Chilli's Doggy Dayschool Report

2022-01-27

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: For Chillis first session we worked on conditioning the word ‘yes’. ‘Yes’ is an important communication tool which we use to mark the correct behaviour. It lets the dog to know that they are doing the wanted behaviour instead of allowing them time to change to a different behaviour by the time you have gotten your treat out, resulting in you rewarding them for the other behaviour. To begin with Chilli wasn’t taking treats as she was overarousded. It only took a couple of minutes for Chilli to start taking treats and then we were able to proceed with conditioning the word ‘yes’. This was done by simply saying ‘yes’ and then giving Chilli some fritz. She didn’t have to be doing anything specific however towards the end of the session she was offering some sits in order to receive a reward. The next step for Chilli will be to spend roughly 5 minutes a day charging her reward marker (yes). Once the marker has been charged Chilli should spin her head around when told ‘yes’ even if she is distracted. Focus: Conditioning X
Skill learnt: Drop/ Down Comment: For Chillis second session we worked on her drop skill. This skill is important as it allows her to be put into a controlled position around distractions. We tried to start the session with loose lead however Chilli would only walk in one direction and resist when the trainer would walk in the other direction. An important note for this is that when Chilli does stop and pulls the other way, if you give into her pulling you allow her to get what she wants which as a result will reinforce this behaviour so instead apply light pressure until Chilli comes into it and then heavily reward her. After Chilli came into the pressure we started to work on her drops instead. This was done by luring Chilli under the trainers leg. As Chilli wouldn’t follow the lure by pushing it into her chest we instead used the technique of getting her to go under the trainers leg so she has to bend to get the treat. When Chillis bum hit the floor she was told ‘yes’ and given the treat. Towards the end the trainer was able to lift her leg off of Chilli and she remained in her drop. The next step for Chilli will be to continue working on getting her to drop using the under the leg technique. Focus: Foundation C+
Skill learnt: Place Training Comment: For Chillis last session we worked on her place skill. This is a good skill as you are able to put them onto the bed (place) and then condition them to different things. This would allow you to condition Chilli to people and dogs. If she is barking at people coming into your house you can send her to place. In the classroom we are able to put her onto place and then condition her to different dogs to reduce barking. As Chilli is learning this skill we started by luring her onto the bed with treats. Chilli was very hesitant to step onto the bed to begin with however after a few minutes she slowly stepped onto the bed to get the treats. To entice Chilli to step fully onto the bed the trainer threw heaps of treats onto it and by the end of the session Chilli had stepped onto the bed. The next step for Chilli will be to continue getting her to step onto place using a lure, marking with ‘yes’ as soon as all four paws hit the bed. 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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