Opal did a lot of work under distraction today, splitting up her day with a bit of trick training to keep it fun and to keep her mentally enriched. Opal has been very excited to start her training the past couple of days, greeting us with enthusiasm each morning.
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: We focused on Opal's duration and distraction today. We put her on place, before throwing a heap of different distractions her way. We tried rolling loud things past her (walking frame, skateboard etc.) as well as throwing toys nearby (tennis balls, squeaky toys etc.) to try and get her to release herself early. Opal was interested in the items but stayed on the majority of the time. There were a handful of times the distractions got the better of her, but after chucking her back on place, she was consistent again.
|Skill learnt: Targeting (touch)
|Comment: We chose to do some trick training to get Opal's brain engaged, teaching her a new skill. We worked on her "touch" skill, using a wooden spoon. We put the spoon in front of her, waiting for her to interact with it. If she touches it with her nose we mark yes and give her a treat. Opal kept trying to chomp the spoon, which we paid at first to encourage her to continue interacting with the object. Once she had consistently shown interest in the spoon, we moved on to only paying her once she had used her nose to boop it. By the end of the lesson, Opal was continuously booping it as we put it in front of her. Next time we work on this we will be able to add in the verbal "touch" to begin expanding it to more objects.
|Skill learnt: Loose Lead (No pull)
|Comment: Opal went outside for a walk, working alongside the fence where there were some sheep nearby. Opal was interested in them, looking at them quite a bit. We got her engagement back as we continued walking with her. By the end of the lesson, her full attention was on her trainer and not the animals nearby.
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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