Hazel's Doggy Dayschool Report

2022-06-06

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: Hazel's first session focused on her loose lead. She really struggled with this and it took some time of going back and forth to encourage her to stop pulling. She fights the lead pressure when applied so we focused on getting her to come into the pressure and not fight it. She is still in the early stages of learning to walk nicely on lead and we recommend focusing more on this at home going back and forth in the hallway instead of outside. As she improves, then we can increase distraction and move outside. As soon as she starts to walk ahead do a sharp turn and keep walking. When she returns to your side say yes and reward her. Focus: Back to Basics C+
Skill learnt: Conditioning Comment: In the classroom Hazel was very distracted and struggled to focus. To redirect her attention from other dogs and people we did some 'search' and engagement games. Hazel is reactive due to overarousal and excitement, please not that this does not mean she is friendly with other dogs. She get's so overaroused and excited that she reacts as she does not understand the correct behaviour. The first thing is to redirect her focus. To do this we say 'search' and drop some food on the ground in front of her. This redirects her behaviour and she responded well to this as once she had cleaned up the food she then returned her focus to the trainer. We then focused on an engagement game to improve on her focus when in distracting environments (please see Instragram Story video for reference). She did really well with this and her engagement had improved within the busy classroom. This is a great game to play when she is distracted and is easy to do. Focus: Desensitisation B
Skill learnt: Drop/ Down Comment: By the third session Hazel was pretty tired! We tried to work on building her drops and managed to get 2 in! She is very hesitant to go into the drop in the classroom and we found that shaping the behaviour (mark and reward when she is getting closer and closer into position) worked well for her. Towards the end she was too distracted by the other dogs in the classroom so we revisited the 'search' skill. Overall Hazel did really well today considering she is still quite new to training. At home we recommend continue working on her skills as well as playing the engagement game to redirect her focus back to you. We also have a Basic Obedience Class starting Tues 14th that would help build your handling and training skills with her. If you would like more information please email. Focus: Repetition A+

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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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