Mr Alfred worked hard today and had lots of fun for his first ever Dayschool!
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."
|We focused on
|Skill learnt: Place Training
|Comment: This first session focused on conditioning a reward marker and place training. A reward maker is a verbal “yes” every time he does something right (the second he does it) and is partnered with a treat. We then started teaching “place.” This has one rule, all four paws on the bed until we release him with the word “break.” This is how we build duration in skills. For now we just started with lots of repetition, luring onto the bed, marking “yes” and rewarding, then saying “break” and guiding him off the bed. This skill is great for building impulse control and redirecting any cheeky behaviours around the home. We always do this on lead so you can guide him back on if he steps off the bed before you released him! Try this at home, using a raised bed (or wooden box). Start with quick repetitions and slowly increase the duration each time! (Watch our 7 Tips to Better Behaviour on YouTube for some more pointers).
|Skill learnt: Loose Lead (No pull)
|Comment: This session was all about leash manners. We started walking up and down the classroom. If Alfred pulled (put any tension on the lead) the trainer stopped and went the other way, encouraging him to follow along. Each time he made a good decision or checked in with the trainer (looked at us) we said “yes” and gave him a treat. This is reinforcing those good decisions. He was quite distracted initially but through repetition he started to engage nicely with the trainer. We were even able to work outside for part of the session. Try working on this at home (low distraction) first, build up his understanding and slowly add distractions and change up the environment as he improves.
|Skill learnt: Drop/ Down
|Comment: His last session today was all about his drop skill (lay down). Alfred didn’t seem to have any prior knowledge of this skill so we worker on the basics. We found he preferred to sit then drop, however we want to fade out the sit as quickly as possible. We were able to lure him from a stand to a drop successfully throughout the session - treat on nose and lure down between front legs at an angle (so he folds down into a sphinx statue position). He was doing really well so we were able to add some duration aswell. Make sure to say “yes” the second he gets into the right position, reward and then say “break” to release him! As he improves you can add more duration and even test him with different distractions. Remember to start in low distracting environments first to build strong foundations.
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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