Just pure, simple science
At Amber's Cottage, we believe in simple and effective training, this is not only easy for dogs to understand but also practical when you need to apply the skills learned to practice with your dog. We go through an approach called ADB (Affective Dog Behavior), which taps into the minds and hearts of dogs, to understand what they are thinking and why they are making certain decisions that may be a concern for you. Despite the general training world where trainers work on dogs directly, we prefer to treat every dog and family as a unique individual and dive deep into the root of the concerns. Instead of treating sessions as a service, we believe in providing an education backed by proven science and experience.
How it works
Even though ADB requires a good knowledge of canine cognitive ethology and psychology, we understand the importance of keeping information simple, as such our courses are designed in such a way that even beginners will be able to understand and practice. We incorporate up to date training techniques and science based theories while incorporating our signature S.E.C.R.A.T theory designed by Jeryl since 2013. Our goal is to impart the necessary skills on canine psychology, training and handling in layman's term, as well as create the best routine according to individual dog and families expectation. Regardless of the course chosen, we would always work towards addressing the root of the problems rather than trying to just suppress the physical concerns.
We are equipped with over 17 years of experience in handling and working with over 1300 dogs.
Our courses are conducted privately at the client's place most of the time, we encourage this instead of holding group classes because we understand that most dog's problem start from home, with this we can access individual family's situation and expectations to come up with an efficient way to work with dogs. With Private classes, owners can also have the luxury to learn and get 100% attention from us without having to travel.
Our trainer is qualified to certify dogs who are scheduled to PTS (Put to Sleep) or sent for Obedience training due to complaints, charges will be quoted according to requirements. Please contact us if you are unsure about what course to select.
Suitable for Puppies aged 2 to 6 months old
Early training is very important to build strong foundation and reduce the chance of undesired behaviors developing as the puppy grows older. From basic canine psychology, commands, puppy issues to prevention work, this course will cover your puppy's training needs! Discount applicable for additional sessions.
Course Length: 4 Sessions Duration: 1.5 hour/session Course Fee: $700
♥ Basic Commands ♥ Puppy Issues ♥ Communication Technique ♥ Body Language
♥ Brushing ♥ Handling ♥ Theory on dog behavior ♥ Basic Walk ♥ Habit Prevention
For Dogs of All Ages
This is a one time consultation session, suitable for owners who prefers my professional assessment of their furkids onsite before deciding on a suitable course. I will meet and talk to you personally, evaluate your dog's conditions and propose a plan to the concerns faced.
Course Length: 1 Session Duration: 1.5 hour Course Fee: $220
♥ Behavior Assessment ♥ Solution Planning ♥ Proposed Timeline ♥ Basic Training
Designed for Dogs with specific Behavioral Conditions
We specialize in working with behavior conditions ranging from dog/human aggression, resource guarding, anxiety, barking, jumping, pulling on leash to reactivity and depression. Program includes assessing your dog's condition, finding out your goals and creating a safe and effective plan to work around the concerns encountered.
Course Length: fr.4 sessions Duration: 1.5 hour/session Course Fee: fr.$800
♥ Foundation Works ♥ Training Solution ♥ Communication Technique ♥ Body Language
♥ Theory on dog behavior ♥ Basic Walk ♥ Relationship Mending ♥ Goals & Timeline
Suitable for Owners who prefers a Gentler approach
This is a progressive course suitable for owners and dogs who prefers a gentler and slower approach to training, as well as for dogs with severe behavior issues which may not benefit from the standard 4 - 6 sessions. For Puppies, we will go through all keys stages of your dog with you closely, this includes puppy, adolescence stage to adulthood. For behavior related cases, lessons will be conducted in short, easy to understand sessions that will keep interaction stress free and ensure you and your dog can catch up before moving onto the next level. You need not worry about keeping up as our visits are weekly/bi-weekly throughout the whole duration of the course.
We will always be beside you through professional guidance and onsite visits.
Course Length: 6 - 12 months Duration: 30 - 90 minutes/session Course Fee: fr.$2600
♥ Foundation Works ♥ Lifelong Support ♥ Communication Technique ♥ Body Language
♥ Theory on dog behavior ♥ Walk ♥ Commands ♥ Relationship Mending ♥ Behavior Modification
Stay & Train
Suitable for Owners who prefers a Full Program
Since 2013, this has been our signature program which includes daily care and training.
We will be working 1 to 1 with your furkid daily and ensure that he/she will learn and have fun at the same time. Duration ranges from 4 to 12 weeks depending on the severity of the issues and how much you prefer us to help kickstart training for your furkid. This is a full program which includes Private 1-1 Lessons after your furkid's stay is over. Click here to see course details.
This is not a bootcamp, but an educational and fun program for dogs of all ages!
