Brutus's Doggy Dayschool Report

2022-01-21

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: Crate Training Comment: For his first session today Brutus worked on his drops in the classroom. We began just figuring out what he already knew, he showed good knowledge of his drop position but struggled with duration. We teach implied duration, so we removed the use of “stay” or “wait”. Instead we ask for the skill, “yes” and reward and then release them using a release word. So a drop would look like this: Ask for the skill (“drop” with hand signal), reward them (“yes” and then treat), and then release them (“break” and throw a treat). We use a reward marker “yes” to help the dog understand exactly what they did to get the treat. If we asked for a drop and then just gave them a treat they might have forgotten or already stood up and walked away. By saying “yes” the second he is in position, he knows a treat is on the way! To “install” a reward marker, simply say “yes” and give him a treat. Eventually he will make the connection between the word yes and a reward. Brutus picked this up straight away, although he stood up a few times, he was able to stay in a drop while the trainer took a couple steps back! Keep practicing this, Brutus is doing super well! Even try implementing the reward and release markers! Look up clicker training, it’s the same concept but instead of a click we say “yes”. Focus: Repetition A+
Skill learnt: Place Training Comment: For his second session today we worked in the classroom again, but this time another dog was also being trained. We worked on place training with some fun games in between. We implemented red-light-green-light by getting him super excited with the trainer and then when we decided, got him back on place. Place training is a great skill for dogs to have because it teaches them to stay in one spot and settle. To teach this, we simply lure them into a raised bed/platform. Once all four paws are on we say “yes” and reward. We keep rewarding intermittently while he is on place, when ready we say “break,” releasing him to a game! Brutus did so well with this, he couldn’t care less about the other dog in the room! He looked at them occasionally but didn’t seem bothered/reactive in the slightest. Having him training with other dogs around is great socialisation. It teaches them that they don’t have to greet every dog they see! Having them ignore other dogs is the most socialised dog ever! The common thought of letting them all play together to “socialise” them isn’t always true! Just having them around each other in a controlled environment is the best way to help dogs learn how to act around others! Focus: Foundation B
Skill learnt: Spin Comment: For his last session today we had some fun. We worked on some spins, we did this two different ways to see how much he could learn in one session! The first thing we tried was simply luring him around in a circle while walking along. To start with he was by our left side walking along, we then lured him around to his left, doing a full circle and ending up back by our side to keep walking. He picked this up so quick, he is very food motivated so this makes it easy. Since he picked this up so well we tried something different. Still doing his spins (although just in front of us) we introduced the treat & train device. This is essentially a reward marker machine! We have a remote which we can press and the machine beeps and dispenses a treat. So we lured Brutus around in a spin, once he did it successfully we pressed the button and he got the treat! He was a little confused at first because he looked to the trainer for a treat, but he quickly figured out what the sound meant and we could do in successfully. Brutus is such a smart boy, he was lots of fun to train today and can’t wait to see him back at day school! Focus: Foundation 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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