Jaspers first day went so well! He showed some knowledge of his skills already and we were able to push them with different distractions!
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: For Jasper’s first session today we worked on his drops in the classroom to test what knowledge he had. As soon as we asked for a drop he went into position, he also appeared to have knowledge of his reward marker “yes”. We worked on his drops for most of the session before another dog entered the room. Jasper was able to drop and stay in a drop while the trainer moved around him, he only stood up when he was released with the word “break”. Again Jasper seemed to have good knowledge of this skill which gives him a great head start for day schools. When another dog entered the room Jasper became vocal and stiff towards the dog. We had Jasper in a drop while the dog came in but he stood up straight away. We had applied a foot brake on the lead, this makes it uncomfortable for them to to stand up before being release. Eventually Jaspers focus turned back to the trainer and he went back into a drop, which released the foot brake on the lead. Once Jasper realised the other dog was in control we were able to release him and work some more on his drops. Having Jasper on lead while practicing drops is critical because if they break position there must be a consequence. This is the same for when he is reacting to dogs going by the front door. Unless he is on a lead you cannot apply the consequence for him not listening. The front door must be supervised and if you need to train him near the distractions, make sure it’s on lead.||Focus: Distraction||B|
|Skill learnt: Place Training||Comment: For his second session today we practiced his place skill. This skill has one rule, all four paws must remain on the raised bed. To teach this, we lure them on, once all feet are on we say “yes” and reward them. When the trainer is ready we then release them using the word “break.” This skill is great because it teaches them to settle and also helps with impulse control. We started out with the basics of just sending him to and releasing him. This was all with dog distractions in the classroom, he did react once but recovered quickly and redirected his focus back to the trainer. This is a great skill to keep working on as you can introduce distractions like the handler running around, funny noises and other dog distractions!||Focus: Distraction||B|
|Skill learnt: Loose Lead (No pull)||Comment: For his last session today Jasper worked in the cattery! We focused on his loose lead walking and his drops. For the first few minutes we let him just have an explore without any expectations. After this we started his drops, he showed great engagement while in the cattery. His drops are very strong so we were able to do this all through the cattery, evwn in front of pens that had a cat. We chose cats that were calm and not moving around. The smells in the cattery are very distracting but he did really well. His loose lead walking was also very good, he did get a little bit distracted but the trainer just changed direction and encouraged him to follow. Every time Jasper looked to the trainer we marked “yes” and rewarded him. This encourages them to check in with the trainer more often! Keep working on his loose lead walking, practicing in different environments with different distractions, make sure to always carry treats so you can reward desirable behaviours!||Focus: Distraction||B+|
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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