Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Mini Paws Town event 2016

It's been awhile since we last attended a dog event. On 30 July 2016, we went to Mini Paws Town's first official event!

Photos copyright: Mini Paws Town

The event took place at Bishan park, we've only been to this park twice prior to this event, with the first time meeting baby Amber and her breeder. Bishan park is a very beautiful place, it is really huge and even has a dog park, saw a couple of children playgrounds too. The bad part of the park - huge but not categorized properly, very hard to locate specific parts of the place. We took a cab there and the driver placed us at the wrong spot! Nicole was unwell and we had to walk more than 1km to our destination, it was a torture.

Nevertheless we managed to reach the right destination in one piece. Luckily we were in time, I was actually invited to give a 30 minute talk on dog behavior and had selected 3 participants for the program, needed some time to talk to the participants and make sure their dog was misbehaving the way they were supposed to.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Just another day

Rufus's 4 weeks Board + Train program had finally ended! We brought him over to his owner's place to start lesson so that they could follow up what was taught during his stay with us. It was a memorable journey as we spent a lot of time bonding and teaching him necessary skills, will never forget how he looked forward to the play sessions, his nudging on hands for a pat and the happy prance he does during walks. Some of the owners opting for the program do go overseas from time to time, so we get to see them regularly, others have family and friends to help take care of their dogs, which we understand but still misses them at times.

During the car ride, Rufus rested on my lap and licked my arms a couple of times, it suddenly became an emotional journey. We had our last off leash walk near the estate before bringing him up, upon reaching and guiding on his commands, he kept staring at me as if waiting for me to command him even though the treats were not in my hands. During walk practice he hesitated and wouldn't move much without me following beside him. It was tough to hold back emotions, nevertheless I still maintained a strict attitude and ignored all of his attention seeking reaction throughout the lesson. Upon ending I resisted and did not even give him any last look before leaving, he whined really loudly for attention and I heard he did not sleep well on the first night.

Our job after Board + Train is to pass the ownership back to respective families so that dogs will enjoy working with them instead of relying on trainers, but it can be really heart wrenching when it's time to part. Some might feel that we are numb from seeing so many dogs everyday and have no emotions, to be frank we treat all of the dogs like our own no matter if it's correction or affection, when a dog comes for long term training the bond would be even closer due to the amount of time spent on training. Unless one does not love dogs, being firm to them is not easy, it takes a lot of personal sacrifice and many will never understand, there was a period of time when I thought of stopping Board + Train service for good, there isn't any benefit for us, an additional $10/day for training just doesn't add up to the disadvantages that we are experiencing - lack of sleep, overworking, isolating of slots for cases of aggression, I would almost always find myself feeling sick or moody after ending each course and it's not hard to figure out why. But due to seeing more and more dogs suffering with owners requesting such service, we started offering them again after a period of time.

Nevertheless, the sacrifice usually pays off when owners appreciate and start cherishing the lessons and skills that their dogs had learned. Last I heard, Rufus had been sleeping really well from the second night onwards.

Friday, July 22, 2016

The misconception of ATP's training

In this article I will be sharing on my ideas and training concept, most importantly the misconception people have about our training ideas and goals.

If you've been following the blog, I've shared a couple of times about my experience throughout the years, for those that have not and prefer a short version of it - I've been practicing different dog training techniques for more than 10 years and have made sure all of them would work on similar problems before moving on, I do not believe the one method fits all theory and will always customize program based on 2 things, the personality of the dog and owner.

When we talk about Board + Train program, many may associate it with what they had seen on dog whisperer show, now this is one of the major misconception that I want to talk about here. Honestly I am not a big fan of the current series but I can understand how it works based on feedback of owners whom had participated in the program as well as some information gotten from the dog training circle, therefore it would be fair to us if people can stop associating our program with what they see on television.

I hope that this post will not only clarify the difference with us and celebrity trainers, but also towards any other trainers and training programs that may try to associate themselves and their ideas with ATP.



