Hugo's Doggy Dayschool Report

2022-02-15

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: For Hugo’s first session today we worked on his place training. We still used a lure to get him onto the bed but once on there he turned around, sat and looked at the trainer. We we focusing on the basics for this skill, he is showing good knowledge of his reward markers which is great! He struggled a bit with duration and would try to step off the bed but we made sure to keep the treats frequent enough that he stayed focused on the trainer. When we were ready we released him, he doesn’t seem to have great knowledge of his release word so we threw a treat to help him make the connection between “break” and getting off the bed. Keep working on this skill, he is showing good progress. Focus: Distraction B
Skill learnt: Loose Lead (No pull) Comment: For this session we started with his loose lead walking while there were a couple dogs training in the classroom. We focused on his engagement, anytime he looks at the trainer we marked yes and rewarded him. He struggled a little bit with engagement so we made sure to use a high value treat. Anytime he pulled in front we changed direction and encouraged him to follow while saying “this way.” Eventually another dog came out to train but was reactive so we worked on Hugo’s drops and keeping him focused on the trainer even though another dog was barking. He didn’t seem bothered by the other dog and had great focus with the high value treats! Remember if he is distracted or focused on another dog it’s important to redirect their focus using skills they know, accompanied with appropriate treats. Focus: Distraction C+
Skill learnt: Crate Training Comment: Hugo’s crate training session focused on building his confidence with entering by himself. To do this we only let him go forwards and not backwards, this means we use our body to prevent him from backing away. The spatial pressure is relieved the more he goes forward! He really struggled with this but we managed to use the method without fail a few times. Once he was in the crate we shut the door for a few seconds then released him and made a huge fuss over him. This way he realises that good things come after being in the crate! We also made sure to have plenty of treats in the crate so he can make a positive association with being inside. Keep working on this, focus on not letting him back away from the crate, the only way is forward. In between each session he settled really well in the crate, he would whine for a little bit so we covered the crate and he stopped after a minute or so. It’s important not to give in and keep patient. Focus: Conditioning 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 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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