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    News — Obedience training

    Meet our K9 Dog Trainer

    Meet our K9 Dog Trainer

    Puvanes is an expert and certified dog trainer, who runs our private dog training & group dog training sessions. Having over 16 years of experience in the industry, he trains any breed from toy to guard dogs, and specialises in training working/crime dogs for human tracking, protection and bodyguard roles.

     

    His Story

     

    Puvanes’ career path to being a K9 dog trainer was a coincidental one - he in fact applied for a general police role but was transferred to the K9 department as a kennel man. After 2 years working in the kennel, Puvanes was so impressed with the department and has never looked back. It was then when he decided to specialise in dog training. He was given an opportunity to learn as he was given his first dog - Saracen, an Albino Shepherd. Due to its albino genes, it required a lot of maintenance and wasn't the easiest dog to train due to its stubbornness and aggression. Puvanes told us his experience with his Albino was the most difficult he has ever experienced and was even bitten on his arms by it. However, this experience has taught Puvanes to handle one of the toughest dogs around and only made him stronger mentally.


    After Saracen passed away, he was given a German Shepherd, named Callan. It was aggressive but Puvanes persevered and successfully alpha trained it, changing its behaviour. This is when Puvanes’ received most of his practical experience and was doing well. Eventually, his bosses saw potential in him and purchased the first ever Belgian Shepherd in the K9 for Puvanes to handle. He named it Tab. As every breed is different (eg. fitness, behaviour and speed), Puvanes had to catch up with Tab’s abilities and mindset. This experience however gave him the opportunity to see things from a different perspective for the better in life. Since then, he's learnt to be more patient and sought to improve his fitness level.

    Dog Tips and Advice from the Expert

     

    In Puvanes’ career, the two most common “problems” with dogs are unwanted barking and escaping. He pointed out that to deal with both issues, we need to understand the dogs, their characteristics, and find out the cause of these behaviours. There are a variety of reasons for unwanted barking such as hunger and the need to relieve. Escaping on the other hand could be due to lack of exercise and socialisation, especially when they pick up new scents. As we try to understand their behaviour and why they are doing it, it becomes easier for us as pet parents to correct any unwanted behaviour and alter your dog’s routine such as walking your dog more often for example as it is beneficial to you and your dog.

    Puvanes’ #1 advice for those with a “difficult” dog is, ‘prevention is better than cure’. As much as we want to offer all the freedom in the world to our dogs, he believes good behaviour starts with prevention, coupled with training. By not giving your dogs a reason to behave badly, they won't do so. For example, dogs with a shoe biting habit can be prevented by keeping all shoes away in a cabinet so you create an ideal environment for you and your dog.

    The best time to start training your puppy is from its 4th month after all vaccination are administered, according to Puvanes, as it gives your puppy a good foundation.  Once a dog turns 4 years old, it becomes more difficult to correct any unwanted behaviours as it has matured and gotten used to its habits, however, it is not impossible - it just requires more practice!


    We use positive reinforcement for our trainings and here's a little snippet of how we conduct our group training sessions.

     

    5 Ways to Calm your Hyperactive Dog

    5 Ways to Calm your Hyperactive Dog

    Does your dog constantly digs up the garden, doing circles, jumps onto you, chews everything in sight, or is just being overly-excited all the time? This behaviour in dogs, also what is known as hyperactivity, is usually due to boredom or lack of exercise and stimulation. So we've done the groundwork and listed 5 popular ways to calm your hyperactive dog for you to try.

     

    1. Exercise, exercise, exercise

    As the saying goes, “a tired dog is a good dog”. A dog must have its exercise everyday, be it a walk, a swim, or a game of fetch. The walk doesn't have to be fast-paced but the rule of thumb is that bigger dogs will require more exercise. Once your dog has released those pent-up energy, it will be less frustrated and instead, be more pleasantly exhausted to be misbehaving.


    If you are usually away or don't have the time, you can hire a dog walker or even consider pet boarding or sitting with someone qualified, so your dog can properly chanel that high energy the right way.

     

    2. Have a routine

    Dogs thrive on routines. When dogs know what to expect in its life, it will be less insecure and thus, calmer. A simple routine like a morning walk + training, and evening walk + playtime for example, is good enough so long you are consistent!

     

    3. Obedience-train your dog

    Simple cues like ‘sit, come, and stay’ can take you and your dog a long way. Not only your dog learn some manners, you can distract a hyper dog by commanding it to some of your cues. The more you break its hyper state of mind, the more chances for it to learn to be calm. Obedience training also stimulates your dog's brain, which is another reason for your dog to be less bored (as boredom contributes to hyperactivity).

     

    4. Ignore your dog's hyper behaviour

    A contrasting method to no.3 above, is the ‘no touch, no talk, no eye contact’ approach. As dogs seek attention from their owners, you'll need to teach your dog what behaviour is not acceptable when wanting attention, by ignoring the behaviour you want to eliminate. Once your dog is calm, reward your dog.

     

    5. It certainly helps to be calm

    Your emotions can be reflected onto your dog so if you're not calm, your dog will probably not be calm too.


    Remember - chances are that your dog wasn't born hyperactive, therefore it's not an overnight effort to reverse this behaviour. Consistency is key! Persevere and you will see a change.