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I do not encourage nervous dogs to interact by putting it with a pack of dogs

There are some nervous dogs that learn that there's nothing else to do to escape from the stressful situation, hence accepting their fate and start learning to survive. The sad truth is that there are MORE cases of dogs becoming so stressed that they start turning aggressive and attack anyone who attempt to get close to them. This becomes a bully game for the rest of the residents, where the pack may get even closer to provoke nervous dogs like this, many times fight break out and the one on the losing side will always be the weaker/insecure dogs.

This happens a lot at boarding/daycare centers where staffs are not assigned to watch over interaction and stop unnecessary provoking of nervous dogs, in return these weaker dogs may become even more sensitive till a point where even slight movements/sounds can trigger fear aggression. And if these aggressive behaviors happen to work, they will soon learn to abuse it as much as they can.

Monday, July 11, 2016

How to reduce demanding barks

Barking is one of the very few ways that a dog can communicate verbally, the tone of the barks may have different meanings but they are definitely not as complicated as human language.

Imagine waking up every morning at 6am to find your dog barking nonstop for attention, this is what many families have been experiencing with their dog throughout their lives, thinking that it is normal and not possible to rectify.

How do you know if it's demanding barks?
Attention seeking barks should not be linked to anxiety, guarding nor aggression, if you suspect your dog having more than just attention seeking issues then this article will not help, it will be better to engage a trainer instead. Here are a few examples to help you understand if the barks are solely attention seeking behaviors:

• Your dog barks at a certain time every morning
• Your dog start barking every time it finishes pee/poo
• Your dog stops barking after meals
• Your dog stops barking after you provide attention

The above mentioned scenarios are most likely attention seeking behaviors, some dogs might even progress to howls and it can be really annoying. Good news though, attention seeking barks are actually one of the easiest to eliminate compared to other behavioral issues, the key is patience, time and consistency.


Friday, July 1, 2016

5 reasons why we don't provide daily updates through messages

I'm sure most of you have heard about the update service that is becoming popular with boarding hotels nowadays, where owners are being sent messages daily to update about their dogs? Well this is a very sort after and easy way to gain awareness, however at ATP we still don't believe in providing such service at this point of time. There's a reason for that, in fact we have 5 if you are interested to learn why :)

From an innocent owner's point of view, messages updates may have lots of advantages and zero risks. It serves to provide owner as ease of mind knowing what their furkids are up to, as well as showing that the person cares about the wellbeing of the dogs they are taking care of. Daily updates can also let owners know if their dogs are eating well and even to the point of whether their behavior is good. The truth? Nothing is perfect, there are always pros and cons to everything.

Now here's the disadvantage, if the information (updates) you receive is wrong/made up, it could affect how you perceive your dog's behavior and cause MORE unwanted problems in future (i'll explain more later on).

In this post I will be sharing information from feedback collected throughout the years from our experience, and also a bit of secret shared by a friend who had been in the dog business for over 10 years.

Here goes the 5 reasons why we do not provide updates through messages:

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It's impossible to have new updates, daily
Logically, it's impossible to have new updates about dogs everyday, it's not like human diary where you know what is going on deep inside in your mind and then write them down on paper. Dogs are not as complicated as us and they do not think like human beings, unless your dog is undergoing intensive training or behavior modification program, progress can take days and sometimes it can even take up to weeks before changes can be seen. During this point of time their daily routines are usually the same, we at ATP understand that dogs love fixed daily routines and we strive to provide them the exact thing they need every single day.

So for example, if a guest had chicken for meals, played with Amber, peed/pooed on pee tray, went for walk at 9pm and slept at 10:30pm today, it's most likely that tomorrow would be the exact same routine and so on. If you expect every single day to be different for your dog and convinced that the varied updates you received are true, read the next reason.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

What is Pride worth?

I was having a chat with one of our student, Amber was there and she wasn't exercised enough for a few days due to the rain and pest appearing more frequently.

For a start, she was behaving rather well off leash, coming back by herself after roaming too far off and doing her marking near the drains as we've taught. Then suddenly, one of our boarding guest started to bark non stop, Amber followed and soft barked a couple of times, our student seemed like she was expecting a correction from me, but I didn't do anything and continued our conversation. Moments later, Amber started to whine as she couldn't get any attention from the humans, I kept quiet and ignored. Everything started to collapse when she was asked to go into the carrier, well she did it perfectly, only problem was she didn't want to come out when called, instead of punishing her or pulling her out, I walked over to Nicole, brought out some treats and rewarded her when she came out.

