Brooklynn

  • Hi, my name is Brooklynn!

  • I bark at my humans and jump on them to let them know I want attention and affection. I also enjoy showing off my strength by dragging my parents on leash.

  • I’ve been coming to daycare regularly for over a year and made so many friends, furry and human.

  • My crazy antics worked until my parents signed me up for Play and Train. Now, along with basic manners, the Club Pet Academy is teaching me how to walk with a loose leash so I don’t hurt my Mom and Dad. The trainers say I’m doing awesome so far!

Brooklynn's Dog Training

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Dog Training Log

Dog Training Session 1

  • Today was Brooklynn’s first training session! She did really well, I think she’s going to love being in training!

  • We focused on teaching Brooklynn eye contact or the command, look.

    • This only needs to be practiced 2-3 minutes everyday

    • Brooklynn did really well with this exercise and is going to learn look in no time!

      • When she tries to jump for the treat, do not give it to her. Ask her to sit, and bring the treat up to your face (middle of eyes or forehead) and asking for her eye contact, once she gives you eye contact, then you can verbally reinforce (tell her, “Yes! Good girl!”) and give her the treat

        • Brooklynn should be calm for this exercise, so try practicing after she’s played in daycare or after her normal daily exercise.

  • We also worked on leash manners. She really enjoyed this too!

    • We walked together in a low distraction area of the building using treats to help Brooklynn understand where I wanted her to be (on my right side, slightly behind me with her muzzle at my thigh)

    • Once she was in the correct position, I would bring a treat up to my face, asking for eye contact. Once she gave me eye contact, I would verbally reinforce the action by saying, “Yes! Good girl!” and give a treat

Dog Training Session 2

  • Brooklynn did a great job in training today!

  • We practice basic manners with every dog in training. This includes, no jumping, pawing, barking for attention, and door waits.

    • If Brooklynn jumps, paws or barks at you, please ignore her (no petting, eye contact, speaking to her). The best thing to do is stand still looking straight ahead.

    • As soon as her four paws are on the ground and she is calm, reward her by giving her all the love!

    • Practice having Brooklynn wait at every doorway. A perfect place to practice this is coming in and out of our lobby.

  • Brooklynn’s eye contact (look) was awesome!

    • She looked 90% of the time. Please keep practicing this for a couple minutes each day. You can start adding more distractions like practicing in a different rooms of the house or outside in the backyard.

  • Her leash manners are improving nicely!

    • She walked with a loose leash about 70% of the time with low distractions.

    • If she pulls ahead of you, turn away from her and walk the other direction. Reward with a treat when she walks at your right side or a step behind.

    • While she’s walking at your side, I would show her a treat, hold it at my forehead, say “look” and reward when she made eye contact.

    • She tends to pull towards people or dogs she wants to greet. She’s a friendly girl!

    • If she does this, keep walking in circles, while drawing treats up to your eyes and saying “look.” Once she gives you her attention by making eye contact, reward with a treat.

  • We can tell you guys have been practicing! Keep up the great work!

Dog Training Session 3

  • Brooklynn had a good training day! She should be tired when she goes home.

  • We continued working on look, sit stay, down stay and leash manners. Like Amanda said in the last session, throughout her dog training with us we will continuously be practicing good manners (no jumping, pawing or barking) as well.

  • Brooklynn’s look is great! She has it down 90%

    • Keep practicing at home.

    • Brooklynn loves coming to Club Pet, practice this look in the lobby to help with keeping her calm in high distraction areas.

  • We practiced sit stay in medium distraction area outside.

    • She was able to sit and stay with me 8 steps away for 20 seconds without getting up.

      • This is to be expected in a higher distraction area.

    • Practice this at home in low distraction areas like the living room or kitchen. As she progresses, move into the front or backyard and so on.

  • We practiced down stay in the same medium distraction area

    • She had a hard time staying down during our first session but did much better the second time around.

    • Brooky was able to down and stay with me 3 steps away for 8 seconds without getting up.

      • Again, it is expected that the distance and time of her down stays are shorter. The more we practice, the further away you will be able to move away and for a longer duration of time.

  • Brooklynn’s leash manners were a little rough in the beginning but became better throughout our session.

    • Brooklynn was able to walk at my side with eyes on me 80% of the time!! This is so good! I did have to ask her to look a few times, otherwise she checked in with me frequently.

      • I did notice she seems to want to be on the left side when we’re walking. Please confirm we are to be walking her on the right.

  • Keep up the good work! We can tell you’re practicing!

Dog Training Session 4

  • Brooklynn is progressing along nicely.

  • We worked on her jumping and door waits to start.

      • Her door waits were looking very good. Keep working on them! These will strengthen your bond with Brooklynn, which will help with her training and respect.

  • Her eye contact is fantastic. Keep practicing, I can tell you have been.

  • Her leash manners are looking great.

    • We also practiced fluctuating speeds and suddenly stopping to get Brooklynn’s eye contact up. To really accentuate it, I would suddenly turn towards her when she was in the loose leash (heeling position).

  • She struggles with paying attention, as well as maintaining the loose leash when she sees other people or dogs.

      • Would you consider us training Brooklynn on a Gentle Leader or an Easy Walk harness. These harnesses would give you better control over Brooklynn when she does see something that appeals to her since she is such a strong girl. My recommendation is a Gentle Leader. We would make the walking facial harness a positive experience so she would enjoy wearing it.

        • Let me know your thoughts. If I do not catch you today, a good way to communicate with the training team is through our email: clubpetacademy@gmail.com

    • We worked on turning away from Brooklynn when she was around other people or dogs and luring her attention by putting a treat in front of her nose and drawing her attention towards me.

