The science and art of teaching your dog

The CEO (Chief Education Officer)

Dr KANG NEE - Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA); Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT); Certified Professional Animal Care Provider (CPACP); Canine Life & Social Skills Evaluator & Instructor; Low Stress Handling Certified; Pet First-Aid Certified; Board Member (The Professional Animal Care Certification Council)

I’m Nee – a scientist trained in the study of animal behavior, a certified professional dog trainer, a certified separation anxiety trainer, and a strong advocate of a “Do No Harm” evidence-based approach to animal care. I use humane, force-free training methods and games that are safe and effective for dogs and people, and I’ve been helping dogs and their guardians in Singapore and abroad. To promote awareness of animal welfare issues, I conduct training for local shelters, and dog behavior workshops for the public. As the only non-US Board Member on The Professional Animal Care Certification Council, I hope to bring a unique international perspective to help enhance the standards of animal care and training in the industry.

Even while busy training dogs, I write articles on behaviour modification and training for both local and international magazines. Read my Member Profile in The APDT Chronicle of The Dog, and an interview with OrdinaryPeople.ink “Dog Training the Positive Way with cheerfuldogs.com“.

“Cheerful Dogs, Happy People” – it’s what I want to help dogs and their guardians become.

Meet my team of  Cheerful Dogs Chiefs who share the same goals.

 

My adventures with dogs started when I was a kid, and Timmy followed me home from school. Timmy was a stray mongrel who came with his little bag of ready tricks: sit up, roll-over, playbow. We grew up together – exploring neighbourhood nooks and crannies on lazy walks after school.

Then came Benji, a shelter pup, whose brindled coat and smiley brown eyes twinkled with an ET-like intelligence. Duke, a stray beagle mix, was third in the musketeer line. He was succeeded by Shelley, also an adopted shelter pup, and the only girl among the boys. Over the span of more than 30 years, Timmy, Benji, Duke and Shelley, taught me much about dog behaviour and how to care for them – perhaps preparing me unconsciously for this stage of my grand adventure.

 


Timmy (1974 – 1981)


Benji (R, 1980 – 1992)
Duke (L, 1982 – 1994)

Shelley (1994 – 2008)

Kiyo’s Story – From Shelter to Home (2008)

Kiyo is the current kid on the block, another shelter rescue. Together we began our journey into the fascinating world of formal dog obedience training and behaviour modification. As an adolescent dog, Kiyo lacked some manners that cause once-loved dogs to be abandoned. He was notorious for jumping, mouthing, pulling on the leash and bolting. On walks, he would sometimes lunge and bark at passing dogs. It was hard work, but through teamwork, Kiyo is quite the changed dog.

He works with me to help dogs that are reactive to other dogs in behaviour modification classes. We published an eBook on Apple’s iBookstore, “Survival Among Humans: A How To Guide To A Sociable Dog”, where Kiyo demonstrates some of his core skills. We have two papers, “The Midnight Snack” and “Putting the ‘Good’ into Something ‘Bad‘, published in APDT’s journal, “The Chronicle of The Dog”. Currently, we contribute on-going articles to local shelters and Mount Pleasant Veterinary Group. Through our publications, we provide some helpful training tips for all dog owners.

Due to an unfortunate turn of events, Kiyo lost his left eye in a cataract operation, but because he had built up confidence and calmness over the years, he took that trauma in his stride, and remains as cheerful a dog as ever! In fact, we’ve earned our APDT C.L.A.S.S. Ph.D. (highest level) certificate with Honours (watch our exam videos), showing that a handicap doesn’t always exclude a dog from sharing good times with its family. Join us in our on-going adventure in the world of canine education – where learning is fun!

Click here for dog training options.  Or contact me, and I’ll be happy to answer your questions!