If you've been a teacher or attempted to teach someone before, you'd understand the feeling of being the person with knowledge, and students no matter if they are children or adults will be looking at you for guidance. If at any point of time there's any mistake or failure on their part, many teachers would feel ashamed of themselves and start doing something to amend or cover up these weaknesses.

Now in my situation, I was supposed to feel embarrassed of the way my dog behaved, if I were to shout at Amber and forced her to listen, she'd follow everything and behave herself, but i can predict that within 5 minutes she's start all over again. And the reason? It's not her fault, it's mine that she didn't get enough exercises! If this was a normal situation and she does that then of course I would correct the behavior, but in that particular situation, I felt that there were no need to embarrass her in front of other people just to cover for my mistake.

I remembered when I was young and in school, I attempted to protect my sister by threatening the student that bullied her. The student's parent came and I was caught by the discipline master, I knew that the action was wrong, but I denied and continue acting tough, showing that I've done nothing wrong, it was all about a stupid thing called PRIDE.

The discipline master then said this to me:
"How much is pride? How much does your pride cost per gram, come I buy from you"

True enough, I noticed that many relationships are tarnished by pride, if I were to cover my embarrassment, it'll always be at the expense of pushing the blame to another person. In Amber's situation, if I were to cover my pride by embarrassing her, she may seemingly behave better but at at the expense of losing trust in me. I've encountered situation during lessons where dogs don't listen to my commands and demonstration, nevertheless I would just persist, repeat and guide the dog till I succeed and gain the respect I need, and this always turn out well no matter how tough the situation is. In fact, I've never felt embarrassed by problems, if there are no problems then there will be nothing to learn, why not just learn to admit it and move on? 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Fetch game

Amber impressed us yesterday as we played fetch with her. After waiting with Creamie (while the humans were talking), we decided to let her destress by playing fetch games.

As you can see from the video, she managed to catch the ball using her mouth! We've been trying to train her for some time and did not have such continuos success (maybe my throwing skills is too bad, hahaha), well considering that her jaws are weak she managed to to did it 3 times, we exclaimed and praised her continuously.

Having a dog is so much fun together!


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Is it alright for children to touch and play with other dogs?

Some have asked if it is okay for their children to interact with dogs that their parents/guardians isn't sure of, the answer is a straight no from me. When interacting with a dog that you don't understand well enough, many risks are present and adults will always need to make wise decisions to ensure that their child is safe. 


Below is a list of concerns that you will need to consider:

Temperament of the dog
Every dog is different in terms of personality and behavior, usually it isn't related to the breed so don't go thinking that all golden retrievers are friendly and all mastiffs are aggressive, it doesn't work that way. The reaction of a dog towards strangers depends on 3 things - the environment, how well trained the dog is and lastly, how the stranger approaches the dog. 

For example, if a dog is well trained but the environment is uncomfortable, maybe a scenario where there's thunderstorm, a friendly dog can suddenly become aggressive without much warning when approached, such is a form of self defense and natural instinct, thus humans should never think that they always have everything under control. Same thing, if the environment is good but the dog is approached in the wrong way, it may also attack as a form of defence.

Even if we are talking about dogs that are not aggressive, most wouldn't enjoy being approached by strangers physically right away, this is similar for humans, you might not hate people but you probably wouldn't enjoy strangers touching you physically. Of course dogs are supposed to be more attention seeking than humans, if you see dogs running to you and licking all over your face, then of course it is completely fine (in terms of it's behavior towards you). 


Hygiene
This is a very sensitive topic, dog hygiene. As much as we love dogs and do not mind touching them even if they haven't bathed for weeks, the risk of bacteria contamination is present and we need to face this fact. I've met many owners who are very clean and dedicated to their dogs, I've also met many who doesn't care about cleanliness, leaving their dogs smelling bad and having lots of matted fur/hair. This is very common so you might need to consider every owner and their dogs differently. 

