Oreo did so well today! He showed some confidence with his skills and quick improvement with new skills.
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: Conditioning||Comment: For Oreo’s first session today we worked on conditioning him to the trainer. He was a bit nervous when the trainer went to collect him from the kennels so we sat with him so he felt comfortable enough to come up to us. He came up to us eventually and we were able to put the lead on him. We let him have a really good sniff and look around on the way to the classroom to help him get used to the new surroundings. Once we made it to the classroom Oreo was quite nervous and started barking at the other dogs in the room. We focused on Oreo’s engagement by playing an engagement game. This involves marking “yes” and rewarding every time they make eye contact with us. The reward marker (yes) is a clear indicator for Oreo to understand exactly what he did that was correct. The second he looks at the trainer we say “yes” and then the treat can come after. This way he will know exactly which behaviour he is being rewarded for. After doing this for a while Oreo’s engagement improved heaps and allowed her to be more focused for her next sessions. This is a great game to play in unfamiliar environments and even just to exhaust them because you can throw the treat so they have to run and get it and then come back to you for the next one!||Focus: Conditioning||B+|
|Skill learnt: Place Training||Comment: For the second session today Oreo worked on his place skill. We focused mainly on sending to and releasing to really practice those reward and release markers. Sending to place is simple, we use a treat to lure them onto the bed, once all four paws are on we say “yes” and give them the reward. When we are ready we then say the release word “break” and guide them off the bed. If they step off prior to releasing them we say “ah ah” and guide them back on. Oreo did really well with this skill and showed some basic knowledge already. He would jump straight on place and sit down waiting for his treat. He did break a couple times of the trainer stepped back but we simply reduced the distance and built it up slowly. Keep working on this skill at home and Oreo will pick the is skill up super quick!||Focus: Foundation||B|
|Skill learnt: Paws Up (on object)||Comment: For Oreo’s last session today we worked on a fun skill. We did paws up! For this skill we use the treat to lure them up onto a pod, step or object. To start with we used a plastic pod that is flat on top and very stable. We used the treat to lure him on, however he was quite hesitant to put his paws up and kept moving around the pod to get to the treat. We simply kept moving the treat around and eventually he put one paw on the pod, as soon as that paw touched the pod we marked and rewarded him! Not soon after his first attempt he put both paws on and stayed there! We marked and rewarded him a few times to increase that duration and then released him by throwing a treat to the side for him to go and get. Keep practicing this skill with lots of different objects to help build his confidence with balance and strange surfaces.||Focus: Foundation||B|
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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