Zimba was amazing today! The trainer had started working on yet another complex skill however we do believe that while his skills are great we need to build up the respect for you and your husband like we are doing with Zoltan, bringing Zimba to class with his brother will help with this, no pressure but when ever you can we believe that it would be beneficial to bring Zimba to classes as 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."
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|Skill learnt: Targeting (touch)
|Comment: For his first session the trainer wanted to work on a complex skill with zimba to start really pushing and challenging him. The complex skill they have chosen is toy bucket, this is when Zimba picks up an object and places it in a bucket in front of the trainer, this requires him to know a few skills including how to pick something up and how to target a specific item, it is also a skill the requires Zimba to be more autonomous about his decisions and choices. Since he hasn’t done much of this skill we are starting from scratch which is okay, since he has so much training it shouldn’t take him long to pick up on what we are doing. Within this first session the trainer sat in front of Zimba and presented the item (a plastic pig) to start he was rewarded for any interaction with the pig, however as he picked up on what was going on the trainer started rewarding only for specific behaviour, to start he was him mouthing the toy, then bitting it a little, then putting it in his mouth (which is where we got to by the end of this session) from here we can push him to only rewarding for grabbing and picking up the item and then we can start targeting the bucket itself! This was a great first session and Zimba is showing amazing signs of picking this up quickly!
|Skill learnt: Targeting (touch)
|Comment: For his second session the trainer wanted to continue his complex skill since he did so well during his first session! For this session the trainer had to make sure they were very specific about what they were rewarding Zimba for, if they rewarded too early or too late they could be increasing a different behaviour, for instance if rewarding too early when he just touches the toy we could be conditioning him to this when we want him to pick it up, so he was only rewarded when the toy moved while it was in his mouth. After a little bit he picked up on this and to help him with the skill the trainer put the toy inside a little bucket, this gave him a physical barrier he could actually see he had to bring the toy up and over forcing him to do the behaviour, he was rewarded when that the toy was picked up out of the bucket and out on the floor! He had a very quick ability to progress this skill today and the trainer is very confident he will be putting toys in the out of the bucket in no time!
|Skill learnt: Desensitisation
|Comment: For his final session today the trainer worked on both teeth brushing for the weekly skill as well as his rose hold for the upcoming Valentine’s Day challenges we are doing! Zimba was a little more hesitant than Zoltan to allow the trainer to raise his jowls to access his teeth, however through perseverance the trainer slowly was able to get him to hold still to allow access to his teeth! In order to brush his teeth we first must get him use to raising his jowels and allowing us to do it, as to not push him too far the trainer ended this part of the session here as he had made such good progress! They finished the session out with some rose hold! This was easier as he had spent most of his day trying to grab the toy so grabbing at the rose was much easier! The trainer was able to get him to have the flower in his mouth for a short duration today which was great! The trainer is very impressed with Zimba and I highly recommend when you can bringing both the boys to class on the Saturday as they worked amazing around each other today and working around one another in the classroom space was amazing, we need you guys to come and start handling them in class to give you the skills you need to work them at home at the same level.
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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