This is one of the most difficult disciplines for a human: to feel something in our hands and not respond to it with our hands.
– Karen Rohlf
It’s a reflex to cling to or grab something – especially when a bit of adrenaline is involved. Yanking tugging come easily to predators such as humans.
Nevertheless, they’re the very things which we need to avoid when dealing with other animals. How unpractical! Letting a rope simply slide through our hands in a moment of panic or fear is a talent that most of us have to consciously teach ourselves.
If there is a moment of resistance, be patient. Don’t react with your hands. Our goal is to be 90% mental and only 10% physical when working with animals.