Ken isn’t your typical dog trainer. What sets him apart is how he thinks out of the box, working with the dog’s innate character instead of suppressing it, encouraging the dog to be exposed to different levels of stress instead of avoiding it, teaching owners how to step up and manage their dog better, in a way that results in mutual respect and understanding between owner and dog.
Ken is able to put a dog’s issue into perspective, relate it to our human daily life, in a way that an owner is able to understand their dog better. Our training programmes are created with this in mind, to empower dog owners with techniques that build a stronger bond between the dog and owner, help owners manage their dog better in their daily life, and create a more enjoyable and harmonious life together.
One would be surprised of Ken’s career background. He was an audio engineer in the live events industry, and at the height of his career, was an Operations Director in a well-known technical production company based in Singapore. Having travelled the world for corporate events, as well as working in its offices within Asia, he was indeed successful in this industry, having 15 years of experience under his belt. However, he felt something missing and was unsatisfied with where this path was leading him. So in 2014, he took a major risk in switching careers from the AV/Events industry to the pets industry, to fulfill this passion he had for dogs.
He started out volunteering at a dog rescue shelter while taking up a dog grooming course, where he earned his Class C qualification in Professional Dog Grooming.
Ken is partially self-taught, and for the most part, his teachers have been and still are the dogs themselves. Ken has also attended courses in the United States of America, where he further developed his ability and skills in dog training. At The Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers, he was paired with one of their working line Belgian Malinois and completed courses in Puppy Development, Management, Motivation and Obedience Intensive. He also attended courses at Solid K9 Training, which specializes in behaviour modification, and in particular, enrolled in their Shadow Program where he received hands-on training with their board-and-train dogs. As dog training is ever-evolving, he consistently reads up on topics pertaining to dog training and behaviour, as well as enrols in online courses to keep up with developments and trends in the dog training world.
Ken has three dogs, all Singapore Specials, adopted from the shelter he volunteered at. He has also fostered many dogs, all of whom have been successfully adopted. He has worked with mixed breed dogs, rescued dogs as well as pedigree dogs; and with dogs of all ages. Many say Ken has a knack for working with the ‘trouble-makers’ – the hyperactive, the fearful and the misunderstood who often are labeled ‘aggressive’.
Ken doesn’t have one set style of training dogs. He adapts his training methods and techniques to suit each individual dog and that’s what makes him different. Be it behaviour creation or behaviour modification, Ken believes that through mutual understanding, communication, respect and trust, will training be successful for both the owner and dog.