Features April 2012 Issue

Touch/Restraint Desensitization Protocol

It’s amazing how quickly high-value treats can transform a frightened dog’s attitude about touch or restraint. Thanks to Sarah Richardson, of The Canine Connection in Chico, CA, for demonstrating.

Touch/Restraint Desensitization Protocol

Touch dog’s shoulder with one hand, feed treat with other hand, remove both hands. Repeat multiple times until touch to the shoulder elicits an automatic look for the other hand to arrive with treat. Move touch process to various other parts of dog’s head and body until a touch anywhere on the dog elicits an auto-look for the delivery of a treat. Pay extra attention to any body part where your touch seems to elicit a more intense response from the dog.

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