Great first day for Douglas, he is a smart cookie and worked hard for the treats
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: Douglas’s first session was charging his 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 Douglas 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 Douglas’s excitement levels and help him settle quicker and is a good skill to prevent jumping. 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: Distraction||D+|
|Skill learnt: Loose Lead (No pull)||Comment: Douglas’s second session was loose lead walking. At first Douglas was jumping around in front of the trainer but looking for treats rather than focusing on the trainer. To help combat this the trainer kept changing direction to help Douglas focus on the trainer. Before long Douglas was watching the trainer and walking well inside with low level distractions. The trainer progressed to figure of 8’s with Douglas walking well. For his next session the trainer would like to increase distractions for Douglas. When practicing at home with Douglas, start off in a low distraction area. In the house is perfect. Get Douglas to focus on you and continue to change direction when Douglas pulls. When he is doing well in this low level distraction environment, practice in the backyard. Then the front yard. Slowly increase the distractions as Douglas nails those low distractions.||Focus: Distraction||D+|
|Skill learnt: Drop/ Down||Comment: Douglas had a focus on drops for his final session. Although he did know drop he was reluctant to show that he could do it at first. The trainer went back to basics, and lured Douglas to the drop position with treats. It didn’t take long and Douglas was dropping on command. However, he was ready to pop back up when the trainer stood up straight after giving him a treat. As the session continued Douglas made great progress and stayed in position even with the trainer moving and jumping around Douglas. Next time the trainer would like to increase the distractions for Douglas. A good drop skill is a must have for dogs. It helps prevent jumping and other unwanted behaviours. When trained properly drop can be a great emergency safety skill. When practicing at home use the yes marker a lot to encourage Douglas to stay in drop and reward well when he resists distractions.||Focus: Distraction||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.