Sampson's Doggy Dayschool Report

2021-11-03

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: Drop/ Down Comment: For Sampson’s first session we worked on his drop skill. This skill is important as it allows the dog to settle into a position and can be used to create impulse control. For this session we specifically worked on his duration using high distractions (food). When getting Sampson from the kennels he was excited and was breaking his drop before released. He struggled to hold his duration at doors to begin with however after having him in his drop position for 30 seconds he quickly calmed down and focused. When Sampson did break before being released, he was told ‘uh uh’ and put back into his drop. After just two uses of ‘Uh uh’ he remained in his drops for the rest of the session. The trainer asked for a drop and continued to spell his name out in treats in front of him. Sampson did amazing and didn’t break once! The next step for Sampson will be to continue working on his distractions while in drop. Focus: Distraction A
Skill learnt: Loose Lead (No pull) Comment: For Sampson’s second session we worked on his loose lead walking. This skill is important as it allows walking without pulling or zigzagging. Sampson did well throughout this session and progressed onto the grass area. We started on the gravel and while Sampson wasn’t pulling, he wasn’t giving much engagement as when the trainer turned, he would still keep walking. If the trainer turned and Sampson didn’t, he was told ‘uh uh’ and the trainer would continue walking in the opposite direction. After a few uses of ‘Uh uh’ Sampson started to show better engagement. To further increase engagement the trainer started to add in more frequent turns. As he started to do well on the gravel the trainer progressed onto the grass, however as we got close to the grass his engagement would again decrease. To decrease this behaviour, we would walk towards to grass and if he started to get distracted the trainer turned around and walked away. This continued until Sampson started to show good engagement while walking towards the grass. Sampson’s loose lead walking was still good on the grass however at times he would get distracted and pull to sniff a patch of grass. When this happened the trainer again turned away from the distraction and told him ‘uh uh’. The next step for Sampson will be to continue working on his loose lead on the grassed area while other dogs are around. Focus: Distraction B+
Skill learnt: Leave Comment: For Sampson’s last session we worked on his leave it. This skill is important as it allows them to not go for any food dropped onto the floor. To begin with the trainer would hold a hand full of kibble and when Sampson would stop licking her hand he would be rewarded with fritz (ensuring this was given from the other hand). As Sampson picked this up within a minute, we progressed to dropping food onto the floor. Again, he wouldn’t go for the food, so we progressed to walking around kibble. Sampson again did really well and wasn’t going for the kibble when we would walk past it. To increase the temptation even more the trainer sprinkled fritz over the floor and Sampson was to walk over it without going for it. Sampson started off by going for the fritz however he was told ‘uh uh’ and the trainer would hold the lead so he wouldn’t be able to put his head down and reach it. After a few uses of ‘Uh uh’ he quickly picked it up and was ignoring the fritz. When Sampson would walk over the fritz without touching it, he would be heavily rewarded and the rewarded had to be better than the temptation on the floor. The next step for Sampson will be to continue working on walking with fritz on the floor and start to incorporate the word ‘leave’. Focus: Foundation A

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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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