There are also owners who keeps their dog clean, but doesn't practice proper prevention, so dogs can still get bacteria and dirt from grasses, dustbins and other objects, worst case is if they have fleas and ticks on their body. If you are unsure then it will be best to refrain from physical contact till you know the dog or its owner well enough, I'll be frank to say that it's not worth it for children to get sick over such things. 


Acknowledgement from owner
So if the dog is friendly and clean, then what we waiting for? Owner's preference of course, many times people see a dog that is cute and friendly they'd rush over to vent all their urge out without even thinking about the feelings of the owner. This act is normally done on impulse, people who do this might say that it's because the dog looked like they wished to be cuddled, but in fact it is the humans who actually want to cuddle the dog instead. 

You are probably calm now while reading, so think again, have you ever thought about the feelings of the owner before doing something like that? How do you know if the owner is comfortable with this action, maybe the dog is sick, maybe it is undergoing training, maybe the owners are not ready, there are many reasons and no matter how ridiculous they sound, the dog is not yours.




Conclusion
In short, you should never encourage children to approach every dog they meet, talk to the owner first to know if it is okay, and if you are very sure that the dog is friendly, let them come to you instead. 

If you wish to venture into a dog's territory or allow another to approach yours, be prepared that anything can happen, don't go threatening when something happens, the dog doesn't understand, be responsible and take necessary precaution.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Forgiveness

Many professional trainers and rescuers continue to use abusive methods on their dogs, these people refer dog whisperer as an excuse for overpowering dogs unnecessarily.
As mentioned in our blog (http://ambertoypoodle.blogspot.sg/…/dog-training-methods-ri…), "A number of owner who practices negative reinforcement have turned abusive, violence thoughts and anger management problems may start causing more unwanted behaviors than positive ones. Many professional trainers, as long as money and fame is involved have admitted causing abuse to animals due to their inability to control their mood and emotions."

People will always need to have someone to proof what they are doing behind closed doors before concluding that the methods are wrong and abusive, but have you wondered before they were exposed, how many other dogs were traumatized?

Are you really sure the dog whisperer show is really aimed to help dogs? Celebrities are always backed by legal teams and they are free to cut away any parts of videos that does not seem good for viewers, even though you may find some parts that are debatable, there will always be worst ones that are not shown behind the scenes. Celebrities are also trained and very familiar with handling unhappy viewers, using nice words as an excuse for their wrongdoings.

We truly hope that the guy involved in the video can be forgiven and given a chance to change, not by allowing to handle dogs in future, but by giving him a chance to live as a better human being.


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Tug of war manners



This video provides a lot of details to dog obedience if you watch closely, I thought that it would be good to explain a couple of important points for those that wish to have their dogs behave better.

- I started to invite Amber to play by flickering my hands near the toy, instead of the usual "dog demands playtime" routine.

- The game was made even more intense as I wiggle the toy and playing tug of war. 

- You can see Amber almost lifting off the ground, which means that she was really determined to win. It wouldn't be healthy for her jaw if she was really lifted off the ground so I lowered the toy.

- Stroking her face is to get her used to being touched even during intense situation, this should be practiced when a dog has not developed any form of aggression. Do not do this if your dog tends to snap.

- An "Off" command before ending the tug of war game is a good way to reset her mind, and then returning the toy to her is a reward for letting go.

Visit this link for more information on our Private Obedience Classes:

http://ambertoypoodle.blogspot.sg/p/private-training-services-all-dogs-are.html?m=1

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Where are you?

This is what we have been covering on our recently lessons.



This bar represent the things you have done for training, the more things you have done right for the day then the better position you'll be in, you'll want to aim for the Green Zone at all times.

Everyday your dog will fall towards the Red (Danger) zone by 1-3 points depending on individual energy level, and to push your dog back to towards the Green Zone you'll have to exercise and train them.

If let's say you did a whole lot of training yesterday, add 5 points and your dog should be back to the Green Zone (plus minus).

But remember, the next day it'll automatically decrease 1-3 points again, so if you are going to skip 1 day of training, just remember to make up for the loss tomorrow.

