"When I first brought back my toy poodle, Coco, she was only 2 months old. Like a teddy bear, brown and extremely cute. My hubby and I are both new to pets….totally clueless. What we thought about having a puppy was to get her a cage, toys and food then teach her to pee and poo at the place we wanted. When Coco came into our family…gosh~ it wasn’t as simple as I thought. She pee and poo wherever she likes, bites and growl at my girls (aged 4 and 7). Got into a shock seeing her behaviour and seeking everywhere for help from friends and even read from forum and stuff. Some say beat her, cane her and punish her….and I even got commented saying I don’t even know how to take care of a puppy, why get one and let the poor puppy suffer. So heart aching to hear that =(
From internet and recommendation, I start to explore on Amber Toy Poodle. Read as far back as when they decided to have a puppy. While reading, I can feel the passion and love for pets, so I start to email enquiring on Coco’s behaviour. To my surprise, even though I did not engage any of their services, they replied to me in details and patience, asking me questions and answering my doubts. After a few emails and fail attempts at my end, I desperately ask them if they could visit my place. Lucky me manage to get a time slot from them, Nicole and Jeryl.
I was surprised to see a young couple at my door! Really surprise~ First session, more like a get-to- know session and teaching us some basic commands. To us, it is really a fulfilling 2 hours session, learning the right way of correction and coaching her. About a month later, we had the 2nd session. Sad to say, we didn’t fare well. Maybe the gap from the first session was a bit too long due to Coco’s 3rd vaccination. We only manage to correct her growling and hiding under in hide corner. Her response to command was not good… From the 2nd session, we learn to walk her and sort of re-training on commands. 2 weeks later, Jeryl and Nicole returned for the final training. This time we fare great! Coco reacts to our command and is able walk well with my hubby! This requires time and effort~~ not something that one could achieve over night.
Coco is now coming to 6 months, still at her rebellious stage but under control. =) To me, Coco is not a robot that listens and reacts to command. We are like her parent, teaching what is right and wrong. And Nicole and Jeryl go to my caretaker category =P. Whenever I need to travel, the assurance of Coco’s well-being and safety will be in their safe hands. If you happen to see Coco appearing on their blog or Facebook, that’s my cute little girl!"