Winston's Doggy Dayschool Report

2021-10-18

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: Recall Comment: For Winston’s first session today we got him working on his recalls in a high distraction environment. We practiced first on the grass areas near the fountains to help get him focused. He did really well in these areas, occasionally going off to sniff something but as soon as the trainer called him over he ran straight to the trainer. We then proceeded to practice in the kennels near the outdoor runs. Winston showed a little bit of interest in the dogs however as soon as he was called he would run over and sit in front of the trainer. This is really good and shows that he has a high tolerance of dog distractions, since they were all barking and running around. To work on this further it just needs practice but he is doing so well! Focus: Distraction A
Skill learnt: Ring a Bell Comment: For his second session today we worked on Winstons bell skill. We decided to use the bell with a piece of rope on it that he has to pull. Winston found this quite difficult, we let him figure it out for himself. This is called shaping behaviour, we put him in front of the bell and wiggled it around, anytime he looked at it he was rewarded. Eventually he started touching it with his nose, by the end of the session he mouthed the rope a couple times so we jack-potted that behaviour. He got quite frustrated at the start of this session but he managed to figure it out! Letting them figure stuff out for themselves is a great way to train and a very tiring exercise. To further improve this skill it can be practiced at home with a piece of rope, eventually when he gets really good it can be labeled and then used for all sorts of things like the bell, opening doors (with a rope tied to it) and cool party tricks! Focus: Repetition C+
Skill learnt: Place Training Comment: For his last session today we worked on his ability to remain on a towel which could be used at a cafe setting. He struggled a bit at first remaining on the towel but just like training place on a raised bed we just kept practicing. Eventually he settled on place and we were able to sit and walk around him without him breaking. Towards the end of the session we followed the towel in half and practiced with that! It doesn’t matter if his feet slide off, it’s just a spot for him to remain. The end goal is to be able to use a napkin which they must “remain” on while in a cafe setting. Practicing this and gradually making the towel smaller is the main goal, once he gets really good with this he can practice it with lots of distractions and then eventually in a cafe. Focus: Foundation B

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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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