Akira's Doggy Dayschool Report

2021-11-17

It was a PLEASURE training with your pooch today and we look forward to continuing to help you achieve your goals, skills and improve your relationship.

Your journey does not end here, it has only just begun!

"I trained hard, I played hard! Please find below the skills we worked on and my results. I look forward to showing you what I learnt and working on them more with you!" If you have any questions about the skills we trained please feel free to contact todays trainer."

Skill Comment We focused on Grade
Skill learnt: Loose Lead (No pull) Comment: For Akira’s first session we worked on door manners and loose lead. When we got Akira out of the kennels she was full of beans so we stood by the door until she calmed down or offered a sit behaviour. As soon as Akira sat we started to open the door, if she stood up we said “ah ah” and shut the door quickly. We only started to open the door if she sat down again. This took quite a while for her to calm down and actually get out of the kennels. Once we were through the first door we had to do the same at the second door. Akira was much quicker to calm down and sit but still took quite a while. Once we got through both doors we then moved out to the car park to practice some loose lead walking. Akira seemed to struggle with this and was constantly jumping in front of the trainer, when we tried to lure her around to our side she just jumped around and would walk side ways. To combat this the trainer had the lead go around the back of them so it stopped Akira from moving in front. She definitely needs some practice of this skill, particularly just following a lure into the heel position. Focus: Distraction C+
Skill learnt: Drop/ Down Comment: For Akira’s second session today we worked on her drop skill. Akira showed that she didn’t know any verbal cues so we continued using a lure. To do this we had the treat on her nose and moved it slowly down towards her front legs. She followed the lure and would go into a drop position. Once she was in a drop we marked “yes” and gave her the treat. We started with small duration so we released her soon after getting her into position. She seemed to struggle when the trainers hand moved away once she was in a drop, she kept standing up to follow it. To avoid this we dropped the treat on the floor near her so she had to find the treat while in drop, this allowed the trainer to stand up, mark and reward a second time, stand up and then release her. Repeating these steps will help build duration in her drop skill. Practicing in a low distracting environment will benefit Akira, slowly moving to different environments once she builds duration and can remain in position with handler movement. Focus: Duration C+
Skill learnt: Conditioning Comment: For her last session we worked on some more drops, repeating the same method as the previous session. After a few minutes of this we worked on her door manners, we were able to get her into a sit and slowly open the door. She broke position a few times and tried to rush through but we were able to reset her and start again each time. After a few minutes of opening and closing the door Akira finally figured out that she had to stay in a sit and look to the trainer to continue. Sticking to this routine will be important for Akira, making sure to practice on lead is important to, it gives the handler control of the situation. After making it through the door successfully a few times we were able to practice her loose lead walking back to the kennels. She did pretty good today, she just needs a little help redirecting her focus! Focus: Manners C+

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A: Outstanding (90 – 100%) I understand my training, Neat & Complete! Ready to move on to higher difficulty & distraction
B: Great Work (80-89%) I mostly understand, Almost neat & complete! Needs practice in some areas. Mild distractions
C: Well Done (70-79%) Some good progress. Needs work, but on my way. Still learning. Low distractions.
D: Beginning (60-69%) My journey is just beginning, I don’t understand just yet. Introduction phase. No distraction.
E: Unable to Progress. Needs major focus, seek further options to assist.

X: Not gradable, the focus was on Enrichment, Socialisation & Engagement.

 

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