Archie's Doggy Dayschool Report

2021-05-03

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 we worked on Archie's loose lead skill outside. Archie pulled a lot from the kennels but as we started walking on the pavement he did start settling down. Using "yes" and rewarding him while walking nicely and "uh-uh" and turning around when he pulled helped to keep his pulling more under control while walking. Archie can get distracted easily by other people and dogs so working on distraction levels in familiar environments and engagement while walking can really help with his focus and was a major part of his loose lead training today. Next time we'd like to see him pull less and focus more on the trainer - at home reward him everytime he "checks in" with you while walking to keep his focus. Focus: Distraction C
Skill learnt: Drop/ Down Comment: For his second session we started work on Archie's drop skill. Archie showed no knowledge of drop and would not follow the lure fully into the drop. By applying a small movement of pressure at his collar he was able to understand what we wanted alongside the lure and we got a few drops out of him. However this skill needs a lot of work for him to fully understand what is required of him. For the rest of the session we worked on his sits as this was something he understood but he did struggle with his sits of there were any other distractions in the classroom (eg. Other people or dogs). Next time we'd like to see Archie more focused on the trainer and lure so that we can properly show him how to go into a drop from a standing position - at home use a high value treat (something he really loves) and slowly lure from his nose towards his belly through his front legs while he is in a stand to help teach him his drop. Focus: Foundation D+
Skill learnt: Place Training Comment: For his last session we worked on Archie's place skill. This is an incredibly useful skill to teach Archie impulse control and to relax. Archie was quite good at following the lure onto the raised bed though struggled with duration and distraction. We worked on having him stay on place until released ("break") for duration and having him stay on place while the trainer took a few steps away - the first few times he did break but then was staying on place while the trainer took several steps back which is really good progress. Next time we'd like to see Archie stay on place a bit longer so that we can start working on his impulse control on place. At home, use a raised bed and lure Archie onto it (saying "yes" once all 4 paws are on) and then releasing him with "break" after a short time. Focus: Distraction 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 DoneĀ (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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