Boat had a great first day! He is such a clever little guy and loves his training! He did okay settling in the crate in between his session, to start with he was a bit unsettled and vocal so we used a lickimat to help him settle, as each session finished he settled faster in the crate, using lickimats and kongs at home will help keep him occupied and settle faster in the crate
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: First session Boat worked on his place skill. This skill is fantastic to help with settling, impulse control and overall manners. During this session we also began conditioning Boat to his markers “yes” = reward, “break” = release from skill. As we teach implied duration not stay/wait the release word is important to help Boat understand when the skill is finished. Boat did well during this session and began picking up this skill quickly, we were able to use the verbal cue place and he hopped onto the bed. We reward every few seconds to help build up his duration before saying break and luring him off. Keep working on this at home building his duration and conditioning his markers further.
|Skill learnt: Drop/ Down
|Comment: Boats second session we worked on his drop skill. This skill is helpful to redirect unwanted behaviours like jumping. We spent the session luring him into the drop position from a stand, marking yes when in position and then saying break to release him. Boat can be quick to pop back up out of the drop so we used multiple treats one after the other to build his duration. Keep this up at home to build on the skill further.
|Skill learnt: Recall
|Comment: Final session Boat worked on some recall. We worked in the classroom around other dogs and trainers, Boat is very engaged when he knows his trainer has treats so we would throw a treat away from us or have another trainer call his name to get his attention, then his trainer would say “Boat, come” and lure him towards them and into a sit. Boat showed some good understanding of this already and happily trotted back to his trainer. He did get a bit distracted by the other trainers wanting to say hello to them, keep working on this at home, on lead in familiar environments before increasing distraction level.
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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