Mya did great today! She was so brave getting in the bath.
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: Today Mya worked on her confidence with the bath and getting used to the sensation of the water. The first session was mainly focused on getting her to jump in and out of the bath by herself, without running water. To do this we lured her in with treats and scattered them on the bath base for her to find and eat. Once she finished the treats she would quickly jump back out but by luring her in, rewarding and then using the release word before she jumped out herself changed her mindset. It’s a little bit like the place skill, they are lured on, rewarded for staying and then released by the handler. Eventually she was jumping in, looking for treats and then looking to the trainer instead of jumping out. Once she was showing engagement with the trainer we started opening and closing the bath sliding door. The first time we did this she jumped out before the door was shut, so we lured her back in, scattered more treats and shut the door but immediately opened it. We repeated this for a while just to get her used to the sound of the door and the slight movement when the bath wobbles. She did so well with this and ended up jumping back in the bath by herself without the trainer even luring her, because, that’s where the treats are!||Focus: Conditioning||B|
|Skill learnt: Conditioning||Comment: Her second session we went back to the bath but changed it up a bit. We turned the water on low, the noise itself is quite a distraction but she wasn’t phased by it! She jumped straight in and found all the treats, even the ones under the running water! She stuck her head under the water all by herself. By distracting her with lots of treats we were able to wet her down and even give her a little massage. The massage is not only calming for her but is also essential when rubbing in shampoo and conditioner! The key for her baths are to keep her distracted with good treats, eventually she will associate the bath with yummy treats and happy feelings instead of dreading it! Since both sessions were quite long and she made such good progress we didn’t do a third session. The progress from the first session to the second was amazing, she jumped straight in for the second session and immediately started looking around for treats! She did so well today, hopefully her next bath will involved lots of treats and only happy feelings!||Focus: Conditioning||B|
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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