Dakota's Doggy Dayschool Report

2021-09-14

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 her first session today we worked on her fetch game and bringing the ball back to the trainer. This involved playing with the ball and every time she dropped it near the trainer we gave her a reward, either a treat or a verbal praise. We mixed up the reward so that she doesn’t become dependent on that whilst playing fetch. To work on this further just practice it inside the house and in the backyard and eventually she will grasp the concept that brining the ball back is a good thing. Focus: Conditioning C+
Skill learnt: Desensitisation Comment: For her second session today we started desensitising her to the nail clippers. To do this we waited for her to show interest, either looking at it, sniffing it or touching it with her paw. She basically did all of the above just trying to show any behaviour that will get her a treat. This works in our favour because she is now familiar with the clippers and doesn’t fear them. We progressed to then holding her foot for a couple seconds and then rewarding. This helps her understand that handle her feet isn’t a negative thing. We then were able to hold her foot and rest the clippers just on top of her nails so she would get used to the feeling. To progress this further it just needs repetition and when she is ready it can be progressed to holding her nail in the clippers, and eventually clipping them all while rewarding heavily. This might need two people, one feeding her lots of treats and the other person doing the nails. Focus: Desensitisation A
Skill learnt: Conditioning Comment: For her last session we went to the kitchen where the vacuum cleaner is kept. The sight of the vacuum cleaner appeared scary for Dakota so we couldn’t turn it on for the sound but we worked on building her confidence around the machine while off and also the movement. By the end of the session she was taking treats off the top of the machine but would quickly back away. To work on this she just needs lots of positive experiences around the machine. Slowly building up to turning it on and off without reaction. Progressing to having it on with movement and then just normal use. Focus: Conditioning 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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