Archie's Doggy Dayschool Report

2022-01-20

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: Place Training Comment: For his first session today Archie wasn’t taking treats to start with so we worked on place training with a tennis ball reward. He seemed a bit nervous in the classroom but still showed good engagement with the trainer. Place training is a great skill because we can send to a bed to calm down or simply remain in one place. The only rule of this skill is that all four paws must remain on the bed/platform. To teach this skill we lure them on using a treat, once all four paws are up we use our reward marker “yes” and then give them the treat. Not soon after this we release them using the release word “break” and throw a treat for them to follow. The reward marker is important because it lets them know exactly which behaviour grants them the treat. The release word is also important because it terminates the skill. We were able to guide him onto the raised bed, mark “yes,” and then release him while having a game with the ball. Archie had no troubles giving up the ball when the trainer went to pick it up. If he is reluctant to give the ball up at home, trade it for something of higher value. This can either be another tennis ball or his favourite treat. If you are taking his tennis ball away from him and not continuing the game, he sees this as you’re removing his resource. However by exchanging it for something else, it shows him that although his ball is taken away, he gets something else that’s even better. Focus: Foundation B
Skill learnt: Paws Up (on object) Comment: His second session today was focused on paws up. Archie was taking treats by this stage so it allowed us to try different skills! This skill is great because it helps them build confidence in themselves and with new surfaces. We used a large step to start with as Archie wasn’t too keen on the smaller pod. Using the larger step made it easier for Archie to step onto, he wasn’t able to dart around the other side to get the treat. To teach this we use a treat and lure them forward onto the step. As soon as he puts one paw on, “yes” and reward! Archie was able to get two feet onto the step by the end of the session. We can make this skill more challenging by using different objects like wobble boards, chairs, spikey rubber pods and more! Focus: Confidence C+
Skill learnt: Targeting (touch) Comment: For his last session today Archie worked on his targeting skill. We used a wooden spoon for this but you can also use your hand or any other object you like. To teach this skill we simply present the object in front of them and wait for them to show a behaviour. To start with it might just be him looking at it or sniffing it. As soon as he gives it any attention we mark “yes” and give him a treat. Archie was a bit slow with this skill but was figuring it out towards the end! He was touching it with his nose but seemed to be aiming closer to the trainers hand instead of the bowl of the spoon. Just getting the foundation of this skill is important, it can be refined as he gets better and understands it more! Keep working on this skill, anytime he moves his head towards it, “yes” and reward. If he touches it with his nose “yes,” reward and make a huge fuss over him! Jackpot the improvement! Go Archie! He is such a clever boy and just needs to work on his confidence. Learning all these new skills and coming into new environments is an excellent way to help him along! Focus: Foundation 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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