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1. Anxious in unfamiliar situations

Definition Absent Very Mild Mild Moderate Severe
Initially anxious during first visits to unfamiliar locations. Exhibited as increased or inhibited activity, cautious and/or less responsive or focused.
  • Unfazed by change in environments. Remains relaxed.
  • Initial slight signs of anxiety in unfamiliar locations.
  • Recovers very quickly and remains able to work and respond effectively.
  • Signs may include mild tongue flicking, mild restlessness or slowing, slight loss of responsiveness to work.
  • Mild or moderate signs of anxiety in unfamiliar locations.
  • Recovers quickly.
  • Signs may include frequent tongue flicking, moderate restlessness or slowing, mild loss of responsiveness to work.
  • Pronounced anxiety to unfamiliar locations and slow recovery.
  • Signs may include moderate restlessness, panting, whining, fast jerky movements, inhibited, compressed, escape behavior, seeking some handler support.
  • Maintains work with encouragement
  • Very strong anxiety in unfamiliar locations.
  • Fails to recover to previous level of composure and responsiveness.
  • Signs may include tongue flicking, whining, fast jerky movements, escape behavior, inhibited, compressed, clinging to handler.
  • Does not maintain work.
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