ORIENT HANDLER, PROVIDE PRESSURE TO CALM
1. Text: Introduction to these tasks.
2. Video collection: Orient the Handler
3. Video: Provide Pressure to Calm Handler
2. VIDEOS: ORIENT THE HANDLER
Video 1: This video shows Nathaniel teaching the dog the "paws up" position to focus on the handler. A goal is that the dog is eventually being able to sustain eye contact with the handler, for up to 30 seconds.
Video 2: "Orient the Handler" can be a cued task (handler recognizes the need for it in the moment and cues the behavior in the dog as a coping skill) or the dog can be taught to recognize when the handler needs the task and to initiate the task spontaneously. This video shows Nathaniel teaching a fun game called "Dog in the Middle". The objective of the game is for the handler's friend or family member to be able to send the dog to the handler when the handler needs the task to be done (or for practice).
2. VIDEO: PROVIDE PRESSURE TO CALM HANDLER
This video shows Nathaniel teaching the dog to first settle next to the handler, and then to begin laying her body gently across the legs to provide a gentle, soothing pressure.