Sonny was quite good for his skills today, I think he knows when he is in training mode! Such a cheeky boy but we love him anyway!
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."
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|Skill learnt: Drop/ Down
|Comment: For his first session we started off with some place and drop around high energy movement distractions to help Sonny settle. I think Sonny knew he was in training mode as he did very well with holding his positions with the trainer running around, throwing toys and being excitable towards him. The only times he broke was for scattered food (both skills) and when the trainer would walk over him from the front while he was in drop. He very much knew the behaviour he was supposed to do, when trying to get him overexcitable he would put himself in drop. Keep pushing his drop skill at home to use when he is being a bit of a crazy boy.
|Skill learnt: Loose Lead (No pull)
|Comment: For his second session we worked on loose lead in the cattery to work on cat desensitisation for Sonny. Sonny was pretty good though it took a while for him to stop looking around and start focusing on the trainer. He ignored most of the cats (except for one which he gave a wider berth) but did get distracted a few times by the rabbits boarding in the cattery (especially if they moved suddenly or made a lot of noise). We can keep working on this conditioning during Dayschools while our cattery is fuller than normal.
|Skill learnt: Trick Training
|Comment: For his last session we worked on some shaping for the quoits skill. Shaping is a great way to work their brain and tire them out! Sonny seemed new to shaping and it took him a while to realise he was being rewarded for just touching the rings (he kept dropping for the trainer instead). Once he picked up this first part of shaping he didn't take as long to progress to nibbling at the rings and then, in the last few minutes, he started picking them up for the treats! Awesome progress and it is great to see a dog using its brain and a hot/cold method to figure out what the trainer wants rather than being told or guided!
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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