Handling – Layer 2

Objective: To build your dog’s comfort level when their tail or ears are being handled

Videos:  None

Optional Reading and videos:

Step by Step Instructions Comments
Reminder:  Use really high value treats when playing this game!!
Tail
Touch your dog’s tail Say ‘Yes’ and treat
Stay at this level until your dog is comfortable with the handling (ears relaxed, doesn’t move away, body is loose and not tense)
Continue working on each of the following areas, only advancing when your dog is comfortable with the handling
Run your hand down your dog’s tail Say ‘Yes’ and treat
Lift the tail up Say ‘Yes’ and treat
Hold the tail up Say ‘Yes’ and treat
Move the tail from side to side Say ‘Yes’ and treat
Lightly pull on the tail Say ‘Yes’ and treat
Ears
Touch your dog’s ear Say ‘Yes’ and treat
Lift  your dog’s ear Say ‘Yes’ and treat
Stay at this level until your dog is comfortable with the handling (ears relaxed, doesn’t move away, body is loose and not tense)
Continue working on each of the following areas, only advancing when your dog is comfortable with the handling
Hold the ear Say ‘Yes’ and treat
Massage your dog’s ear Say ‘Yes’ and treat
Clean the inside of your dog’s ear with a dry cotton ball Say ‘Yes’ and treat
Lift the ear for examination, and shine a light into the ear Say ‘Yes’ and treat
If at any point your dog is not looking relaxed and comfortable, stop what you are doing and think about how you can make it easier for your dog
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