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Old 02-11-2009, 07:45 PM   #1
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Question Anyone hired Bark Busters?

I'm feeling a little overwhelmed with training Trooper. He's caused Deegan to relapse into a few old bad habits and walks are not fun at all since they both bark like little maniacs whenever we pass another dog walking. I want someone to help my dh and I to train these guys some basic obedience, to walk on a loose leash at our sides, to not go crazy when other dogs are around and to completely potty train Trooper. I ran across a worldwide company called Bark Busters... They seem like they know what they're doing and credible, but are also very costly... I don't mind paying the price as long as their training does actually work. Apparently they offer a lifetime of the dogs guarentee, meaning that if old problems pop back up or new ones arise that they will come back to work with you and the dogs again free of charge, regardless of how many times it takes. So has anyone ever hired them to help you out, and if so, were you satisfied with their services?
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Can't help ya but I was curious too. I was just reading about them online but I don't know if I'm willing to spend that much money considering Jackson is not BAD by any means, I just want him to know the basic important commands, stay, come, down, etc. I signed him up for Petsmart classes but I've read mixed reviews. I could probably train him the basics myself, I just need to put a little more effort into it.
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I haven't used them but came very close.
It is 100% dependent on the representatives in your area.
The person/people in our area are highly recommended by vets and I would recommend them.
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A friend used them for her springer spaniel ... it worked, but didn't last, and she's now fed up with having to go back and ask for reinforcement. Very costly for what was actually achieved! (i.e. very little).
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I would firstly buy the book and/or dvd of The Dog Listener by Jan Fennell, and try some of her methods. I think you could make a big difference yourself, before paying out lots of money for someone to do what you could probably achieve yourself. Good luck.
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I have mixed feelings about them. I have never had to use them, but I had a friend of mine use them, and they werent impressed at all, they said it was a lot of money, and they didn't really spend time with the dogs, they basically were telling my friends what they were doing wrong, rather than observing the dogs behaviors.
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I'm feeling a little overwhelmed with training Trooper. He's caused Deegan to relapse into a few old bad habits and walks are not fun at all since they both bark like little maniacs whenever we pass another dog walking. I want someone to help my dh and I to train these guys some basic obedience, to walk on a loose leash at our sides, to not go crazy when other dogs are around and to completely potty train Trooper. I ran across a worldwide company called Bark Busters... They seem like they know what they're doing and credible, but are also very costly... I don't mind paying the price as long as their training does actually work. Apparently they offer a lifetime of the dogs guarentee, meaning that if old problems pop back up or new ones arise that they will come back to work with you and the dogs again free of charge, regardless of how many times it takes. So has anyone ever hired them to help you out, and if so, were you satisfied with their services?
I think everyone on here can sympathize with your frustration in training. That being said does trooper know any comands? Have you tried bringing treats on your walks, you will probubly see the other dogs before the dogs and if you can get them into a sit with the treat and hold it there untill the other dog passes they will learn to associate dogs with treats not barks. They are very smart animals and it will only take a bit for you to teach them. As far as potty training goes that it a long process what have you been doing are you using a crate or pee pads I would love to be able to help you but I need more information. The only way someone other than yourself will be able to completly potty train the puppy is by either comeing to your house every 3-4 hours or you sending the puppy to live with someone else.
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I have the "potty training" down with Lily! She uses pad real good and she is 10 months old now. BUT she barks terrible at EVERYTHING!! What kind of "treats" do you use to get their attention??? Do I give a "treat" in the house when she barks too?? She barks when the furnace kicks on and barks at the TV when any kind of animal is on there!!lol I didn't know that dogs knew what was on the TV screen the way she does!! She wakes up out of a sleep to bark at the TV!!! She barks horrible w/doorbells even on TV and when she is out for a walk she barks at EVERYTHING and when we see another dog and she is on a leash she goes CRAZY!!! I feel bad because she is so cute but she doesn't mind us at all. I have tried coins in a can, spray bottle etc etc. I will try ANYTHING if anyone has any suggestions. THANKS!!
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Well I've managed to get a hold of another company in my area called D.O.G. Obedience, which is also a rescue group as well AND is where Trooper went to after he was at the humane society (but not the rescue I got him from). So they do know a little about him already... They are cheaper, but that's because it's not a "lifetime" guarentee I guess. From what I told them over the phone they are recommending their Leadership Package which will address my 3 main concerns which are the potty training, the loose leash walking and correcting their aggresive barking while passing other dogs - hopefully. That package is $200 and is 4 sessions of 1 hour each. But they are coming out on Tuesday to meet with me and the pups as a free consulation to actually see if they think that they've made the right assesment. I hope all goes well - wish me luck!
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I have the "potty training" down with Lily! She uses pad real good and she is 10 months old now. BUT she barks terrible at EVERYTHING!! What kind of "treats" do you use to get their attention??? Do I give a "treat" in the house when she barks too?? She barks when the furnace kicks on and barks at the TV when any kind of animal is on there!!lol I didn't know that dogs knew what was on the TV screen the way she does!! She wakes up out of a sleep to bark at the TV!!! She barks horrible w/doorbells even on TV and when she is out for a walk she barks at EVERYTHING and when we see another dog and she is on a leash she goes CRAZY!!! I feel bad because she is so cute but she doesn't mind us at all. I have tried coins in a can, spray bottle etc etc. I will try ANYTHING if anyone has any suggestions. THANKS!!
When you are in the house with the exception of the door bell put a few coins in a can and shake it when she begins to bark and say no bark, the noise will snap her out of it. As far as a treat goes you have to figure out what she will do anything for and thats what you use. Some people use plain boiled chicken, string cheese, Milo loves Paul Newmans dog cookies, treat the training at the front door with the doorbell the same as outside make her sit and wait then give the treat. Remember only use the treat for this training only if you give treats for anything else make it a different treat you have to make her REALLY want it.
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When you are in the house with the exception of the door bell put a few coins in a can and shake it when she begins to bark and say no bark, the noise will snap her out of it.
I've been doing this for the past few days and it's been working like a charm!
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I've been doing this for the past few days and it's been working like a charm!
Like him or not Cesar Milan always says he trains people not dogs. Most of the time it is us not them. They learn quickly we just need to practice patients and consistancy
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My SIL did. They taught her some techniques , but none worked on her dogs. One thing they told her was to use a chain and drop it on the floor ( so the loud noise would make them quiet) but I guess thay didn't take into account the heavy chain + hardwood floor = dents They came back out twice for the barking , but they still bark like mad. She does have 5 so maybe it work one on one or just a couple. IDK.
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Like him or not Cesar Milan always says he trains people not dogs. Most of the time it is us not them. They learn quickly we just need to practice patients and consistancy
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