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: Loose Lead (No pull) Comment: For the first session the trainer worked with Giffy on loose lead walking. With low level distractions the trainer used treats to lure Giffy into position and worked between two points. Giffy focused really well and walked really well with minimum pulling. Next time the trainer would like add in more distractions. Practice this at home but in baby steps so Giffy gets used to distractions. Start in the back yard and when she is doing well with that move to the front yard. If she pulls ahead change direction. You won't get far to start with but it won't take long before Giffy works out that staying beside you means the treats! Focus: Distraction C
Skill learnt: Place Training Comment: Place training was the focus of the next session. This is an important skill for dogs to learn., as it gives them a safe spot to be in and helps with things like jumping on visitors or just when you need the dog out from under your feet! Giffy struggled with this a bit at that start, however, it didn't take her long to work out that she needed to keep all four paws on the bed. This is an easy skill to practice at home. While you are watching TV, have Giffy on the lead and put her on place. During commercials let her have the time off and a bit of fun with you. When the show comes back on pop her back on place. When she does break place just apply a bit of pressure to get her back on with the uh uh word. Wait 30 seconds and then yes reward. Focus: Repetition C
Skill learnt: Drop/ Down Comment: Giffy worked on drop for her final session. Having the drop command helps give Giffy a job to do while out walking. You can get her to drop every now and then to get the focus back on you. It is also handy if there is a situation with other dogs. You can put her in a drop, get the focus back on you until the other dog has passed by. (putting your foot in the lead while she is in drop helps her keep position until she has mastered the skill) Giffy really struggled at the start with this. Mainly because of the distractions of other dogs in the room. However, after a few minutes she was able to be lured down into position. Then she was able to hold that position rather than getting straight up. Next time the trainer will continue with the drops and fade out the lure and use a hand signal. Then work towards Giffy holding that position. Again an easy skill to practice at home. Add in distractions slowly. Focus: Repetition D+

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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 DoneĀ (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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