Buddy did pretty good today, he showed some good progress with his drops!
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 drops in the classroom as he was super distracted. We were able to work with some other dogs in the classroom however he did have one reaction when another dog started barking in the crate. We had to create distance between the crate and Buddy. We moved back and worked on his drops for him to calm back down. He took a while to relax and refocus on the trainer. Creating the distance in this scenario helps Buddy calm down and work through his fear, giving him a job to do with other dogs around helps with distraction/impulse control. We weren’t able to work on his “let go” skill as the classroom was just too distracting for him.||Focus: Distraction||B|
|Skill learnt: Loose Lead (No pull)||Comment: For his second session today we worked outside on his loose lead skill. To start with we got him in a drop to help him focus and take in his surroundings. After a couple minutes we were able to release him and walk up and down the driveway. Anytime he pulled ahead or to the side to smell something we said “this way” and changed directions. This forced him to turn with the trainer and not get to what he wanted. He showed some really good engagement with the trainer when there weren’t too many distractions. We were able to keep his focus on the trainer when people walked past which is great. The next step would be to practice with dogs in the distance while doing his loose lead or drop skill. Mainly focusing on keeping his focus/engagement on the trainer instead of the stimuli.||Focus: Distraction||B|
|Skill learnt: Recall||Comment: For his last session today we worked on his recalls just outside the classroom. We went outside to avoid dog distractions as he is not ready for dog distraction with recalls yet. We started with the long line at 1/4 length and slowly built up to ½ length. To do this we threw a piece of fritz to distract him, once he found it we said his name, then “come” and as soon as he started towards us we marked it “yes” and rewarded him once he was sitting in front of us. He did pretty well with this however he was very easily distracted when he heard a dog bark, or a gate/door open. This skill needs to be practiced lots and lots at home, somewhere he knows. Starting in the house and then building up the the back yard and eventually the front yard. It is important to take this skill slowly and to not push them. Always practicing on lead as well, because the one time that they don’t come back off lead it, they self reinforce. Introducing distractions slowly is also critical for him as you don’t want to push him too quickly.||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.
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