By Monisha Iswaran
Long-time dog owner Anna has her dogs so well trained that they attend work with her regularly, causing no trouble at all.
Morgan, a nine-year-old Labradoodle and Radcliffe, a six-year-old spoodle, have been coming to their owner’s CBD office daily as of late, while she is having work done to her house.
The two dogs are enjoying this temporary change of routine and Anna’s workplace has warmly welcomed people-loving Morgan and Radcliffe.
“They’re very good with people. Both are very friendly and outgoing. They love a cuddle and they love to play,” she said.
Anna bought both the dogs when they were puppies and ensured they were taught how to behave early on.
“It’s a lot of work training them, but it’s definitely worth it,” she said.
She invested the time early on, both through training schools and working with the dogs herself, to get them to be the obedient pets they are today.
“I took them to puppy school and an obedience school so I didn’t do it just on my own. There’s places you can go that will help you,” she said.
However, bringing the dogs to a school wasn’t enough on its own, and they required a firm hand at home to ensure they remembered what was taught.
“You learn the training techniques at the schools and then it’s all about practise at home – techniques like rewarding them when they do something good, ignoring them when they do something bad,” Anna said.
She noted that the techniques applied to training young pets could be likened to the process of bringing up children.
“It’s very similar to what you would do with a child in a lot of ways. It’s just positive reinforcement!” she said.