Thank you Nicole and Jeryl!
It was about two months back when I realised Hana's housebreaking and behaviour was getting worse. I googled for dog trainers on the net and realised that they were NOT CHEAP - all ranged from at least $800-$1000. Then while browsing I came across Amber - A Red Toy Poodle Story. Their training fees were much more reasonable and they also had a toy poodle - Amber which was the same breed as Hana.
When I first met Nicole and Jeryl, the first thing that came to my mind was, "Wow, such a young couple." I admit to being a little unsure at first. But as young as they may seem, they are so detailed, very experienced, and not to mention, very friendly. Nicole continuously wrote notes in her small notebook during the training while Jeryl did the training and talking. They taught me about "positive energy" while training and explained to me why "negative energy" (anger and impatience) can affect Hana. I am so impressed with the amount of patience they had during the training. It was try again, again, and again until Hana got it right. From them, I learnt about being very patient during the training and also that any unwanted behaviour from a dog does not lie fully on the breed, but on the owners. Train the owner, not the dogs. And also, blame the owner, not the dog. Any unwanted behaviours emerging from the dog is because the owner allows them to have it. Also, whenever they came to train Hana, Nicole always refer to the small notebook and made sure no details were overlooked from the last training.
During their last last training session for Hana, they brought Amber over and allowed them to socialise with each other. When I saw Amber for the first time, (I believe all owners who have met Amber before will agree with my statement here) - Obedient and Disciplined. Gosh, I was amazed at how well behaved Amber was, and that definitely motivated me to continue training Hana until she is as well behaved as Amber. Nicole and Jeryl also encouraged me that if I consistently follow their training guides, Hana will definitely show a lot of improvement in future. They guided me a lot throughout the training sessions, both in theory and in practical.
Even though Hana has ended her training with Nicole and Jeryl, she will be meeting Amber again for boarding soon. Thank you again, Nicole and Jeryl for training and correcting myself and Hana with so much patience and making Hana a happier toy poodle! Looking forward to seeing Amber again very soon!
Thanks a bunch!
- Sharon & Hana