Luna did well for her first day! Although a bit distracted we were able to work on her skills and improve her engagement throughout the day.
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: Charging the Mark||Comment: For Luna’s first session today we worked on conditioning to the trainer and reward markers. She was a bit nervous to approach the trainer when we first started so we used treats to get her head through the lead. Once out of the kennels she was happy to receive cuddles and more treats. Once in the classroom we worked on her reward marker “yes”. 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. This also helps build engagement, we show them where their advantage lies, by looking at us they get rewards! Luna did well with this session, she is such a sweetie!||Focus: Back to Basics||C+|
|Skill learnt: Place Training||Comment: Lunas second session today was focused on place training. This skill is great to help build impulse control and self soothing abilities. This can help when teaching her to ignore stimuli such as bikes, cars, wheels etc. As Luna is still learning the basics of this skill we couldn’t test her with any distractions yet. To teach place we lure them onto the bed, “yes” and reward, then release using the word “break”. We use a release word instead of stay/wait because it teaches implied duration. They must remain in position until released. By the end of the session Luna was jumping on the bed, remaining there for a bit and then getting released. She did struggle to stay on place/engage when someone new came into the classroom so this will be a good skill to teach her.||Focus: Foundation||B|
|Skill learnt: Loose Lead (No pull)||Comment: Luna’s last session today was focused on her loose lead walking and engagement. We started in the classroom just building up that focus, each time she looked at the trainer we marked yes and gave her a treat. It didn’t take long for her to show some more focus but she was quite distracted to start with. We walked up and down the classroom, just focusing on directional changes when she pulled ahead and rewarding for those check ins. We eventually made our way outside, along the walkway next to the classroom. There aren’t many distractions along here so it’s a good place to practice. We did exactly the same as we did inside, rewarding for any engagement. It’s important to have treats with you, remembering the value of different treats. Dry biscuits might be suitable for the home environment but when out for a walk, things like cheese, chicken, fritz etc. might be worth more value and in turn Luna will be more willing to focus. Keep practicing her loose lead, if she is pulling too much you might have to change the environment and go somewhere less distracting. Luna is such a cutie and met lots of new people today, which helps with her barking/pulling towards people on walks.||Focus: Foundation||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.
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