Squid engaged really well today, and we all had a lot of fun!
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: We had no interest in treats today, is there something of high value at home you guys could bring in? He turned his nose up at the fritz. So we used high voice praise and pats- still marking yes! Squid has a great understanding of place, and his duration has improved amazing! So today we started really focusing on sending to place from a distance. To begin we just moved him to and from place, as he got more comfortable with us and what was happening, we started to slowly increase our distance. First one metre, we had no problems here, he was super excited and happy to continue going to place from here. We increased to two metres, at first he was a little confused but with encouragement it clicked. We kept practicing at this distance to make sure we really nailed it. This will help you guys at home or in stimulating environments and getting him into a position where he can self sooth and relax, no matter the distance. This can also be done and followed through at home. Next time we would love to see that distance increase and maybe start adding in a few extra obstacles to hurdle on through.||Focus: Distance||B|
|Skill learnt: Place Training||Comment: Again, we utilised the place skill to work on our next session. Here we were really trying to get Squid to understand ‘around’. He was unsure of what was being asked, so a strong lure and leash pressure helped guide him. To begin we did this and added in our yes markers. He was slightly frightened of the cone to go around and would jump backwards if he got to close to this. But with a few more goes he started to feel comfortable with the manoeuvres and moving around (with a distance) the cone. As the session progressed, we started adding in the command of around and pointing towards the cone. This skill is great to use to help boost their confidence around things they may be scared of. It teaches them to go around them and turn their back on them and with consistence it shows them that there is nothing to be afraid of. We would really like to develop this skill even further with Squid as we think it will help him focus and relax around the unknown – using a skill he is confident with like place to help build up this skill is fantastic, and something that can be focused on at home. It is also a lot of fun and helps strengthen that bond even more!||Focus: Repetition||C+|
|Skill learnt: Obstacle Course (Confidence Building)||Comment: Boy was this last session a lot of fun and a big laugh! We thought ending our day in a fun way would be great after working so hard in our last few sessions. Yes, we tackled our famous Obstacle Course! Unsure to begin of where to go or what to do, using a lot of encouragement and walking the course with him first we eventually got there! But those damn tyres are hard to tackle! He wasn’t sure whether to go through them, over them and even one point started digging – maybe to try under? But with a trainer by his side and showing him that even they can fit through the tyres, he gave them a real good shot! Then there were dangling foam rollers and we just had to always stop and play with them. After his 3rd run through the course, he was confident enough to start adventuring out by himself and managed to get a good run in for the last shot! It was great seeing him improve after only a few shots of the course. Going from something unknown and unsure of, he certainly tackled it with a big brave face and showed that course who’s boss! Well done Squid, we look forward to seeing that confidence grow even more.||Focus: Confidence||B+|
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.