"I've always felt that the primary focus of most of the dog owners taking their dogs to classes here in Malaysia was not to enter competitions but simply to learn how to enjoy their pet as a pet, a friend and a companion. We started Puppy Training in 2011 based in part on the pioneering work of Dr. Ian Dunbar's positive reinforcement puppy training with the aim of creating dogs that are welcome everywhere!" Richard is a member of the Malaysian Kennel Association (MKA) and an authorized evaluator for the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program. Now at their new training centre at SPCA Selangor, Ampang.
Richard Gardner with Ah Kit (16 wks)
Richard has had dogs all his life, some of which have appeared on TV, film and stage. Two of them arehere and here.
MYTHS WE DON'T LIVE BY...
We don't have the time, space, or energy to cover all the myths about dog training, but here are six to amuse you!
You can't train puppies...
... before six months old!
Nonsense! Wait until then, and you'll have double the work untraining behaviours you don't want PLUS training the behaviours you do want!
Your dog is learning from you the moment s/he arrives in your home. It's up to you to decide WHAT the puppy learns!
Older dogs are not the problem... however, older OWNERS are quite difficult to (re)train... but we try! Some would say (me, for instance!) that training an older dog is easier than training a puppy. Older dogs are generally calmer and so have better focus and attention.
Duke turned up and "adopted" us when he was about six years old. You can see the results here.
"Bribery" is a human term and implies something illegal (as we know from politics)! Actually, food is a "marker" - it's a signal something has been done correctly. For us maybe an A+ from a teacher, or a paycheck or bonus from your job! We usually use food for dogs because most dogs love food, but it can be ANYTHING your dog loves - toys, play, work, petting, happy talk etc.
There is no reason to completely STOP using food in training. Once the trainer has learnt the difference "luring" and "rewarding"... we hope you will keep your dog on a random reinforcement schedule for the rest of his/her life! Here is a good demo of luring: