Opal worked on her skills inside today, staying out of the heat. We took it a bit slower with her today to make sure she was happy while we trained, working in the air conditioned classroom.
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: Luring
|Comment: Opal started to learn her "roll over" skill. We put her in a drop before using a treat to lure her, going over her shoulder with the food, helping her learn to flop onto her side. Once she was consistently following the treat over onto her side, we continued to lure her over, only paying her for making the full rotation. By the end of the lesson, she was doing a full roll as long as we were luring her.
|Skill learnt: Crate Training
|Comment: Opal worked on her "leave it" skill. We did a couple of repetitions to get the skill strong before advancing the criteria of the skill. We put a heap of low-value treats on the ground, walking her by them. We waited until Opal was fixated on the food, telling her to leave it. Once she looked at us, we marked "yes" and gave her a high-value treat from our hand. Once she was doing this consistently, we started walking alongside the treats, using the same method. Opal would be cheeky and try to steal one every now and then while in range, but we reminded her of her boundaries with an "uh-uh," letting her know that's not allowed. As the lesson went on, she tried to steal them less and less.
|Skill learnt: Conditioning
|Comment: Opal finished with some brush conditioning. As she was shedding, we started giving her a nice brush, paying her with treats for being calm. As we kept brushing, Opal would occasionally let us know that she wasn't a fan of the brush. We would wait until she was calm, taking a break and giving her treats to let her know that if she is relaxed, she gets something positive, and it finishes quicker.
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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