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Obedience Training - Say NO to Negative Reinforcement Methods
 
 
All dogs should be trained. The benefits are twofold - whilst training your pet and becoming a responsible owner, you are also getting to know your dog better.
 
In our experience, there are many dogs that are left unattended, caged or tied because they exhibit one problem or another, e.g. digging/chewing on objects. This is merely a short cut to the problem and does not address the root cause which is often a lack of socialisation/exercise/interaction with the owner/s. An animal that is confined for most of its time will cause a new set of problems. 
 
It is important to communicate, from day one, with your dog, and to apply positive reinforcement methods.
 
When picking a dog trainer, it is important that you choose one who is up-too-date with innovations in dog training, behaviour tools and techniques. They should employ humane teaching methods which are not harmful to the dog or handler, and avoid practices of negative reinforcement such as hanging, beating, kicking, shocking or any other training device that causes the dog pain, fear or distress. Electric or prong collars are a no-no because they are open to misuse and can cause harm and inflict unnecessary suffering.
 
The training experience with your dog should be an enjoyable and comfortable one. If you feel pressured or your dog appears to be cowering from or fearing the trainer, you should consider switching trainers.

Here are some books that are recommended by the leading authority in dog training, Ian Dunbar:
- Good Little Dog Book
- Before you get a Puppy
- After you get a Puppy

You can also visit libraries which have a good selection of books to aid dog owners in training their animals.

For obedience training, you can contact:

- Singapore Kennel Club at 64694821 or email admin@skc.org.sg

- PuppyLove at www.puppylove.com.sg

- Kang Nee (Cheerful Dogs) at http://www.cheerfuldogs.com/


Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority rules for 'potentially dangerous dogs'

Following its announcement about changes to Dog Licensing and Control Rules in November 2010, the AVA has established a panel to accredit dog trainers for the purpose of training dogs that are listed under the Second Schedule, or any dogs that have been assessed by the AVA to be potentially dangerous. The Panel for the Accreditation of Dog Trainers (PADT) comprises experts from both the public and private sectors. Dog owners can now refer to AVA's website www.ava.gov.sg for a list of their accredited trainers.