Welcome! I'm Angie Tan. I left my career as a journalist with an international news agency to set up Puppylove in 2001 when I realised dog training was so much more than rolled up newspapers and choke chains. I wanted to share what I found with as many people and dogs as possible.
My dog training journey started with a couple of beagles. One of them chomped through 8 pairs of shoes, 1 wallet and a $100 bill. The other bit 3 people in a single day. Ai! What a mess!
I needed to know why these crazy canines were acting the way they were and most importantly, how I can integrate them into the family.
My search for answers took me all over the United States. I wrangled chickens in Arkansas with the amazing Bob Bailey, shared a kiss with wolves in Indiana, trained shelter dogs at the renowned San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers as well as at the Animal Behavior Center of New York.
I also spent weeks attending instructor seminars and workshops held by animal behaviorists and trainers like Dr Ian Dunbar, Jean Donaldson, Dr Raymond Coppinger, Terry Ryan, Bob Bailey and Susan Garrett.
As a result, I've developed a sound understanding of the science behind animal training as well as the care and keeping of Man's Best Friend.
Let us work together to give our furry friends the gentle guidance they need. Whether you’re thinking about getting an animal, have a new pet, or already own a pet with behavioral problems, I am here to help.
11 May 2001 - Animal Behavior Center of New York - Canine Behavior Counseling (Theory, Practical and Internship), New York, USA
2 December 2001 - Dr Ian Dunbar Instructors Course, Sydney, Australia
21 June 2002 - Wolf & Dog Behavior Seminar, Wolf Park, Battle Ground, Indiana, USA
29 June 2002 - Counselling Certificate, San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Academy for Dog Trainers, San Francisco, USA
July 2002 - DogSense workshop by Terry Ryan of Legacy Canine Behavior & Training, Sequim, Washington, USA
23 July 2002 - Robert & Marian Bailey 40 Hour Discrimination Operant Conditioning Workshop, Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA
2 August 2002 - Robert & Marian Bailey 56 Hour Intermediate Level Operant Conditioning Workshop, Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA
8 August 2002 - Robert & Marian Bailey 40 Hour Chaining Operant Conditioning Workshop, Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA
16 August 2002 - Robert & Marian Bailey 40 Hour Training Operant Conditioning Workshop, Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA
September 2002 - Attended the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon, USA
18 February 2003 - Certificate IV in Dog Behavioural Training (Canine Good Citizen), Delta Society Australia
23 March 2003 - Canine Behavioural Training Seminar and Workshop by Terry Ryan and the Malaysian National Animal Welfare Foundation, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
24 September 2005 - CPDT (Certified Pet Dog Trainer) by the Certification Council For Pet Dog Trainers (this has since lapsed but I am working on my re-certification!)
24 November 2018 - Dog Bite Safety Educator, Doggone Safe and DogNostics Career Center “Speak Dog” Certificate Program
23 December 2018 - Professional Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers
21 April 2019 - Canine First Responder certified by MJ First Aid Training
4 May 2019 - Coaching People To Train Their Dogs, Gamify Your Dog Training by Terry Ryan, Beijing
5 July 2019 - Project ADORE trainer
15 October 2019 - Fear Free Shelter graduate
18 November 2019 - Animal & Veterinary Service (AVS) Accredited Trainer
7 May 2020 - CPDT-KA - Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainer
24 September 2021 - Diploma (Conversion) Veterinary Clinical Science