Alfred's Doggy Dayschool Report

2024-01-22

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 his first session today the trainer worked on his loose lead walking to not only push the skill further but to also gain his engagement for the rest of the day. Getting him into the classroom while not entirely smooth was much better than the last time this specific trainer worked with Alfred which is a great sign that his training is working. Once inside the classroom it was much easier to gain his engagement and get him focused for the rest of the day. In order to help Alfred with his skills and to give a visual representation of his progress the trainer used traffic cones to measure out a certain distance (to start 5 metres), as Alfred walked nicely between the cones the distance was increased until the trainer had the cones at each end of the room, from here they then put another cone in the middle of the other two and each time they got to this cone the trainer asked for a sit or drop from Alfred just to break up the routine of the session, giving a visual guide not only help Alfred to learn the skill but it gives us as handlers and trainers a visual representation of their progress during a single session which can be an amazing motivator, so consider doing this with the training at home and see what the maximum distance you can get to is! Focus: Manners C+
Skill learnt: Place Training Comment: For his second session today the trainer worked on Alfred’s place skill. Today the trainer had to actually take Alfred back to basics with this skill, they noticed that while he understood the basics of this skill he seemed to be struggling with the verbal command of the skill, going backwards like this is very common especially with younger dogs however if they are able to recover quickly it isn’t something to be too concerned about, if this happens at home just do what we did today and bring him back to basics, lure him on to the place bed and mark and reward for the right behaviours, do this until you have 90% compliance with Alfred before moving him on to the next step. Before we are able to work him around distractions and increase his duration and distance he first must show a good understanding of the verbal command, it is also important that the work is being continued at home, the more he trains the quicker he will retain what he is learning, if you’re not sure what to do at home please reach out, we have many options including Saturday morning classes and private appointments all designed to help give you the knowledge and skills to do the work at home. Focus: Foundation C
Skill learnt: Sit Comment: For his final session today the trainer worked on Alfred’s sit skill with a focus on engagement. Like his other sessions the trainer wanted to set him up for as much success as possible and so worked him at first in the classroom. Since we were focusing on engagement today the trainer was making sure to only give the reward marker when Alfred was actually looking at them while in his sit position, this way we reward him for checking in and as the session went on he got not only quicker at looking at the trainer but also held the engagement for much longer as well. Once this was achieved he was taken outside where he was tested in front of some dog distractions. Being still young it was understandable that he is distracted by other dogs however by rewarding his good behaviour of staying in his sit and checking in with the trainer they were able to slowly work his attention back on to the trainer, the more work like this that is done the quicker his response time will be until he is whipping his attention back to the trainer each time with ease. Focus: Conditioning 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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