Since Furchild launched in Dubai 8 months ago, we’ve heard lots of ‘pawsitive’ stories about the Dog Tags team. We decided it was time to meet up with Emma, dog trainer and partner of Dog Tags to find out more about their initiative and insights into training Dubai’s furry family members.
Let’s start off with the basics. Tell us a little bit about Dog Tags Training…
Dog Tags was set up only a year ago by myself and Andy when we realised we had a dream in common. We wanted to set up a dog training company that people could trust to have the experience and expertise to help them with their four legged friends. Our idea was to build our company around Andy’s wealth of experience in the British military, making some of their values such as integrity, discipline and commitment some of our core standards. So far it’s been a whirlwind adventure, and in the last year we have added two amazing trainers, Victoria and Lewis to our team to help meet the growing demand for our services.
Dog Tags is a team of professional dog trainers and animal lovers. Can you tell us a little bit about each trainer and their specializations?
How does Dog Tags recognize a potential new and talented trainer?
Our checklist for dog trainer material includes:
We’ve heard of all types of training methods. What training methods does Dog Tags offer?
Each of our trainers has their own favorite ways of achieving results, whether that’s with clickers, food, distractions or toys, however we all believe that training should be fun and positive for a dog. Force free training techniques are quickly being recognised as the best way to teach a dog. This means allowing a dog to get things right and rewarding that good behaviour rather than punishing the mistakes. As more and more people are seeing their pets as their ‘Fur-children’ there is an amazing shift towards this kind of positive training rather than the harsher methods that may have been used a few generations ago, and that's great because that's how we love to work.
What are the 3 most common reasons pet parents come to Dog Tags?
We agree, there’s a necessity for training household help here in the UAE… tell us more about Dog Tag’s unique offering!
It’s surprising just how much of our job is about people training. We developed our Household Help Training after meeting many house staff who just weren’t comfortable or knowledgeable about their family pet. This is an extra important problem to tackle when these are the people tasked with taking care of dogs while their owners are away from home.
We can help house staff gain confidence in handling their dogs, teach them fun games to prevent doggy boredom and how to avoid common mistakes that lead to dog bites. For instance with the hot weather comes reduced outdoor activity time. We teach games anyone can use to keep dogs occupied indoors. Whether its performing new tricks or using those powerful noses to sniff out hidden treats or toys; there are lots of ways that mental stimulation can be used to replace those long winter walkies that we all love so much.
Now lets’ talk about your adorable ‘Fur-children’: Arthur, Bella and Lily. All of your dogs have been on Furchild’s Monthly Meal Plan for 4 months. How’s that going?
Absolutely! The effort that goes into creating Furchild’s perfectly balanced raw pet food can only be appreciated by real pet lovers. Since feeding Furchild to my own dogs we have seen the advantages of the fresh food diet in action, from their general health to just how much they enjoy what we are putting in their bowls.
We have noticed the biggest change in Bella, who has always been a little over weight but we found that diet kibbles meant she lost the shine on her lovely coat almost instantly and less food just left her hungry. Since moving her to Furchild we have been able to get those few extra pounds off her without her feeling disappointed every meal time, and her coat is glossier than ever!
I am also loving Furchild’s Himalayan Dog Chews for ‘settling on your own’ time, which is becoming moreimportant as we prepare for the arrival of our new baby. Furchild’s Chews are a world away from the unpleasant rawhide alternatives and I love that by buying them we are supporting farmers in Nepal. At the end of the day, our dogs are part of our families and we really want to give them the best the market has to offer, which is why all that goodness in their weekly Furchild Green Tripe meal makes putting up with that smell totally worthwhile.