Archie did so well today, he was a little bit nervous to start with but he quickly got into the swing of things!
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: Conditioning||Comment: For Archie first session today we had a little explore on the way to the classroom. We let him sniff at all the plants, pots and statues he desired. Letting them do this allows them to relax and take in their new environment. Once we got to the classroom Archie was a little bit nervous but he was still having a good sniff around. There are LOTS of different interesting smells in this room. After a while Archie was comfortable enough to take treats. This is awesome because it shows he is relaxed enough. This allowed us to start charging his reward marker, a reward marker allows our dogs to understand exactly what they did which was right. The default word we use is “yes,” as soon as they look at us we say “yes” and give them a treat. The more we charge this marker the more they will associate it with a reward. An example of this is the sit skill, we ask them to sit, once their bum hits the ground we say “yes” and reward them! Archie is going well with his marker and was happy to eat all the treats! Keep working on this at home, if your just boiling the kettle practice saying “yes” and rewarding!||Focus: Conditioning||X|
|Skill learnt: Place Training||Comment: His second session today we started a new skill, while also working on his reward marker. The skill we started is “place training.” All we need for this is a raised bed and a lead. This skill is great because it teaches them impulse control and also to relax and stay in one spot. To teach this we lure them on using a treat, once all four paws are on we say “yes” and reward. After this we use our release word “break” and throw a treat for them to get. We use what is called implied duration instead of saying “stay” or “wait,” this is much easier for the dogs to understand. Archie happily followed the lure onto the bed, received his reward and then jumped off when released. Keep working on this one with Archie. Duration can be increased by upping the amount of times we “yes and reward”.||Focus: Foundation||C+|
|Skill learnt: Paws Up (on object)||Comment: For at Archie’s last session today we worked on something fun, Paws up! This skill is pretty straight forward, we simply lure them onto and object, “yes” and reward once they have both front feet up. Archie absolutely nailed this, we were able to use weird objects like spikey rubber pods and even introduced the wobble board. This skill is great because it teaches dogs to be confidence in their balance and also introduces them to different textures under their feet! Archie did so well today, he is a natural when it comes to training! Can’t wait to train Archie next time.||Focus: Foundation||B|
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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