Finally! Packages and pricing has been finalised. Please do not hesitate to drop an email and find out more.
Finally! Packages and pricing has been finalised. Please do not hesitate to drop an email and find out more.
In my years of engagement in dog behaviour, I’ve heard many stories about owners with newborns having to give up their dog(s), not only because of the dog’s aggressive behaviour, but because of the shedding of dog’s fur. Well we can probably understand the validity of their actions if the dog’s fur is truly affecting the health of their babies.
Living in a city – especially a stressful and performance-driven society, new parents are advised against owning a dog, or to give up their current dog as it is bad for the baby’s health. Unless there are pre-existing medical issues confounded by being exposed to a dog at home, it is fine to have dog(s) around our babies. From a dog behaviour therapist’s standpoint, I will address 2 major concerns new parents may have.
1. Health: All owners should ensure that their houses are kept clean and tidy regardless of whether the dog sheds fur or not. An organised, clean and tidy home primes a more conducive environment for facilitating a dog’s positive behaviour. When the home is kept clean, babies will not be breathing in as much dog’s fur. Contrary to common belief, there are studies that have shown that children growing up with dogs in the home have health benefits (e.g. reduced allergies and improved gut bacterial health). Here’s one of such an article: click here. I would like to encourage more owners to consider the possibility of having dogs and babies co-exist, and also to read up more before giving up their dogs the moment they have children.
2. Bites: A common concern all parents will have is the fear of their dogs biting their babies. We should not wait until we have babies to address a dog’s behaviour issues. This goes all the way back to the fundamentals of training the dog. The moment a dog is introduced into the home, it is of paramount to ensure that the first stage of training kick-starts a disciplined lifestyle – this would include structures and boundaries instilled so that the dog will be well-behaved eventually. I have helped many owners address their dog’s disciplinary issues such as biting and excessive barking. In any case, whether the household has children or not, any behaviour issues is worth addressing and correcting as we wouldn’t want to confine the dog whenever there are guests invited into the house. Or worse, have ourselves forever compelled to restrict all visitations due to a behavour issue at home. Indeed, the best way for bite prevention is to start well with its behaviour training.
Understanding the above two points can help owners better plan and prioritise their efforts in behaviour management when having a dog. With having a better foresight to invest one’s effort in dog training and behaviour management, life having dogs and babies co-existing in the house can be stress-free. That’s right, you heard me – stress-free!
Anyone who trains dog or work with dogs on their behaviour will tell you that every year, new scientific evidence about dog’s behaviour will develop and therefore it is essential to always upgrade and stay in touch with the latest methods and findings about managing dog behaviour.
I’m not afraid to let people know that I’m a cross-over dog behaviour therapist. Being taught the controversial methods of managing dog behaviour when I started, I wasn’t satisfied with the progress and embarked onto an educational journey to learn more and pursued further studying an Advance Diploma in Dog Behaviour with the British College of Canine Studies for about 3 years and started crossing over to positive, reward base methods to manage dog behaviour.
This workshop is going to be different from the first 2 workshop I’ve conducted with more facilitation to help you, the owner or dog handler to grow and understand more scientific logical facts about dog behaviour management and how to manage the behaviour issues in a humane and positive way. Basically, to put it bluntly.. no Dog Whisperer nonsense!!!
Fee: S$300.00 (closing date 9th November 2015),
Early-bird: S$250.00 (ends on 23rd October 2015) –
**(for 2nd time attendees, kindly drop an email right after you have register for a special reduce rate)
Venue: MacPherson CC
It’s time dog owners learn and understand the importance of dogs and mother nature.
Everyone knows that dogs are animals, and dogs are man’s best friend. But are we humans damaging dogs because of our ideology of how we want them to be?
Dog lovers loves dogs, yes! But do we love them enough to meet their needs. When I say meet their needs, I meant help them fulfill their dog instincts. Giving them love is meeting our own emotional needs more then the dog’s. But yes, I do give my dogs a lot of love, hugging, playing with them, talking to them, etc… you name.. But beyond that, dogs need to be treated like dogs. Not in the negative way, but in a positive way of allowing them to be who they really are. E.g. Taking them for a long walk, doing agility, allowing them to sniff, playing fly-ball, doing positive training, etc…
No time?? Well, you wanted a dog… so make time…
Victoria Stilwell have put it well and right to the point. She’s one of the worlds looked upon positive dog trainer apart from Ian Dunbar, Patricia McConnell and late Dr. Sophia Yin, and this is worth reading and putting into practice!
Many of you know that I’m overseas for a year. But that will not stop me from doing what I love even if it’s far from home.
I’ve been able to manage a few online consultation. I do this because it is part of me and what I love. Importantly is, I can continue to help educate and equip owners with detailed understanding of a dog’s behaviour and their psychology, and I’m enjoying every bit of it.
Well, only little problem is, there will be lots of reading and typing. It looks something like this:
My appreciation and thanks to those who have contact me, as this will only help me improve further in how I deliver trainings and program. It is very important to have a continual learning journey and never be proud to think that I know it all, because no one does. If animal behaviourist PHD Patricia M., Dr. Sophia, and Dog behvaiourist, Veterinarian Ian Dunbar says they are always on a learning journey and they will never know it all about dogs because there’s always new research and studies about dog behaviour, then what more about trainers and behaviour therapist who only attain certifications or diplomas in related fields.
