Kobe's Doggy Dayschool Report

2023-11-01

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: Loose Lead (No pull) Comment: Kobe was happy to see his trainer today, allowing us to attach his lead straight away and giving us some happy tail wags! We took him for an explore around the property before diving into his training, this allows him to get a feel for the environment and know his surroundings. We did notice that Kobe struggled to focus in the classroom so we worked on his loose lead just outside on the cement walkway! This allowed us to build his engagement and start the foundations of loose lead walking! Every time he pulled in front (put tension on the lead) the trainer stopped, turned and went the other way, encouraging him to follow along. Every time he made a good decision or looked at the trainer we marked “yes” and rewarded him. This shows him what behaviours are likely to be reinforced! He improved throughout the session, reducing the distractions and building his understanding of the skill first is critical! We don’t want to just throw him in the deep end and expect him to know what to do, show him how to walk nicely by your side with minimal distractions first, then slowly introduce new challenges as he improves! He responds well to high energy and fun training (set him up for success as much as possible). Focus: Foundation B
Skill learnt: Place Training Comment: This session we worked in the classroom. He had some time after his first session to settle and relax in the crate, getting used to his surroundings in a safe space. We decided to work on some place training, this is a great skill for building impulse control and self settling skills, especially around other dogs! At the start of the session he was the only one actively training in the classroom (the other dogs were resting in their crates). This allowed us to show Kobe what we wanted from him. We lured him onto the bed with a treat, marked “yes” and rewarded him, then used the word “break” to release him from the skill. We spent some time doing lots of repetitions on and off the bed. Once he was doing this reliably another dog started their training session in the classroom also! Kobe did lose focus with his trainer and started to whine and stare at the other dog. To help him out, the trainer made themselves more exciting and engaging Kobe in more repetitions of place, this helps him bring his focus back to his trainer. By the end of the session Kobe would just glance at the other dog but then back to his trainer. We made sure to mark “yes” and reward each time he did look at the dog but didn’t react. This helps change his mindset, that the other dog isn’t so bad! Try place training at home, use a raised bed and start with minimal distractions! Focus: Foundation C+
Skill learnt: Drop/ Down Comment: For his last session we practiced some drops and recalls! Kobe showed some prior knowledge of his drop skill but lacked that duration in position. To help him out we utilised our communication markers. Once in position we mark “yes” and reward, then say “break” to release him. As he doesn’t quite understand the idea of duration yet, just practice lots of repetitions. Drop is a great control position to have, it can be used to redirect unwanted behaviours and also can be used in emergency situations - like off lead dogs! We want to build a super strong drop position so you have your hands free to stop that oncoming off lead dog! We practiced some recalls to finish off the session however Kobe seemed quite tired and distracted by this point. We did a few repetitions on the short lead, having him distracted then saying “Kobe, come” then marking it as “yes” and rewarding once he is sitting in front of the trainer. Make sure to practice recalls on lead, starting with a short lead and building up the distance! Remember: low distractions first and build it up as he improves! Focus: Foundation B

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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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