Handling

Lyra’s handling issues (humans engaging with her):

~       Leaning towards her

~       Crouching down close to her

~       Striding towards her

~       Reaching to touch her head

~       Reaching to touch her face

~       Touching her back from behind

~       Holding her paw for length of time (ultimately, long enough to clip her nails)

(In all but the last issue, Lyra is typically comfortable with family members performing these actions.)

I plan to start with paw handling, and have adapted a series of steps based on Jean Donaldson’s advice in Mine!:

C/T = click then treat     R&L = right and left

Paw handling: move to the next step only when she shows a +CER to the one prior.

  1. Place hand on Lyra’s shoulder / hip (R&L) for 1 second. C/T.
  2. Place hand on Lyra’s shoulder / hip (R&L) for 3 seconds. C/T.
  3. Place hand on Lyra’s shoulder / hip (R&L) for 5 seconds. C/T.
  4. Place hand on Lyra’s shoulder / hip (R&L) for 8 seconds. C/T.
  5. Place hand on Lyra’s upper arm/thigh (R&L) for 1 second. C/T.
  6. Place hand on Lyra’s upper arm/thigh (R&L) for 3 seconds. C/T.
  7. Place hand on Lyra’s upper arm/thigh (R&L) for 5 seconds. C/T.
  8. Place hand on Lyra’s upper arm/thigh (R&L) for 8 seconds. C/T.
  9. Place hand on Lyra’s forearm/lower thigh (R&L) for 1 second. C/T.
  10. Place hand on Lyra’s forearm/lower thigh (R&L) for 3 seconds. C/T.
  11. Place hand on Lyra’s forearm/lower thigh (R&L) for 5 seconds. C/T.
  12. Place hand on Lyra’s forearm/lower thigh (R&L) for 8 seconds. C/T.
  13. Place hand on Lyra’s wrist/hock (R&L) for 1 second. C/T.
  14. Place hand on Lyra’s wrist/hock (R&L) for 3 seconds. C/T.
  15. Place hand on Lyra’s wrist/hock (R&L) for 5 seconds. C/T.
  16. Place hand on Lyra’s wrist/hock (R&L) for 8 seconds. C/T.
  17. Place hand on Lyra’s forefoot/hind paw (R&L) for 1 second. C/T.
  18. Place hand on Lyra’s forefoot/hind paw (R&L) for 3 seconds. C/T.
  19. Place hand on Lyra’s forefoot/hind paw (R&L) for 5 seconds. C/T.
  20. Place hand on Lyra’s forefoot/hind paw (R&L) for 8 seconds. C/T.
  21. Hold Lyra’s forefoot/hind paw (R&L) for 1 second. C/T.
  22. Hold Lyra’s forefoot/hind paw (R&L) for 3 seconds. C/T.
  23. Hold Lyra’s forefoot/hind paw (R&L) for 5 seconds. C/T.
  24. Hold Lyra’s forefoot/hind paw (R&L) for 8 seconds. C/T.
  25. Squeeze toes on each paw. C/T