I agree with you 100% on the handling, if I skip one day of not handling forest I have trouble the next day. I do allow him to roam afterwards and night time he is back on me. One thing I do disagree with is the commands. Forest knows doedoe, help and kom and those words do not sound the same at all. Even if it did, it does not matter the fact is he understand what it means. When I say doedoe at night he climes right on top of me and gets real upset if I do not take him to his room. When I am in his room he will not come to me unless I say kom. When he battles to get on the chair and I just reach for him then he reverse, but when I say help he climes onto my hand and expects me to put him on the chair. Plus, it is not just the way that I approach him it is the word. For example, he wanted to get on to the couch the other day and my hands were full I asked Craig to help forest. When he approached, forest immediately started backing-off. I told Craig that he must say Help. He said it and forest used his hand as a step to get on to the couch. My posture is not at all the same as Craig’s, nor is the tone of my voice. Craig is actually quite scary. My ig is definitely not super intelligent, I have simply used these words since he was 5 days old and he knows what the word or the sound means. He knows these words through repetition each and every day and it makes life very easy for both of us. Doedoe took about 6 months to learn, help was just after that and kom only started working about a month ago. I am still working on 'buite' which means 'outside' so he knows that we are going to his outdoor enclosure.