle on the sides to carry. not heavy, but appropriate weight of a few pounds.
    By Rod
    HIgh Quality
    October 24, 2021
    Item arrived and looks even better in person than it does in pictures.
    • Sturdy, light weight, portable, low to ground
    • None experienced
    By Linda
    Shrewsbury, PA
    October 6, 2021
    This is a great place board, it’s a good size for my Chessies . The rubber coating is very nice and it really lightweight.
    By Kelly
    Mineola, TX
    Great Training Tool.
    September 25, 2021
    I love this Cato Training Platform so much I am going to order another. I have been using platforms for many years, but this is the best one I have found. It is large enough to use on almost everything I train...German Shepherds, Labs, Pits, ...the list goes on. It is tall enough to send a message to a dog when he has broken a stay, or missed his place. It is big enough to accommodate my dogs on a down or sit stay, and I get a nice, gathered position on both commands. I highly recommend it.
    Kelly OLsen
    Storm Castle Performance Dogs.
    By Kerry
    North Dakota
    Good quality place board.
    September 3, 2021
    This place board is everything it was advertised to be. It's light weight, sturdy, rigid and no slip. I'm using it to train a 11 week old golden retriever.
    • Light weight, sturdy, rigid, no slip
    • The fasteners for the surface mat are easily grabbed/ chewed by a puppy. Do not leave the Cato Board down for a puppy to access when not being used for training.
    By Lyndsey
    Great quality
    August 4, 2021
    Very sturdy and great quality. My dog loves training on them.
    • Sturdy. Does not slip or tip
    • Could be ca little wider. Dog sometimes has a hard time sitting on the platform without her butt hanging off.
    By Kevin B.
    Lovelandia CO
    Dog loved it from Day 1
    June 6, 2021
    My pointing lab was 4 months old and immediately responded to this board and the place command. Solid construction and design. Plan to take to the lake to practice water retrieves so he gets used to working from a platform. Similar boards cost twice as much so this is a bargain. Highly recommended.
    By Customer
    Ocean City, NJ
    Our Dog Loved It!
    May 19, 2021
    We purchased this for the dog we recently adopted from the shelter. She is two years old and has been in a shelter her entire life and this "place" board works perfectly with her obedience training. It is sturdy and doesn't move, yet is lightweight and very easy to move around. We ordered it online and it was delivered within a few days. We are thrilled with it.
    By Mary
    Perfect for good stays at the front door
    April 7, 2021
    This is working well for reinforcing polite sit stay behavior when someone comes to the door!
    • Non slip and easy to move about the house.
    • Too big for little dog training.
    By Terry
    Great Service as always!
    April 7, 2021
    Gun Dog Supply always does a great job with communication, shipping, and customer service. Thank you for consistently keeping your customers first.
    By Laurie T.
    Fayetteville AR
    Cato Board
    March 18, 2021
    This is a great training aid to help teach a variety of obedience exercises. It helps explain to my dog the proper placement for such things as stays, go outs, heel position. I find more uses for it every day.
    • Easy to carry. Sturdy. Easy to clean. Relatively affordable.
    • Have not found any so far.
    By Dani
    Quality product & crazy fast shipping
    February 1, 2021
    GDS never fails to provide the highest quality products, at competitive prices, with crazy fast shipping. I purchase almost all my dog training tools and equipment through them. Highly recommend.
    By Debbie W.
    Cato board
    December 25, 2020
    Very sturdy and makes a wonderful dog training tool!!
    • Nonslip feet keep it in place, regardless of energy level of your dog. Easy to transport to different training areas.
    By Carol
    Albany, NY
    Great product and super fast shipping!
    December 22, 2020
    I have not yet had a chance to use the board, but it looks to be made well and to hold up to weather. Very sturdy. Happy with my purchase!
    By Nancy
    Cato Place Board with Rubber Surface
    December 21, 2020
    I love the Cato Place Board with the non-skid rubber surface! The Cato Board solves all of the problems I had with my homemade wooden place board. It might seem expensive, and I initially questioned the cost. After using it, I think it is absolutely worth it!

    • It is lightweight and easy to carry to obedience and field training.
    • It dries easily.
    • It is the right size for my retrievers.
    • It is rectangular rather than square which aids in the proper set-up of the dog.
    • My dogs do not skid when getting on it, even when doing water retrieves.
    • The board does not skid on smooth surfaces.
    • Excellent customer service from Gun Dog Supply!
    • Cost may seem high, but worth it!
    By Patty
    Well made
    December 21, 2020
    Lightweight yet strong and very stable. Very well made. Easy to transport when I want to take it for training away from home.
    By Bruce
    Green Bay
    Came with a Cocker Puppy Too!
    September 8, 2020
    I purchased two of the turf versions when I also acquired my pup from the product developer ( In fact the Cato product is named after my pup's sire!) I started using this for the place command almost immediately and love it. It's durable, right size and height. Tough, well designed product.

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