Zimba's Doggy Dayschool Report

2024-01-22

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: Conditioning Comment: For his first session today Trainer Sam really wanted ti try find what really motivate s Zimba, not that he isn’t able to work, in fact he is a great at his skills, but rather if we can get him just that little bit more excited about his training we will be able to push his skills just that little bit further a little easier! To start the trainer played with Zimba, with dogs there is many different types of play and finding out which one our dogs likes best will help us both in training but also in having fun with our dog, mention this to Sam next Saturday morning class and he will go over with you what each of these “play modes” are. For Zimba it seems he loved to both chase and be chased by the trainer, running around with a toy they found quickly that Zimba would chase them but once still he had much less interest in playing, same goes for when he got the toy in his mouth, he wasn’t very interested in playing tug with the toy but preferred to run away from the trainer with the toy playing chasey! Since they were doing training the trainer sr of the day the trainer then did some off lead recall in the classroom with some middles thrown in while moving to just get him locked in to training mode for the rest of the day but this first session was very informative! Focus: Confidence A
Skill learnt: Loose Lead (No pull) Comment: For his second session today the trainer took Zimba for a massive loose lead walk around the entire property! And when we say the entire property we mean it! Each of the paddocks, both inside and outside the pet resort, through some of the dog runs, a little work in the holding pens with some dog distractions and even a visit in to the cattery! The entire time Zimba was great the entire time, the motivation session before really seemed to help get him a bit more excited for the training! He was also checking in every now and again and the few times he did hit the end of the lead he responded really well to the lead pressure! They did notice that if allowed to he will focus on the other dogs especially if they are high energy however if walked away and distracted with some food he locks right back on to the trainer and through this method the trainer was able to walk him right up near the fence in the runs while another dog was running up and down jumping and barking! Focus: Obedience A
Skill learnt: Obstacle Course (Confidence Building) Comment: For his final session today the trainer wanted to see if they had successfully motivated Zimba enough today to get him running through the confidence course! The trainer made sure to do this when it was still cool outside as to not fry the poor boy! It seems all the motivating and exciting him really paid off during this session! He was more than happy to run through the course today! It did take the trainer getting very energetic to get him to follow but they believe due to the chasing games earlier it was easy for Zimba to get motivated to follow the trainer on the outside of the course! Since he had done quite a bit of moving today he was pretty tired after 3-4 circuits of then confidence course so the trainer slowed him down a bit and took him through a few more times. He wasn’t just fast on the course today but brave as well! He was a little hesitant going slowly over the corrugated iron sheet, however with the help of a lure he was quick to work up the courage to slowly step over the sheet and once he did it once he was happily doing it every other time it came across his path! Zimba was awesome today but a reminder we must always be looking to motivate him more and push those skills even further! I’d also really like you to do a little research when ever you have some time about some new skills you’d like both the boys to learn as their basics obedience is getting to the point that we can keep working on it but working it into other things like the scent work you’re about to start with Zoltan or some agility work with Zimba, these are all things we can help start! Focus: Confidence 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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