Course Length: 4 - 12 weeks Course Fee: fr.$2600
♥ Daily Training ♥ Free Roaming ♥ Updates ♥ Body Language
♥ Foundation Works ♥ Lifelong Support ♥ Communication Technique ♥ Commands
♥ Theory on dog behavior ♥ Walk ♥ Relationship Mending ♥ Behavior Modification
Day School Option
Train your furkid while you are Away
No more boring day for your furkid, send them to us and leave the rest to us! This program includes day to day care and Training all in one. Suitable for dogs that has finished our standard courses (Puppy, Behavior, Stay & Train, Development) and requires further training on areas like foundation, tricks, walks, aggression to socialization.
Your furkids can now have fun and learn while you are away.
Length: 2 x Weekly Duration: 15 x 9 hours Fee: fr.$1280
♥ Dayschool ♥ Free Roaming ♥ Private Suite ♥ Updates ♥ Socialization
♥ Foundation Works ♥ Walk ♥ Behavior Modification
Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive
Have you been thinking about your training approach and unsure whether you are on the right path? Not sure about if positive or punishment approach is better for your dog? Tried all methods and on the last straw?
The LIMA course is designed to help owners understand theories and execution methods of dog training, you will be able to feel and experience the training tools while i explain to you how they work and what scenarios they are used for. I have over 17 years of experience working through positive and punishment based training to help you with your decisions. Our goal is to ensure that you are prepared with the knowledge and understanding before decisions, and if you do go with punishment approach, we want you to be experiencing the process instead of letting others hurt your dog unnecessarily. We want owners to be able to work with their dogs using the least intrusive and affordable way.
Length: Adhoc Duration: 1.5 hour Fee: $280/session
No time? Don't worry, you can choose to
have lessons at your pace!
Safety is our priority when working with dogs,
we do our best to always work with them in a safe environment.
DO NO HARM
We prefer to teach dogs using up to date and humane ways.
Created in 2013, this is the simplest and effective technique designed by Jeryl to bring the best out of your dog.
2 AT THE PRICE OF 1
Jeryl will be leading the course while Nicole help to take down important notes, as well as assist in difficult situations.
You can still drop us a message whenever you have questions, so do feel free to update us whenever you need help!
Throughout the course, you will learn how to communicate with your furkids the right way.
ATTEND AS A FAMILY
Whether you are alone or with family members, we welcome everyone to attend the course together at no additional charges.
Jeryl is a canine behaviour consultant with over 17 years of experience handling dogs, he specializes in the field of behaviour modification and rehabilitation. He is one of the few behaviour specialists with extensive knowledge, experience and training success in all four quadrants of dog training; he spent his initial years successfully working with dogs using punishment based training, before moving on to further educate himself on balance training and positive reinforcement. As such, he was one of the first in Singapore to practice LIMA-based principal.
Jeryl's abilities lie in his observation and unique approach to training; by treating each dog as an individual and diving deeply into the root of their behaviour. He is firm in his belief that no one method fits all, but at the same time committed to giving all dogs a chance to learn through scientifically proven, humane and positive approach. To date, he has personally worked with and handled more than 1300 dogs, ranging from puppy upbringing, cooperative care, reactivity, anxiety, obedience to aggression.
Besides training and rehabilitation, Jeryl has a passion for writing about dogs, often selecting contentious topics that aims towards improving the welfare of dogs. During his free time, he regularly participates in volunteer work, such as rehoming, donating necessities, and encouraging responsible ownership. Today, aside from being a freelance behaviour consultant, he is also a part of the team at Amber's Cottage. He is currently certified in canine behaviour, intermediate canine behaviour and AVS accredited. While he continues to educate himself regularly, he still believes that a skilled practitioner should include hands-on experiences along with an open mind to progress.
Q: How will the private lessons be like?
A: For owners, you should feel at ease, relaxed and comfortable when talking to us. We prefer to conduct lessons in a relaxed and comfortable manner, we will speak to you and get to know each other as you progress. Do bear in mind though, this is not a course where i just go over to your place and start working with your dog right away, our goal is to help owners understand their dogs, learn how they think, understand why they behave in certain ways and equip humans with a skill that will last them for life.
Q: What is the minimum age requirement for my dog?
A: We would encourage to start training as early as possible no matter the age, however it will be great to have your puppy vaccinated at least 2 jabs to make sure they are protected.
Feel free to drop us an email for special cases.
Q: What do I need to prepare for Private Courses?
A: We will drop you a message on the list of items to prepare depending on individual dog's case and course chosen.
Q: Would it be possible to train my dog if it is aggressive?
A: Yes, we specialize in this area and has successfully worked with hundreds of dogs with aggression.
Q: Will you be following up outside lessons?
A: This will be case to case basis. Whenever we have clients undergoing courses, we do try out best to follow up especially if lessons are not set too far apart. However there are times where we learn that certain clients would require time and prefer to practice at their own pace, as such we will always make an effort to inform them to start asking questions or contact us when they are ready. As owners, you should know best if you have concerns or is ready to make the next appointment, it will be best to approach us instead of just waiting. We hope you understand that we may not always be able to attend to everyone and ask them repeatedly, some may feel pressured and we are not able to predict what everyone's thoughts are. We are a very small team dog lovers but we are always trying our best.
