EZRA KOH / BIO – PRINCIPAL CANINE BEHAVIOUR THERAPIST
We can teach dogs, but dogs can also teach us a thing or two.
By understanding the innate nature of each dog, our mission is to work together with one of God’s marvelous creations to fulfill their needs so that they will exhibit behaviours like a stable dog should.
Even way before Ezra, a dog behaviour therapist, started seriously researching about dogs, his love for dogs ignited when a family friend brought him to a dog show at the age of 7. After that, he would love going to his friends’ homes to interact and play with their dogs.
Finally, at the age of 14, his first test came – babysit a family friend’s maltese for a week. Caring (not just playing, mind you!) came easy to him. This little assignment whet his appetite for more information, hence he began his research from the most humble (or generous you may argue) source – the internet.
You might be wondering why he hadn’t kept his own dog all these years. Dad wasn’t a fan of dogs and wouldn’t approve of one under his roof. So it was a great opportunity when he moved out, and together with his wife, he owned his first 2 dogs. Amazingly, it was through his well-trained dogs that his father subsequently changed his age-old mindset of dogs being only ‘needy, noisy and smelly’. Ezra showed that even with dogs, your lifestyle need not have excessive loss of time, your homes don’t necessarily have a permanent stench and neighbours won’t even know that you have dogs unless they see it for themselves (as opposed to hearing them bark all the time). And lo and behold, Ezra’s parents now own a dog of their own!
Despite some setbacks, Ezra still continued learning more about dog behaviours via internet, books and lots of practice on different dogs (No dogs were harmed in the process of course).
Even when he and his wife fostered an abandoned kitten for a couple of weeks, he taught the kitten to ‘sit’ and ‘stay’ on command. The experience made him believe that though there are some universal approaches of handling animals, each animal deserves to be understood in their own right. The same way a well-informed and knowledgeable psychologist need to understand their clients.
Ezra is also certified with an Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour with British College of Canine Studies.