Exercise 4-10: Ear Exam with Light
With the dog doing a chin rest to the handler’s lap, or other stable object, the handler will use a tool or prop to shine a light into each ear and visually inspect each for a minimum of 3 seconds.
The purpose of this exercise is to prepare the dog for an ear exam at the vets, or to be able to thoroughly inspect them at home.
Treats. A tool or prop with a light.
Exercise set up
The dog can be in any comfortable position and in any orientation to the handler. The dog’s head should be stabilized with a chin rest to the handler’s lap or another stable object. The handler will then use a tool or prop to shine a light into each ear and visually inspect them, for a minimum of 3 seconds per ear.
In order to pass this exercise, the dog must remain still while having each ear examined.
The dog repeatedly moves his head away. The handler uses more than light restraint (i.e. chin rest) to complete the exercise. The handler does not inspect each ear for at least 3 seconds.
Work on getting your dog comfortable with having different tools around their head. This can be helpful for many different types of exams and grooming. Always go slow, and let the dog investigate.
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