Because Morgan has a left foot defect, she has always had people who had no clue how to properly handle her. Do they treat her as normal? Do they compensate for her, or does she do that? The questions become endless.
Morgan has not been able to speak a common language with her previous owners and I’m determined for this to come to a stop. How?
Clear communication through training.
You’ve all heard me say, “I don’t want your beak first, I want your FOOT first.” I will not even present my hand close enough to her until she knows me clear body language (through lifting her foot, or shifting her weight to do so) that her only intention is to STEP UP.
Beak first = I might bite. I might pinch. I might grab you (sometimes hard) to keep my balance. I might be gentle and simply use you to balance and step up nicely without puncture. But it’s a gamble.
Foot up = I want to step up on you. Giving a foot first, is a clear “my intention is to step up onto you.”
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