Zimba worked on a few complex skills today, chaining together multiple skills he had already learned in the past to push his knowledge further. We also did a session of touch conditioning for our spa week, spending some time pampering him while giving him treats to get him use to touching his paws, which will help with nail clipping and washing his paws.
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."
|We focused on
|Skill learnt: Middle Position
|Comment: Zimba worked on his middles skill, combining it with his drop and recalls. We placed him in a drop on one side of the room and moved to the other side. We then called him over with his middle skill, getting him to run straight through our legs into the skill, which also incorporates his recall. Zimba started enthusiastically, zooming across and between our legs. As the lesson went on, he lost a bit of his focus, still completing the skill although at a slower speed. He got up from his drop before his release a few times, but as the lesson progressed, he became more reliably staying in the skill until his release.
|Skill learnt: Conditioning
|Comment: This week is Spa week at Canine Connect, so we spent some time doing some paw and nail touch conditioning. Zimba was not happy about this, pulling his paws away from our hands as soon as we touched them. We practiced giving him treats as soon as we touched him to continue building a positive association with the touch. Zimba became more comfortable with this as the lesson went on, allowing us to touch them for increased periods of time. We were able to start adding in the nail clippers, rewarding him for letting us put the clippers next to his paw without him moving away from them.
|Skill learnt: Trick Training
|Comment: Zimba worked on another complex skill, teaching him to shut the door. We did this by attaching a piece of material to the door handle, encouraging him to grab it in his mouth to pull it shut. This incorporates both the ringing the bell and hanky pull skills, getting him to hold onto the material and pull it shut. Zimba started by mouthing it at first, grabbing on slightly but not pulling at all. We spent time slowly increasing the amount of time he held it in his mouth, getting him to pull it with more force. We were able to get him to consistently grab onto the cloth, although he lost engagement towards the end of the lesson, finishing with a few good repetitions.
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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