Maggie's Doggy Dayschool Report

2022-04-07

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: Maggie’s first session was all about her place skill. We worked on sending her to place and also her duration under distraction. Maggie has great knowledge of this skill so we were able to jump straight into it. There was another dog and trainers in the classroom serving as great distractions. The only thing Maggie seemed to struggle with the most was trainer movement. When the trainer made a quick movement away (as if moving away from bed) she would try and follow. Although she did this, a quick “ah ah” was enough for her to realise and jump straight back on. We took a step back and worked on slower movements as the room was quite busy with activity. Keep working on this one a home, remember to work with distractions she can cope with, if she is breaking position to much reduce duration and/or distractions. Focus: Distraction B+
Skill learnt: Drop/ Down Comment: Her second session today focused on drop duration. She can follow the lure really well but since she is so wriggly she struggles to stay in the position. To help build duration in the drop skill we can lure into a drop, yes + reward a couple times and then release her. This can slowly be increased as she understands the concept of implied duration more and more. For now just work on getting her used to the drop position, rewarding a couple times quickly and then releasing her. Do this in low distracting environments while she is still learning. Focus: Duration C+
Skill learnt: Paws Up (on object) Comment: Her last session today focused on her confidence with paws up. For this we used a plastic yellow pod and a skateboard. We started with the pod and tried using a treat to lure her over the pod, hoping that she would place at least one foot on the pod. Unfortunately she didn’t so we decided to use something a bit larger to help her build confidence first. This skill is great for dogs to build confidence around balance and new surfaces! Maggie didn’t put any feet on the skateboard either but she would step over it and take treats off of the board. Keep working on this one at home, using a large step and encourage her to step on it, the second she places one foot on mark and reward heavily! Focus: Confidence 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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