Jasper's Doggy Dayschool Report

2021-10-11

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: Conditioning Comment: For Jaspers first session today we went for a little explore on the way to the classroom. Letting Jasper have a smell and get used to the new environment is important for his training. The more comfortable he is the easier training will be. Once we got to the classroom we focused on conditioning the environment by using treats and introducing a reward marker. A reward marker is a form of communication between trainer and dog. The marker word we use is “yes,” every time Jasper does something we want we immediately say “yes” and follow we a treat. This way he knows exactly what behaviour he offered was the right one. This marker needs to be “installed,” by this we mean, repeatedly saying the word “yes” and following with a treat. Eventually when Jasper hears the word yes, he will expect a treat. This can be practiced through different forms of training and also on its own. Focus: Confidence C+
Skill learnt: Conditioning Comment: For Jaspers second session today we worked some more on his marker and conditioning the classroom. He wasn’t eating many treats, this is very normal when dogs are new to this situation as it’s all very unfamiliar. We made sure to keep the session fun and introduced the place skill. This involves a raised bed which the dog must remain on until released. To start with we lure Jasper onto the bed with a treat and mark it “yes” and give treats. We can then introduce the release word, our default word is “break.” This word terminates whatever skill the dog has been doing. So by luring Jasper onto place, marking it yes and then releasing him teaches him all his words. Building up the the time they spend on place can be built up slowly, different distractions can also be introduced once they are at an acceptable level. Focus: Confidence C+
Skill learnt: Place Training Comment: For Jaspers last session today we worked some more on his reward and release markers. We also practiced his place skill alongside his sit skill. He was taking more treats by the last session so this meant he was already starting to feel more comfortable about this new environment. Working on the place skill allows him to have a safe place, this means he can stay on this place and watch what’s happening around him, it helps dogs self soothe in different situations. Since he was taking some more treats we decided to practice his sit, he wasn’t 100% focused so this was a little bit difficult to do. However, using the same principle as place, we lured him into a sit (treat above the head and slowly moving it backwards), once in position we mark it ‘yes,’ reward and then release him using the word ‘break.’ Although he doesn’t know all these words yet, practicing it for these skills will help teach him and also get the handler more use to this way of training. Using a release marker is much clearer for the dog, they know they have to stay in that position until released, rather than saying “sit, stay, stay, stay, good boy etc.” To practice these skills, it will be best done in environments with little or no distractions and slowly build up to different locations. For example, practice in the lounge room, then the hallway, then the hallway with an open door, then the backyard etc. Focus: Confidence C+

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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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