Harvey's Doggy Dayschool Report

2021-09-20

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: Drop/ Down Comment: For Harvey’s first session we took him to the classroom to work on his drop skill. To begin with we started installing his “reward marker”. For this we use the word “yes.” Anytime the dog does something correct we can immediately mark it with the word ‘yes’ and then give them a treat afterwards. This word allows the dog to understand that what it did was correct at the exact moment it happened. For example, while teaching him how to drop today we lured him to crawl under our leg, as soon as he was in the position we wanted, we said ‘yes’ and then gave him a treat. By the end of the session we were able to say ‘yes’ and he would turn to look at the trainer for a reward. To work on this further he still needs practice with his drops, crawling under the trainers leg is a great way to start and the leg can slowly be faded out. Focus: Back to Basics C+
Skill learnt: Place Training Comment: For Harvey’s second session today we worked on his place skill with other dogs in the classroom. He did really well with this and didn’t show to much negative interest in the other dogs. Place training is a great skill to teach as it gives the dog a certain place to calm down and focus their energy into one skill. This skill is fairly simple and the dog must have all four paws on the raised bed, that’s it. They need to be lured onto the bed to start with and rewarded for staying on frequently. As the skill progressing a label can be introduced and eventually he can just be told “place” and he will jump on and stay there no matter the situation. We practiced this skill close to another dog which was relaxing in a crate. Every time Harvey looked at the dog the trainer said “yes” and gave him a treat. This teaches Harvey that other dogs are a good thing and that he gets a treat for looking at them. Focus: Back to Basics C+
Skill learnt: Loose Lead (No pull) Comment: We ended Harvey’s training today with some loose lead walking in the classroom. Harvey showed really great engagement with the trainer, while walking around he would check in with the trainer (looking in their direction). We were able to walk past crates with dogs without him reacting. Any time he looked at the trainer while walking close to the other dogs he was heavily rewarded for making a good choice. However if he did look at the dog, we used our marker word “yes” and rewarded. The next step for Harvey’s loose lead walking would be to increase distractions and even have dogs in the classroom working around him. Focus: Distraction B

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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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