I believe in finding an activity that each of my dogs enjoy and can build confidence in. I exposed Zora to a variety of activities including obedience and agility training, which she would do but was clearly less than passionate about. I learnt about Vivien’s Nosework classes through a friend, and signed Zora on. In class, Vivien demonstrated her knowledge and expertise by tailoring the exercises to cater to each dog’s comfort and readiness to proceed, while ensuring that the process was always fun for the dog.
Under Vivien’s patient guidance, it was apparent that Zora was good at Nosework, and enjoyed training in a fun setting. She is increasingly less skittish as her confidence grows. She’s also able to socialise in a safe setting. I look forward to forging a stronger bond with Zora in Nosework class!
We had a foster dog that is reactive towards other dogs and humans. He had a few near misses with people around us. In the shelter, he had been labelled as un-adoptable wild dog and was almost gave the idea up of putting him in any Adoption Drives. Knowing that these undesirable symptoms did not help his adoptability, we approached Vivien to help our foster dog.
Other than being well qualified in dog training and behaviour, she also possessed great instructional and coaching skills. We had extensive handling practice. She was observant and guided us, yet she allowed us to make discoveries on our own too. She will only voice out when we make mistakes, and at the same time, she will also acknowledge our goals are met if we do them right. We had difficulty following through during the first few lessons, however, she was able to analyse and evaluate our learning capabilities, and quickly adapted her coaching method to suit our learning styles.
Through months of practice in handling, our foster dog managed to walk with another stranger's dog side by side. We can even have visitors in our house without him reacting towards anyone. He is also much calmer with our new handling skills. And our greatest and happiest news is that he has been adopted. Our foster dog also bonds very very well with his new adopter. He would not have a place that he calls Home without Vivien’s help.
Many thanks from Thomas and Mary
I have a reactive dog that I needed help with. Vivien helped me understand the dynamics of my pack (I have 4 dogs) so I can address my dog's issues more effectively. She also provided me not just with the knowledge but the tools that I can work with on my dogs. She took time to understand the situation and came up with a training plan to cater to what I needed. It made me realise how important an experienced and comprehensive trainer is. I've learnt to be a better handler and walking my dogs are so much more fun now, I even bring them running and cycling with me (sometimes 2 dogs at a time)!
My dog's improved significantly, he's not as reactive as before. My friends can come over and not be afraid of him. Some have been able to have him lie on their laps! He's now onto a nosework class to continue to give him the exposure and training he needs, in a fun setting.