It’s better to be Proactive than Reactive
The Stay and Train program is open to dogs between the ages of three and 10 months. We impose this regulation, as it is ideal for dogs to be trained during this time. Pups older than 10 months would already have developed their personality and behavioral patterns, which make it both difficult to break, while also putting the dog through an extent of distress and anxiety that cannot be called a necessary evil.
Ever wonder why specialized schools tend to impart a larger and more valuable set of skills and qualities to children? It’s not just about being taught, as much as it is about experiencing the need for skills. The teaching methodology is adapted to the learner, and not a one-size-fits-all.
At the end of the day, it is about being a well-rounded individual who fits into the system. What the world calls training, at Elite K9 Club, we call it schooling – the means to help the dog learn the basic tenets of living within human society..
Our program emphasizes building the ability of the dog to identify its place in the household hierarchy, understand the demands of family life, and craft appropriate behavioral responses to day-to-day situations.
- Obedience – it is the most fundamental tenet of living with the human pack – at Elite K9 Club, obedience schooling helps the dog understand situations where obeying commands is important. A simple example includes having guests at home or when taking a walk or interacting with children.
- Food and Eating habits – It is not just about eating when it comes to dogs. Gaining control over the command for eating has a three-pronged benefit.
- Firstly, being the one who commands the dog to eat, results in the dog submitting to the authority of the person issuing the command, thus associating the eatcommand as a prerequisite to eating. This, in turn, prevents accidents at home involving food, prevents them from eating food from unknown persons, and most importantly, establishes an environment where your dog does not eat anything around the house unless it is served, followed by the eat.
- Secondly, control over eating habits also creates a reward association with food. This is one of the most important benefits, as rewards are cherished and thus resulting in slower eating. This, in turn, promotes better digestion of food, and ultimately a healthier dog
- Last but not least, control over food habits also results in establishing the hierarchy, thus allowing family members to gain control over the dog for basic command obedience. This goes a long way in creating a congenial environment for the dog at home.
- Social Schooling – another important aspect of household conditioning of dogs is how they socialize with the other members of the family, and people around. This includes how they behave with different members of the family, how they interact with other people and animals in the vicinity when they are taken for walks