Magnolia's Doggy Dayschool Report

2022-03-21

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: For Magnolias first session we worked on conditioning her to the classroom environment aswell as her reward marker (Yes). This is an important session for her as it allows her to feel comfortable in the new environment. When we first walked to the classroom she was overwhelmed and was stopping every couple of metres. When she stopped the trainer let her settle for abit and gave her some pats to show her everything was ok. Once in the classroom the trainer allowed her to walk around sniffing, she was again given cuddles often to show her that the environment wasn’t scary. After a few minutes of doing a confidence walk the trainer sat with her in a corner and gave her treats. To begin with she wasn’t talking the treats however after a minute she started to eat them. This allowed the trainer to start continuing her reward marker which is the word ‘yes’. Communication with your dog is extremely important when it comes to trainer so we use markers such as ‘yes’ the mark the behaviour which is correct. Once ‘yes’ has been charged Magnolia should spin her head around expecting a treat. To charge the word ‘yes’ the trainer simply said the word ‘yes’ and then gave her a treat. She didn’t have to be doing anything specific to get the treat as we just want to condition it at the moment. To help charge her reward marker you can spend 3 minutes each day simply saying ‘yes’ and then giving her a treat. The next step for Magnolia will be to continue building her confidence around new environments and charging the word ‘yes’. Focus: Conditioning X
Skill learnt: Conditioning Comment: For Magnolias second session we worked on conditioning her to sounds. This session was conducted to help boost Magnolias confidence to new sounds. We started with some maracas and she did pretty well and adjusted to the sound very quickly. Whenever the noise was playing she was told ‘yes’ consistently and go even treats. As she did well with the maracas we moved on to the ukulele. She again adjusted to the sound pretty quickly. We used the Tambourin next and she found this a lot more overwhelming. To begin with she would back up whenever the noise played and then reach out to get the treat. Towards the end she was resting her head right next to it playing to get the treats which was really good! The next step for Magnolia will be to continue conditioning her to random sounds by giving her lots of treats whenever she hears the sound. This can be done by rewarding her when you vacuum or any other sound she is struggling with at home. If she isn’t taking treats, increase the distance between you and the stimuli until she does start taking them again and then sit there and reward her constantly to show her that weird sounds aren’t scary and they instead come with good things! Focus: Conditioning X
Skill learnt: Drop/ Down Comment: For Magnolias last session we worked on her drop skill. This is an important skill as in future you are able to place her into her drop and have people come up to greet her. This allows her to be in a controlled position while the approach and teaches her an alternative behaviour to jumping on them. We started to build foundations today by luring her into a drop with a treat. To do so we placed the treat under her nose until she was interested and then pushed it in a horizontal direction into the ground (towards her chest). This allowed her to fold into her drop to follow the treat. She picked it up so fast and towards the end was even building some duration. We also started to add her release word in which allows her to know that she is to only break her drop if she’s told ‘break’. As she’s only learning this we said break straight after going into her drop to begin with however towards the end we got her to hold it for a few seconds by constantly rewarding her while I’m her drop and then releasing her when we stopped giving treats. The next step for Magnolia will be to continue building her foundations of drop by getting her to practice them at home with the lure. Once her bum it’s the floor say ‘yes’ and give her the treat. Once given the treat release her with the word ‘break’. Focus: Foundation B

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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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