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22. Fear on elevated areas, drop-offs etc.

Definition Absent Very Mild Mild Moderate Severe
Dog is fearful, apprehensive, hesitant near platform edges or other elevated areas
  • Is relaxed when on elevated areas of all types
  • Very mild signs of caution when approaching edges or when on an elevated area.
  • Signs may include:
    1. very mild tense body language
    2. hesitancy
  • Maintains Work
  • Mild signs of apprehension when approaching edges, drop-offs, or when on an elevated area
  • Signs may include:
    1. mildly tense body language
    2. mild hesitancy with mild transient compression
    3. mild hurrying.
  • Maintains work and improves with subsequent exposure.
  • Moderate signs of fear when approaching edges, drop-offs, or when on an elevated area
  • Signs may include:
    1. moderately tense body language
    2. balking on approach
    3. pulling away from the edge
    4. moderate compression
    5. is not comfortable matching speed to handler or waiting in the elevated area
  • Interferes with ability to maintain work without handler support and encouragement
  • Severe signs of fear when approaching edges, drop-offs, or when on an elevated area
  • Signs may include:
    1. severely tense body language
    2. severe balking
    3. refusal on approach
    4. severe pulling away from the edge
    5. severe compression
  • Does not maintain work. Will not work effectively on elevated areas.
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