Shelby's Doggy Dayschool Report

2022-01-06

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: Shelby’s first session today we really focused on her drop skill, particularly trainer distraction. The trainer noticed that she has great knowledge of the skill but can’t resist crawling forward if the trainer squats down or tried to take a photo. To help with this the trainer would get her in position, step back and do a quick squat, if Shelby stayed in her drop without crawling we rewarded her. If she started to crawl we said “ah ah,” stood back up and stepped towards her to discourage the crawling. From here we would then release her and put her straight back into a drop and try again, but from a smaller distance and didn’t squat as low. She seemed to understand this by the end of the session and would stay put while the trainer sat down or did a squat, however the duration wasn’t very long and will need to be increased. When duration is increased, distance needs to be reduced and built back up. She did really well with her drops, she is just such a loving girl and wants all the cuddles. Focus: Duration B
Skill learnt: Place Training Comment: For her second session today we wanted to burn some of her energy, so we did red-light-green-light (RLGL) place with a flirt pole. This game is simple, we release her from place and play around with the flirt pole and then all of a sudden stop the game and send her to place. The idea of this is to help her develop an “off switch” between games! She did so well with this and seemed to really love the flirt pole with a thick piece of rope at the end. She had no troubles with this skill at all and was appearing tired by the end of this session! Not only is it physically exhausting but it is mentally engaging too! She did really well at settling between each game! Definitely look into (if you haven’t already) getting a flirt pole or making one since she really seemed to love this game! Focus: Obedience A
Skill learnt: Ring a Bell Comment: For her last session we decided to really work her brain! We started with the basics of rope pull to ring the bell. This simply involved up sitting in front of the bell and attached rope and waiting for her to engage with it. We had to move it around a little bit to help get her started but she quickly started to target it with her nose! Any time she looked or touched it we marked and rewarded. She quickly started to touch it more direct each time, so we only rewarded her for decent touches and withheld treats for just looking at it. By the end of the session she began to mouth at the rope, the first time she did this we jack-potted with 3-4 of her treats to help her understand the behaviour is desirable. She quickly realised that biting the rope is what we want and started to do it consistently. We finished the session off with a really good attempt of her biting the rope and gave her lots of cuddles for her hard work. You can keep practicing this at home with a piece of rope, just getting her to bite and/or pull at it is all she needs to do for this skill! Focus: Foundation C+

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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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