Measuring Device Tip

Most people don’t have a regulation measuring device at home, so I have my students practice using a coat hanger. The shape of a coat hanger is very similar to the “arm” of a measuring device and you can rest it on the dog’s shoulders to replicate that part of the measuring process.

Start with teaching the relaxed stand at home, then have the handler incorporate swinging the coat hanger over the back and then touching the shoulders. When the dog is comfortable with that, a friend or spouse can do the coat hanger part. Then bring it along to class and have other people or strangers do it.

Of course, the coat hanger isn’t going to report the height of the dog!!! :0)

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