Pickle did well for his first day, he was very excited to start his training. We worked on lots of the basics as well as encouraging his engagement.
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: Charging the Mark||Comment: For Pickles first session today we started to condition his reward marker. A reward marker helps the dog understand what they have done which is right! The moment they display the desired behaviour, we say “yes” and give them a treat. We use a reward marker (yes) because it signals to the dog that they did the right thing and a treat is coming! If we didn’t have a reward marker, they might show the behaviour but by the time the treat arrives they could have gotten up or forgotten what they did in the first place. To condition this we throw a treat, when they get the treat and look back at us we say “yes” and then throw another one. After this we started to teach him a new skill place. This skill is great to help build his understanding of the reward marker and another word, his release word “break”. We use implied duration for our skills instead of stay/wait. When in a position we expect them to remain there until released. Place training has one rule, all four paws stay on the bed until released. To teach this we lure them on the bed, yes and reward, then release. Since he is new to this skill he is going to have no duration so we have to build this up slowly. This skill is great to teach impulse control and self soothing abilities. Keep working on conditioning his reward marker and also the basics of place.||Focus: Conditioning||X|
|Skill learnt: Crate Training||Comment: For his second session today Pickle worked on his confidence with the crate. He didn’t want to go in by himself so we encouraged him with some treats. We didn’t shut the door straight away, we got him used to going in and out using treats. Once he felt more comfortable we began to increase the time he spent in there with the door shut. Doing it this way helps him make a positive association with the crate, when the door is shut and he is settled/not whining we mark yes and throw a treat in. By the end of the session he was settled in the crate and laying down. Crate training is a really good skill for dogs to have, it helps them settle, is their own safe space and is a safe way to socialise in the classroom. All our crates are uncovered in the classroom, this means that while they’re in a crate they still get to see other dogs, but they’re learning to be calm in this environment. Pickle did really well this session, if you have a crate at home 100% keep working on this. After a training session or some exercise we like to put them in their crate, this helps them learn an “off switch”.||Focus: Conditioning||B|
|Skill learnt: Drop/ Down||Comment: For Pickles last session today we worked on his engagement and drop skill. He was quite distracted for this session and did bark at the other dogs, we were able to gain his focus back by creating distance. To help build engagement we can play a little game, this game rewards them for looking/engaging with the trainer. To do this we throw a treat and they retrieve it. When they get the treat and look back to the trainer we say yes and throw another treat. This teaches them that by looking back to the trainer they get more rewards. After a while he was showing much better engagement so we moved onto his drop skill. We tested him out to see if he had prior knowledge but he didn’t seem to understand what we were asking. To teach a drop we use a lure on their nose, down between their front legs. This causes them to fold into a drop position (much like the sphinx statue). Pickle followed the lure well but didn’t have much duration while in position. To build duration we mark yes once in position, then slowly increase the time he is in that position each time. When we are ready for him to stand back up we say “break,” releasing him to do what he likes (within reason). When building duration in skills we have to take into consideration the environment and how distracting it might be! Practice all these skills at home, make sure he gets really good there before switching up the environment.||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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