Zoltan was amazing today! He got to work with his mate Sam again and showed some really good progress with building duration with his skills and specially around his brother Zimba!
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: Drop/ Down
|Comment: For his first session the trainer wanted to work on building duration with his skills specifically while around his brother as we know this is the dog that gets him most excited! The trainer put Zimba on a place bed tethered to the wall today while they got Zoltan out into the classroom. They then proceeded to work on his drop and sit with a focus on his duration. To also challenge him the trainer would get him in a drop and would go over and interact with Zimba to try get him to break off, not only did he stay in both a sit and drop he did an amazing job waiting for the trainer to release him before getting up! The trainer tried many ways to get him to break but not once today did he, remind me (Sam) next weekend class to talk about environments and being over or under threshold as we are noticing a obviously when he is here with us he knows that it’s training time and time to be serious as with Mum it isn’t as serious, we can work on changing this so he know when it’s work time and when it’s not.
|Skill learnt: Conditioning
|Comment: For his second session the trainer did a little bit of “teeth brush” for our weekly spa week theme! The idea behind this session was getting Zoltan use to not only something running along his teeth but also allowing us to handle his jowls to actually access his teeth! The trainer started by just doing this, lifting his jowls and getting access to the teeth rewarding for when he held still and allowed this to happen. He was quick to allow the trainer to start exposing his teeth so to really test him today the trainer didn’t just brush his teeth with any old object they actually used a treat! Not only does this condition him to having his teeth brushed but it also works on his impulse control! He did absolutely amazing, not only did he let the trainer “brush” his teeth with the treat not once did he try to eat the treat even though it was right inside his mouth already! This showed great impulse control and the trainer is extremely happy with him!
|Skill learnt: Trick Training
|Comment: For his final session today the trainer worked Zoltan in the classroom on a couple of skills getting him ready for Valentine’s Day just like his brother! To start the trainer worked Zoltan on his “kiss” skill! The trainer also wants to remind you to discuss this with Sam on a Saturday because the way the boys are learning this skill is very different and is a great example of teaching a skill using things such as lures and helping the dog to understand what we want (Zumba’s method) and simply shaping a behaviour the dog is already exhibiting (Zoltan). Zoltan seemed to already lean forward and try lick the trainer on the lips, so instead of trying to get him to kiss by using the touch skill and targeting the face area the trainer was just able to lean in and he already tried to do this! So it was much easier to teach Zoltan this skill as he already had an idea of what to do! The trainer was able to already start pairing a verbal command of “Kiss” to this behaviour and as you can see from his video he is already catching on! He may need a few more sessions of doing this before he is solid with the skill but he smashed it today and the trainer is very impressed with his skills today!
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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