Baz had a fun day working on his fundementals of his skills in the classroom. Baz had very good engagement for a puppy, happily working for his treats. After a bit of fun training, we gave him a bit of a scratch in between lessons.
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."
|We focused on
|Skill learnt: Place Training
|Comment: Baz started the day with his place skill. We worked in the classroom, focusing on his duration in the skill. Baz confidently walked on and off the bed, although choosing to hop off as soon as he wanted to. Baz happily would sit on the bed but as soon as his trainer moved he would hop off wanting to join in. We worked taking small movements, paying him if he stayed on, although using the lead gently to guide him back on if he hopped off. As we worked, Baz started to stay on the bed more reliably. as we took steps around it.
|Skill learnt: Loose Lead (No pull)
|Comment: Baz continued his loose lead walking in the classroom. We repeated his foundations, walking between two points, paying him treats when he walks next to us while turning around and continuing the other direction if he walks past us towards the end of the lead. Baz's engagement was a bit on and off throughout the lesson. He spent a good portion of the lesson by his trainer's side, looking up at him and walking at a good pace. Every now and then Baz would loose his attention and zoom ahead. After a bit of repetition Baz was reliably walking by our side while under very low distraction. As we gave Baz his treats, he would jump up as we tried to give it to him. We spent some time trying to keep all 4 of his paws on the ground as we walked before giving him the treat, finishing the lesson making a bit of progress.
|Skill learnt: Drop/ Down
|Comment: Baz worked on his drop skill this lesson. As part of our criteria taught, we teach the dogs "implied duration". This works in place of the "stay" skill. This is the idea that once we direct Baz into a drop, he has to wait until our release word to get up. If he gets up on his own, we gently direct him back into the drop and start again. As it is taught this way, it replaces the need for a "stay" as Baz's obedience skills should already have him staying until we give him his release word "break". We used a treat to lure Baz down into the position, marking yes and rewarding him as soon as he is in position. We then give him his release word break and throw a treat letting him know he is allowed to get up. We continued this throughout the lesson, with Baz following the treat down more quickly and more reliably each time. By the end of the lesson, Baz was happily following the treat down into the position. Next lesson we can start to look at fading out the treat lure, getting him to go down into the skill with the hand singal and pairing the verbal "drop". This will lead into being able to work on his duration once he understands the fundementals of the skill. This can be used in place of his stay, directing him into his drop when needing him to stay on the spot.
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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