Far away friends

I wonder how many dogs trainers and school there are between Philadelphia, Boston, Kansas City and Montreal?

I am flattered that these folks went through the time, trouble and expense to use my services for help with their dogs training and behaviour.


From Philadelphia

Jon and Norbu

Jon brought Norbu in from Philadelphia and he came with quite a reputation!   Norbu required a special touch and a special understanding to work through his issues and while he was a challenge at times – he was very rewarding to work with.   A special dog that as a trainer who loves a challenge – I can appreciate!

From Nova Scotia

Sunil and Ronin

Sunil decided to send Ronin to Nick after seeing how well his friend’s Jeff’s dog Sophie did in her training – also from Nova Scotia.

Ronin is also a Pit Bull – a very large one at that.   The folks at the airport were all standing around watching and waiting to see him when he came out of his crate and were pleasantly surprised to see that a large intimidating looking Pit Bull such as Ronin allowed himself to be handled by a stranger when Nick picked him up and allowed Nick to lift him up into his truck.


From Niagara Falls, Ontario

“I was told by my real estate agent that they are the best behaved dogs she has ever met – and they’re still pups!! We sat at the kitchen table sorting through an offer that came through and they were great. She forgot they were even sitting there. 

Take care,
Kim Komer – Niagara Falls , Ontario”

From Kansas City, Kansas

“Just a short message to let you know how much I enjoyed Nitro and Ida after you worked with them. I just saw their video in your archives.

I had to put Nitro down last night. It was incredibly difficult as he was so friendly and had a tail wag for me and strangers always. His courage and spirit and most of all kindness to all will be with me always. I couldn’t even watch your video with Larko because it was just too much of a reminder. I thought that you should know because you did such a fine job with both of them. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Take care with your business and future clients. Who knows , maybe you will get a call from me needing assistance with a dutchie. A fabulous and unsurpassed breed of dog.

Archer Lewis and Ida. God rest in heaven Nitro.”

From Turks and Caicos

 “I live in Turks and Caicos and bring my dog to the beach every day. After an incident in which my dog bit someone on the beach I knew something had to be done. I brought her to Montreal to have her trained by Nick and then Nick worked with both of us to teach me how to properly handle her.
3 weeks and she was and has been a different dog ever since.
She isn’t afraid anymore when we run on the beach or anywhere else. She is a lot calmer and feel much more secure and I am very happy to say that there have been no incidents since. I am sure she feels safer because she knows that I am in control and that she doesn’t have to act out anymore. She is totally manageable now and life is so much better.
Nick also trained my jack Russell Bravo and sent him to me when his training was completed – and he is a fantastic dog who wins over everyone he meets with his charming personality, good looks and great training.”
Thanks Nick!

From Maine

Kyle was a student @ University of Maine who brought his dog Kaya to Nick for training.  Kaya was a very independent dog who marched to her own beat and took a fair bit of work to bring around but was a real sweetheart of a dog and it was all worthwhile.

From NYC

Rachel and David brought Lenny and Carl to Nick from Brooklyn, NYC for training. You couldn’t meet two cuter, funnier pups. The dogs did well in their training and have come back for boarding as well.






From NYC

Mica is a Bullmastiff – owned by Wendy and Nicolas who came from NYC to meet with Nick when Mica was a tiny pup. Together they completed a puppy pre school program and later returned to have Nick train Mica in the  Board & Train program.

From Cape Cod (X3)

Ellen Drove up from Cape Cod,Mass. with Skyla and did an intensive one week training program working with Nick every day during their time here.
Ellen later came back for a second round of training with Skyla and once more again with a rescue dog named Hanzi.
When Ellen was having an issue with her homeowner’s insurance company wanting to deny her liability coverage as a result of having 2 Dutch Shepherds – A note signed from Nick attesting to their training helped her be able her home insurance and her dogs!
Score one for the trained dogs!

From Boston (X3)

Leslie came up from Boston and brought Jackson to Nick for training.

She and Peter came back several years later with Lucy and Ryder for Nick to train as well.

Several dogs and years later – lots of fond memories working with these wonderful people and dogs!


From Kingston , Ontario

“Hi Nick, I hope that you can use this as a letter of reference…it comes from the heart.

March 7, 2011
Hi Nick,
Just a note to say all is going very well with Parker. I am very grateful that a friend referred me to you…had she not I am sure I would have had to re-home Parker.
My wish is to pass this message on to other people who might be having difficulties with their new or old dogs. .. so here is Parker to tell them all about you and what you have done for him. I just
think it will sound better coming from him–Paddy

Things weren’t going very well for me or my new family. I desperately wanted to belong here and be happy… but I didn’t know how. I know my new family were very disappointed and stressed because I heard them talking
about possibly having to make other arrangements for me. My Vet told them that I had missed the very important socialization period and that it would take a lot of hard work and patience to help me. Lucky for me they found out from one of their friends about you Nick and Family K9… I think I was at your kennel within a week.

I liked your place right away and you made me feel secure….my family too. I still don’t know for sure how you did it but I’m not afraid on walks…. the noises in the backyard don’t make me bark and if something scares me one of my family can put me at ease with the command (Leave it). I still start to bark when someone comes to the door but I am quickly in my place and quiet until I am invited to come and say hello… which I like to do because I am really starting to like people . I am still not thrilled to be left alone in my kennel… but I am quiet and I make no mess while my people are gone. One of the people in my family is small and he likes to play ball with me… I can’t believe that I barked and growled at him just a month or so ago…I just love him now. This might sound a bit like I am bragging but people comment about how attentive and well mannered on am on the leash.. Oh!! last thing when I hear ” Parker come” like a flash I am there…I get lots of points for that. I know my family thinks I have become a pretty good dog and if they keep doing what you told them to do I will keep getting better!!.

It was a win win for me… I learned a lot and I had so much fun with you and all my buddies that came to your place.
I am eternally grateful to you Nick …I only wish I lived nearby so that I could come and stay with you when my family goes away without me.”
Paddy Crossman – Kingston, Ont.

Toronto, Ontario

It was so great to see that video, thank you! It feels like I haven’t seen Otis in forever, so I really appreciate the video. It looks like you guys are having a great time. I am also looking forward to our lessons next week. I am excited to see Otis’ progress and learn myself.

See you soon.