Hazel's Doggy Dayschool Report

2024-01-30

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: Hazel made her way outside to work on her place skill under some distraction. Hazel was a little bit overstimulated once outside the classroom, making it difficult to get her engagement. We put some repetition into the skill, reminding her of the rules. Hazel began hopping on and off the bed when asked, getting off before her release word every now and then, as well as getting distracted and not hopping on. As we practiced, she became a bit more reliable at completing the skill while distracted. Hazel began engaging and performing the skill, so we took her nearby another dog by the retreat on the other side of a fence. This was a bit much for Hazel, completely losing engagement even with some distance between us and the dog. We practiced the skill some more, keeping her accountable, which managed to get her engagement on and off. By the end of the lesson, she was completing the skill, although still quite distracted. Focus: Distraction C+
Skill learnt: Loose Lead (No pull) Comment: Hazel went for a walk to work on her loose lead next to the paddock in the training car park. We used the dog running around in the paddock to distract her, getting her to stay on task and keep a loose lead. Hazel was very distracted at first, staring at the nearby dog. We put some repetition into the foundations of the skill while she was busy watching the other dog, which helped get her engagement back onto us. Hazel did well, keeping her focus on the task, occasionally hitting the end of the lead and looking at the other dog. She continued to keep a loose lead as she followed her trainer, starting to ignore the dog. We finished the lesson walking together and learning to focus despite the nearby distraction. Focus: Distraction B
Skill learnt: Exposure Comment: As part of our 'Art theme's this week Hazel did a lick painting this lesson. We did this by putting some dabs of paint of a piece of paper, putting a plastic sheet over it covered with peanut butter. We got Hazel to lick the peanut butter, completing their own painting. This helps build confidence and communication between dog and handler as well as trying new things to push them just outside their comfort zone which helps create stronger, more confident and more resilient dogs. This activity also serves as a therapeutic exercise, promoting relaxation and reducing stress in dogs. The tactile and taste sensations involved in the lick painting can be especially soothing, offering a form of enrichment. Focus: Confidence X

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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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