Henry did so well today! Was a bit distracted, but he was a brave boy.
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: Henry’s day began with his ‘drop’ skill. The trainer noticed he would drop when asked, but then would get up straight away, so we focused on duration. To achieve this, the trainer would dispense treats while he was in a drop along with saying his reward marker “yes”. If he were to get up we would use his non-reward marker “ah ah” and lure him back into place. He started to get the hang of it but he still needs practice, so keep up with this at home and ensure he does not break his position without being released first.||Focus: Duration||C+|
|Skill learnt: Loose Lead (No pull)||Comment: Next, Henry worked on his ‘loose lead’ walking. He has good engagement, but when he is distracted it is quite difficult to regain his focus. He practiced this skill in the empty classroom, but he still found things to distract him; beds, fur on floor, etc. The best way to keep him engaged is to be the most exciting thing in the environment you’re in. Call his name, entice him with treats, make funny noises, whatever it takes to have his focus on you. Keep practicing with this and stay with low level distractions, once you feel he is keeping enough of his attention on you, slowly increase the level of distractions. Remember to reward him frequently as this will help immensely!||Focus: Distraction||C+|
|Skill learnt: Paws Up (on object)||Comment: To finish up, Henry was introduced to his ‘paws up’ skill on a wobble board. He was very wary about this new object and did not like the fact it moved. The trainer tried to encourage him to put a paw on, but he was not too keen. Instead, the trainer placed some treats on the board that he would happily eat, and every time the board moved the trainer would use his reward marker “yes” and give him another treat. Henry was pretty pleased by this and gave it a whack with 1 paw! We want to keep working with Henry on this skill to help build his confidence and one day be able to stand on it! Take baby steps for now so we don’t overwhelm him, but it his progress alone today was great!||Focus: Confidence||C+|
We recommend your next step should be…
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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