Buddy's Doggy Dayschool Report

2022-02-15

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: Loose Lead (No pull) Comment: For his first session today we worked on his engagement and loose lead in the cattery. He did really well with this, it is a great way to help get him focused and ready for the rest of his sessions. We walked all around the cattery, if he started to pull in front we would change directions and go the other way. This teaches him that he can’t get to what he wants by pulling. If he stopped to sniff something we would simply call his name and get his attention before continuing. We don’t want to pull on the lead because this is how dogs become desensitised to the pressure and will keep pulling regardless to get to what they want. By getting his attention and rewarding for any engagement is the best way to combat this! Focus: Distraction B
Skill learnt: Place Training Comment: For his last session today we pushed his knowledge of the place skill. We sent him to place and tested him with as many weird and wonderful distractions we could find. These included running around like a weirdo, riding a scooter, jumping, making funny sounds, throwing food near him, squeaky toys etc. He did so well with all of these distractions! We even had dogs training in the classroom at the same time and he did really well! He did start to bark when the trainer started ignoring him, all we did with this was say “ah ah” and then reward him when he was quiet for a few seconds. If he didn’t stop barking after the “ah ah” we kept ignoring him. He will eventually realise he doesn’t get rewards for barking, only for being quiet. Focus: Distraction A
Skill learnt: Trick Training Comment: For Buddy’s last session today we had some fun, we used the trick wheel to chose his last skill, it landed on chin rest! This skill requires them to place their chin in the trainers hand. It is a great skill to teach because it can be used when u need to check their mouth, ears, eyes etc. It’s great for dogs that don’t like to be touched around the face because it conditions them to touch but on their terms. To teach this skill we put one hand out flat and use our other hand to lure him over the hand. As Buddy starts to go for the treat, move it slowly over your hand (towards you) and his chin should move over your flat hand. Once his chin touches your hand, mark and reward. He seemed a little bit funny about being touched around the mouth and moved away the first time but with some encouragement he went back for another treat! By the end of the session he was doing really well, the next step for this is to increase duration. Once his chin is on your hand, mark yes and then give the treat a bit slower. If he moves his head away he doesn’t get the reward. Keep working on this one, as he also does muzzle conditioning it will be a great exercise! Focus: Foundation C+

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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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