“They figure out the marker pretty quickly, but they don’t necessarily want to be touched. So that’s another long process, getting them used to rubbing against your hand or something. A lot of times they can be comfortable touching you, but they don’t want you to touch them.”
There are some fabulous quotes in this interview and I especially love this one. Working with animals that have been abused, or are afraid of many things, this is a concept that is critical. This concept is what starts the teaching process where the learner begins to understand they can have control over their environment. And control is one of the biggest reinforcers we can give them.