Q: I have engaged a trainer before but it didn't work, would yours be any different?
A: Different trainers have different theories on dog behaviors and how to handle them, we would be more than happy to guide you using our method of course. There are already a number of owners who had engaged in our training even though they had attended others before and trust us, the results were different!
Q: How many students do you take in at one point of time?
A: Generally we don't take in more than 8 clients per month, this is due to the time required to dedicate to each and every dog. Whenever lesson ends, we still have to go through their notes and try to find out the best training method and solution to individual problems. Some cases may also require assignment submission through video/photos so that would require even more time.
We may work differently from most trainers but we are proud of what we do :)
Q: Why are your charges more expensive?
A: I have to be straightforward here, trainers charge base on what they are worth. With our experiences, track record and qualifications, we are very confident that our charges, when compared to others of similar standards are way out of the range of being overpriced. We are also one of the very few pioneers in Singapore that are willing to keep improving and updated with dog training techniques and findings, therefore we would appreciate if owners can try not to compare us with amateur and outdated trainers.
Q: Will you use any physical training on my dog?
A: Dogs are physical animals, they use their body postures, eyes and mouth to convey messages. In order for us to communicate with dogs, we always need some form of physical contact to let the dog understand what we are feeling. Even so, we do NOT practice nor support physical abuse like hitting or slapping a dog, we work to make the dog respect and love their owners, not fear. So yes, we may use physical guidance in certain situations, but before any execution we always explain to owners about what it is, why and how it benefits the dog.
Q: How early should I book to ensure availability?
A: For off peak periods, about 2 weeks in advance. For peak periods, at least 1 month in advance. Do note that this is just a rough gauge, there are actually owners that book 6 months in advance. Deposit is a must to secure booking.
Q: How much time do i have to spend training my dog daily?
A: We will provide homework at the end of every lesson, you will need to practice at least 30 minutes (up to 1 hour) a day to keep up with the course. For busy owners, securing a free period (up to 1 hour per day, for at least two months) should be considered, OR you can opt for extended lessons to keep up. Please do not sign up for the course and then say that you are too busy to practice, we are not here to take the course money, say good job and leave owners hanging.
Q: What is the difference between you and other schools?
A: Instead of focusing on dogs and their commands, we focus on owners and their dog's lifestyle instead, we work similarly to psychologists. We prefer to understand individual dogs and owners, what they need and the problems they face, then we assess the dog's condition and customize a suitable routine for the family. Through our studies, years of experience and discussions with pioneers, we believe that this form of training is going to be the future. Hence we are one of the first to conduct dog training in this manner.
Q: Can my family members attend the training with me?
A: Yes of course, we encourage families to work together in training their dogs, hence you can bring along your family to attend the lessons with you at no extra charges!
Q: Are results guaranteed?
A: Our courses are specially designed to make dog training as simple as possible for owners, however it will depend on individual owners whether or not they follow the training closely and apply what they have learned on their dog. We are proud to say that most if not all owners that did not sidetrack from the training had seen improvements after finishing the course. You have to understand that we are providing education, not product, so there are no such thing as a guarantee. Similar logic to studying in a school, students themselves need to to put in effort and work hard to see results. We understand that not everyone can achieve the same results even if they get the best teachers in the world, there are limitation to one's capabilities and our goal to is maximize yours.
Q: Are you Certified?
A: Yes, we certify ourselves based on self interest and will continue to upgrade ourselves every now and then.
We do not do this for show purpose.
Q: Can i have some tips to make sure i can follow lessons well?
A: As mentioned earlier, put in some time and practice, be humble and take down notes. We expect owners to be attentive and respectful of what is covered, that is all!
Q: Are deposits refundable if i were to cancel?
A: We do not support cancellation of slots therefore non-refundable payments/deposits are required to secure bookings, as well as full payment at the end of the first lesson. Please understand that the purpose of deposit is to secure a slot, which we will not be able to provide a refund in the event of cancellation as our slots are reserved up to 3 months ahead. Very few clients would be willing to reschedule their sessions just because of someone canceling their slots. We hope you can understand and only make payment when you are committed to the lesson. Rescheduling of lessons due to emergencies can definitely be arranged however.
Q: What does lifelong support cover?
A: Since 2012, we have been opened to questions owners may have through means of whatsapp/sms and email. Topics should be related to subjects covered during lessons and the same dog who attended the courses. Support includes providing general text guidance on assignments provided and also to let owners know if it is time to move on to the next stage of training. Do note that because we are not physically around during support, no matter if it is in between lessons or after courses end, we are not be able to provide demonstrations. For anything that requires physical guidance, we would advice to have them asked during lessons instead, or arrange for follow up lessons if the topic requires on site assessment and discussion. We will do our best to answer. There are owners who still send us questions even after 10 years, so don't be shy to ask if you have any!