Bentley did extremely well today and tackled the noises of our extreme weather with a brave face!
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: Place Training||Comment: Bentley was quite nervous with the surrounding weather and noises the wind and rain produced. So we decided to help relax him and build him up by starting with place in the training shed, where he is most comfortable. We used a high reward and lots of markers to help improve his engagement with the trainer and help him relax around loud wind noises by associating it with something positive. Bentley was extremely unfocused with the extreme weather outside and We would really love to test Bentley and continue using loud noises as his distraction to get him most comfortable and more confident around them.||Focus: Distraction||C+|
|Skill learnt: Loose Lead (No pull)||Comment: The next session, again, using the extreme weather noises of rain and wind against the training shed walls, roof, and windows, we practiced our loose lead walking with drops. To begin Bentley was quite nervous and focus remained solely around what was happening outside. We started purely just focusing on loose lead and getting him to relax with the trainers before we started incorporating the drops. As the session progressed, Bentley started to settle, and we gradually added in his drops. He knows this well, but the loud noises really tested him. Same as the first session we used a high reward and lots of markers to help associate the noises with positivity. Eventually as he relaxed more, he would remain in a drop position without breaking our turning his focus on the outside weather and noises and waited to be released. Again, we would like to continue testing Bentley with loud noises as his distraction in future sessions.||Focus: Distraction||B|
|Skill learnt: Place Training||Comment: Our third session, we decided to double up on place training as he started to relax more through-out the day. The next stop was near the office. We still had the noise distraction here but more exposure to people traffic. Bentley really exceeded here. Still aware of the extreme weather, we managed to keep calm with people walking past while on place. He did always keep an eye on them and his looks followed everywhere a person went but focus always reverted straight back to the trainer and this is great progress for him. We are super proud. We would like to continue this sort of exposure with Bentley to help him relax even further around new people and them walking past.||Focus: Distraction||B|
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.