Duke's Doggy Dayschool Report

2022-07-19

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: Charging the Mark Comment: For Duke’s very first session today we worked on conditioning to the classroom and reward markers. He was a bit unsure of the classroom environment so we let him sniff and explore for a bit. After a while we started to condition the reward marker, a reward marker helps the dog understand what they have done which is right! The moment they display the desired behaviour, we say “yes” and give them a treat. We use a reward marker (yes) because it signals to the dog that they did the right thing and a treat is coming! If we didn’t have a reward marker, they might show the behaviour but by the time the treat arrives they could have gotten up or forgotten what they did in the first place. Since Duke wasn’t eating treats we would still say “yes” but give him a pat or use verbal praise. At home keep working on this, he might feel more comfortable to eat treats so you can utilise this. For a few minutes every day say “yes” then give him a treat repetitively. After a while he will start to respond to the word yes. This is the most important foundation for all training, it sets them up for success because they know when they are getting things right. Focus: Conditioning X
Skill learnt: Loose Lead (No pull) Comment: For Dukes second session today we worked on some loose lead walking. We worked in the classroom teaching him to respond to the trainers movements and give in to pressure. When dogs feel tension on the lead the normal impulse is to pull even more. We need to show them that pulling gets them no where, giving in to the pressure does. To do this we walk around the classroom, if he pulls the trainer stops and waits, the second he gives in to the pressure (even slightly) we make a fuss over him and then continue in the other direction. Since Duke still wasn’t eating treats this is a great skill to work on. Keep practicing this at home, in low distracting environments. Somewhere he feels comfortable as we can then integrate the reward marker, when he gives in to pressure mark “yes” then offer the treat as he comes back to you. Focus: Foundation C+
Skill learnt: Place Training Comment: For his last session today we started on a new skill, place training. This skill is great for building impulse control and settling skills. The only rule for this skill is that all four paws must remain on place until released. Since Duke still wasn’t eating treats we used the lead to guide him, we would walk towards the bed, lead him on, mark yes, give him a pat, then say “break” and guide him off (when he is taking treats reward him with food instead of a pat). Duke did pretty well with this after a few attempts we just had to walk to the bed, point and he would get on and sit. Keep working on this one at home, this skill takes lots of repetitions to build duration and understanding. Duke did pretty good for his first dayschool, he still needs lots of work to build engagement with the handler and to feel a bit more comfortable in this environment. Duke will definitely benefit from more dayschools so we can really drill the skills into him. If you are consistent with his training at home and work on the skills we introduce he should progress well. Let us know if you need help with the handling skills and we can always book in a private appointment. Focus: Foundation 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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