Rusty had a fun day meeting his trainer's today. We showed him the foundations of his skills, with Rusty doing well his skills, showing his intelligence but with a lot of room for improvement.
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: Place Training||Comment: We started Rusty’s day working on his place skill. Place is a good foundational skill to help build impulse control and a dogs ability to settle themselves down. This is a good area to work on for Rusty’s jumping as you can put him on place once he understands the skill, helping keep him from jumping up when getting people in the home. We do this by leading Rusty on place with a treat, marking with a "yes" when he hops on giving him the treat. At this point we give him his release command or "break". We let him off the bed by throwing a treat for him to follow. Rusty took to this quickly, hopping on and off the bed with enthusiasm. Once he showed an understanding of the skill we started to work on his duration. Once Rusty is on the bed we periodically mark yes and give him a treat for staying on. If he gets off we mark an "uh uh" and gently put him back on with the lead. After a few seconds we give him his release and let him off. Rusty had a more challenging time with this part, stepping off the bed quite frequently as to be expected but started to pick up the rules by the end of the lesson||Focus: Foundation||B|
|Skill learnt: Drop/ Down||Comment: We started working on Rusty’s drop skill in the classroom. As Rusty showed he knows this skill pretty well already, we focused on duration in the skill. Drop is a great position for a jumpy dog. You put Rusty into a drop before greeting somebody and apply the footbrake. This is where you give the dog enough lead to be loose but you put your foot on the lead so if he attempts to jump up he corrects himself and learns that jumping doesn't get him the attention he wants. It is also harder to jump when he is on the ground compared to standing or in a sit. Rusty did well going into the skill but chose to jump up quickly before his release word the majority of the time. We used a similar method as his place skill, gently putting him back into the skill with the lead when he got up early with a "uh uh". After some repetition he was happier to stay on the skill until release.||Focus: Duration||B|
|Skill learnt: Loose Lead (No pull)||Comment: We finished with this skill in the classroom, picking two spots to walk between. When Rusty pulls ahead we turn around and keep walking the other direction. We repeat this, marking yes and giving him a treat when he walks next to us. Rusty pulled ahead a fair bit at the beginning of the lesson, but with some repetition we got his engagement on his trainer, with Rusty walking along right next to him.||Focus: Foundation||C+|
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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