Valentina Balli @ Meru Valley Resort

Meru Valley Resort, Ipoh hosted a three-day obedience seminar with an Italian World Dog Obedience champion, Valentina Balli from February 2 to 4. The workshop organised by Tigerland K-9 Academy Malaysia saw 64 dog owners participating in the seminar while 15 of them brought their dogs along for practicals.

This unique high-level obedience workshop covered active free heeling, distance control, dumbbell directional retrieve, directional send away, drop on recall and scent discrimination. Moreover, it improved the relationship between owners and their dogs and demonstrated how trained dogs can enrich lives through training behaviour modification.

Here for the first time, Valentina is an Italian national training instructor who specialises in dog obedience, clicker training, agility and herding. She is a national judge for Obedience CSEN, an Italian obedience team member from 2008 to the present (in 2011-12 with two different dogs), and breeds Border Collies.

Moreover, she has been awarded with several titles such as “Detania Barefoot in the Park: Border Collie World Championship” from 2008 to 2012; Obedience Italian Champion, Italian Absolute Obedience Champion 2009-10, Joop de Reus Cup champion 2011 and Olympic Games silver medal 2011 amongst others.

Dog owners can learn more about dog obedience training by contacting Michael Lee at 012 268 8726. Readers can also email him at or log on

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