Beani was a little off with his commands today, the trainer needed to do a few refresher sessions with him to bring him back up to speed however they didnt notice a change in his attitude or behaviour, he was still more than happy to work today!
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: Drop/ Down
|Comment: For his first session today the trainer took Beani into the classroom and worked on some drop! The criteria of the class today was to not only work on being able to move away from Beani while he is in a drop as well as getting him to drop a little quicker and from a standing position. To help with stepping away from him the trainer used his release word today to help build duration. They did this by only rewarding Beani with the release word and not with his reward command of “yes”, this helps build duration by getting Beani to expect the treat when he is released and not for just doing the skill itself. The trainer also worked on how he drops as well, if we can get him to drop from a standing position this will make his drops quicker and more effective. To do this they started by luring Beani through the middle of his legs from a stand getting him to shoot down into his drop, he was very quick to progress with this today so the trainer was actually able to phase out the lure very quickly and was easily able to pair his “drop” command to this new way of getting into drop! The ease of teaching Beani this skill as quickly as he did is showing us that he has really grasped the basics and has a solid line of communication the trainers can use to teach him new things which is the foundation of training!
|Focus: Back to Basics
|Skill learnt: Place Training
|Comment: For his second session the trainer worked on his place skill inside the cattery to help challenge him. The trainer did notice that during this session today Beani seemed a lot more distracted than usual and wasn’t listening to his commands, this included his reward marker and his “uh-uh” marker, while we use these all the time here we need to make sure we are also using these correctly at home as over use or misuse of the commands can over saturate it to the dog and it may loose its meaning, it also could just be Beani having an off day however the trainer wanted to mention it so you can keep up the work at home, a mixture of him learning the skills here and you continuing the training at home will give him the best chance at success. He did well with his place however and after getting his markers acquired again (which did take him a little bit) the trainer was able to send Beani to place and he would stay there even when the trainer was sprinting past him in the cattery! The cats also didn’t seem to bother him too much.
|Skill learnt: Conditioning
|Comment: For his final session today the trainer worked on a few things because they noticed that a few of his skills needed refresher sessions so tried working on these. To start the trainer did a bit of recall, however they noticed that while he would return to them he wasn’t getting into a sit and he wasn’t responding to the command or following the hand gesture for this skill so the trainer did a refresher session starting from scratch and building him up, this is more common than you think and without consistent training is likely to happen again, this is where training in between sessions here at day school while at home is vital, however its also nothing to be worried about, Beani was able to work back up to being able to sit for the trainer on command quiet quickly which tells us these skills are somewhere in that big brain of his we sometimes just need to help him find it! The last bit of his session was spent doing some loose lead walking around the property to just gain his attention back on the trainer before ending for the day.
|Focus: Back to Basics
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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