Stella did really good today, she has some previous knowledge of her skills which made training much more 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: For Stellas first session today we worked on her place skill, mainly focusing on distractions and sending to from distance. Stella seemed to already have knowledge of this skill and her reward markers so it made it really easy to start pushing her impulse control. We put her on place and we could bounce tennis balls, throw toys and run around without her jumping off place. Since she did so well with distractions we decided to work on sending her to place from a distance. We started off small and slowly built it up, she was quite slow to get on place but still did it, eventually. To combat this and to increase speed we only rewarded the attempts that were quick/energetic. This seemed to improve by the end of the session and she began to really enjoy this, showing playful behaviours towards the trainer. To work on this further it just needs practice in different environments and kept interesting! Introducing distractions and different environments needs to be done gradually and at Stella’s pace.||Focus: Distraction||B|
|Skill learnt: Drop/ Down||Comment: For Stella’s second session today we focused on her drop skill. Her ability to stay in a drop with different distractions varies. If the distraction is just a toy rolling by her or the trainer moving around her slowly she does super well! However, as soon as the trainer squats down, walks away or goes by on a skateboard she jumps straight up. To work on this we can go back a step and reduce the movement in these distractions. The drop skill is a really good one, especially since she has potential dog reactivity. Having the ability to put her in a drop under different circumstances can make it much easier to avoid situations where she might react. This can be useful if you are walking outside and another dog is walking towards you, if you have no where to go you can put them Stella in a drop, mark and reward over and over to keep her focused on the handler and not the dog walking past. To work on this skill, distractions can be introduced gradually to test her!||Focus: Distraction||C+|
|Skill learnt: Loose Lead (No pull)||Comment: For her last session today we worked on her engagement with the trainer while practicing her loose lead walking. In the classroom she did really well and was super focused, however when we went outside her level of focus decreased slightly. Having her on the left side of the trainer allowed for easy treat dispensing, this is a sure way to maintain focus when practicing this skill. Every time Stella looked at the trainer, the trainer said “yes” and gave her a treat. This helps her understand that checking in with the handler is a good thing and will earn her a treat! To work on this skill it just needs practice, slowly moving to different environments with different distractions. This needs to be done gradually, different environments offer lots of distractions, so choosing something she is ready for is critical to avoid her going backwards in training.||Focus: Distraction||C+|
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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