Zoltan was very cheeky and boisterous today as we greeted him, as he tried to play instead of make him way to the classroom. As the day went on he got a bit distracted as we did some conditioning which made him not feel like training, so we ended the day with a bit of fun to get his spirits up.
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: Conditioning
|Comment: We started with some paw desensitization, working on getting Zoltan to let us comfortably touch his front two paws. We placed him on the bed, getting him to lay down as we started gently touching his paw. As we touched his paw, we used treat rewards to help him build a positive association with the feeling of us touching him. Zoltan began the lesson by pulling away as we tried touching his paw, but as the lesson went on, he started keeping his paws still as we touched them, although still a little uncomfortable. We started on his back paws towards the end of the lesson, starting from the beginning again.
|Skill learnt: Conditioning
|Comment: Zoltan was very cheeky this lesson as we went to get him from the training yards, getting the zoomies and wanting to play a game of keep-away. Unfortunately, this led to him running through a poo he took between lessons, which he got all over his paws. As we were doing some spa and conditioning anyway, we took him to the bath to wash off his paws as well as do some brush conditioning. Zoltan was a bit uncomfortable with us grabbing his paws to wash them, but we used the same method as the last lesson, feeding him as we touched them to help him feel more comfortable. Once done with the bath, we made our way back to the classroom with the brush to continue. Zoltan wasn't happy about the brush touching him, although he became more confident with it as the lesson went on.
|Skill learnt: Play
|Comment: We started the lesson working around other dogs, but Zoltan was very distracted, with the two lessons of desensitization taking a lot out of him. We decided to go easy on Zoltan as we weren't getting a lot out of him around distractions. We took him down to the training paddock on a long line to have a session of play as well as adding in a bit of recall. We got Zoltan to chase us around as we ran away from him, rewarding him for catching up to us with a treat and some pats. This helps to reinforce his recall as well as give him some fun to help destress. Zoltan had fun running around, but as we got to the end of the lesson, he started to slow down, showing he was ready to leave and have a rest by making his way over to the gate.
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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