Jax's Doggy Dayschool Report

2021-11-12

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 his first session today we worked on his engagement and his drop durations. The engagment game involved throwing a treat, waiting for him to look back marking “yes” and throwing another treat. This way he is getting rewarded for engaging with the trainer. It is kind of a mini recall, in the way they run away to get the treat but have to come/look back for another treat. This is a great game to build focus and engagement with the trainer. He was doing very well with this, even with two other dogs and trainers in the classroom. He would get a little bit distracted at times but it was very easy to re-direct his focus back to the trainer. This is a great game to practice at home to help build engagement for other obedience skills. Focus: Distraction C+
Skill learnt: Place Training Comment: For his second session today we worked on his place skill. This skill is great for dogs to learn impulse control. To do this we lure them onto a raised bed, mark “yes” when all four paws are on, mark “yes” and reward him for staying on and then use our release word “break” to let him off. We started with very quick successions just to get him focused, this involved luring on, rewarding twice and then releasing, then quickly getting him back on and repeating. After a few minutes of this we then started to increase duration. We were able to keep him on place while the trainer slowly moved around the bed, rewarding him every 10 ish seconds. When another dog started training we stopped the trainer movement and focused on keeping his engagement. He got quite fixated on the dog but we were able to redirect his focus and reward him. It is important to practice this at home and slowly introduce distractions like people slowly entering and exiting rooms etc. This can be built up to having guest over, when they arrive have him on place and reward heavily. Once he is calm he can greet people (on lead) and then be put away so he doesn’t get over excited. If he does get too excited greeting people either put him back on place or just put him away and try another time. Focus: Distraction C+
Skill learnt: Drop/ Down Comment: For his last session today we worked on his drop skill. He was very determined to greet the other dog training so we got him out of the crate and straight onto place to calm down. After a couple minutes of place training we released him and did a couple drops. Just like place training, drop duration needs practice. He knows his drops with a hand and verbal cue together, so we were able to do this and mark “yes” when he was in position and then release him. To build duration we can get him into position, mark/reward a couple times and release. It is important to release him before he stands up so he doesn’t self-reinforce breaking position. All of his skills need to be practiced at home before taking him outside. Once he is performing his skills really well, then you can proceed to the back yard and then the front yard etc. Any slight change in his environment is going to mean that rewards need to be increased and expectations reduced. This goes for all basic obedience skills, taking him to the park where there are other dogs and people is too much for him, this is why he is reacting and showing no engagement. If he can’t perform a skill at home with high distractions then you cannot expect him to perform well outside of home. Focus: Distraction 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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