Dog Training Session 5

  • Today we focused on jumping, door waits, look and leash manners.

  • Brooklynn had a hard time focusing during in the beginning.

    • She did quite a bit of whining, jumping, chest bumping and barking at first.

    • I allowed her to go back to group to play a little longer.

      • She did better when I took her out of group (30 minutes later).

  • Brooklynn’s look is awesome!! Great job working on this with her! She gives me eye contact every time I ask for it :)

  • We practiced leash manners in low and medium distraction areas of the facility.

    • She pulled a lot at first, like she was on a mission!

    • Once I got her to focus on me, she kept her eyes on me 50% of the time, but only when I asked her to look.

      • We continued practicing fluctuating speeds and suddenly stopping to try to help keep her eyes on me.

    • In the lobby today, you could tell she really wanted to go meet some new people, but I was able to redirect her onto me using look.

      • This was fantastic! I’m so very proud of her! I know that was tough for her.

    • I do agree with Vanessa, a Gentle Leader head harness or Easy Walk harness would be a good option for her.

  • We also worked on her taking treats more gently.

    • Often times, she puts her whole mouth over my hand and bites down for the treat.

    • When taking treats, she tends to use her front teeth instead of the help of her lips to take the treat softer.

    • To help her understand that she was biting too hard, I would yelp like a puppy would. She seemed to understand and respect this a lot better.

  • Keep up the good work!

Dog Training Session 6

  • Brooklynn really struggled today.

  • We started by working on eye contact. She’s really getting it down! She looked about 70% of the time when I just said the word “look”. She did really well following the treat to my eyes when she was too distracted.

  • While we were working on eye contact, I noticed that she was biting down a lot harder on my hand to take the treat than I was comfortable. I think a lot of it is over stimulation. She is likely fantastic at taking treats at home because she is so confident and comfortable there. At Club Pet, she is just so excited and ready to go that she just wants to snatch the treat and move on to the next thing.

    • We worked on the notes that Sabrina gave you from last time. I would say “ouch” when Brooklynn nibbled too hard.

    • To further this, I started teaching her an easy command.

      • I would show Brooklynn the treat, which would over excite her.

      • I would lower it down to her range, when she would lunge to get it, I would immediately withdraw my hand (with the treat still in it)

        • We would do this step over and over until she had calmed down.

      • Then, holding the treat in the palm of my hand with my thumb covering it, I would lower it to her for her to take.

        • If she used her teeth, I said “ouch” and withdrew my hand.

        • If she used her lips, I said “yes, easy” and gave her the treat.

  • We then worked on Brooklynn’s leash manners, she was a nut, pulling me all over the place. She is too strong to plant your feet to stop her. This is when I called you and asked if we could use the gentle leader.

  • We started by making Brooklynn comfortable with the apparatus sitting on her nose. She did really well with this and didn’t even notice it was there.

  • Then I appropriately sized it and we began walking.

  • She never pawed at it, which is fantastic. She would lay down and rub her face on the floor, however. To get her out of this, I would put a piece of chicken in her face and lure her into a crawl out of the face rubbing. When she stopped rubbing, I would give her the treat. She did fantastic!

  • After about 5 minutes, we were able to really start walking and working on her leash manners. This went much better. We worked on following the chicken and making eye contact while walking with the gentle leader on.

    • We wrapped up here so we could continue to make a positive association with the gentle leader.

  • I would like to go over how to put on the gentle leader and make it that positive association.

    • Practice having her wear it when she is eating, playing with toys, or getting treats. ALWAYS SUPERVISED.

  • If I do not catch you at checkout, don’t worry about putting it on Brooklynn at home, we will just work with it again next time.

Dog Training Session 7

  • Today was a great training day for Brooky!

  • With the gentle leader on, she was calm on leash and eager to work!

  • Brooklynn walked loose on leash in all distraction areas including outside

    • She has a very positive association with the gentle leader, keep up the great work!

  • Her eye contact was also really good today. In low and medium distraction levels she looked 90% of the time and in higher distraction areas she looked about 60-70% of the time

  • She did much better with taking treats for me as well. We continued with Vanessa’s “Ouch!” instructions when she did bite too hard. This is working very well for her!

  • She did do a bit of whining and barking for attention when she got bored during both of our session. She also jumped on me a few times in the beginning of each session. She was easily redirected by saying, “Off” and praising her verbally when she wanted to but didn’t.

Dog Training Session 8

  • Brooklynn did awesome today! This was my first time working with her in a while and she’s shown so much improvement!

  • The Gentle Leader has made a huge difference. When she puts it on, she’s immediately in the “let’s get to work” mode.

  • Her eye contact can still use some practice but it’s coming along nicely!

    • She made eye contact 80% of the time in low and medium distractions.

      • If she didn’t look, I waited for about 5 seconds, said “yes, look” when she made eye contact and rewarded.

      • If she didn’t look after waiting 5 seconds, make a kissy noise, said “yes, look” when she did, and rewarded.

    • She made eye contact 60% of the time around high distractions (outside).

      • I suggest practicing eye contact in your front or back yard for a couple minutes each day.

    • I also challenged her by saying “look” while walking.

      • She did well around low distractions but not quite higher distractions yet.

  • Her leash manners are fantastic!

    • Sometimes she stopped to sniff something or didn’t follow when I turned. Each time she did this, I said “whoops, let’s go” and gently pulled until she started following me again. I rewarded once she was at my side.

  • She was a good girl about taking treats. Much gentler!

  • She whined a bit when we practiced leash manners outside. I tried to stay interesting to her by changing my pace and doing a lot of circles until her attention was back on me.

  • Keep up the great work at home!