Pickle's Doggy Dayschool Report

2021-10-22

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: Loose Lead (No pull) Comment: For Pickles first session we worked on his loose lead walking outside. This skill is important as it teaches them to walk on a lead without any pulling or zigzagging. To begin with Pickle was very distracted by the outside environment and all the smells. He was pulling and walking side to side to smell the ground. To decrease this behaviour whenever Pickle would start to get distracted the trainer would turn and if he didn’t turn with her, he would be told ‘uh uh’. To increase his engagement with the trainer she rewarded pickle whenever he made eye contact as well as when he would turn with her. More turns were added into the walk to ensure he was paying attention. After a few minutes Pickle started to walk nicely on the grass, so we progressed to higher distractions (in the kennels with dog distractions). Pickle again started off poorly and was pulling so the trainer started to incorporate drops to allow him to settle and focus. After a minute Pickle improved however, he did still become distracted at times and therefore his next step will be to continue working on loose lead in the kennels. Focus: Distraction B+
Skill learnt: Middle Position Comment: For Pickles second session we worked on his Middles skill. This skill is good as it allows for concentration and pushes their thinking. Pickle did really well throughout his session! To begin with we started off with asking for middles and once in middles he was lured to walk forward with the trainer. Pickle had no issue with this and was able to walk between the trainers’ legs after only a couple of repetitions. As Pickle was doing so well, we decided to try and push him even more by getting him to start walking backwards in middles position. To begin with pickle would sit when the trainer would walk backwards and hold the lure Infront of him. When Pickle would sit the trainer would say ‘nope’ and walk forward a couple of steps and then start to walk backwards again. After Pickle started to take just a few steps backwards he was heavily rewarded and released. The trainer worked on repetition of him walking backwards and he started to pick it up by the end of the session. The next step for Pickle will be to continue working on walking backwards in the middles position. Focus: Repetition A
Skill learnt: Trick Training Comment: For Pickles last session we worked on his Bow skill. This skill is good as it allows for concentration and pushes their thinking. To begin with Pickle struggled with his Bow skill and was instead dropping. To help decrease this the trainer would mark when his front legs bend and reward him, however if he went into a full drop he was told ‘nope’ and then released. After a few repetitions Pickle started to pick the skill up and was performing ‘Bow’ when a lure was used. The next step for Pickle will be to continue working on his bow skill and slowly fade out the lure. Focus: Repetition B+

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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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