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On The Ball Dog Care & Training
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by Helen Taylor on On The Ball Dog Care & Training
Puppy packages
Dogs Name: MC²

We are really impressed with the realistic, successful and personal support that ‘On The Ball’ provides. We needed a trainer that understood our struggles and put our family at the heart of the solution finding. Nikki’s professional approach ticks all the boxes. Thanks to the simple games, excellent modelling and welcoming environment where we are free to ask everything, our puppy is now thriving and we are learning together so quickly. Thanks the amazing package of support, our puppy is becoming a calm, well mannered four legged family member. We can’t thank her enough.

by Kate on On The Ball Dog Care & Training
Online Training with Nikki
Dogs Name: Pi and Indy

I think Nikki is one of the best dog trainers I have ever had the pleasure of working with, but her online classes have taken it to the next level. I have attended several online sessions this week and I honestly felt as if Nikki was in my living room with me! The technology has worked flawlessly; the set-up is fab and Nikki’s explanations are spot on. The demo’s make it really clear what we need to do and how to troubleshoot any issues, and as ever the feedback on my attempts was really helpful. Nikki is so good at identifying areas for improvements and tweaking my technique to help me achieve a better outcome! I absolutely love these online classes and definitely get as much out of them as I would at in-person training session - I can’t recommend them highly enough.

by Lucy Full on On The Ball Dog Care & Training
Dogs Name: Bailey, Nova & Rad

I have been training with Nikki for a little over two years now and I have never met anyone with as much passion for dogs, training, coaching, life....everything!
Her training knowledge goes so much further than training your standard sit, stay etc. She has a solution for every problem and it never ceases to amaze me how she holds a class of students and dogs engaged!

I train my three collies in tricks, scent, life skills, agility and whilst it seems almost impossible for one person to be an expert in some many different aspects of dog training - Nikki really does!

I travel from Chesterfield to train with Nikki as much as possible, and not only for the dog training, but for the buzz and positivity that her classes have - you are always made to feel welcome.

All of her lessons have the perfect mix of theory and practical and making sure everything is relevant to success in the real world. I also try to get a Skype 121 in every month to top up my own personal goals with my dogs.

I couldn't recommend Nikki and On The Ball highly enough. I wouldn't have the bombproof collies I do without her.

by Hannah on On The Ball Dog Care & Training
What a transformation!
Dogs Name: Noodle

Hi everyone 🐾
Me and Sam have been meaning to write on here about our progress and after seeing some lovely new dogs today in class it triggered us to do it! We had only had Noodle for a few weeks when we first came and he had spent most of his puppy life at a rescue centre after the RSPCA took him off his previous owners for neglect. He is an intelligent and loving dog and we knew we had a long journey ahead.
Our first session with Noodle was hard and we didn't know if we could continue, but we came back the following week and haven't looked back! We have now done 6 weeks and the progress Noodle has made is amazing! He is a new dog!
It has been a learning curve for him but for us too. We can now walk him without him being bouncy and nipping at us. We can go on walks and have his attention on us. He can now go off lead and not get distracted. All these things we didn't think we could achieve. We still have good days and bad days but don't we all!!!!
For those of you that have started please stick with it, trust me!!!
Thank you so much to Nikki and the team for the amazing techniques and guidance you give ❤

by Louisa on On The Ball Dog Care & Training
Everything you could wish for!
Dogs Name: Ray

Nikki & her team have become such a big part of our dog life. We originally started using On The Ball for daycare to support me in the week while my partner was deployed overseas on work. They are so flexible & made it so easy for me to book Ray in & even change plan last min.
Quickly built up a strong relationship with Nikki and often contacted her for just tips & advice. I now use her for 121 sessions to improve Ray’s self control in certain situation & its crazy how a few small tricks can change things so quickly. But not only has she supported Ray she’s been there for me to help build my confidence.
Thankyou for everything you’ve done for Ray & me.

by Alice on On The Ball Dog Care & Training
On The Ball are FABULOUS
Dogs Name: Ronnie

