Bark Busters Home Dog Training works with all kinds of dogs. We will help an owner manage and train any dog, no matter the age of the dog, the breed of the dog, or the issues the dog has. Specializing in dog behavior presents a variety of challenges to a dog trainer. Every situation, every household, and every dog are different. It makes each day in the dog training world interesting.
Bark Busters is not a cookie cutter dog training approach. The dog training techniques and dog training methods are customized for each situation.
Here are some of the dogs and families I’ve worked with this year. Their owners have learned how to “speak dog” – a unique way to communicate and interact with their dog(s). It’s a simple and effective dog training program.
First lesson of the new year – Mahi on the left and Buck on the right (hard to see because he blends into the couch). The dogs and their owners recently moved into an apartment and needed help with jumping and walking on leash as they had lived in a fenced yard before. Buck in particular was more reactive to dogs while on walks.
Peaches is a nine-year-old Lab who had been driving her owner’s crazy for years because she was constantly barking for attention. They could not have guests over without her being all over them, and if they tried to ignore her, she would bark. On walks, if she saw a dog, she would bark and pull because she wanted to meet them. Within a short time, Peaches was settling down nicely. Her leash habits were greatly improved and she knew to stay on one side. And her owner knew what to do when he encountered another dog. A few days after the first session, they had company over – AND – peace and quiet. Peaches’ “”Dad” has already recommended Bark Busters to a few neighbors.
Charlie is a 5 month old hound mix puppy with long legs and lots of energy. His owners have had dogs before, but never a puppy, so their vet recommended they give me a call. Charlie was just doing normal puppy behaviors – jumping, play biting, chewing, pulling, and putting his paws up on the counter. He also did not want anyone to trim his nails. His owners are working diligently with him now, and “Dad” told me I got a thumbs up from “Mom” as they have seen significant improvement already.
Rico is a 7 month old Beagle, and the first dog for this family. He has chewed up furniture, and still needs some housetraining help. Confinement and supervision are key with a puppy, especially with our wide open Florida floor plans. We now have a plan and some new rules in place for this high-energy puppy.
King, a two-pound, four-month-old Yorkie was already starting to rule his domain, so his owners enrolled him in the Puppy Management Program. His “Dad” later wrote a review: “Joanne was awesome! As new pet/puppy owners, we expected her to train our little Yorkie, however, towards the middle of the training process, we realized it was us that needed the training. Joanne was extremely patient with us and King enjoyed all the attention that was given to him. I’m glad we made the choice to equip ourselves and King with the appropriate training and guidance. We are looking forward to the next couple of weeks as we become the “pack leaders” of our house. ”
Kai, a one-year-old mixed breed dog, recently moved in with her “great aunt”. Kai was used to living with lots of other dogs and people, so she wasn’t used to being alone, and would bark, drool and occasionally potty when her new owner left for any period of time. She had one session with Bark Busters and a few days later her owner said “I think we’ve got this” – no more issues.
Winston is a 10 month old Viszla puppy. His owners were referred to me by another puppy client. Winston’s owner is a college student, and she goes back and forth between home and her apartment at school and Winston goes with her. Because she has the Lifetime Support program, if she needs help at school, I can meet her there as well. And if she ends up moving out of the area after she is done with school, the local Bark Busters trainer will honor the Lifetime Support as well.
Lulu is a Husky mix and only 3 months old. Her owner has never had a puppy on her own before, so she decided to start off right with Bark Busters’ Puppy Management Lifetime Program.
Rusty is a three-month-old Beagle puppy. His family are also first-time puppy owners. They have had Beagles before, but got them when they were a little older, so they started the Puppy Management Lifetime Program too.
Shelby, a terrier mix, also started the Puppy Management Lifetime program recently. Her Mom needed help with jumping, attention seeking and leash manners. Here’s what she wrote about a week later: “After Joanne’s first visit, I saw a difference in Shelby. The techniques she showed me definitely helped. We are still in training, but I am thrilled with the results I have seen. Thank you Joanne!”
Peanut is a three-year-old Pit Bull who has recently started staying in the house more and needed to learn some manners like greeting people that come to the door, not barking at everyone walking by the house, and jumping up.
Lucy is an eight-week-old Great Dane puppy who recently started the Puppy Program. Her smart owner had me come for the first time the day after they got her, so they could start off right.
Winston is a four-year-old teacup Yorkie. He was barking a lot — for attention, at people going by, when confined. He’s a very anxious little boy. Now that there’s a human baby in the house, his owners decided they needed some professional help.
Lillian is a six month old Boston Terrier. Her “mom” admits that Lillian is a bit spoiled. She just needs some guidance so they started with the Puppy Program. We covered a lot at the first session including jumping, front door manners, barking and walking on leash.
