Teaching Chin Rest to Dogs

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Teaching voluntary behaviors such as a chin rest can be useful when you want your dog to hold still and show you they are comfortable. A chin rest shows that your dog is willing to be an active participant in their care. Teaching a chin rest can be part of a dog’s behavior modification plan when they are resistant to needed care, such as applying eye drops and ear medication. This is sometimes called cooperative veterinary care.

Yin, S. (2021, December 14). Teaching chin rest to dogs. Dr. Sophia Yin. Retrieved April 5, 2022, from https://drsophiayin.com/blog/entry/teaching-chin-rest-to-dogs/

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Topic(s): Behavior, Dog to People - Low Stress Handling, Research and Teaching, Social Interactions