The kingdom of animals is populated by thousands of different creatures, each with a purpose and a place in nature’s backdrop. Most of these creatures hold a fascination for humans, and all contribute to our environment. But none has the capacity of a dog for providing companionship and affection. Their emotions and expression being closer to human than any other animal.
I personally believe that each one of us has been made for a reason with a purpose. (In the words of the great ‘Elvis Presley’ This world is a stage and each one has a part to play).I have come into this world to be the dogs best friend and help people who don’t understand them, build a better relationship ! Enjoy each other company for life, and live a beautiful life together.
My family has forever had dogs in our house even before I was born, so one can state that the dogs came before me. My very own dog was a black Great Dane, Allan who was gifted to the family after the sudden sad demise of my father. After having him trained, he went on to win many obedience trails in the I.N.K.C.shows.
I personally handled him in all the rings that he was shown. I should say that this dog taught me a lot about human to dog relationship. I lost him in 1999; he proudly remains my very own foundation.
In 1999 I got a job in the U.S. Every time I returned on vacation I would frequent dog shows and carefully watch some of the trainers handle their dogs at these shows. My eyes and ears witnessed a whole different type of unprofessionalism as they would hurt and cause discomfort to the dog’s forget the numb stricken owners who only cared for results.
These cruel personal experiences created a will power in me to change all this and I decided to quit my job and show people what the real deal was as I decided to start training my self. Well some might say it’s a mistake but if one does not do what he is naturally meant to and gifted to, then all the money in the world would not mean anything. You can learn how to train dogs but you cannot learn to understand them as this has to come naturally from within one’s love, care, understanding and affection.
It is good to have your dog trained and entered in dog shows. But a lot of dogs suffer at the show or after the show if they don’t bring expected results, either by the hands of the trainer or the owner. (Where does the saying stand, winning is not what matters but participating is??) You cannot always win and there are many factors to winning, the dog and handler combination should work well, the dog should not be distracted and also every judge has his own preferences. And most importantly some clubs end up giving most of the top prizes to their committee members. So please do not blame it on your dog.
Please do remember if you are thinking of getting a dog, it is also a responsibility like having a child in the house or old parents. They do depend on you for their basic needs…like TLC (tender loving care) apart from their wants like food and water.
I came from totally ‘ground zero’ from a training perspective. I felt that Delano addressed my specific needs and yet offered a scope of training tips and techniques that allowed the more advanced trainers to practice or introduce a new behavior without having them feel as though the ‘newbies’ were ‘holding them up.
I got a stray 6 month yr old puppy in my house and after some we started noticing her dominating behaviour which was not acceptable.Delano’s one session brought such a drastic difference in my dogs behaviour that now we do not find any difficulty handeling her… thanks Delano for advice otherwise my dog would have been on streets today
I think I am one of the privileged few who have not only had the good fortune of having their dogs looked after and trained by Delano and Tracy but also been extremely lucky to be able to spend time at Delriques Kennels and observe their care and maintenance of not only their own dogs but all dogs being kennelled and looked after by them. Delano’s interaction with the dogs is based on solid, traditional principles of love and respect along with a good understanding of dog behaviour and the science of correction. His own values and respect for live are highly evident in his interaction with animals and it is highly commendable to see that his own dogs, including his Rottweilers are of highly pleasant and amicable temperaments just the way they should be. Tracy’s natural affection and maternal warmth make her presence a real blessing for all the tail-waggers at Delriques Kennels, truly making it a home away from home!! You can actually see their dogs glowing with love n happiness it’s such a beautiful and reassuring sight :o) I wish Delano and Tracy every success in their endeavours and pray that they expand their services well beyond Mumbai so many more of us can benefit from their presence, learn from their own knowledge and experiences, and spread the message of responsible ownership and care! Warmest wishes, Devna :o)
To Delano, Having been one of our Learners on the course, here in South Africa, you have made us proud of your achievements and the professionalism and passion you put into your work with dogs. As we told you on the course “You will be great and go far in this field you have chosen, because you have your heart in what you do and the dogs welfare comes first. You keep up the great work you do and make the dogs in India and all of us in South Africa proud
I have never met Delano in person, But i take tips on phone almost every month from him on training my dogs(Rottie n a Bull) and to have a better understanding of their psyche.. He always helps me out with very simple but wise tips. Dude keep it up!!