So this afternoon, I was working with my 5yr old -- teaching her to trailer. I did get her two front feet in and she was quite content -- actually I had a hard time backing her out because she was so interested in the trailer
However, the only reason I got her front feet in, IMO, was because at some point I recognized that she needed to be told, "OK, now come in" firmly at which point, she did just that without a hitch. But, what told me that? I'm still pondering... some things I can name that told me when she was nervous, for example, but some things I just seem to have just known
-- without really being able to put my finger on.
What kind of clues do you all see and recognize?
My girls --
paw when they want to but are scared too
suck back their lower lip when scared
one kicks up with her back leg when frustrated
their pockets above their eyes get deeper when nervous
-- see what I mean? these are all negative reactions, so where did I see the confidence in my girl today when working her? Purely a lack of negative signs? I don't think so, but what?