Kipi was quite good today though he did growl at people when leaving the car in the carpark. Because of this we chose to start conditioning him to a muzzle for safety.
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: Muzzle Conditioning||Comment: For his first session we worked on starting to condition Kipi to a muzzle to help with staff and owner safety during handovers (as he had growled at both parties when attempting to get him out of the car). This is a really important safety skill that needs to be worked on due to his increased reactivity and resource guarding issues. At the beginning he avoided looking at or interacting with it but, by using the same techniques as his touch targeting session previously, we were able to get him to touch it with his nose for treats and to take treats through the muzzle itself which is a really good result for his first session. By the end he was just about putting his nose all the way in by himself and receiving a treat after. Next time we'd like to continue this conditioning so that Kipi can continue his Dayschool sessions without risk to the staff. The best way to continue this at home would be to source a muzzle (if you don't have one already) and continue getting him to touch and react to it in a positive way with lots of treats.||Focus: Conditioning||C+|
|Skill learnt: Targeting (touch)||Comment: For his second session we continued work on Kipi's touch targeting which he enjoys. As he did so well with touching the wooden spoon with his nose (which we have started labelling as "touch") we moved him onto touching a button light. The first few times we rewarded him for touching with his nose to get used to it but we were able to give him a jackpot reward pretty quickly for using his paw. By the end of the session he had touched it a few times with his paw which is great progress for a new skill. Next time we'd like to continue his targeting and have different labels for touching with his nose VS his paw. Get him used to targeting different items at home with his nose to get the "touch" label really solid (make sure he touches it a few times before labelling).||Focus: Repetition||B|
|Skill learnt: Drop/ Down||Comment: For his final session we worked on Kipi's drops. His energy level seemed lower this session so we focused more on his duration with a bit of food distraction. He did really well with this and even started falling asleep at one point! He didn't break at all until released which was good to see. Next time we'd like to do some more distractions for him during his drops. Keep using drops often at home to give Kipi a job to do when he may feel anxious as he holds it very well and has a great understanding of the skill.||Focus: Duration||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.