Many dogs fall in the Red Zone for days, weeks and even years, that's when they develop frustration and it will eventually lead to depression 😊

Monday, May 9, 2016

Truth about the dog industry - Part 2 (RANT)

I've always thought that the pet industry is focused on pets, that owners will prefer those that can show to have more love and affection for pets as well as having the knowledge, experience and skills in handling them, apparently after almost 5 years in the industry, I found that it wasn't so simple.

Since young I've always dreamt of growing up to either work with animals or being an artist, but due to my family's view and friends around me I've moved towards art as a profession, I believed that even if art is chosen as a job, I could still spend time with animals at the end of the day. Animals had been a part of my life since I was born, we've had all sorts of pets that Singapore allows. When i was still in primary school, i've once told my friends that I wanted to become an animal trainer at the zoo and they all laughed at me, saying that the job is all about picking animal poop, I'm not afraid to say that at that point of time I was somehow affected and ideas changed through the years, but my love for animals were always there.

I studied animals as a hobby, mainly learning about dogs because I found their intelligence limitless, dogs are also legal in Singapore and much more affordable to own compared to other highly trainable animals like horses, elephants and dolphins. Training animals were never easy and I've failed countless times as a kid, always finding myself dumping away all my knowledge and starting all over again from scratch, believing that I had been exposed to wrong information and lacked guidance. As years goes, I found that all those thoughts were just excuses, my chance of success slowly started to increase and it's not because I had thrown away knowledge, but because of the failures I've experienced, these priceless failures were the key to helping me understand what worked for animals and what didn't!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Amber goes to Waterway Point!


It's been awhile since we shared Amber's updates, recently we brought her to the newly opened Waterway Point at Punggol and she had a blast!

Waterway point is a neighborhood shopping mall located just beside Punggol mrt, it's walking distance from our place and we had been there a couple of times personally to understand which area we could bring Amber to. The mall had an open area for relaxing, it's build beside a canal with trees, plants and parks along the path. The park felt similar to Punggol Settlement except that this place had a huge mall right beside it.

To reach the mall without getting caught (oops), we first walked Amber on leash till Punggol Mrt, there were many people around and they seemed happy seeing Amber, then we entered the underground link by carrying her, which was fine as no one noticed her mini head. After exiting the underground link, we reached the entrance of the mall, instead of entering the main entrance we walked her around the outside of the mall till we reached a blocked pathway, as it is still under construction we were not able to bypass that area without entering the mall itself, this time the Sleepypod carrier was a savior, we simply asked Amber in, walked through the mall and reached the park in less than a minute.

Amber was really excited as it had been awhile since she had seen so many strangers walking around, she was so proud and looking for attention from everyone, many of them including children smiled at her, some went over to pat her and she gave them lots of kisses! The downside of the place was that many cyclists did not stick to their path, we had to watch our back very closely to make sure that Amber wouldn't be hurt by oncoming bicycles.

Other than that, it was a really beautiful place, windy, clean, spacious and had everything we needed. We could see that Amber really had lots of fun, also noticing that her stamina is not as strong as before, well she is almost 5 and considering that, she is still very active!


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Dog training methods - Right or Wrong?

History
Wolves are thought to be domesticated as early as 15,000 - 30,000 years ago, through human interaction and breeding they slowly became what we categorize as Dogs. Dogs are known to be more docile and enjoy the company of humans, it is said that the first attempt to interact with wolves was when they came searching for scraps in the territory of humans, those that were aggressive were killed and those that were more friendly would be kept as pets, these "friendly" wolves were then bred for many years before becoming what's known as dogs today. From there on, dog training have come a very long way, many have tried and studied the most effective ways to train dogs in that time, now it is our turn to carry on and improvise methods even further.

Don't worry as we are not here to focus on history, but to better understand how dogs behave in the past, science have been able to let us know what was going on before we were even born, however what science can't do is to give us a solution to how life should work, they are just there to provide evidence and additional knowledge. This is when we need to decide whether or not to accept these "evidence" and apply it to our lives, which is also why occupations are clearly defined, if science is the sole key to everything including nutrition, health and training then there won't be Nutritionist, Veterinarians and Dog Trainers (for example) around, they would all be classified as scientists, even scientists among themselves distrust each other's findings at times. Well, this is no different as what we are dealing with for dog training as well, we simply need to learn how to get around it and choose the best for our dogs.