On The Ball has become a big part of my life and I couldn’t be happier about it! Nikki and her gorgeous team of dogs work tirelessly to provide the most fun, exciting sessions and it is so clear to see how happy, healthy and engaged any dog that crosses her path can become.
Before collecting our Sprocker puppy, Ronnie. I asked in a local Facebook group about puppy classes or dog trainers and carers in the area. Nikki's name and company were the clear leaders in their field and after meeting them, becoming friends with the most wonderful team and enjoying every aspect of training that they offer, I can 100% see why.
I was invited to spectate at a puppy class, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Nikki’s game based training was a breath of fresh air after reading numerous books and watching countless videos, trying to get ahead ready for our new arrival. I was instantly hooked and decided to attend a few more sessions to see what else the On the Ball team had to offer. Their agility classes, gun dog classes and obedience masterclasses all offer a variety of games based skills that you and your dog can use in SO many situations.
I’ve since started puppy sessions with Ronnie and I am astounded at how quickly he has progressed. He is calm and restful when he needs to be, and inquisitive and playful with everyone he meets. I am so excited about the future with On The Ball and couldn’t recommend them highly enough. I have seen Nikki work with a variety of dogs- the naughty and the nice- and her positive methods are really a force to be reckoned with!
Thank you. So much!

by Zoe on On The Ball Dog Care & Training
Turning our struggles into strengths!!
Dogs Name: Sherlock

Nikki is exactly what I needed. Why? Because not only is she a fantastic dog trainer, she’s a brilliant human coach too!! I’ve come to realise that training your dog is just as much about your development and learning as theirs, and Nikki can help you with both. To date, I have now invested in eight 1-2-1s with Nikki during my journey with Sherlock, because the proof is in the pudding and her teaching works.

First thing is, she will set you completely at ease, you know you’re in a safe pair of hands. Then she will help you identify which struggles to work on first and explain clearly and simply the best games and management skills to use to help your dog learn. You will learn how to deliver training in a fun and effective way that will have the wonderful effect of also boosting your relationship with your dog and deepening your bond. She’ll also help you develop a lesson plan so that you can continue the learning at home. Your dog will soon begin to make good decisions all by themselves.

Nothing is ever too much, no question is silly, it’s safe to open up emotionally. I’ve cried quite a few times in my sessions with Nikki when discussing raising Sherlock, because having a naughty but nice dog is hard. She will talk through the struggles with you, reassure you, boost your optimism and help you find solutions. She’s got your back!!

Nikki is so invested in her students, she so wants you to succeed and see you and your dog flourishing. For her, the lesson doesn’t stop when the student goes home. She’s always turning it over in her mind, trying to think of new ideas to suggest. And she’s always there to support you if you need it. She will teach you how to turn your struggles into strengths in a fun way, helping you both reach your potential, what more could you ask for?

by Sam on On The Ball Dog Care & Training
121 Session
Dogs Name: Elvis

Dozens of hours watching YouTube videos, various shows on dog experts, reading books, researching websites; yet I still learnt more about dogs in my 1 hour 121 session with Nikki.

Friendly, interesting and insightful. Elvis loved his session and we're both equally excited to start our puppy training classes 🙂

If you're new to dog training like me, I couldn't highly recommend Nikki's services enough.

by Annie Price on On The Ball Dog Care & Training
Pup2Perfection
Dogs Name: Brutus

After losing our cocker spaniel dog of 15 years we were firmly of the belief that we could never replace him with another dog. After many months we felt the need to fill the void and in a moment of madness purchased another working cocker spaniel puppy. From the outset we knew it would be a huge challenge to train this dog. Having read the 5 star reviews of 'On the Ball' we knew we had to enrol . The first three weeks seemed daunting, by the fourth week it was evident that the training from Nikki was paying dividends, Brutus responded very well to all the new tasks and subsequently was awarded the coveted bandana for the most improved pup in the class. Needless to say we were delighted. It is our intention to attend further training classes with Nikki as we feel Brutus has so much more to offer. We cannot recommend the Puppy training course highly enough. Nikki's knowledge in this field is beyond question and we cannot thank them enough not only for the training but for the ongoing support and reassurance received during the six week training programme. Our sincere thanks to Nikki and the team.

by Denise and Steve on On The Ball Dog Care & Training
The shape of success
Dogs Name: ROXY

We first enrolled on a puppy class in January not really knowing what to expect, what we got was so much more. Nikki and her team are really in a word awesome !!. The training knowledge and reassurance has led to ROXY becoming the dog that she is. Nikki has a natural ability of delivering her presentations in classes, this shows in her business too as nothing is too much trouble, being flexible with the home service that is provided when we are at work. From 11 weeks Roxy has received the best care from on the ball team, we have also been shown that care too . On the ball team has shaped us as dog owners to be successful in achieving the best outcome for Roxy - Nikki is an excellent trainer full of knowledge, tips and guidance. We have a way to go with Roxy as she is only nine months old but what we have achieved up to now with 1:1 training sessions has been phenomenal!! this would not have been possible without your attentive service. So a massive thank you , to Nikki and Elaine for all your hard work and friendship - Denise Steve Roxy x
May the shaping continue👍😀

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