Sonny had a great day today! He is showing some great progress with his skills!
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: First session Sonny worked on his drops. He is showing good progress in these and requiring minimal luring to help get into position. He shows understanding of the verbal cue “drop” paired with the hand signal but can be cheeky and go into a sit instead, if he does this we tell him uh uh and guide him into a drop position. Sonny can still be quick to pop up out of position before his release cue “break”. Keep focusing on his duration around low distractions||Focus: Duration||C+|
|Skill learnt: Place Training||Comment: Sonny’s second session we worked on his Place skill. This skill will be the most helpful with his calming around people and kids as this skill assists in self settling. At home if he is getting too over aroused put him on place and reward him for calm behaviours and settling. Ideally you want to have him on place before guests arrive so he doesn’t go over threshold. Over time as he improves in his impulse control he will be less likely to break before his release word and settle faster. Today we worked on his impulse control by having him in place and the trainer moving around the class with high energy and playing with a flirt pole. He did break early a couple of times but when he does this we tell him uh uh and guide him back onto the bed. Keep working on his place skill at home building his duration/settling.||Focus: Distraction||B|
|Skill learnt: Desensitisation||Comment: Sonny’s final session we worked on some cat desensitisation. For this session we headed into the cattery and just let Sonny do his thing, we talked up and down, allowing him to sniff and focusing on getting his engagement in this environment. There was a couple of cats sitting at their condo doors so we sat near them and each time Sonny stared and became a bit fixated we said “search” and chucked a couple treats on the floor. This helps pull his focus from the cats and then he began looking to us for food. Each time Sonny made the decision to disengage from the cats we said yes and rewarded and by the end of the session he chose to put himself in a drop by the trainer and waited for treats. It’s important to work on allowing him to make the right decisions around cats as well as managed his herding/chasing impulses by using his place skill or having him on lead.||Focus: Desensitisation||X|
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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