The Dog Whisperer

The dog whisperer television series, which was first aired in 2004 caused a lot of mixed reaction, professional trainers and veterinarians claimed that CM knew nothing about dog behaviors, that his correction methods are inhumane and causes dogs to be traumatized, this got the attention of the humane association and they requested for the show to stop airing. I have seen a couple of past episodes personally and did not see any signs of abuse in his methods at that point of time, yes these dogs did looked traumatized and stressed but I am very sure that they were already unstable before the correction started - even with dogs wagging their tails and running around to thrash objects can also be defined as stress symptoms from my point of view. We'd always access the situation to understand why dogs portray certain behaviors, it's just wrong to define a dog's feelings by just plainly looking at their body language, we need to read their body movements, their reactions, what happens before and after the said behavior, at times we might even need to stay with the dog a few days to understand their characters better.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Would you?

There's been a lot of debate about a new business in Singapore, where you pay money to take photos with a Panda.. No, Chow..., well they call these dogs Panda chow chow. Now below are our personal opinion on this matter, if you've been a reader of this blog for awhile you should know that we do not hide information and opinion, everything stated here is truthful from our heart, so please do not feel offended if it is too straightforward.



Well, the truth is these "Pandas Chow" (or whatever they call them) have totally zero association to the real animal, they are in fact a dog breed called Chow chow, the reason for inserting the word "Panda" is only because the dogs are dyed in black patches that resemble Pandas.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Visit to Gold Coast 2015 - Part 2

Having to choose between Australia zoo and Currumbin sanctuary due to our schedule, we selected Australia zoo in the end due to the overwhelming popularity. If we are not wrong, Steve Irwin and his family started Australia zoo to save wild animals and provide education to people all around the world. We got the tickets from Ozexperience and it came as a package called Australia zoo tour, however as the driver brought us to our destination we then found out that the tour was nothing more than a speech regarding the roads (not the zoo), which was about 2 hours. I called the management and asked why there were no tour, they simply replied that there isn't, just a package of transport and zoo ticket.



Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Night walk encounter

During our night walk with Amber yesterday, we met a toy poodle who regularly goes down for walk with its owner, this dog was always running around off leash and almost got bitten by one of our guest that had aggression. After telling the owner off she tried to keep her dog on leash whenever she sees us.

However this time round the one walking the dog was a male, whom we supposed was the boyfriend/husband, the dog as usual was off leash, and the guy who was supposed to watch the dog was staring at his mobile screen the whole time! We could see everything going on as we were sitting at the playground, which was a distance away. Both of us were talking about the chance of the dog getting lost or someone kidnapping being high, and after a few minutes the dog actually disappeared, we saw the owner looking for his dog, and yet went back to staring his phone and strolling slowly, this time the dog had ran up a small hill (we could see better from far), owner started to look around and call out but he still couldn't find it. Shockingly, he walked away from the park and into the void deck, we don't even know what he was doing, the dog continued to walk around, mark everywhere and doing whatever it liked, we almost wanted to help take the dog but he returned after awhile, and luckily the dog was still at the park.

It's very common that dogs get lost due to owners being irresponsible, many that lost their dogs will remember saying "my dog will always return", and yet unfortunate things still happen. Is it very hard to put the leash on your hands and watch your untrained dog for just a 15minute walk? When dogs get lost these people start blaming on others that pick them up, if I were to throw a bag containing $1000 on the ground and walk away, do I get to blame people for picking the money up? If your dog runs away it is your fault for losing it, not the one that had picked it up, to many people dogs are not your children, to them your dog is a possession and is worth something, so as an owner no matter what you wish to define your dog as, children or possession, it is your responsibly to keep them safe and secure.

Amber 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Amber's K9 Natural Trial - Part 2

You might've read our previous post on Amber's K9 trial [here], here's Part 2 of our review on this food. After trying all of K9's available flavors - Beef, Venison and Lamb, here goes our final thoughts!

