Cole's Doggy Dayschool Report

2021-10-15

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: Place Training Comment: For his first session today we spent practicing his door manners and loose lead walking to the classroom. In the kennels he was very keen to get going but we needed him to settle down at each gate. This is important so he doesn’t learn that it’s ok to just barge through. He managed to settle alright at each gate but it took some time opening and closing several times before he engaged with the trainer. Once he gave us focus we could open the door and release him. He still had a tendency to run through so we would bring him back in and start again until he walked through at a reasonable pace. Once we got to the classroom we had about 5 minutes left so we worked on his place skill. He was quite excited to be in the classroom so he kept stepping off but we would just guide him back and eventually he settled down to a point where he was focused on the trainer. This just needs practice at home to keep him busy! Focus: Duration C+
Skill learnt: Drop/ Down Comment: For his second session today we had him working on his drop skill in the classroom. Duration was quite a struggle for him even with no distractions. To work on this we got him into a drop and then rewarded him throughout the duration. He got quite frustrated with this and would start chewing the lead and rolling around. To avoid this we stood on the lead with both feet so the part we were holding in our hand was too far away for him to grab with his mouth. After he was done rolling around we could reward him (after a few seconds of calm) and then release him. This skill is really important for him because if another dog was walking near him or something he didn’t like was nearby, he can be placed into this control position and it’s safer for the handler than if he was standing/lunging towards the stimuli. This just needs practice in low distracting environments and slowly built up. Focus: Duration C+
Skill learnt: Place Training Comment: For his last session today we worked on his place skill again to really help him understand the boundaries. He gets quite mouthy when he isn’t allowed to do what he wants and tends to jump on the trainer. To combat this we had him tethered to the wall and the trainer would step closer to him when he was calm to give him the reward. After a while he was able to settle down but if something new happened in the classroom then he would step off to try and investigate. Every time the trainer released him and put him back on he would get all hyped up again, so we worked on getting him to calm down and focus. Towards the end of the session he was getting better and calming down but it still has a long way to go before distractions can be introduced. This skill is super important to have because it is another control position that can be used when things are happening around the house or eventually at cafes etc. Having him on place is great when people are coming around and he gets too excitable or if he just needs to self soothe after some stimulation. Focus: Repetition 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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