Barney's Doggy Dayschool Report

2021-10-22

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 Barney’s first session we worked on his loose lead walking outside. This is important as it allows for nice walking without pulling or zigzagging. Barney started off well and had good engagement with the trainer, this was on the gravel. When we started to move over to the grass his concentration decreased, and he would pull as soon as we would get close to the grass. Therefore, the trainer would turn as soon as we got near the grass and if Barney didn’t turn as well he was told ‘uh uh’ and the trainer would continue to walk away from the grass. This was repeated a few times until Barney stopped pulling and walked nicely onto the grass. One he was on the grass he was very unfocused and make little eye contact with the trainer. To help increase his focus the trainer started to increase the rewards and the turning frequency. By the end of the session Barney was offering eye contact majority of the time however at times would get distracted a pull. Therefore, the next step for Barney will be to continue working on his loose lead walking on the grass area. Focus: Distraction B
Skill learnt: Drop/ Down Comment: For Barney’s second session we worked on his drops. This skill is important as it allows them to settle into a position. Barney really struggled with his drops today. He dropped roughly 10% of the time asked. Whenever Barney didn’t drop, he was told ‘uh uh’ and pressure was applied to get him into his drop position. However, Barney was not giving into the pressure. It took 3 minutes for Barney to finally give into the pressure and go into his drop at the beginning. When Barney did give into the pressure, he was released from his drop straight away. Another behaviour which Barney presented was scratching whenever he went into his drop. As he did this every time, he was in a drop this was a displacement behaviour and therefore he was again told ‘uh uh’ and the trainer interrupted him scratching. To try and get Barney to start dropping the trainer tried to do a red light green light game to increase the interest however he again wasn’t dropping when asked and instead would drop the toy and walk off. The next step for Barney will be to continue working on his drop skill around distractions. Focus: Repetition D+
Skill learnt: Place Training Comment: For Barney’s last session we tried to work on his recall however he wasn’t showing enough engagement to do this, so we worked on his place skill. Barney again struggled with his place skill and was only going to place about 50% of the time. Again, we tried to do red light green light with place however he was too distracted and would step onto place and walk straight off. Whenever he stepped off, he would be told ‘uh uh’ and be put back onto place. When Barney did go onto place when asked he was heavily rewarded. The next step for Barney will be to continue working on him being sent to place around distractions. 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 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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