Therefore, I urge not just dog owners but trainers and behaviour therapist to continue learning and progress, come out from comfort zone and explore new methods that will only help dogs live a fulfilled life and not in fear of the next throw chain, jerk on a collar, heel tap on the dog’s butt, etc… We are living in a progressive nation, and progressing times, we can’t be stuck in our own comfort zone.
Laura Brody have put this in such a clear and accurate explanation that touches deep on the root cause of many dog to dog aggression cases. This is a growing behaviour issue in Singapore, and it’s a worrying problem as population of dog owners grow.
To understand more, click on the link below. Although she is touching on dog in America, but what we experience in Singapore is as bad, or maybe worse. Please take the time to read and understand how important it is to admit that there is a problem and take responsibility for it.
Positive reinforcement and training creates a responsive and focus working dog.
Apart from the “awwww”, “Oooooo”, “CUTE DOG!” Observe the dog’s body language. This service dog does his job without feeling fearful, but he does it with confidence and calmness. This is how consistent training, and taking things a step at a time with positive reinforcements do wonders in helping our best friend know what we really want from them, or want them to do.
Recently I’ve seen and heard about a post going around social media regarding the way an owner train her dog to obey her command. Most of you would have seen it. However, I will not go into details on it.
My observations and thoughts on the method used to correct the dog was totally an abuse. If an owner punishes a dog using an intensity greater than needed, it’s pure abuse. Or if a dog is fixated or obsess with a bad behaviour which requires a very hard physical correction, that’s pure abuse! What then, many will ask… is the best way? Well, as Ian Dunbar always say; there are many things that motivates a dog. It can be food, toy, swim, etc… Use these things to lure and reward them, rather then physical punishment. That being said. It can be difficult to understand how to use such reward at the right time. Of course, it’s safer to approach a professional. But it’s important to understand the methods different behaviourist or trainer is using and adopt.
Having been to many homes, I’ve noticed that most people make the same mistake. They reprimand, or spank their dog on the butt. Both methods are as good as useless. The dog is always losing, never winning and never able to understand what he/she did wrong, and nothing is rewarded for the right behaviour at the right time. Human hands are one of the most untrustworthy parts when it comes to correcting a dog’s behaviour. When a human reaches frustration, it doesn’t matter if you are using a gentle leader, chest harness or even the usual harness. A human’s hand can turn into an abuse, tugging on the leash so hard that the dog flies, using the leash as a punishment tool, etc… This are the actions I’ve seen while observing dog owners walking their dogs on any normal day.
Question: Is it necessary to use brute force to punish a dog for not obeying your commands? Does using brute force makes you more frustrated? Does shocking your dog makes you more sadistic?
There are many gentle and respectful ways to manage behaviours and/or cases where your dog disobey your command, or not acting on your command on time. It’s all about respect that we humans have to learn to give before receiving. Every behaviourist and trainer knows that dogs do not have deductive reasoning. So the best way is to use rewards to lock-in a desired behaviour. Yes, sometimes dogs need to be discipline. But discipline or punishment can be as gentle as holding back food, treating the dog later, ignoring the dog until the desired behaviour, etc… the list goes on… There are so many gentle methods of disciplining a dog by not even touching the dog and hurting the dog. These are ways of communicating with your dog whats desired and whats not. It’s much calmer, and more fun.
Therefore, my conclusion to such training from the video that has been circulating around is pure abuse! It’s not sportsmanship in anyway and it’s 100% disrespectful to God’s creation and gift to us humans. The dog is doing out of fear rather then respect. And here at The Dog Behaviourist, and I believe many of my other trainer friends agree as well, we as humans must respect dog’s natural needs and instincts before receiving the respect back from them. We must stop being egoistic when it comes to dog training.
Note: Someone has to speak out about such form of training. Even if it causes unhappiness, I stand for what is right and what our wide range of sources can provide in terms of dog behaviour and training. If the world class behaviourist and trainers do not need to use such abusive methods, then no one needs!!
By Ezra Koh
Yes, I’ve decided to do one more workshop this year after a successful workshop in March.
Thanks to the attendees of the last workshop, they were very happy and satisfied that they have been introducing their friends.
This will be the final workshop for this year before I fly off for my further study in dog behaviour with my college from August onwards.
To register for the workshop, kindly click here to register. Alternatively, you can copy and paste this link (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/17GGh0cFyWaPHcy1033wHVhAJ3OA4kPC48za9y3i6wDQ/viewform).
Closing date for registration is 1st June 2014 or when we reach the maximum number of attendees.
Early Bird registration! Hurry!
1. 10% off for early bird registration ends on 12th May 2014.
2. Special rates for shelter volunteers ends 23rd May 2014.
Dear Dog Owners,
Our Basic Obedience class is now open for registration! Classes will commence on the 26 & 27 April 2014. It’s gonna be fun, empowering, lots of things to learn with your dog. Wait no longer! Email us right away!