Toffee's Doggy Dayschool Report

2021-11-12

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 Toffee’s first session today we greeted her in the kennels and did some trainer conditioning. This involved just sitting with her for a couple minutes, giving her some treats and then putting on the slip lead. We like to take it slow for their first ever session so that they get used to being calm in the kennels and not all hyped up or over excited. She did really well, she warmed up to the trainer straight away and we were able to progress down to the classroom quickly. Once in the classroom we worked on her place skill. She was really good with being sent to place, however she would break position quite readily. To help with this we would say “place” and gesture towards the bed. Once she was on, we say “yes” and reward, we continue marking and rewarding while she stays on place and then when ready we say “break” and throw a treat for her to go follow. After a couple minutes we were able to get her on place and walk around slowly without her stepping off. This can be built up slowly to more movement and eventually different distractions. To end this session we played a little game of send to place. This involved having two raised beds on either side of the room and we could send her to one release and then run to the other one! She really enjoyed this! Focus: Distraction B
Skill learnt: Drop/ Down Comment: For her second session today we worked on her drop skill. She had no knowledge of the skill so we tried the first lure technique which is; having the treat on her nose and moving it down in between her front legs. This usually makes the dog fold into a sphinx like drop. She didn’t seem very keen on this method so we switched it to the under the leg method. This involves luring her under the trainers legs with the treat. This makes them crawl through the gap and eventually end up in a drop position. Once they’re in that position we mark, reward and then release her by throwing a treat. She was happy to do this over and over! She had no problems getting into this position, eventually she will connect the position she is in with the reward and the trainers legs can be phased out. Focus: Repetition C+
Skill learnt: Drop/ Down Comment: For her last session today we worked some more on her drop skill. We continued with the under leg method for a few minutes and then decided to try just luring her with the 1st method (treat on the nose and between the front legs). She licked and licked at the lure but eventually she did drop into position! When she did get into position we marked it “yes” and gave her a handful of treats before releasing her! This is great progress from her second session and she even did it more than once. Make sure when u are practicing this skill, it is in a low distracting environment with high value treats. Use large hand cues and slow movements so she associates the visual cue! Only start to label the skill with the word “drop” once she is performing it 90% of the time successfully. Duration can be built up slowly by marking and rewarding a few times before releasing! She was great fun to train today and made the trainer super happy to have shown big progress! Focus: Repetition 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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