Buster did really well today, he showed some great foundations which we were able to work on further!
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: Place Training||Comment: For his first session today Buster worked on his place skill! Before we made it to the classroom though we worked on some manners while retrieving him from the kennels. Once we got him out of the kennel we made sure to stop at each door, ask for a sit and then slowly open the door. If he started to push in front we would just close the door and wait for him to sit or create distance from the door. Once we did this he calmed down quite a bit and we could proceed to the classroom. On the way to the classroom he was pulling on the lead quite a lot but we weren’t worried about this just yet as it was far too distracting to try and start his training in the carpark. Once we made it to the classroom we began charging his reward marker. He showed knowledge of the word “yes” and would turn his head to the trainer! (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). Since he was showing knowledge of this we started his place training. This skill has one rule, all four paws must remain on the raised bed. We use this skill to help dogs learn some impulse control and it’s also a great skill to use when they need to settle down. To teach this, we use a treat to lure them onto the bed, once all feet are on we mark “yes” and reward. Like most skills we need to build duration, to do this we lure them on, mark and reward a few times and then release them with the word “break”. We use implied duration instead of stay/wait, this means we ask for a skill, mark + reward and then release them. Buster seemed to pick this up really quick, by the end of this session he was jumping straight on the bed when the trainer pointed to it! Keep practicing this skill at home, working on his duration and mild distractions! As he gets better with this you can add more distractions or keep him on their for longer! Remember to work on distraction and duration separately, as he improves in both aspects you can start to combine them!||Focus: Foundation||B|
|Skill learnt: Loose Lead (No pull)||Comment: For his second session today we decided to work on his loose lead walking. Buster was showing great engagement with the trainer throughout the first session so we decided to give it a shot! We started in the classroom where there was another dog and trainer present. Buster would glance towards the other dog but never tried to pull towards them. We used high value treats such as fritz to help him remain focused. He was doing really well in the classroom so we proceeded outside where we have a long concreted alley which is great for a mild distraction environment. Out here he did pull a little bit, to combat this we would turn and go the other way as soon as he started to get in front of us. This teaches him that he can’t get to what he wants by pulling. It took him a little while to figure it out but once he did he smashed it and showed the trainer great engagement. Anytime he looked at the trainer we said “yes” and rewarded him. This shows him that by checking in with the trainer good things happen, like treats! It’s important to practice all their skills in low distracting environments first and slowly build up, if we just jump straight into a park like environment it’s unfair to expect them to do the skill when they haven’t had a chance to practice it. It is ideal to practice in the home (like a hallway) and then the backyard, front yard and eventually out on the street. If Buster shows no engagement and is pulling lots, you need to take a step back and reduce the distractions. By the end of the second session Buster was doing really well, he was checking in with the trainer frequently and wasn’t pulling ahead (there is a Timelapse of Buster on the Canine Connect instagram story from today).||Focus: Distraction||B|
|Skill learnt: Drop/ Down||Comment: For his final session today Buster worked on his drop skill, again he showed some great knowledge of this skill. He went into a drop when the trainer said “drop” and did the visual hand signal. The first few times Buster stood straight back up so we increased the frequency of treats while he was in the drop position to encourage him to remain there. We practiced this with another dog on place in the classroom, Buster couldn’t care less about the (calm) dog and was more interested in the trainer and treats! We worked on his duration more so than distractions as we want him to completely understand the concept of implied duration! Buster did really well today, he didn’t show any form of reactivity towards people or dogs. He had a few moments of crazy energy but it was easily redirected with some treats and asking for a different behaviour (like a drop or sit). Buster would 100% benefit from frequent or consecutive DaySchools to really push his skills and understanding. If you would like help with handling skills or are stuck for ideas please do not hesitate to book a private consult with one of the trainers! Buster was such a good boy today, it’s great to see some foundations already in place!||Focus: Duration||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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