Zimba's Doggy Dayschool Report

2024-02-22

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: Targeting (touch) Comment: Zimba worked on his hold skill to start out the day. We focused on the strength of the grab, with Zimba happily putting his mouth on the toy consistently but only slightly. We stopped rewarding for just slight touches, making him have to really grab it before getting rewarded. We ensured this by only lightly holding it, making it easy for him to grab onto, which showed that if he just slightly put his mouth on it, it wouldn't move, but if he really tugged it, it would come out of our hand. Zimba got to the point where he was consistently grabbing the toy with force. He lost his focus halfway through, refusing to pay attention while he watched another dog working nearby. We finished with some good repetitions to end the lesson. Focus: Duration C+
Skill learnt: Trick Training Comment: Next, we moved onto his pivot skill, focusing on the amount of rotation and time spent on the step. We started with only being able to stay on for up to three seconds at a time, so we put in some repetition to get him more comfortable staying on for longer. We used the treat in our hand to keep his engagement, using it as a lure as we moved around in a circle. We started to be able to make it a full circle around, getting him this far around consistently. As we continued practicing, Zimba started to show that he was getting more comfortable moving around while on the step, making small adjustments with his feet instead of hopping off when feeling off-balanced. By the end of the lesson, we were reliably making it the full spin around. Focus: Duration B
Skill learnt: Conditioning Comment: We finished by getting Zimba to go through a tunnel, using the small space to help him conquer his fear. At first, Zimba didn’t want to approach the tunnel at all, trying to run away as we approached it. It also spooked him whenever the tunnel made any movement, making him jump each time. We used a combination of treats to lure him closer and some gentle lead guidance, followed by a big reward to entice him into going towards the tunnel. By the end of the lesson, he was putting his head fully into the tunnel to grab a treat, showing a good amount of progress from the start of the lesson where he didn’t want anything to do with it. Focus: Confidence 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 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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