Chin rest

Boogie

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Guide Dogs teach their dogs ‘chin rest’ for medical checking etc - very similar to the bucket game but they lift their head when they want you to stop messing.

Anyone got any you tubes/advice/articles etc demonstrating how to teach this?

I shall ask my supervisor next time I see her, but that won’t be ‘till new pupster arrives and I’d like to make a start with Spencer and Tatze would really benefit from this. I find the bucket game difficult because of the dog’s position, this looks easier.



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Carbon and I have been working on chin rest for weeks now. Just as with the hand target (which is how you start shaping the chin rest) he gets WAY too excited so it has been a long and frustrating process. I'll look back at my SD curriculum and post the crib notes here along with some videos (of professionals, not me and Carbon, heh, heh).

I've a got a deadline I'm working to today, so will do this in the evening or tomorrow. If I forget, give me a poke, ok? :D
 

snowbunny

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I've taught this, and it's a brilliant behaviour. Pretty easy, too. I start with targeting the chin to my hand, then put my hand on my lap and gradually transition to that. I don't have any videos, but I bet Deb Jones does....
 
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snowbunny

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This is one way to do it, and is how I taught Ginny (who didn't have any understanding of how to learn at the time) how to rest her chin in my hand. Essentially, the food acts as a lure, they reach for it and you mark as the chin touches the cushion. Then you can start delaying the food so they make a more concerted effort:

 

Beanwood

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Thought I would resurrect this thread. Such a useful behaviour to teach our dogs! From building confidence, to preparing for a muzzle. I have been shaping Otter to do this whilst laid up with my poorly back. For Otter it is about encouragement to come into my space. I have started targeting an area for her to work with, then when a bit more mobile will transition to my hand. Then to @Mr Beanwood , then a visitor, and maybe even a vet.

I do like Kiko pups technique, as this includes a reset. So, the dog then comes back to you, great for building confidence to come into a persons space.



Fun with Otter! :inlove: :inlove:


 
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HAH

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Golly, Otter’s eyes are mesmerizing!! She’s such a beautiful girl and her focus is fantastic. Love the offered behaviour! Really super video, I want to try more of this so thank you for the reminder 👍
 

Beanwood

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@Beanwood, are you proper poorly :'( with your back? I am sorry, is there anything you can do to improve it, or is it just time?
Thank you @Jelinga, it's OK, just need time, meds and a bit of physio :hug:


Golly, Otter’s eyes are mesmerizing!! She’s such a beautiful girl and her focus is fantastic. Love the offered behaviour! Really super video, I want to try more of this so thank you for the reminder 👍
Such a fun game to play! Now working on Otter placing her muzzle into my hand, she is not quite getting it yet, but we are both enjoying the training. I pop my hand out, say "chin" , Otter pauses, then just dips her head to my hand in a funny sort of bounce. Love her!
 

Beanwood

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A really sweet video. Otter is a bit of a hyper young lady, more so with @Mr Beanwood, I liken it to a bit of nervous energy.

Marcus has been working with Otter on some chin work. He has now progressed to a bit of duration targeting the back of the hand. Next he will turn his hand so Otter is resting her muzzle in his palm, then we will encourage Otter to add a bit of pressure. We are taking this bit very slowly, because for Otter this is not a natural move as she is very "hands off!" please! 👐

 

HAH

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Oof, she’s just so gorgeous @Beanwood - I love that little nudge on the second rest as a ‘see, I’m doing it!’. How will you start to encourage pressure? I’ve never quite got this.
 

Beanwood

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Oof, she’s just so gorgeous @Beanwood - I love that little nudge on the second rest as a ‘see, I’m doing it!’. How will you start to encourage pressure? I’ve never quite got this.
Yes, that little nudge! I only spotted it when reviewing the video...it was good that Marcus resisted rewarding at that stage, sure I would have caved it! :rofl: .Good question re: pressure, I am thinking to lure Otter with the treat below her nose, in the chin position first, then remove the lure. Not sure about adding a second cue, then possibly fading that one out or keeping it in as an indication of comfort? hmmm.....
 
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A really sweet video. Otter is a bit of a hyper young lady, more so with @Mr Beanwood, I liken it to a bit of nervous energy.

Marcus has been working with Otter on some chin work. He has now progressed to a bit of duration targeting the back of the hand. Next he will turn his hand so Otter is resting her muzzle in his palm, then we will encourage Otter to add a bit of pressure. We are taking this bit very slowly, because for Otter this is not a natural move as she is very "hands off!" please! 👐

I love the other ears in the room. All pointing towards Mr Treat Man 🤣❤
 
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