Dolly did so well for her first day. We had some fun getting to know her and finding out what she can do :)
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."
|We focused on
|Skill learnt: Place Training
|Comment: For her first session we spent some time getting to know Dolly. We were able to go in to her accomodation and attach the lead. We took her for a walk around the property so she could have a good explore. After a few minutes we moved to the classroom and started teaching her “place.” This is a great skill for building impulse control and self settling skills, the only rule is all four paws must remain on place until we release them. We build duration and distraction as they improve. Each time she does something right we mark it with “yes” and reward. When we are ready for her to finish the skill we use “break”. If we keep these consistent she will learn the pattern and understand when she is and isn’t doing something right! Dolly was happy to sit on the bed but was a little unsure of the environment so didn’t take any treats, but that’s ok, it’s normal for their first day! Continue to build her understanding of place at home, using a raised bed or box (something with clear edges).
|Skill learnt: Drop/ Down
|Comment: This session we practiced some drops (or down, lay down, lay). Having a solid drop skill is great for building impulse control, as a control position while you talk to someone or in the case of an emergency! Dolly didn’t show much prior knowledge of this skill so we went back to basics, luring her into the position with a treat. Once in the drop we mark “yes,” reward and then release, “break.” Dolly started taking treats this session too, which means she was feeling more comfortable! Dolly did well with her drops, holding position for some good duration (maybe she was just sleepy from all her training…). Keep working on this one at home, building up the duration and distractions while she holds position!
|Skill learnt: Loose Lead (No pull)
|Comment: Lastly we had some fun with loose lead walking, teaching Dolly to walk nicely on lead without pulling and building her engagement with the trainer, paying attention to the trainers movements. Dolly was a bit distracted by her surroundings (other trainers and dogs) but would respond to the trainer when we made ourselves exciting! Dolly showed some good potential! We recommend practicing in the house first, building her understanding of the skill first, then adding more challenges (like the outside world).
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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