Most dogs are comfortable with being touched when it is their idea! Not so different from you and I. But dogs must be safe to handle, otherwise they are a liability. If we do not do this in a deliberate and systematic way, then dogs are frightened or get angry (mostly it’s a little bit of both, right?) when we try to dry off their feet or clip their nails. Vet visits can be a nightmare for you, the dog and the veterinarian and vet tech. Dogs can be left with symptoms of trauma and dread.
I believe it is our responsibility to do our best to train our dogs to be accepting of husbandry, and I believe strongly that we must do this in a way that creates trust and respect. Later in this course, we will go over my protocols for handling a dog, over several lessons and in a step-by-step way, but for now, let’s just chat about it a little bit.
Listen to Handling Your Dog For The Relationship: Desensitization, Counter-conditioning, Restraint Tolerance and Body Work