Opal's Doggy Dayschool Report

2023-10-24

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: Trick Training Comment: For her first session the trainer wanted to get her motivated and active for the rest of the day so worked on her “sit pretty” skill to really get her jazzed up! She made some real progress with this today with the help of the trainer! Due to her body shape this skill is both easier and more difficult for Opal. It’s easier for her to sit back and balance herself when she is on her back legs however she can also tip over much easier when being lured due to this as well, to help her the trainer made sure the lure wasn’t too high up making Opal over reach and then tip over but rather they first guided her up onto the back paws and quickly shifted the lure to be in front of Opal, drawing her head down and straight helping her keep balance! The trainer also used the couch today to help her build some duration, instead of asking her to balance on her own the trainer asked her to “sit pretty” while on the couch using the back pillow to help her keep upright! Focus: Duration B
Skill learnt: Trick Training Comment: For her second session the trainer wanted to try something new with Opal. Since we know she is a little mountain goat at heart the trainer wanted to see if she would do well with “parkour”. This is where we ask Opal to do a little jump up onto a wall and bounce off again! To start this trick the trainer took a wooden board and just lured Opal on and off rewarding when all 4 paws hit the board. Once she was comfortable with this the trainer used the couch to start raising the board on a angle ever so slightly, this angle was increased as she showed she was comfortable still getting 4 paws up on the board! Today the trainer was able to get the board on a pretty good angle increasing it relatively quickly today. The trainer wants to try and redirect some of her jumpy and exploring energy into a trick that we can get her to do on command, not only does this look really cool it’s a great way to train Opal with some impulse control as well, instead of just jumping up and off things once she is solid with this skill she should wait for you to give a command before trying to do some cool “parkour”! Focus: Foundation C+
Skill learnt: Obstacle Course (Confidence Building) Comment: For her final session today the trainer wanted to end the day on lots of fun! To begin with they took Opal to the confidence course and ran her through a few times to see if she would beat her old record of 10.6 seconds! She was so close today with the fastest time being 11.2 seconds but she still rocketed through the course like a champion! The trainer then took her to the classroom and did some trick training! She was run through a few tricks together today and the trainer chained them together to make little routines for Opal to follow. Like usual she smashed it easily able to follow each command with minimal reward! Her passion and energy she brings in each day really rubs off on the trainers and she is an absolute delight to train! We highly recommend doing some of our classes with Opal so you can witness yourself her amazing ability to learn quickly as well as picking up so handler skills for yourself as well! We seriously hope you will consider this and if you’d like more information on the classes we have available please don’t hesitate to contact us! Focus: Repetition B

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Join our group O,C&C sessions

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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