Happy birthday Dakota! She did so well today, super engaged and had lots of fun!
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 Dakotas first session today we had her working on her place training. We started off in the classroom and tested her impulse control with some toys. We started with the trainer going past on a skateboard and she appeared very interested in this and broke a couple times. Since she did this we moved the board further away and did slower movements and upped the rewards. She didn’t take long to get the idea and we were able to get closer and closer to her but still keeping the movements slow and predictable. We also had a rope toy which we moved along the ground, this was very tempting for her but she didn’t step off the bed once! From here we went outside and tested her with different distractions such as trainer movement, sheep (in the distance) and dogs in the outdoor runs. She did so well with this and the only time she broke was when the trainer got really squeaky and danced around! So we lessened the movement and focused on her impulse with outside distractions. She did so well and just needs practice with exposure to different distractions, slowly.||Focus: Distraction||B|
|Skill learnt: Drop/ Down||Comment: For Dakota’s second session today we had her working on something special for her birthday! We worked on some drop durations outside under a tree where she absolutely smashed it. The trainer was able to get her into position and move around, squat down and take lots of photos. The second half of the session we worked her near the outdoor lofts which had dogs running around. We practiced her drop and sit skill right next to the fence, she wasn’t bothered at all about being this close to the dogs. She had amazing focus and even sat with her back to the dogs, showing she was comfortable about their presence and didn’t care because they could get to her. This is great, her focus was on the trainer and not her surroundings which is exactly what you want! Practicing in safe/controlled environments like this helps her learn that it’s okay to be around other dogs because they can’t get her!||Focus: Confidence||B+|
|Skill learnt: Trick Training||Comment: For Dakota’s last session today we worked on her play dead trick! We started off by luring her into a drop and then around towards her bum so she flops onto her side. Once she was on her side we started marking and rewarding duration. We then released her and did it again, repetition will be key for this. Eventually when a lure isn’t required, the hand signal can be changed to look like a gun and slowly faded out to one she doesn’t need to follow. For now just working on the duration while on her side is the first step! She picked this up really quick and won’t be long until this is her main party trick!||Focus: Repetition||C+|
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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