Dusty had some fun working on his obedience skills today. We focused on keeping his engagement on the trainer as much as we could, with Dusty having periods of solid focus but finding it challenging at other times.
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: Dusty worked on his place in the classroom. We did some quick revision before moving on to working in front of some dogs in the classroom. This distracted Dusty, causing him to lose focus on the task and his trainer. After some repetition, he was more consistently engaging with the trainer. We started sending him between two beds, getting him to go to the one we pointed to. This made it more difficult as he had to pay attention to the trainer to know which bed to go to. He got distracted every now and then, causing him to hop on the wrong bed, although most of the time he completed the skill reliably.
|Skill learnt: Middle Position
|Comment: Dusty was introduced to his middles skill. This is where we get Dusty to go through our legs, turn around, and sit. We start this by throwing a treat through our legs, getting Dusty to follow it. We then use a second treat to lure him back through and into a sit. Dusty was a bit hesitant going through our legs, not feeling comfortable with the small space. We spent some time helping Dusty overcome his fear. After some practice, he was able to make his way through confidently. He was still unsure about going into the door between our legs, so we spent time focusing on just this area of the skill, which helped him feel more confident. By the end, he was able to end up in the door every time. By the end of the lesson, he was getting the foundations down reliably.
|Skill learnt: Loose Lead (No pull)
|Comment: Dusty finished with his loose lead, working on his engagement with his trainer. We started inside where his engagement was very low, not wanting to take any treats at all. After some repetition, he started taking treats and walking with his trainer. We moved outside where his engagement dropped again, and he wasn't interested in treats. Although not paying much attention, he still stayed by the trainer's side most of the time. After more practice, we moved back inside to finish off the lesson. Once back inside, he started focusing again, doing well until the end of his lesson.
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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