Berger's Doggy Dayschool Report

2022-07-14

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: For Berger’s first session today we worked on some place training, first off we had to see what knowledge he had with this skill. Straight away he showed really good understanding, jumping straight on and also reacting to the reward marker “yes”. We practiced sending him to and releasing him for 5 minutes and then started working with his impulse control around food. To start with we threw a biscuit on the floor, quite a distance from us. Berger jumped off to go get the treat but since he wasn’t released we said “ah ah” and guided him back on. This shows us that his impulse control around food isn’t great, testing them this way is a great way to start teaching them that control, it can be used for food or with their favourite toy. By the end of the session we were able to drop a handful of treats about 2 metres away and he remained on place. Every time he makes a good decision we made sure to reward him. Make sure if he can’t be supervised he is somewhere like his crate or somewhere safe, this way he won’t have the opportunity to steal food off the table. Focus: Conditioning B
Skill learnt: Leave Comment: For his second session today Berger worked on “leave it”. To teach this we have some lower value (biscuit) treats in one hand and higher value (fritz) in the other. We present the lower value hand (closed fist) let him sniff lick at it, as soon as he looks away we mark yes and give him a high value reward. He soon learns that by ignoring the food he gets something better, as he understand this more and more we can open our hand slightly and pair it with “leave it”. This way he learns that when we say that he needs to ignore what ever it is and he will get something better! Keep practicing this one, he did struggle a bit at the start but caught on quickly. We didn’t get to the point where we could say “leave it” but it won’t be long if you keep practicing at home. Focus: Foundation C+
Skill learnt: Drop/ Down Comment: For his last session today Berger worked on his drop/down skill. This skill is really good to help with overexcitement when meeting new people. We can have him in a drop by outside and he is only allowed to say hello when he is calm and/or holding the position. We worked on his duration while in position, getting him to hold it longer and longer each time. Berger did well with this, he did require a clear hand signal to get into position but other than that he showed some good understanding. The only time he broke position was when another person and dog entered the room. When this happened we regained his focus and put him back into a drop. Keep working on this skill, it’s awesome for overexcitement and also a great security position. 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 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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