what you focus on expands
It is much easier, therefore, when working with animals, to do so using behaviour technology. Remain consistent and dependable. If you need him to move to another exhibit or let you look at his foot, teach him how to cooperate. Once he knows what to expect, he will be more inclined to cooperate. If we are focussing on cooperation, then the animal has somebody to trust. If we are focussing on coercion, then we have willingly entered into a battle. Nobody wins in a battle. There is no long term learning or positive effect. We are simply breaking down relationshiup, defeating trust, and lowering the possibility of success into the future.