My Qualifications, Professional Affiliations & Continuing Education

PHD CERT (NUS)

Ph.D. (Zoology):
National University of Singapore

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CPDT-KA:
Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed
Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), USA


Malena DeMartini - The Experts in Helping Dogs with Separation Anxiety



CPACP:
Certified Professional Animal Care Provider
The Professional Animal Care Certification Council (PACCC)

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Low Stress Handling – Certified Silver:
Dr Sophia Yin, DVM, MS & CattleDog Publishing (a Veterinary Corporation)



Pet First Aid Certified:
The Pet Professional Guild

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ABCDT (Honours):
Certified Dog Trainer
Animal Behavior College, USA



APDT C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator:
Canine Life and Social Skills Evaluator
Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), USA

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APDT C.L.A.S.S. Instructor:
Canine Life and Social Skills Instructor
Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), USA

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Professional Premium Member:
Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), USA



Full Member Dog Training Professional:
The Pet Professional Guild, USA



Supporting Member - Dog Division
International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants



"Dog Emotion & Cognition" by Duke University on Coursera
Certificate earned on June 2, 2015

Canine Freestyle Certificate

Canine Freestyle Course by Michele Pouliot:
Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behaviour
Completed on June 28, 2015

Certificate - Puppy Start Right for Instructors

Puppy Start Right Preschool Instructor:
Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior
Completed on July 15, 2015



Dog Evaluations Course:
The Dog Gurus
Completed on October 23, 2015



"Animal Behaviour and Welfare" by The University of Edinburgh on Coursera:
Certificate earned on June 24, 2016
Some of My Achievements

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  • Interviewed by OrdinaryPeople.ink in “Dog Training the Positive Way with cheerfuldogs.com”, August 2016
  • Profiled by The Pet Professional Guild in Profile in “Barks from The Guild”, July 2015
  • Profiled by APDT in “The Chronicle of The Dog”, Summer 2015 Issue
  • Achieved APDT C.L.A.S.S. Levels: Ph.D., M.A. & B.A. with Honours
  • Published e-book, “Survival Among Humans – A How To Guide To A Sociable Dog” – in Apple iBookstore
  • Published paper, “The Midnight Snack” – in APDT  “The Chronicle of The Dog”
  • Published paper, “Putting the ‘Good’ into Something ‘Bad'” – in APDT  “The Chronicle of The Dog”
  • Writes dog training articles for SPCA, Mount Pleasant Veterinary Group
  • Trains shelter dogs and volunteers (Singapore)
  • Assisted in group basic obedience classes, and private in-home lessons (USA)
  • Award-winning Radio Producer-Presenter
Partners of cheerfuldogs.com
We share the same care and concern for you and your dog. These are some of our partners who endorse our training philosophy.  

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cheerfuldogs.com created and designed the Canine Education @ SPCA Singapore programme, which aims to enrich the lives of shelter dogs, through a series of behaviour enrichment games and exercises. Our aim is to help make the lives of the dogs at SPCA a little better each day. Besides training, we offer Dog Behaviour Workshops designed to help the public better understand dog behaviour and to foster a stronger relationship with dogs.

Find out what we’re doing together here!



cheerfuldogs.com, Mount Pleasant Veterinary Group and Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Farrer) work together to provide dog training advice and solutions for dog owners.

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cheerfuldogs.com and The Animal Clinic partner in cases where training, behaviour modification and veterinary care go hand-in-hand. Together we’ll guide you through your dog’s various life stages – from puppy to senior dog.



cheerfuldogs.com unreservedly recommends Pawprint Photography. Darren works with you to capture spontaneous moments with your canine companion, with the greatest regard for yours and your dog's comfort.



cheerfuldogs.com and cheerfuldogswalking.com partner to bring you a professional dog walking and dog care service that you can trust. Choosing cheerfuldogswalking.com is to believe that a dog can be handled in a safe, low-stress manner, such that she can navigate her environment with confidence, handle interactions with calmness, and live life cheerfully – sharing in that special bond with her humans.
Visit to Wolf Park, USA
Meeting the researchers and wolves of Wolf Park, Indiana, USA: thanks to the hospitality of Pat Goodman and Monty Sloane
Talking about wolves With Pat Goodman and Wotan Male wolf, Wotan
Meeting Wolfgang with Monty Female wolf, Dharma, comes to greet Howl Night

 

Wolves are not dogs, and dogs are not wolves, even though they share the same evolutionary ancestor. Study each species as they are.

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