Marie had a fantastic day training today. The weather was a bit distracting for her, so we focused on some obedience skills to help keep her engagement. It's been an absolute pleasure seeing her so often over the time that she has been boarding and we are excited to see her soon in the future.
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."
|We focused on
|Skill learnt: Place Training
|Comment: Marie worked on her "place" skill outside in the paddock. We put her on a long line, sending her to place from a distance. Marie was cheeky at first, but as we continued with the skills and gently reminded her of the boundaries, she started to go on and off place as asked. She got a bit distracted by a dog in the distance, so we practiced sending her from a bit closer before moving back and letting her off from a distance, which she found very fun. By the end of the lesson, she was going on more reliably and staying on until her release.
|Skill learnt: Loose Lead (No pull)
|Comment: Marie started some trick training inside, although the weather made it hard for her to engage at all. So we decided to give her a task she knows well to help her focus on what we are doing instead of the weather. We did some loose lead walking outside around the facility, throwing in some "middles" as we walked along. Marie happily walked alongside us, spending the first couple of "middles" pulling ahead but quickly walking by our side after a little practice. Once she was walking by our side, we started to add in the "middles." Marie needed a quick refresher of the skill as it was a completely new environment. Once we showed Marie what we wanted from her, she quickly went into her "middles" skills with a point and the verbal. We then practiced going back into our walk before sending her back to "middles" and doing repetitions of this until the end of the lesson. Both skills got more reliable as the lesson went on, with Marie forgetting about the weather completely as we worked.
|Skill learnt: Targeting (touch)
|Comment: Marie finished with her "hold" skill. We focused today on having Marie completely hold the object on her own, even if it's just for a second and a half. Marie started the lesson uninterested in the object, not wanting to even touch it. After a bit of repetition, Marie started to grab it in her mouth while it was in our hand. Marie would let go of the object as soon as we let go of it as well, so we started to build up the duration of time it was in her mouth, giving her a jackpot of treats if she hung onto it while we let go of it. Marie ended the lesson keeping it in her mouth for up to 2 seconds at a time without us having any contact with it.
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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