Your dog can be trained to go to a mark, which might be an X marked on the floor with tape, a place board, a piece of cardboard, a piece of cloth, or a mat or bed. These marks can be used at a specific location in your home to provide a place for your dog to go when you need to control unwanted behavior, or can be transported and used in a many different places if you need to take your dog out in public or to work, to direct your dog to an appropriate place where he is safe and not causing a problem. Dogs that are used in showbiz are often trained to go to a mark so they are in the appropriate spot for filming or to perform a trick or stunt.
To teach your dog to go to a mark, you want to teach your dog to target a particular item, such as an X or a cloth or mat, and go to that spot and wait. You will want to teach your dog Down/Stay or Sit/Stay prior to teaching him to go to a mark, so that when your dog targets his mark he knows what behaviors to perform there. This behavior requires a little bit of direction and training to get your dog to understand and perform, however, even young dogs can learn to go to a mark. When working with a young dog, you should keep training sessions an appropriate length and do not require the dog to stay too long at the mark, as a young dog has a limited attention span and setting unrealistic expectations will cause frustration.