Winnie did so well for her first day school! She was so confident and listened really well!
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: Winnie was such a confident girl for her first day! The trainer let her explore the classroom for the first couple minutes as it is a new environment. Once that was done, she began to work on her ‘place training’, focusing on duration and adding in her release word ‘break’. Winnie showed some understanding of her place skill, which is great! For the most part she would remain on place until told otherwise, there were a few odd moments she would hop off and the trainer would ask her to go back on. To charge her ‘break’ marker, the trainer would lure her off of the bed with a treat and repeated this a few times. After a couple repetitions, the trainer would add in the word ‘break’ as they lured her off. Winnie focused on this for the remainder of the session, as well as building her duration in between. The trainer was able to do laps of the classroom while she remained on place, which is great! Place is an awesome skill for Winnie to have as it teaches her to relax and it is a controlled skill. By having the place skill, it can also redirect unwanted behaviours of hers, for example, jumping. Keep working on this at home, using her release word while luring her off and she will pick it up soon!||Focus: Duration||B+|
|Skill learnt: Loose Lead (No pull)||Comment: Next up, Winnie worked on her ‘loose lead’ walking in the classroom. She started off this session being the only dog out in the classroom and was a little bit pully initially. If Winnie walked in front and pulled, the trainer would use her non-reward marker “ah ah” and turn around, changing her direction and redirecting her pulling. She responded really well to this and began to walk nicer alongside the trainer. She would still get a little distracted, but she responds well to funny noises to regain her attention and treats were a big help! The second half of the session she was able to walk opposite a german shepherd, a trainer and a pram, all while keeping most of her engagement on the trainer, which is awesome! Again, there were times she would get a little distracted, but as she is super food motivated, it was easy to regain her attention. Keep practicing this at home, use her non-reward marker when she pulls and change direction, do it as many times as needed. Awesome work, Winnie!||Focus: Distraction||B+|
|Skill learnt: Drop/ Down||Comment: To finish up, Winnie was introduced to her ‘drop’ skill, focusing on the foundation. Drop is a great skill for Winnie to have as again, it will help redirect her unwanted behaviour of jumping, it is a controlled position and it will teach her that when she is in it, she needs to relax. It will help redirect her jumping if for example someone approaches her, getting her excitable and wanting to jump, once you ask for a drop she will do that instead, just needs some mastering first! The trainer began by luring Winnie with a treat under their legs as they sat, so when she walked under she would feel slight pressure on her back, causing her to drop. Once she was doing this 90% of the time, the trainer stopped using their legs as support and instead went to lure her straight from a stand, after a couple seconds Winnie realised what was being asked of her and she dropped, no back pressure needed! When luring her from a stand, be sure to have the treat right in front of her nose and while dragging down, also push it slightly on an angle into her, this will cause her chin to go down and the rest of the body will follow. She seems to remain in the drop position until released, which is beautiful and just what we want, so the trainer would throw a treat away from her and use her release word ‘break’. Once she is performing this 90% of the time, begin to add in her verbal cue ‘drop’ and begin to slowly fade the lure. Great work today, Winnie!||Focus: Foundation||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.
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