Lola had a good day going over the basics of her skills today. She was quite timid as we started our day but came out of her shell as we worked together. We started teaching her the foundations of the drop skill, which is what we use instead of a "stay" skill. We teach her implied duration, which means she stays in the skill until we release her. This acts as a stay as she stays in the drop skill until we let her up. This also applied to her other skills such as place etc.
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."
|We focused on
|Skill learnt: Place Training
|Comment: As we greeted Lola, she was a bit hesitant to interact with us. We spent a little bit of time throwing her some treats before interacting with her, as she was showing some signs of stress. After a minute of getting her used to our presence, we were able to bring her down to the classroom. Once in the classroom, we worked on her 'place' skill. The new environment with the new people was a lot for her, making it hard to engage with her. We focused on the basics of the skill, building up her confidence in her handler and herself. After a little bit of repetition, Lola started to hop on the bed when asked, although unsure, as well as hopping off when she was given her release word. It took her a little bit of time to start taking treats, beginning to take them towards the end of the lesson. By the end of our lesson, she was hopping on and off each time she was asked.
|Skill learnt: Loose Lead (No pull)
|Comment: Lola went over her loose lead walking, focusing on her engagement. She started the lesson pulling in every direction, not wanting to be next to the trainer. We put in some repetition, choosing two points in the room close together and walking between them. If she pulled ahead, we would turn around and walk in the other direction. As she walked next to us or engaged with us, we marked 'yes' and gave her a treat. As we continued practicing, Lola started to walk by our side, focusing on us. We kept walking with her, getting her to follow us, making sure to continually reward her to build up a relationship with her and to help increase her confidence with us. She would still pull off in random directions every now and then but spent most of her time with us.
|Skill learnt: Drop/ Down
|Comment: Lola went over the foundations of her 'drop' skill, with us luring her down into the position with a treat. At first, Lola wasn't sure what we wanted her to do to get the treat, trying to take it from our hand without going into her drop. After a bit of practice, she started to follow the treat, which we used to get her into the position. As we continued practicing, she started going down into the position quicker and quicker, picking it up quite fast. By the end of the lesson, she was following the lure down quickly almost every time."
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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