Ivar was a sweet boy today. His engagement was a little on and off, although he tried hard throughout the day for all his treats.
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."
|We focused on
|Skill learnt: Loose Lead (No pull)
|Comment: Ivar came into the classroom with a lot of confidence, ready to start the day. We worked on his loose-lead walking, focusing on the foundations and engagement. We picked two points in the room, walking back and forth between them. When Ivar pulls ahead, we turn around and walk in the other direction. Once Ivar makes his way back to his trainer's side, we mark "yes" to let him know this is the behaviour we would like him to perform and give him a treat. Ivar would walk ahead quite a bit, although happily making his way back quickly as soon as we changed direction. By the end of the lesson, Ivar was spending more and more time by our side as we walked.
|Skill learnt: Crate Training
|Comment: We worked on some crate training to help Ivar develop an off switch as well as helping him feel more comfortable and confident as he relaxes in his crate between his lessons. At first, Ivar didn't want to go near the crate, running in the opposite direction as we went anywhere near it. We used some treats to lure him closer and closer to the crate, giving him heaps of praise as he stepped closer toward it. We got him to start putting his nose in, then his front paws, eventually making it to him voluntarily climbing inside it with all his paws to get the treats. This was a big step for him, with Ivar taking a break in between to regroup before trying again. Ivar managed to work up the courage to go in on his own terms up to 10 times by the end of the lesson.
|Skill learnt: Place Training
|Comment: We finished with Ivar's place skill, which is used for impulse control as well as teaching Ivar to settle down on command and has many other applications. We do this by luring Ivar up onto the bed with a treat before marking "yes" and giving him the treat. Once he is on the bed, we give him his release word "break" and lead him off with another treat. Ivar was unsure of the bed at first, not wanting to step onto it. Once we got him over that first little step, his confidence grew quickly with the skill, happily hopping on and off. Once he was confident doing this, we started adding in some duration. If Ivar gets off the bed before his release word "break," we use the lead to guide him back on before resuming the skill. Ivar happily went on the bed but would hop off immediately, but after some practice, he started staying on for longer periods each time.
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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