Handling

Lyra has a large bubble. If she were a sheep, on a farm, she’d be termed “light.” She will often object (most often by pulling back, but sometimes by growling or snapping the air) if someone invades her space. So far, she has not bitten; my goals are to 1) ensure she doesn’t feel a need to bite, and 2) increase her comfort with handling. For the most part, she is happy for me to handle her: I can brush her, bathe her, take out burs, examine and clean her ears, look inside her mouth and remove things stuck between her teeth. I feel no danger of a bite, and she seems almost at ease (if a little impatient). However, she does not like her paws to be held or her nails trimmed by anybody. And she shuts down at the vets during an exam.

Areas that need work:

  • Paw handling / nail trim
  • Mouth exam / tooth brushing
  • Chin rest
  • Lie on side