Baine's Doggy Dayschool Report

2022-05-24

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: Engagement Comment: For his first session today Baine worked on some engagement with trainer and also started to learn some reward markers. A reward marker helps the dog understand what they have done which is right! The moment they display the desired behaviour, we say “yes” and give them a treat. We use a reward marker (yes) because it signals to the dog that they did the right thing and a treat is coming! If we didn’t have a reward marker, they might show the behaviour but by the time the treat arrives they could have gotten up or forgotten what they did in the first place. We used this in conjunction with an engagament game, this game rewards them for looking/engaging with the trainer. To do this we throw a treat and they retrieve it. When they get the treat and look back to the trainer we say yes and throw another treat. This teaches them that by looking back to the trainer they get more rewards. At the start of the session Baine was super excitable and not paying any attention at all. By using the game and reward markers we were able to bring his focus in! By the end of the session Baine would sit in front of the trainer waiting for the next treat! This is awesome progress and shows he just needed some guidance. We did this outside on a walkway so there weren’t too many distractions like people or dogs! Focus: Distraction C+
Skill learnt: Loose Lead (No pull) Comment: His second session today focused more on his loose lead walking. Baine was very adamant on smelling every tree or blade of grass he could find. To help with his engagement we moved somewhere with less distractions (cement walkway, can see this on our instagram story). Every time Baine pulled in front the trainer stopped and went the other way. This seemed to build a little frustration in Baine and he began to chew the lead. When he did this the trainer made sure not to engage with him and kept walking. The second he let go of the lead we marked “yes” and gave him a treat. If Baine looked at the trainer we also marked/rewarded that, because it shows he is looking/engaging with the trainer. By the end of the session we were walking up and down the walkway (the whole length) without him pulling. It’s important to practice this skill somewhere without distractions and slowly build them up. Once he understood that he couldn’t pull to get to what he wants he settled down. Keep up with this and he will walk much nicer! Focus: Foundation C+
Skill learnt: Place Training Comment: For the last session today Baine worked on some place training in the classroom. The only rule for this skill is that all four paws must remain on the raised bed until released. To teach this we lure them on, yes, reward and then release them with the word “break” (or whatever word you would like to use). When we first went into the classroom there was another dog present. Baine was quite vocal towards this dog but the trainer was able to redirect and maintain his focus using treats! After a few minutes of luring him on and releasing him he picked it up! He is a quick learner which is awesome. Baine still had a few moments of distraction when the other dog moved but we could still get him back on place! By the end of the session we had him on the bed and could take a few steps away from him! Duration and distraction needs to be built up slowly with this skill but he showed great progress already. Focus: Foundation B

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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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