Dakota had a good first day and is a smart little one. Well done.
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: Dakota’s first session was charging her yes marker. We use a yes marker to let the dog know they are doing the right thing. For example if we ask a dog to sit we then say yes and give a treat. It means the yes is said as soon as the desired behaviour is shown. The dog knows they have done a good job. It gives us a chance then to get the treat out. To be able to use the marker well we need to charge it. This is simply done by saying yes and giving the dog a treat. This is repeated over and over again. A well charged marker is when you can say yes and the dog whips his head so quickly to get that treat, it nearly gives its self whip lash!!! The trainer also introduced the place skill to Dakota in this session. This is a skill that is a great for the dog to learn. The dog must stay on place (or bed) and not get off until released. This will help with Dakota’s excitement levels and help her learn to settle quicker. This is a skill that is handy to have in the house to allow the dog to be around the family but in a calm and settled manner.||Focus: Repetition||D|
|Skill learnt: Loose Lead (No pull)||Comment: Dakota’s second session was loose lead walking. At first Dakota was pulling and trying to walk all over the place. However, the trainer kept changing direction and getting Dakota’s focus back on her. As Dakota settled into the exercise the trainer started adding in walking in figure 8’s, which Dakota worked well with. At home practice this in the house, with very little distractions. Go between to points and just repeat walking this over and over. As Dakota gets better at this you can start practicing in the backyard. Walk between two points and keep changing directions when she pulls. Towards the end of this session the trainer also started to condition Dakota to some noises. She really did struggle but she was taking treats and slowly getting used to the leaf blower. However, this will take some time. You can do this at home with the vacuum. Have the vacuum running and at a distance give Dakota treats with the word yes the whole time. This helps Dakota to learn that the vacuum is a good thing and means treats.||Focus: Repetition||D|
|Skill learnt: Drop/ Down||Comment: Third session was a focus on drop. Drop is a much needed skill for a dog to have. When a dog is jumping or distracted by other things like other dogs, to be able to get your dog to drop instantly will help get the focus back on you but without the excitement and jumping. Dakota had to be lured from a sitting position into the drop. However, towards the end of the session she could be lured with food into the drop position from standing. Again, practice this at home but in a low distraction environment. Lure her to the ground by bringing the food in your hand between her front legs. If she has trouble with this lure her to a sit position and then the drop position. When she is in position, reward with the yes marker and treat.||Focus: Repetition||D|
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.