Joey was amazing today. He finished his year of training with us on a big positive note and really showed the trainer just how much progress he has made with us!
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."
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|Skill learnt: Recall
|Comment: For his first session the trainer worked on his recall. This was a great first session, while he was a little energetic to start the trainer did some engagement games which locked Joey right on the trainer for the entirety of this session. He was struggling a little to start so the trainer took him into the classroom to give him a refresher course to help him get back to where he was. This took him not time at all, the trainer was inside for all of 2 minutes before they needed to up the challenge for Joey, so they took him back outside again and used the kennel staff as a big distraction! Not only this the trainer was also tossing food about and he was recalling away from this as well! A big part of Joey returning is that he finds us way more fun and interesting that what ever he is trying to go towards so big happy energy really helps when recalling him, if we are bland and boring he will always choose the more exciting thing.
|Skill learnt: Conditioning
|Comment: For his second session the trainer worked on his greetings. The idea here for this session was to get Joey to stay in a sit until the trainer was ready to say hello to him and not the other way around. This was achieved by having him tethered to the corner of the room on his lead, the trainer would then get him into a sit and slowly approach from a distance. When Joey stayed in a sit the trainer contained to move towards him, but if he got up wanting to come over the trainer would stop in their place and wait for him to sit again. The idea here is that we are teaching Joey that if he sits still and waits he will eventually get his greeting and cuddle. The trainer was able to slowly approach Joey today and while they had to reset a few times he was quick to pick up on what was going on. The trainer also feels like the jumping behaviour is because he is trying to get to the hands for a scratch and cuddle, so the trainer made sure to keep him in a sit while the trainer lowered themselves next to him, it was only once the trainer was lower to the ground they then released him with his release command and allowed interaction, the noticed when they did this and came down to his level he didn’t try jump once, while he was still excited and happy to cuddle he didn’t try and jump so keep this in mind when people greet him at home, have him in a sit or on place or in a drop, have the person approach slowly and stop the interaction if he breaks from his place. Once the person is ready to receive Joey then give him his release command and commence the greeting.
|Skill learnt: Trick Training
|Comment: For his final session of the year the trainer finished on a bit of fun with Joey and worked on his roll over skill. Today the focus of the session was phasing out the lure we have been using to get him to roll over and start really working in his verbal command for this as well. To start they did guide him over with a lure the first few times however each time they used the lure they increased the speed at which they made him rolling over and by the third time they were able to get rid of the treat and just guided him over with an empty hand! Once he had done this a few times the trainer started standing more and more upright building distance between them and Joey on the floor, it’s important to remember to increase the distance really slowly and when he start struggling being the criteria back down so we are setting him up for success. By the end of the session today the trainer was able to ask him for a roll over and he did it a few times, he may need a few more sessions to solidify this but he made some great progress right at the end which is an amazing way to end the year! Remember to keep up the training at home and we can’t wait to see Joey back in the new year again for some more training!
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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