Lore's Doggy Dayschool Report

2022-01-31

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: Lore’s first session today was focused on getting him to trust the trainer. The trainer spent a while with him in his kennel just throwing him some treats and letting him approach. It didn’t take long for Lore to approach the trainer, we were able to put on the slip lead and proceed to the classroom. Although he didn’t eat any of the treats, coming up to the trainer is a great start. On the way to the classroom we let Lore sniff anything he wanted, letting them explore helps them relax in the environment and also helps them assess their surroundings. Once in the classroom, Lore wasn’t too keen on treats so we just let him have a mosey around, he happily went up to other trainers, giving them a sniff. After being in the classroom for a while he started showing interest in the treats. This is a great sign and shows he is becoming comfortable with his surroundings. It’s not unusual for dogs to refuse treats the first time they come as everything is so new! Focus: Conditioning X
Skill learnt: Conditioning Comment: For his second session today, Lore was straight into the treats! We started with some place training, we lured him onto the raised bed but he quickly plonked himself on there and laid down. This is great, whether or not he already knows this skill, the fact he felt comfortable to lay down in the classroom is great! The idea of place training is to send a dog to a particular spot (in this case; a raised bed). The only rule the dog has is, all four paws must remain on the bed! Distractions and duration can be increased gradually as they get better. We also started to condition his reward marker. 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. To condition this we simply say “yes” and give them a treat. The more we do this the more they’ll associate the two together. You’ll know you have conditioned it well when you say “yes” and the dog immediately whips their head around to you! While Lore was laying on place we simply kept repeated the process of “yes” and reward. Focus: Conditioning X
Skill learnt: Loose Lead (No pull) Comment: For his last session today Lore worked on his loose lead and drop while in the classroom. There were no dogs training during his session however there were dogs in uncovered crates which he could clearly see. We wanted his first day to be comfortable so didn’t want to push him too far with lots of distractions. To practice his loose lead we walked around the classroom, anytime he pulled ahead we turned around while saying “this way” and encouraged him to follow. This teaches them that If they pull, we go the other way. The only way for them to get to whatever they want is to not pull. We also marked “yes” and rewarded Lore anytime he looked at the trainer, this helps him understand that engagement is good and earns him rewards! We also tested Lores knowledge of his drop skill, he didn’t appear to have any solid verbal knowledge but would drop if we used a hand signal (hand flat and moving towards the ground). We were able to get him in a drop position, mark “yes” and reward him. After this we would release him using the word “break” and encourage him to stand up. A release word is simply a cue to terminate the skill. We use it for the place skill as well. If they break position before we say “break” we say “ah ah” and guide them back into position. Lore did really well today, he showed so much progress throughout his three sessions. We really think Lore would benefit from consecutive or lots of frequent dayschools. This would help him form a routine and also get him comfortable much much quicker in the environment. Focus: Back to Basics B

We recommend your next step should be…

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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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