Opal was a bit cheeky today, as well as having a challenging time with her food drive, which is to be expected with the big thunderstorm last night. We were unable to work on leave it as she wasn't overly interested in food today. After a bit of work together she was back to her usual stuff, finishing the day well.
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 began with Opal's 'place’ skill in the hallway of her resort, near other dogs. Placing her on the bed, we focused on the basics in the highly distracting environment. Initially, Opal hesitated to hop on the bed and would quickly get off when she did manage to get on. We introduced repetition, emphasizing that the boundaries of the skill applied not only outside and in the classroom but anywhere. Once Opal realized that she needed to follow the trainer's instructions in this environment too, she started hopping on and off the bed when asked, patiently waiting for her release word.
|Skill learnt: Loose Lead (No pull)
|Comment: Continuing in the same environment, we worked on Opal's loose lead walking while incorporating door manners. Initially, Opal pulled her way down the corridor, eager to reach the classroom. When she realized that wasn't the destination, she began expressing her frustration, attempting to pull her way there. We continued with repetition, simply changing direction when she pulled ahead. Opal gradually started walking by our side more often, transitioning into a sit as we approached doors.
|Skill learnt: Trick Training
|Comment: Opal concluded the session with her "hold" skill. She displayed a bit of inconsistency during this lesson, showing enthusiasm and effort at times before experiencing spells of losing interest and not wanting to participate. During her focused moments, she successfully held the object for a full 2 seconds, indicating progress in building duration. However, she quickly lost interest in her treats and would not bother grabbing the stick. As we continued practicing, we invested time in regaining her engagement, ultimately concluding the lesson on a positive note.
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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