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: Conditioning Comment: Buddy’s first session today was all about conditioning him to the trainers and new environment. He was a little bit nervous and wasn’t taking any treats but this is completely normal for their first dayschool. We took him for a confidence walk around the property. This allows them to discover new things and get to know their surroundings. Letting them sniff around naturally helps them calm down, by the end of the session buddy was eating treats of high value. High value treats are things like cheese, fritz or chicken! In more distracting or stressful situations these will be important to keep their attention on you! Focus: Conditioning X
Skill learnt: Place Training Comment: For his second session today we worked on his reward markers and his place skill. A reward marker helps the dog understand what they have done which is right! The moment they display the desired behaviour, we say “yes” and give them a treat. We use a reward marker (yes) because it signals to the dog that they did the right thing and a treat is coming! If we didn’t have a reward marker, they might show the behaviour but by the time the treat arrives they could have gotten up or forgotten what they did in the first place. We used this in conjunction with his place skill, we would lure him onto the raised bed, once all four paws are on we say “yes” and reward him. After a couple rewards we then use our release word “break” and throw a treat away from the bed. This lets him know that the skill is terminated and he can get off the bed. It’s important to do this on lead while they are learning, because if they step off the bed we can go “ah ah” and guide them back on. This skill can be great to teach them impulse control. While they are on place we can walk around and make funny noises, if they stay on they get more rewards! It’s important to introduce distractions or distance slowly, we only want to set them up for success, the less they fail and step off the better! Once he is following a hand signal (point to bed) we can then introduce the label “place” or “bed”. Keep working on this one at home! Remember to only do it on lead while he is learning the foundations! Focus: Foundation C+
Skill learnt: Drop/ Down Comment: For his last session today we played an engagement game and also worked on his drop skill. This game rewards them for looking/engaging with the trainer. To do this we throw a treat and they retrieve it. When they get the treat and look back to the trainer we say yes and throw another treat. This teaches them that by looking back to the trainer they get more rewards. He did really well with this game, we made sure to be using high value treats to keep him focused! This is also a form of mini recall, we are sending them away just for them to come back, engagement is critical for recall, if he is struggling with engagement at your home or backyard then he won’t have any at the park! After a while we moved onto his drop skill, we like the drop skill because it’s a great safety position. We prefer a drop over a sit because we can utilise a foot break and it’s harder for them to break position. A foot break is simply when we place our foot on the lead while they are laying down. If they try to get up the lead is short enough so that they physically can’t, the only way for the lead to be loose is to go back into position. To teach a drop we used a treat to lure him into position. We found that he did really well being lured into a sit sit and then down into a drop. Since this was an introduction to the skill we didn’t expect much duration, so we lured him into position, marked yes, rewarded and then released him using “break” not long after. We do this so he learns he can’t just stand up when he wants to, he can only stand up when we say “break.” We kept repeating this for the entire session, duration can slowly be increased as his knowledge improves. To do this we can mark and reward two times while in position instead of once and the time in between treats can also be increased. Keep working on this one at home in low distracting environments and see how he goes! 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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