Jimmy's Doggy Dayschool Report

2022-05-24

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: Exposure Comment: Jimmys first session was all about confidence! We used tunnels, wobble boards, squishy pods, milk cartons, tambourines and much more. We used a lure to guide him over the objects, as he progressed we made sure to use our reward marker “yes” to let him know he is doing the right thing. Jimmy did really well with all the obstacles, he even managed to do a spin on the wobble board (which is on the canine connect instagram story). Keep introducing weird and whacky things so he can keep building confidence and resilience. Focus: Confidence A
Skill learnt: Place Training Comment: Jimmy’s second session today was working on some place training. The place skill is a good one for impulse control! The only rule for this skill is that all four paws must stay on the bed until they are released. We can use it for when guests come over, while eating dinner etc. To teach this we use a treat and lure him onto the bed, once on we say “yes” and give him the treat. Since he is still learning this skill we don’t keep him on for long and release him. To release him we use the word “break” and then guide him off (can throw a treat). You don’t have to use the word break, you can choose whatever word you like, just let us know (some examples are ok, free, bounce, launch, party etc.). To build duration in this skill we can lure on, mark and reward a few times, slowly increasing the time between each one. For now just work on helping him learn the basics of this skill, duration and distractions can come later. Towards the end of this session Jimmy was getting tired and a bit bitey. To help we redirected this onto a toy for a few minutes. Once his session was up we put him in the crate and he went to sleep! Focus: Foundation C+
Skill learnt: Targeting (touch) Comment: Jimmy’s last session today was focused on a fun skill, touch! For this all he has to do is touch a certain object with his nose. The object could be your hand, a spoon, a sticky note etc. Today we used a specific touch stick (stick with a ball on the end). To start with you place the object I front of him and wait for him to show a behaviour. This is called shaping, we let them figure out what it is we want. Straight away Jimmy touched the ball, the second he did that we said “yes” and gave him a treat. Jimmy seemed very interested in the stick so this made it easier. We kept doing this over and over, after about 3 minutes we could start to increase the distance between him and the stick. He would get momentarily distracted so we would play a little game with a toy. This helped break the session up a bit, since he is still so young we don’t want to tire him out too much! This skill is good for engagement but can also be a fun trick, you can get them to target light switches, buttons and much more! Jimmy would be the perfect candidate for our basic obedience class that is starting up soon! Not only would it be great for Jimmy but also for you, it helps owners understand handling and is a great chance to ask questions! If you’re interested let us know and we can sort it out. Focus: Foundation C+

We recommend your next step should be…

Attend a Basic Obedience Course

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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