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Cato Board Dog Place Training Board with Rubber Surface

  • Includes FREE Place Command training video featuring Robin MacFarlane
  • Strong enough to support a 200 lb. human with minimal flexing!

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  • Supports a 200 lb. human with minimal flexing, so it's easily strong enough for the largest dog
  • 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

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

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    Customer Reviews

    Review Summary
    85 Reviews
    94% (80)
    4% (3)
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    99% Recommend this product (84 of 85 responses)
    By Sean
    Milwaukie, OR
    Cato Board
    March 29, 2023
    Sturdy and well built. K9 Slade and Lucy - Fur will get a lot of use out of these.
    • Non slip feet and top surface. Lightweight and stackable.
    By Wendy H.
    Odessa, Florida
    Awesome place board
    March 25, 2023
    Ordered the Cato place board for my Golden puppy. I’ve never used one before and I’m now wondering why.
    • Perfect size and weight. Great training tool for all ages of dogs.
    By C
    Place board trsinimg
    March 8, 2023
    My dog took to the place boards as a “target” almost immediately. On retrieves, puppies have a tendency to overrun as a game . With the place board, the new game was to return immediately to her target, to sit, and deliver to hand, and the transformation was almost immediate. The second benefit was the intuitive casting, creating confidence in the puppy.
    • Well made, portable, stable platform, very effective training tool.
    • None
    By Kurt
    Great Quality and Functional
    January 20, 2023
    Utilized the platform for more field "place" training and very pleased.
    • Light, durable, solid
    By Debbie
    Virginia Beach
    Cato Board
    June 2, 2022
    First time to use own or use a Cato Board. I actually felt it was to short for the down position for my Aussie but my trainer assured me it is correct and will clean up his downs and stands. My Aussie and Border Collie have now learned how to drive back to the board. I will have to order another board so they each have their own!
    • Has just enough weight to keep it stable on uneven ground and should the wind pick up outside.
    • Have not found one.
    By Foggygap
    Boone NC
    Great product!
    May 4, 2022
    Sturdy. Waterproof. Lightweight. Slip proof. All things I wanted in a simple to use place board.
    • Indestructible
    • None
    By Grace
    South Carolina
    Would recommend! Great place boards!
    March 9, 2022
    We ordered two place boards to start training our pup with. These shipped quickly, and are perfect for training. They are sturdy, and very well made, great quality! We will be ordering these again when it’s time it add two more place boards to the training sessions.
    • Rubber feet on the bottom keeps the boards from slipping. Very sturdy, heavy duty material.
    • I haven't found a con yet.
    By Rachel
    Boston, MA
    CATO Platform
    March 8, 2022
    Fast shipping and item as described! Item also came with a training video.
    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 Neve
    San Francisco
    Excellent training platform
    December 11, 2021
    Got this for my puppy to teach “place.” Out if the box it was his favorite place to be in the house. It took maybe two repetitions to teach him, so obviously he feels very comfortable on it. I can’t comment on the DVD, as we never had to use it.
    • Well made, easy to move around, stable for the dog.
    • It is a bit small relative to larger breeds.
    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 Mary
    Works great!
    April 7, 2021
    My border collies compete in agility nationally and overseas. These boards really help the dog learning they need to sit and stay even when super excited at the start line. I also use at the pool when conditioning my dogs to wait patiently for their turn.
    • Durable and non slip, even for water sports and outdoors.
    • A little heavy for carting around to various training locations given the other equipment. Be good if there were sizes to fit different breeds. Will not recommend to friends with small dogs.
    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 EP
    Best placement board
    May 3, 2023
    Looking forward to spending some training time with my buddy. It seems learning a dog to place is a great discipline in training.
    • High quality
    • None
    By DB
    High Desert, California
    Satisfied Customer
    April 4, 2023
    Exactly as advertised, sturdy, well made. Very speedy delivery and packaged very well, received in excellent condition.
    • Nice training aid, my pup loves it (in addition to the treats).
    • None
    By Joe
    Mt. Clemens, MI
    It's a board. It's up to you to use it well
    February 2, 2023
    It’s study and withstands drops and impacts. Cleans up easily with a hose.
    • Sturdy
    • Cleans off easily
    By Matl
    Atlanta, ga
    Cato boards
    December 16, 2022
    The rubber top is easy for your dog’s feet to grab onto. I use as incline side balance to increase strength in weak knees in my dog. Al’s have grass top which is good for place.
    By Bill T.
    Boise, Idaho
    Cato place board
    October 20, 2022
    Top quality product, extremely sturdy, and, as always, I got it quick!
    I can already tell my dog “Place” and he sits and stays on it until I release him. I can walk around, clean the garage, go in the house, whatever, and he won’t move until released. Get one!
    By Bob
    Southern Colorado
    Great Board!
    September 8, 2022
    I wanted a more defined and enforceable spot, to take with us on travels, as a training aid to supplement Stay and stop the habit of creeping from a spot elsewhere.
    • Portable, Lightweight, and visible from a distance. My dog took to it right away.
    • Very pricey, and the training video that came with it could be redone.
    By Karen N.
    These Cato boards are the best for training.
    September 8, 2022
    Love gun dog supply, they always have what I need.
    The Cato boards with the rubber surface are great for traction for any of my dogs training..they
    dont slip..some people like the grass top one that is their preferance and Gun Dog has those too but I like the rubber..
    Nice choice of colors as well..
    I just bought another one with the rubber top for a friend in Florida to train her new puppy on..she loved it and she has been training for over 20 years and this is her first one..she loves it..
    • Well made, strong holds a heavy dog not too structurally great for the larger breeds
    • lots of color choices
    • I like the rubber top my trainer has the grassy top..I like the rubber top as they dont slip..
    • no cons..great product,
    By Boomer
    A good product.
    July 12, 2022
    This Cato Board is the perfect size for my 35-pound Beagle mix. We are working on body placement, among other things. It is easy to keep around for spur-of-the-moment training but fits under my coffee table so it is out of the way. The rubber top is super easy to keep clean and I know my dog isn't going to slip off if he mounts it too quickly. And the shipping through Gun Dog Supply was less than other sites.
    By Steve
    Peoria, Illinois
    Great Product
    July 8, 2022
    Replaced a hand built place board, which functioned well, with this. I really like the construction and light weight of the Cato Board.
    By Mark
    Los Angeles, California
    Great Product/Great Supplier
    June 24, 2022
    I love the Cato boards; sturdy, portable, handy. Great training tool.
    By Ed
    Great Platform and Fast Shipping
    June 16, 2022
    I decided to buy through 'Gun Dog Supply' for the following reasons. I could find something less costly on Amazon. And I did look at that site and others. But in terms of sturdiness and faster shipping, I choose Gun Dog Supply and glad that I did!

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