Ernie's Doggy Dayschool Report

2023-11-16

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: We worked on Ernie's place skill, starting to up the criteria he has to meet while in the skill. Now that Ernie has a good understand of his place skill, we are starting to hold him accountable. Ernie happily steps up onto his bed when sent to place, although tends to step off before his release word. When he steps off we guide him back on using the lead, only allowing him to get off when we give him his release word. We added in some distractions today, using small fast movements (jogging and small jumps) next to the bed to test him, making sure he stays on the bed. We did repetitions of this, putting him on the bed, distracting him then letting him off, Paying him for consistently staying on the bed. Ernie would step off every now and then, before getting put back on and continuing the lesson. Focus: Duration C+
Skill learnt: Drop/ Down Comment: Ernie worked on this skill in the classroom. Ernie started the lesson needing a lure into the skill, although going into position very quickly. We worked on fading out the lure, getting him to just drop while using a hand gesture and the verbal "drop". We started doing the same motion, just not having the treat in our hand, feeding him from the other hand when he went into the drop. Ernie was a bit confused at first but as we continued repetitions of the skill he started going into the skill just following our hand down, not needing the treat until he completed the skill. Focus: Foundation C
Skill learnt: Loose Lead (No pull) Comment: we continued working on Ernie's loose lead, starting to add in the "heel" verbal. We need to get Ernie to understand the concept of lead pressure, getting him to start staying by our side consistently before we can condition in the "heel" skill. Ernie pulled away less often this lesson, walking off a handful of times, although recovering quickly and making his way back to the trainer. We did repetitions up and down the classroom, with Ernie starting to stay by our side. This is when we started adding in 'heel'. Once he starts walking next to us we use the verbal 'heel' and start rewarding him perodically as he stays next to us. If he walks off we give him an "uh uh' and start again, getting him to walk next to us and re-introducing the "heel" verbal. Over time this will condition Ernie to understand that when we say heel he needs to stay next to us. Focus: Obedience 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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