Opal excelled in today's training! Whether practicing her place skill, mastering bell ringing, or getting comfortable with grooming, she demonstrated focus and patience working hard for her treats.
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: Opal made her way outside to have a refresher on place under distraction. Opal was cheeky at first, stepping off the bed immediately. We reminded Opal of the boundaries, and she happily went on and off as asked from that point. We started throwing in some movement distractions, jumping and running around the bed. This caused Opal to jump off the bed before her release, as she wanted to run around with us. We did some repetition, with Opal quickly starting to stay on the bed even as we ran around. We then took Opal over by the fence where some of the local sheep were hanging out, practicing her place skill around them. Opal was fixated on the sheep, not wanting to take her eyes off them. Although concentrated on them, she would still go on and off the bed as instructed. We found a distance, a good distance away from the sheep where Opal was still interested in them but where we could reward her and get her engagement back. Opal finished the lesson strong, doing as the trainer asked of her.
|Skill learnt: Ring a Bell
|Comment: Opal started learning to ring a bell in the classroom. We used a small bell with a button on top, which, if you press the button, the bell gives us a little ding. We got Opal to just touch the bell at first, rewarding her for just touching it at all. Opal pawed at the bell consistently to try to get her treat. Once she was reliably trying, we upped the criteria, making her have to hit the button on top, only giving her a treat if the bell gave us a ding. At first, Opal started to demand treats as we waited for her to ding the bell, but after a bit of practice, Opal started to ring it consistently.
|Skill learnt: Conditioning
|Comment: Opal finished with some grooming conditioning, focusing on getting her comfortable with the brush. Once the brush came out, Opal was a bit stressed, not wanting to take any treats. We took it slow at first, praising her for interacting with the brush. After a little bit of this, she started taking treats again as we started to slowly brush her, rewarding her with a treat for each stroke. She was calm at this point, so we started giving her a bit of a proper brush, paying her every few seconds. Every now and then, Opal would snap at the brush, not in a mean or aggressive way but just telling us that she doesn't like it and to stop. When she did this, we took a few steps back and got her to just interact with it again, building it back to give her a sense of control which helps her confidence around the brush. This will help her let us slowly do more and more each time, which helps desensitize her over time.
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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