Julia recalls that her daughter had recent upsetting experience with medical personnel and “was scared of anyone examining her or trying to perform procedures.”
The “clicker game” that Julia had introduced to Paige previously came to the rescue! “I had her hold the clicker and click for many tiny increments of me touching my own face with tweezers, then to touching her face with tweezers. Slowly, with Paige marking for each correct repetition, I brought the tweezers closer and closer to her nose, and into the nostril. Finally, I got close enough to grab and pull out the raisin!” recounts Julia. Paige was having so much fun with the clicker that she forgot the raisin was in her nose and was surprised when it came out. Julia remembers feeling happy and successful after this incident. “Instead of it being a long, challenging, and potentially traumatizing event, the raisin retrieval via the clicker game was really empowering for both of us,” she says.
Since completing the KPA DTP program, Julia has had two children; her life has become much busier! However, Julia has managed to expand her knowledge by becoming a Family Paws parent educator, a Certified Behaviour Adjustment Training Instructor, and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. She has also been able to attend two ClickerExpo conferences.