Coco's Doggy Dayschool Report

2022-05-02

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: Engagement Comment: For Cocos first session we went to work on her recall however her engagement was very poor so we instead did an engagement game. When we first entered the classroom Coco was very distracted by all the smells. Her nose was going crazy so her engagement with the trainer was very little. Therefore we worked on an engagement game. This is also a stepping stone for recalls. The game consisted rolling treats along the ground every time she made eye contact with the trainer. When rolling the treat they were rolled away so she would have to turn away from the trainer and then turn back for another treat. To begin with Coco was slightly slow at turning back and it would be roughly 30 seconds before she made eye contact after getting the treat. Towards the end she was turning her head almost immediately after getting the treat. The next step for Coco will be to continue working on her engagement and even starting to increase the distractions which are present when playing this game. Focus: Distraction B
Skill learnt: Recall Comment: For Coco’s second session we worked on her recall. This is an important skill as it allows you to get Coco to come back no matter the distractions. We started in the classroom as she was too distracted by the outside environment. She did really well with her recall! It consisted of the trainer waiting for Coco to be distracted by her environment and then making some noise and jingling the lead. Once Coco turned to the training and started to follow her she would run backwards for abit and then get Coco to sit infront of her. The trainer would only use the word ‘come’ once she knew Coco was going to come and sit infront of her. At times it took abit of time to get Coco to turn around however the trainer would just get even more loud and exciting as you need to show her that you are more exciting than whatever the distraction is. The next step for Coco will be to continue working on her recall around medium distractions, starting to add in people are they proved to be a big distraction for her. Focus: Distraction B+
Skill learnt: Drop/ Down Comment: For Coco’s last session we worked on her drop skill. This is a good skill to allow them to go into a controlled position around distractions. Coco didn’t show that she knew the skill ‘drop’ so we worked on her foundations. She did really well when a lure was involved however struggled more when there was no lure. With the lure the trainer got Coco into a sit and then moved the treat to the floor in which Coco would follow into a drop. Once her elbows hit the floor she was told ‘yes’ and rewarded. ‘Yes’ is used as a reward marker so they understand that the behaviour being done when told ‘yes’ is the correct behaviour rather than thumbing for a treat and potentially rewarding for another behaviour. We also added in a release word ‘break’ after a couple of seconds of remaining in her drop. Having a release word means that Coco will be expected to remain in the skill until told ‘break’. As she was only learning this the trainer said ‘break’ almost immediately after she went into her drop. We tried to fade out the lure a few times however Coco wouldn’t follow if there was no treat. Therefore the next step will be to continue working on her drop trying to fade out this treat. There were a few times Coco jumped at the trainers hand for the treat in which she was told ‘uh uh’ (her non-reward marker). She also did go to jump onto bench to steal treats and again the trainer used ‘uh uh’ and pulled her away as soon as she went to jump up to reach them. This is important to ensure she knows this behaviour is not acceptable and it needs to be ensured she doesn’t get any food when reaching on the counters as this only rewards the behaviour. Focus: Foundation B

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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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