Maisie's Doggy Dayschool Report

2022-03-29

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: Maisie’s first session today was all about reward markers and engagement. 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. To help them make this association we say “yes” and reward over and over again for a few minutes. Eventually we can start to use this to reward engagement, when Maisie looks at us we can say “yes,” she will start to look at us more and more as she builds more knowledge of her reward marker. This is important for a good recall, if our dog isn’t interested in us or doesn’t perceive us as something valuable they aren’t going to have a solid recall. Keep practicing Maisie’s reward marker to build a good association. This can be used for all training such as obedience, trick and everything in between. Focus: Conditioning X
Skill learnt: Recall Comment: Maisie’s second session focused on some more engagement. To do this we played a little engagement game, throwing a treat away from us, then marking “yes” and throwing another treat. This helps Maisie learn that by looking or coming back to us good things happen! Maisie seemed to love this game and was bouncing all around getting the treats. She did get tired quite quickly so we ended the session with a little walk outside to help her settle. Focus: Distraction C+
Skill learnt: Recall Comment: Maisie’s last session today we were able to do some small recalls in the classroom. With recalls it’s important to remember that you have to be the most exciting/important thing in the environment at any given time. So it’s important to start recalls in a low distracting environment like the classroom or in your home and on lead. To do this we wait for Maisie to get distracted and then we call her name, say “come” and move backwards a couple steps. When she starts towards us we say “yes” and give her a reward when she is sitting in front of us. Doing this on lead gives them no other option but to come to you because the second they choose to ignore you and they’re off lead they just reinforce that behaviour. Focus: Distraction 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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