Amber's poo was still inconsistent after trying the last meat - Lamb, the salesperson advised us to change the preparation method by using room temperature water instead of warm water, it didn't help much, her pee continued to smell weird, she urinated more frequently and poo was always soft, sometimes even watery (diarrhea). We were advised to continue as they mentioned diarrhea was a common problem when on K9, though they couldn't understand what the smell was about, we decided to stop everything. I suspected something is wrong and hoped it wasn't UTI (Urinary tract infection), we then made up our mind  that it's time for Amber to visit the vet.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Dogs after sterilization - A look at behaviors

I'm sure many of you have researched about dog sterilization - the benefits and risks of doing so, however I do notice that few actually provide proper information on the behavior changes that can happen to dogs after they are sterilized.

In this article I am going to share my personal experience on dog sterilization and the things i notice before and after the surgery, all of these studies are towards behavior (we leave surgical and health to related experts), having almost 15 years of my life handling dogs and animals, I've experienced first hand how hundreds of dogs and mammals change after going for sterilization, all of these dogs had been handled personally by me before and after the surgery. This article may be different from websites that you have read, which has high chance of including myths and fake claims because most writers including veterinarians and bloggers either cherry pick information from the internet and unverified books, or has different motives which aims to benefit services and/or businesses. What I am going to share is my opinion, experience and views on neutering/spaying a dog for the sake of providing educational information to the public.

Once again, if anyone is uncomfortable with anything written here, just do us a favor and discontinue reading.

Friday, December 18, 2015

A sad day for dog owners and boarders

So sorry to hear that a dog had died during its stay at a boarding place. According to the post, the dog died due to neck injury.


You can visit this link [HERE] to learn more about the incident, do note that there is a photo of the deceased dog, so please view at your own discretion.


Out of concern for this incident, we made some research hopefully to learn something to prevent incidents like this. The dog being boarded was a pedigree breed, said to be of good structure and temperament (but they looked too small to be of good structure in my opinion), this owner had boarded 3 dogs, one which died during boarding. We took a look at the boarding page and managed to find a video and photo of the premise, which had a couple of other dogs, including a medium sized dog. At this point of writing, the owner did not mention what exactly happened or what the boarder told her, from the photos and research we thought that it is possible that one of the guest bit and broke the neck of her dog, the only dog that seems like it could do such a damage was the medium sized dog (note that this is just an assumption).


Of course the dog could also have fallen from a high place or even broke its own neck during running, but it's very rare for this to happen. We also learned that the place practiced cage-less environment, which is demanded by many owners nowadays, thinking that cage-free means freedom and stress free.


The main point of this post is not to judge on who's wrong and right, but to learn and prevent similar accidents from happening in future. Cage free environments are easy to set up and it's cost free, dogs that are not crate trained do not have to go through any training or special attention, the only work needed is to clean up any mess that the guests make. We invest lots of money to set up a proper kennel not because we want to torture the guests, but because we hope to keep them as safe as possible, unless the place only allows 1 dog per day including personal pets, it is impossible to separate the dogs in one environment without using barriers. Cage, crate, playpen, room, walls or whatever people call it, they are barriers designed to keep pets safe, anyone can actually abuse any tools designed and start using it for unethical means, but that doesn't mean that it should only be used for those purposes. Crate training is not easy, one has to monitor and spend quality time with the dogs to ensure that they can adapt to the new environment, in return they will become much more confident and start enjoying their stay, many do not wish to go through this path because it is tough, nobody enjoys not being able to sleep just because a dog is unable to sleep in a crate for safety. Hence to many businesses and owners, cage free sounds like a win-win situation, where both owners and businesses are happy with the set up, however things are not that simple.


We do understand that the boarder does not have any means to hurt the dog (no one of the right mind would do that) and sometimes life is unpredictable, we just wished to learn and share something to readers. I've received many enquiries from owners, wanting special service like cage free environment for their furkids, in the past I would try my best to educate them, however after some time I found that these people actually do not know what they are talking about, and they don't wish to listen, now we'll just ask them to go somewhere else. Keep hearing that it's okay and they don't mind if their dogs are injured during the process, when truly something happens then who is to blame? Of course they will start pushing blame on the business, therefore I personally feel that strict terms should be enforced to ensure safety.


Truly hope both of them can settle this peacefully and take better precautions in future, nobody can stop death but we have to try our best to prevent them.