Buster did well with his loose lead today but definitely struggled with his drops under distraction. Slowly building up his level and bringing him in for Dayschools will certainly help him to recapture this skill.
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 we worked on Buster's loose lead outside with two other dogs and a gardener as a distraction. Buster did really well with his walking - he pulled a few times towards the other dogs (particularly the small one) but responded well to leash pressure. However, he completely struggled with drops outside while walking with these distractions - he only responded once the foot was put on the leash. He definitely needs more work on his drops in this area as it is an important safety skill for him.||Focus: Distraction||B|
|Skill learnt: Drop/ Down||Comment: For his second session we worked on his drops inside the classroom with other dogs nearby. At the beginning Buster was quite distracted and would need leash pressure to go into drop. As the session progressed he did improve to going into drop when facing the trainer and then to going into drop next to the trainer while walking. He did react a bit to one of the other dogs (Tibetan Mastiff) but otherwise his duration was good. Continuing to slowly increase the distraction levels during drop will help him get back to his usual level.||Focus: Distraction||C+|
|Skill learnt: Drop/ Down||Comment: For his last session we took Buster outside to practice his drops with no other dogs around but he really struggled with this so we took him into the cattery. In the cattery he was much better - he listened to the drop command and after one or two times using lead pressure he started going properly into his drops. Continuing to slowly build distractions for Buster will be key to getting him back on track. Use food and heavy hand signals if needed to help him unde right distractions.||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.