Alfie was very excitable today so we worked on his manners on the way down to the classroom, this helped him settle and focus better.
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: This session focused on his loose lead walking and sit skill. We started in the classroom to build up his engagement but we were able to quickly progress to working outside. Once outside the same rules still applied - that lead must remain slack. If he pulled slightly we stopped and went the other way, rewarding for engagement and good decisions. Alfie did really well outside, even with all the smells and dogs in their outdoor runs. Make sure to practice in environments Alfie is ready for and use high value treats for high distracting environments.||Focus: Distraction||B+|
|Skill learnt: Drop/ Down||Comment: This session we worked on his drop skill. Alfie showed no prior knowledge of this so we used a treat to lure him into position. We were able to lure him from a sit to a drop, but he struggled to go into a drop from a stand position. This is ok, we can fade out the sit position as he understands the drop position more. Drop is a great control position, especially for greeting other people, emergency/dangerous situations (off lead dogs) and as a general obedience skill! He showed some understanding of the position but lots of repetition will help him along nicely.||Focus: Foundation||C+|
|Skill learnt: Trick Training||Comment: For his last session we had some fun with a trick called “hold.” We used a wooden spoon and began shaping Alfie into biting/holding the handle. Every time he showed some interest towards the spoon we marked “yes” and rewarded him. He was able to bite the handle for a couple seconds so he will need to keep practicing to build up that duration! Shaping is a great way for dogs to develop thinking and problem solving skills - we are simply shaping behaviours that they offer. To finish off we practiced his newly learnt paws up skill on a rock outside - generalising the skill with different objects.||Focus: Foundation||C+|
We recommend your next step should be…
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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