Scout had a great day today and focused well. He did get tired at the end but that is to be expected.
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: Scouts first session was charging his yes marker. We use a yes marker to let the dog know they are doing the right thing. For example if we ask a dog to sit we then say yes and give a treat. It means the yes is said as soon as the desired behaviour is shown. The dog knows they have done a good job. It gives us a chance then to get the treat out. To be able to use the marker well we need to charge it. This is simply done by saying yes and giving the dog a treat. This is repeated over and over again. A well charged marker is when you can say yes and the dog whips his head so quickly to get that treat, it nearly gives its self whip lash!!! The trainer also introduced the place skill to Scout in this session. This is a skill that is a great for the dog to learn. The dog must stay on place (or bed) and not get off until released. Very handy to have when visitors some over. The dog knows it must stay on place until released and is not jumping over visitors. The trainer first lured Scout onto the bed with food. As soon as all four feet were on the bed the trainer rewarded with yes and a treat. Scout was then released off the bed. To then repeat the exercise. Scout did well with this and next time the trainer will work with Scout to help him learn duration. To be able to stay on the bed for longer periods of time.||Focus: Repetition||D|
|Skill learnt: Drop/ Down||Comment: The second session was teaching Scout the drop skill. This is an important skill for Scout to learn as it can be used when out walking and you need to get Scout’s focus back on you. Or to help preventing jumping when meeting people. The trainer started by luring Scout with treats. The trainer brought the food down to under Scouts chin and down to between his front legs. He didn’t quite get this so the trainer lured him into the sit position then used the food to lure Scout down to the floor. He did well with this and before long he was getting in position from the standing position. Next time the trainer would like to fade out the lure and get more consistency from Scout. But he did extremely well and is a smart little cookie.||Focus: Repetition||D|
|Skill learnt: Trick Training||Comment: Paws up was the focus of Scout’s final session. This is a good trick but also helps Scout get used to different textures underfoot. Once he has a grasp on the skill he, when out walking you will be able to ask for paws up on just about anything. Scout did struggle a little with this but mainly as it was his last session and he was tired! To help teach the paws up skill, Scout needs to be lured onto different items until both his front feet are on the object.||Focus: Repetition||D|
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.