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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Trainers who handle dangerous dogs must now be accredited

Dog trainers who handle dogs which are deemed potentially dangerous by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) will now have to be accredited.

The Panel for the Accreditation of Dog Trainers (PADT) will recognise trainers who have completed a training syllabus focusing on obedience and social interaction.

AVA's Chief Executive Officer, Ms Tan Poh Hong, said that the training will help to ensure that owners can maintain control of their pets and that the dogs do not behave aggressively in public.

"It is important that dog owners are considerate of others and ensure that their pets are well behaved, especially in our dense urban environment.

"Although compulsory training by AVA-accredited dog trainers is only required for potentially dangerous dogs, I encourage all dog owners to send their pet dogs for basic obedience training."

Under Singapore law, any newly licensed dog of a breed which falls under the Second Schedule will have to undergo basic obedience training by an AVA-accredited trainer.

Breeds that come under the Second Schedule include the bull terrier, doberman pinscher, rottweiler, German Shepherd and its related breeds, as well as mastiffs.

Any crosses between the listed breeds are also included in the Second Schedule.

Under this new scheme, dog trainers are eligible to apply for accreditation if they have been active in training dogs, preferably large breeds, for the last 2 years.

This should be verifiable with a minimum of 6 references.

They should also be able to conduct classes according to the training syllabus for accreditation.

The panel may assess them individually.


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