Teaching your dog to lay on their side is useful for home health care like checking their tummy, legs and paws for lumps and bumps. I started with a clicker and a few treats and had to lure him into position with food the first few times before progressing to add distractions.
STEP 1 - lure the dog from a down into laying on their side by slow moving a treat up over their shoulder and marking when they are in the right position by saying 'lay' and clicking your clicker (following every time with a treat)
STEP 2 - ask for the 'lay' and say good or click as soon as they are in position
STEP 3 - build duration by delaying the click and treat by a second or two once they are in position
STEP 4 - add in distractions such as stroking them or handling their paws, and then increasing the distractions to include equipment such as clippers or a brush
Teaching your dog to lay their chin on your knee or a cushion isn't only cute but is a really useful behaviour for healthcare of ears and eyes as well as vet checks and trips to the groomers.
It's easy enough to teach them to put their chin on your leg or a cushion by first of all just luring them into position. The video shows how you can teach your dog to remain chin down while a piece of equipment goes near their ear (please note I never put anything IN his ear!). I used a clicker and some plain kibble as rewards. Remember, you have to go at the pace of your dog and always keep it fun!
Calmly and cooperatively wearing a muzzle is an important life skill for dogs. It can be super positive to train too! So get the treats ready and let the training begin. You can even start with a paper cup so your dog gets used to putting his or her nose inside. Easy peasy!
Training dogs to wear a muzzle is important so they become accustomed to it and will accept it readily when needed or advised for a specific purpose. It's much better if wearing a muzzle can be introduced in a fun way rather than waiting until a situation in which they may already be suffering from fear, anxiety and stress.
It's a good idea to break the training down into easy stages and work on each stage until your dog is completely comfortable. Suggested stages:
1. putting their nose into the muzzle voluntarily
2. laying the strap over their neck
3. doing the strap up
4. building up duration
You may never need to use a muzzle but the right time to introduce it is well before it may be needed! Have fun muzzle training :)