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Testimonial - Joey Kong (text version)

"I’ve always wanted a small dog few years ago. I used to have one normal street dog, raised him since he is a puppy. But after I moved into an apartment, I had to give him up to my sister in law who own one landed house with space for him as well. I’m a dog lover but lack of patience. 3 weeks ago, my husband brings me to see a toy poodle. I was so excited and happy. He is 2 months old named Milo (pronounce as Mai Lo). Before making this decision, I asked questions like will he make a lot of noise and bark a lot cause I’m staying in an apartment. And the owner told me that he will just whine a bit cause he will need time to adjust himself at the new environment. So, the first night with Milo, the nightmare started because he was whining middle of the morning at 4am. I called up the owner and share to him about my situation. End up he ask me to cover the crate with a cloth, then Milo will keep quiet. So no choice, I took his piece of advise but I did not stop searching for solution because I told my husband if Milo had to be put in the crate cover with cloth all the time and whining, I will give him up.

This is where I saw Nicole’s blog about her toy poodle, Amber’s experience. Curious on how she manages Amber, I wrote to Nicole and share to her about my situation. I didn’t know Nicole is from Singapore for I wanted to join her classes to take up some experience. Not only Nicole did not turn away and give me a cold shoulder, she was very kind and helpful. I told Nicole that as much as I wanted to keep Milo, I was also very tired and frustrated with him barking, whining, peeing and pooping around once he is out from his crate. Then Nicole replied my email and taught me on the toilet training and ways, which will calm Milo up. Indeed, it works and thanks to Nicole, I manage to deal with Milo better. Milo’s behavior improves a lot, in fact I manage to toilet train him within one week plus though still have a few peeing accident. It is relieve to my burden. The hardest part is to make him understand that he needs to be alone because seriously, Milo hates to be alone. I have no choice because in the morning till evening I have to leave him alone in his space which I specially designed bigger area for him so that he won’t have to be stuck in his crate the whole day. He learns that his barking and whining is useless since no one is around to let him out. Instead, he keeps quiet and played himself until he heard we are back. He starts to make noise to get out.

Every time I face difficulties with Milo, Nicole will be the first person comes to my head now. She is really my savior. She is really patience and knows very well about why Milo is behaving such ways. And there is still a lot for me to learn. I will be keeping in touch with Nicole on Milo’s progress. Thanks, Nicole. I really owe u. I hope to repay your kindness one day when I visit Singapore. Keep in touch!"

Joey KCM


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