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: Loose Lead (No pull) Comment: Xena has great fundamentals in her loose lead and just needs some tidying up of the skill. For 90% of the time she walked beautifully next to the trainer and keeping perfect pace with them. A few times she walked a bit ahead or would cross behind to walk on the other side but some gentle pressure and an "uh-uh" was enough to get her back on track. Over the session less pressure was needed to get her to turn around to change direction - by the end she was moving wherever the trainer was. She did not take any treats this session but was rewarded with a quick pat or a scratch behind the ears when she was walking well. Next time we'd like to have her do her loose lead around other dogs as distractions to help her strengthen her skill. At home reward her often for keeping pace with you and anytime she focuses her attention on you during the walk. Focus: Distraction B+
Skill learnt: Place Training Comment: For her second session we started working on teaching Xena her place skill. As she wasn't following lures onto the raised bed (she only ate a few treats over the entirety of this session) we again worked with light lead pressure to guide her on and off the bed. Xena really struggled with staying on the bed for the majority of the session and often broke to stand up next to the trainer. We worked on encouraging her to go into a sit on the bed to help with her duration and gave her pats and ear scratches as rewards for staying on the bed. Next time we'd like to be able to properly teach Xena her place skill - if there are any treats she particularly likes maybe drop them off with her next time as tis will speed up her learning if she is taking food. At home work on the basics of place - luring her onto the bed, saying "yes" and rewarding her once all 4 paws are on the bed and luring her off the bed after saying her release word ("break"). Focus: Foundation D
Skill learnt: Place Training Comment: As Xena really struggled with place we worked on it again for her final session. She did start taking treats regularly this session which is a great improvement and it really helped her with her place skill. While she did still break often it wasn't as frequently as her previous session and she was able to stay for longer on the bed before breaking. Helping her understand the rules and boundaries of place will be very important for her development of this skill. Next time we'd like to continue building the foundation of this skill for Xena as it is a really important skill for her, both because of her size and to help her relax. Continue teaching her this skill at home in a low distraction environment. Focus: Foundation 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 DoneĀ (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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