Buddy did great today, he is certainly much more confident and progressing with his skills.
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: Drop/ Down||Comment: For Buddy’s first session today we worked on his drop skill in the classroom, particularly focusing on trainer distraction/movement. Since there weren’t many distractions in the classroom it was a good opportunity to practice with handler movement. Buddy did pretty good with the initial drop, she had some word association with the skill so we were able to say the command and only use a small hand signal. Once he was in position we walked, jumped and made silly noises all around him. He seemed to struggle the most when the trainer was around his back end, he would quickly stand up and then lay back down to face us. To work on this we would take a step towards his back end and then immediately mark and reward, coming back to his front end. We were able to go all the way around him towards the end of the session without him moving! He just needs some practice with this skill but he is showing great progress!||Focus: Distraction||B|
|Skill learnt: Place Training||Comment: For Buddy’s second session today we worked on his place skill. We practiced both distractions and sending him to place. The first half of the session we worked on his impulse control, to do this we threw tennis balls around, skated past him, ran around and danced near his bed. He did super well with all these distractions, he broke a few times when the balls rolled to close to his bed but we just increased the distance and slowly built back up to the ball rolling closer. The second half of the session we practiced send him and releasing him from place. Not only does this reinforce all his markers but it strengthens his skill and his understanding of it. Once he was on place we would give him a couple rewards, then release him run around a little bit and then say the command “place” clearly and loudly and he would run and jump back on it! He did so well with this skill, he just needs some practice in different environments.||Focus: Distraction||B+|
|Skill learnt: Recall||Comment: Buddys last session today focused on his recalls and some more drops! To do his recall we waited until he was distracted by something and then we called his name, said “come” and then started moving backwards a little bit while acting all excited. When Buddy turned and started coming towards the trainer we would mark it yes and give him the treat when he was in front of us. By practicing this skill on lead he has no option but to come back to the trainer. It is important to practice lots and lots of this skill on lead because if he decides not to come back once off lead, he will self reinforce that behaviour. Practicing only in low distracting environments first is crucial, until he is coming back 100% of the time we can then start introducing different distractions like people, dogs and noises. Practicing in different environments as well is important, always start small and build up to bigger things! He did pretty good with this skill however he did struggle with engagement at the start so we had to really make ourselves SUPER exciting for him!||Focus: Distraction||C+|
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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