Luther had lots of fun today and really engaged so well! He is always such a pleasure to work alongside with!
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: Place Training||Comment: To begin we started with some place training. Luther is extremely comfortable with this. We challenged him by adding in not only the distractions of cats meowing, purring, and hissing in the background but we increased sending him to and from larger distances. Although incredibly interested in the cats meowing, focus always reverted to trainer, especially if there were treats involved! As the session progressed, we gradually increased sending Luther to place from further distances. Beginning at 1 metre and eventually making our way up to 5 metres away. To start with as the distance got further, he struggled to understand where to go but quickly picked it up. This is great to practice at home, especially when the cats are around! Or the environment is incredibly stimulating. Sending him from distances will really benefit mum and dad in these situations. Keep practising and increasing his distance, He has no problem staying in place / bed and enjoys being rewarded for it!||Focus: Distance||B+|
|Skill learnt: Drop/ Down||Comment: To really practise our drops we played an exercise called Red Light, Green Light. This is where the trainers get the dogs extremely excited, hyped up and playful and then out of no where get them into a calm and controlled position (drop). Luther proved to be difficult to stimulate and get in that super excited mode but again with lots of food motivation, high voices, pats and cuddles he quickly came to the party! He did incredibly well settling into a drop with a strong lure and that treat was in hand! In home, this is a great game to play, as it really helps develop his understanding of relaxing in those stimulating and exciting environments. Again, if things start to get too hyped up at home, with either other dogs or cats, getting him in to a calm and controlled position with help bring that stimulus back down and relax not only him but the environment around him.||Focus: Distraction||B|
|Skill learnt: Recall||Comment: We practised our recall for our next session. There were a lot of great smells around and that nose was glued to the ground! So we turned this into a game! Using the treats, the trainer would roll them to the left and again to the right. After a few goes at this, Luther began returning to the trainer and checking in. This was marked with “yes” and then the treat rolled again. This teaches our dogs that even though there is something amazing a distance away from us they still need to come back and return (and collect those treats!) No matter how far the treat would roll, Luther snapped it up and immediately started running back the other way towards the trainer, where they marked with yes and rolled the next treat. We had lots of fun ending our day with this session and put a smile on both our faces! This is a great little game to continue at home to keep that bond strong, have a little fun and practise that recall!||Focus: Repetition||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.