The trainer took it slowly to start with Maggie today. This being her first day they wanted to make sure to develop a positive relationship with both the trainers and the training location, if she is comfortable with the people and the place she is more likely to put in better effort into her skills, we are happy to say that by the end of her first day today Maggie was happily giving cuddles and taking treats and even did some work on her sit and drop skills which is amazing results for a first 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."
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|Skill learnt: Desensitisation
|Comment: For her first ever session with us today the trainer wanted to just allow Maggie to explore the facility to gain some confidence in both the location and the trainer. To do this they just took it very slow with Maggie as she was a little hesitant at first, it seems loud and sudden noises seem to really worry her so the trainer took her to a nice quiet area to work on their relationship. She was given a lot of free rein this session as the trainer just wanted her to feel confidence and calm with the trainer. By the end of the session the trainer was able to get Maggie into the classroom where she was eating treats and not trying to pull to much on the lead to get away, both signs she is really starting to settle and trust the trainer all in a single session!
|Skill learnt: Loose Lead (No pull)
|Comment: For her second session the trainer wanted to take it slow just like the first session and the making focus was the same, just forming a good relationship and raising her confidence, however since she was coming out of her shell a little more the trainer was also able to do a little starter session on her sit and her loose lead. The basic concept on loose lead is that Maggie has a nice J shape in the lead between who ever is handling her and Maggie while walking. To help witb this she first needs to learn to not respond to lead pressure, to help with this the trainer made sure that ever time Maggie would get to the end of the lead the made a big deal about getting her ti come back before they continued forward, the main concept here is that we don’t let Maggie pull and get to her location, she must learn that if she wants to get to a certain place she needs to do so next to us not in front, ever time she would walk close to the trainer she was rewarded, she is still a little hesitant and cautious in her first day so the trainer was pretty Slack with the criteria in favour of forming that initial relationship, she had a bit of work to do and does need some work on her confidence as this is the biggest speed bump in the road to her progress.
|Skill learnt: Sit
|Comment: For her last session today the trainer noticed she was a lot more open and coming out of her shell during this session, they could tell this because she was taking treats from the trainer happily (both kibble and Fritz) and her over all attitude was a lot more energetic and adventitious. This is why they worked on her sits and drops but more specifically on following lures and charging her markers. A lure is simply a treat we hold in our hand and get Maggie to follow it, it is a very helpful training took however a dog must learn to follow these lures and so this was what the focus was this session. Sit and drop are easy skills to teach with a lure so to make sure we were maximising her class time the trainer helped teach Maggie to lure by working on her sits and drops. She knows the basics for both of these skills but will need to push the three Ds of training to progress the skill (distance, distraction and duration). All in all it was a good first day from Maggie, she started off a bit shy and cautious however as the day went on she really came out of her shell and started to take treats and do some skills as you can see from her Instagram video today doing sits and drops while following the lure! As she comes in more and more her confidence will get better and better and she will start really putting in the hard yards with her training, we need to make sure we take it slowly though and nurture this positive attitude we saw during the last session and really pair that experience with being here at training.
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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