Koda's Doggy Dayschool Report

2022-02-17

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 Koda’s first session today we started working on her engagement and her drop skill. To work on her engagement we played a little game, this game rewards them for looking/engaging with the trainer. To do this we throw a treat and they retrieve it. When they get the treat and look back to the trainer we say our reward maker “yes” and throw another treat. This teaches them that by looking back to the trainer they get more rewards. A reward marker helps the dog understand what they have done which is right! The moment they display the desired behaviour, we say “yes” and give them a treat. We use a reward marker (yes) because it signals to the dog that they did the right thing and a treat is coming! If we didn’t have a reward marker, they might show the behaviour but by the time the treat arrives they could have gotten up or forgotten what they did in the first place. Koda did really well with her engagement, she kept turning back to the trainer for another treat. This is great since she was in a new environment and it’s not uncommon for dogs to be very distracted on their first day. Keep practicing this one for a few minutes each day and her engagement will get so much better! It’s important to remember that 15 minutes of training is worth an hours walk. So after a training session make sure to put her in a crate or seperate room for a nap/wind down. This way she won’t get overtired and nippy! They’re just like children, they need naps and time by themselves to relax and calm down. Focus: Conditioning X
Skill learnt: Place Training Comment: For Koda’s second session today she worked on her place skill! This skill requires a raised bed (or something with defined edges) and only has one rule; all four paws must remain on the bed! We use this skill because it helps impulse control with all sorts of distractions. For now we were luring Koda onto the bed, marking “yes” once on, rewarding and then using the word “break” to terminate the skill. We use the word “break” as a release word, this should be used for all of her skills. Since she is still learning the release word we can throw a treat off the bed for her to go and get! As she is just learning this skill we need to keep the duration short, don’t expect her to stay on the bed for very long, that is built up over time. As she gets better with this skill we can test her by luring her on and stepping back. When doing this skill we need to take into consideration distance, distraction and duration! Since she is new to the skill all three should be minimal. When she gets really good at this skill it can be a good one to use when kids are playing and she needs to be calm and remain in one spot. Summary of skill: lure onto bed, mark, reward, release. Focus: Foundation C+
Skill learnt: Drop/ Down Comment: Koda was very tired by this stage, she spent her time in a crate between each session. While in the crate we gave her a peanut butter licki-mat and she fell asleep! Having a crate will help lots in her development, if you see she is getting tired or rowdy then she can go and settle in the crate. We were able to work on her drop skill for a few minutes before she stopped taking treats and plonked herself on the floor. We placed the treat right on her nose and moved it down towards the ground, she followed the lure and went into the drop position! She seemed to have a little bit of knowledge with this skill but no duration! For now just work on getting her into position, marking/rewarding a couple times and then releasing her. Gradually she will be able to stay in position longer and longer! We use implied duration rather than “stay” or “wait” as it is much clearer for our dogs to understand us saying “drop” and then “break.” Keep working on her drops as it’s a great skill to redirect to when she is jumping up or getting excited. Focus: Foundation 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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