In and Out – move ‘away from’ or ‘off’ a location 

The progression of these exercises will go as follows:

  • On and off of the couch, reinforce getting off the couch.
  • On and off of the bed, reinforce for getting off the bed.
  • In and out of the kitchen, reinforce for leaving the kitchen.
  • On and off of an examination table, reinforce for being lifted and placed on a table.
  • In and out from under furniture, reinforce for coming out from underneath.
  • Away from the front door.
  • Away from the garden gate.

Place your pup under a low table and then ignore him.


Invite the pup out from under the table.
Celebrate him coming out from under the table with a fabulous game of hide-and-go-seek!


Teach your puppy that it always pays to move away from a location he may not want to move from.

  • Repeat this exercise often, practicing with locations specific to your own situation.
  • Practice regardless of whether or not your dog will be on the furniture. 
  • You will physically put the puppy on a table to simulate a vet examination. (Please read the Simulated Vet Exam for a more comprehensive description of this particular exercise.)
  • Be mindful of high couches and beds and prevent the puppy from jumping off on their own. Create a stepping platform with cushions.
  • In places like the kitchen or front door, a mat as a target for the puppy to move towards is helpful.