Zoltan did really well at his dayschool today. He made some great first steps towards some obedience skills and didn't react much to the other dogs.
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: Desensitisation||Comment: For his first session we worked on assessing Zoltan's level of reactivity around another dog. Zoltan did really well in the classroom and spent most of the time just observing the other dog. About halfway through the session he did give several barks but did respond well to the trainer calling his name and would turn his back on the other dog readily. Giving him treats throughout the session for not barking helps to change Zoltan's perception of other dogs. Next time we'd like to see Zoltan not bark as much and be able to focus a bit more on the trainer while around other dogs. At home use treats often especially in areas he can be reactive in when he is not barking to helps show him the desired behaviour.||Focus: Repetition||B|
|Skill learnt: Place Training||Comment: For his second session we started teaching Zoltan the basics of place. This involved luring Zoltan onto the raised bed, waiting until all 4 paws were on it, marking with "yes" and rewarding with a treat. We also practiced using a release word with Zoltan - telling him "break" and then luring him off of the bed. Once he got the hang of what was required we were also able to add in a consequence for him leaving the bed without the release word - he would get a gentle "uh-uh" and be led back onto the bed. Zoltan picked up the basics quite quickly and it should not take long before he has good foundations with this skill. Next time we'd like to get his foundations strong so that we can start pushing the skill further. At home, continue working on place like he has been today with lots of luring, rewards and use of markers.||Focus: Repetition||C+|
|Skill learnt: Drop/ Down||Comment: For his last session we worked on teaching Zoltan to drop. Zoltan did have some trouble with this skill but this may be because of his figure/anatomy. Since he was having a bit of trouble we worked on rewarding him by successive approximation - each small step towards a drop was rewarded before asking for that little bit more. We did manage to progress toward him bending his front half in a bow but this skill does need a bit more work. Next time we'd like to progress to having him lie down with the lure - practice taking it nice and slow at home to work on this skill.||Focus: Foundation||D+|
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.