Mash was a nervous little boy today but he got to explore everything and discover new places!
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 his first session today we worked on conditioning him to the new environment. This includes getting him used to the trainers and the classroom. He was quite nervous in the holding bay so we took him for a little explore around the property. Doing this helps them relax, letting them take in their environment through their nose is a natural behaviour which is also naturally calming! Mash wasn’t taking any treats but that’s not unusual for their first day.||Focus: Conditioning||X|
|Skill learnt: Place Training||Comment: For his second session today Mash worked on some more conditioning in the classroom but also starting the very basics of place! Mash still wasn’t taking treats but was following the trainer around nicely. We simply walked around the classroom and approached a round bed. Mash would climb onto the bed, this is when we use our reward marker and offer a treat (regardless if he was eating or not). 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. Even though he isn’t taking treats he is still hearing the word “yes” and being offered something of value. The place skill is a great one for impulse control, so keep working on this one at home.||Focus: Conditioning||X|
|Skill learnt: Place Training||Comment: For his last session today we continued on his place skill. Simply walking up to the bed and marking/rewarding once on. We also introduced a release word, we used the default word “break.” We have a release word to terminate the skill, so just before we lead Mash off the bed we say “break”. Instead of using stay or wait, we can ask for a skill and expect them to remain there until released. Duration in these skills needs to built up slowly. Mash has had a big day of conditioning.||Focus: Conditioning||X|
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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