In this video I am able to touch him with my stick within a few minutes. I am then able to stroke his face with my hand by using the rhythmic motion I put in my stick to then transfer this into my hand without it feeling much different. I don’t do this for too long before retreating to keep his trust in me, otherwise I will go over his threshold. I repeat this process a few times and then when I use approach and retreat to go to his wither he leaves and tells me its’ too much for him at this stage. I softly move his feet around in both directions.
Towards the end of the video he wants to stop and investigate a spot on the ground where his water was poured out earlier today. All morning he ignored it, then after lunch he looked at it quickly then went back to ignoring it. Then in this session he stopped to investigate it for the first time. I stop moving his feet straight away and step back and allowed him space and time to check it out. This is the kind of behaviour I want to encourage. If I can get him curious enough to investigate different things in his environment this will help build his confidence through fostering curiosity.