Barney's Doggy Dayschool Report

2021-11-05

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: In his first session, Barney focused on further developing his skill loose lead with drop. We focused on this skill to help with his challenging behaviour of pulling. Barney was initially very excited to be training and struggled to engage with his trainer. To help him redirect his focus the trainer moved to a lower distracting environment (classroom) to build his engagement before challenging him with distractions again. In the classroom he continued to be distracted but redirected his focus quickly with the use of a lure and his known skill drop. Although he was interested in the treats he was continuing to be distracted by new objects, people and dogs. The trainer found when they incorporated a toy as a reward (not every time, but when he performed very well), he showed greater engagement. He loves the toy and showed great engagement. He successfully walked while engaged past another dog in the classroom. We suggest focusing on his loose lead inside your home, when performing well go in your backyard. This will he'll build his foundations with minimal distractions. Focus: Back to Basics C+
Skill learnt: Drop/ Down Comment: In his second session, Barney focused on further developing his skill drop in a high distracting environment (inside the kennel facility). Barney was initially distracted by the environment, however he quickly redirected his focus and performed well. He responds well to the drop command and hand signal. As this was a high challenging environment the trainer used a low hand signal to help guide him into the correct position. As he was performing well the trainer challenge him with walking past dogs while in the play pen. This was very challenging for Barney, as the dog in the play pen was running. He struggled to listen to the drop command and hold duration. This is expected as this is a huge distraction and Barney is still learning his skills. The trainers will continue to work on this for his final session. Focus: Distraction C+
Skill learnt: Drop/ Down Comment: In his final session, Barney continued to focus on developing his skill drop while in and around the kennel facility. From the moment Barney came out the crate he showed good engagement with his trainer. He continued to perform well inside the kennel where he can hear and smell the other dogs but not see them. As we progressed outside, he began to lose focus but continued to respond to the drop command. When Barney got closer to the other dogs he struggled to respond to the drop command, at this stage this is too challenging for him and will need to be continued to be worked on. However, when walking back to his kennel Barney walked past the dogs barking in the kennel (on the outside of the fence). At this distance he can see and hear the dogs but can still respond to the drop command. This is a great example of critical distance, when inside the fence he is too close to the dogs and can't focus, when on the outside of the fence he can continue to perform his skills. This will be important to remember when practising skills at home. Head over to our Instagram story to see him performing well. Focus: Distraction 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 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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