Targeted exercises are really a form of customized training. Most customized training is included in the cost of our advanced training programs. However, targeted exercises are time consuming to teach, and as a result are not included in the cost of dogs or our training programs. They are available to add on, provided a dog is capable of the training.
Parents like to think that as long as their children are at home, in the yard or in their neighborhood, all will be well. But one look at a newspaper or a televised newscast proves that isn’t always the case. How often do we hear of children kidnapped from their own yards (or even their own bedrooms)? Most people would be shocked if they looked into how many convicted sexual predators live in their communities or on their streets!
Our “Attend” provides a viable means for parents to deter potential threats. For those potential threats not deterred, your dog immediately will alert you by standing beside your child and barking. Specifically, this is accomplished by pointing to your son or daughter and instructing your dog to “Attend.” Your Elite Family Guardian then remains by your child’s side throughout the day as he or she moves from place to place, indoors or out. If someone does approach other than immediate family when under this command, your dog will stand, remain by your child’s side and bark to alert you or your child’s caretaker.
We also offer the option for clients to have their dogs defend their children automatically — by biting — if someone other than immediate family touches their son or daughter. For most families, this option creates too many potential problems with innocent people being stopped by the dog. An example would be a neighbor who knows the dog and child and approaches to say hello. A rub to the child’s head would be all that is needed for the dog to defend the child. Obviously, this is not a situation anyone wants to see happen. However, it is an option for a family whose security concerns and lifestyle support it.
A challenge with Elite Family Guardian training by CPI is that few dogs are capable of the training, and still fewer capable of maintaining functional performance on a long-term basis. For dogs capable of the training and maintaining proficiency, it is a great option to have available when raising a family.
The University Dog program is designed as a response to the growing need for parents to provide a greater means of security for their grown children away at school.
We created a unique exercise called the “Safe Haven,” intended to ensure safety when entering an apartment, building or vehicle.
As your son or daughter approaches his or her car, apartment or building, on-command their University Protection Dog will turn and immediately walk backward in order to watch for a potential threat approaching from behind. The dog alerts your son or daughter to any suspicious behavior, but does not “turn on” unless instructed. This allows other students, people living in the same building or passersby to walk immediately behind the student without incident.
If a student deems any situation suspicious, he or she simply instructs his or her dog to “Secure” (to “turn on” or to show aggression while remaining at the student’s side, continuing to walk backward if necessary). Other possible commands are to “Covert Secure,” “Aggressive Alert” or “Attack,” as needed.
Perhaps just as important as having a viable means of detecting a potential threat ahead of time, and a viable means of defense should a threat present itself, is the ability to deter the potential predator.
The appearance of a highly trained German Shepherd or Belgian Malinois under complete control in the “heel” position who suddenly turns 180 degrees and walks backward while keenly aware of his surroundings clearly communicates, “wrong dog, wrong student”.
For some of our clients, the risk of kidnapping is a very real threat, especially outside the United States. What is notable for most of these clients, regardless of the country they live in, is that their security staff may be part of the problem. Often in countries where kidnapping is a concern, personal security can be “bought” to look away or even to participate in the abduction. In either case, often security will have control of a dog while a client is busy in a meeting, at dinner engagement or might be walking the dog for bathroom purposes. In the case of an attempted abduction where the security personnel do not assist in defending the client, a simple command — “Traitor” — is given. This command instructs the dog to attack his or her handler (security personnel) and immediately defend the owner.
This is a reality far removed from the lives of most Americans, and Europeans, but is nevertheless a very real concern, and everyday reality, to successful business owners and professionals around the world.
Again, most customized training is included in our advanced training programs. Each of the above exercises started as the need of one client, and we as trainers creating a solution. The training need not be as unique as the Traitor exercise. We may just need to adapt an exercise we’ve already taught to fit a client’s lifestyle.
An example of this customized training is a client who faces the risk of kidnapping, or robbery, which limited primarily to when he returns home in the evening. Most days he parks in the driveway and enter his home through the garage. We arranged for a release to be installed on the door leading from the house into the garage. As our client enters the driveway he opens the garage door remotely. That triggers the door from the house into the garage to open, but with a 10 second delay. The sound of the garage opening also instructs the dog to “turn on” aggressively. The 10 seconds provides ample opportunity for the dog to be in a peak state (the greater the amount of time, the more drive and adrenalin is in play). Once the door opens, the dog automatically runs to the owner’s side in the “Secure” mode. En route he or she is keenly aware of any potential threat. As the dog is en route to the car, the owner opens the car door to meet his protector.
Unless performing maintenance training, most days the dog is “turned off’ and this situation goes from protection to a “love fest” in a matter of seconds.
The cost of Targeted Exercises is dependent on the exercise and the specific dog being trained. We will be happy to provide a price according to each customer’s unique needs.