Sky is moving to another state with his owner and will be living in an apartment. He barks a lot, both inside and outside the house, so she wanted to start working with him before the move to get things under control. With the Bark Busters Lifetime Support program, she will be able to call the local Bark Busters trainer in her new town if she needs help once she is settled.
Molly is tiny now, but she is a Mastiff mix and will be a big girl. She is her owner’s first dog, so they wanted to be sure they were doing things right and signed up for the Lifetime Support Puppy Program.
Arthur’s owners needed some help to address barking, jumping and going up and down stairs while they were staying at their winter home in Florida.
Bolt’s family has never had a puppy before. A co-worker was using Bark Busters for her puppy, and recommended they give us a call. Border Collies are highly intelligent and needs lots of exercise. If they aren’t careful, he may start outsmarting them :-), so it was a good idea to get some professional help.
Poppi was a stray in the Miami area, and his new owners needed some help in making him more comfortable around people, getting groomed, and going to the vet.
Oreo is a gorgeous 6-month old German Shepherd who gets very excited when someone comes to visit, or when she sees an animal while out on walks. Now her owners are teaching her front door manners, not to jump, and behave better on the leash when she sees a dog, cat or squirrel.
These folks have three rescue dogs, and are currently fostering a stray that they may keep. Benji, the larger Yorkie, is a bit bossy with the other dogs, and all of them needed to learn leash manners.
Milo is a rescue dog who had only been with his new family a few days before they realized he is leash reactive. He has a very big bark for his size, and used it when he saw other dogs.
Herman, in front, and Jewel (hard to see- sitting on the chair), live in a townhome community with many dogs and lots of wildlife. Herman is very reactive when he sees animals, and that’s why his owner called.
Guinness and Tank’s owners wanted to get the dogs better behaved before they bring a new two-legged pack member into the mix.
Kona, a 10-week old Pit Bull, and her family started the Puppy Management and Training program.
Winston, a 7-month-old Pug, needed to learn how to leave his older brother alone. He is also learning how to walk on leash, and stop jumping.
Piper, a 10-week-old Schnoodle, just started the Puppy Program with her first-time-dog-owner “parents.”
His and hers. Trying to bring them together to live in peace. Now they have a plan with the help of Bark Busters.
Boomer and Scarlett will be getting a two-legged sibling soon, so their “parents” wanted to get some unwanted behaviors under control now.
Now here’s double trouble – Louie and Scarlett – two four-month-old Westie puppies. They and their family have just started the puppy program.
Moana, a four-month-old Husky mix, is the first dog for this family. She is expected to be about 100 lbs. so her owners want to be sure she is well behaved. They have started the Puppy Management and Training program.
Hershey was recently adopted by a very nice family. This is his 3rd home, but this time his owners are committed to helping him be a well-behaved dog, so they called Bark Busters.
Chupie, a 10-month-old Lhassa Apso, is a big attention seeker. She doesn’t like it when her “mom” shows anyone else attention, and will bark at her. She was jumping up on everyone, and would dart out the door if she had the chance. Now her “mom” has laid down some new rules with the help of Bark Busters.
Mak, the little Maltese, and Roxy, the Beagle, are learning some new manners when meeting people and when walking on the leash.
Sage, a 3-month-old German Shepard, has started the Puppy Management and Training program — management being the operative word here, as there are two 17-month-old babies in the house as well.
Benny is a six-year-old Doodle dog who gets very excited when he meets new people, or sees certain distractions while out on walks. His owner’s cousin had used Bark Busters and recommended us.
Check out Riley, a “Florida Brown Dog” who just started the Puppy Management and Training program. He’s a very sweet boy, and is learning to sleep in his crate and be alone once in a while.
Cici was taken in by these nice folks after an acquaintance became ill. She had been crated a lot, and is still only a puppy, so she needed to learn some manners in her new home.
Simba needed to feel more comfortable when people came to visit and he did great learning the front door routine.
Duke, a young Staffy mix, was adopted from the Pasco animal shelter by this nice couple. He just needed some fine-tuning with his manners and attention-seeking behaviors, but he’s a sweetheart.
Watson, a Staffy puppy, was also adopted from the Pasco animal shelter, and his owner says “he chose her”. He’s a typical energetic puppy, and has started the Puppy Management and Training program.
Sheldon is a mini Bichon puppy who has started the Puppy Management and Training program. We worked on housetraining, chewing and some basic puppy exercises during the first session. His owners later wrote: ” Our first experience with Ms. Rice was very positive. She delivered excellent info and demonstrated basic techniques that were immediately helpful?
Buddy and Spike aren’t getting along so well if there is food around. Their family is starting to take charge and set some new rules for both dogs.
Scrappy, a Lab/Shar Pei mix puppy, was adopted from Nate’s Honor rescue. He’s a sweetie. Not only does he get showered with love from his owner, but also from the couple next door. They share a yard, and he’s always got someone to play with, especially now that he learned how to play fetch, as well as leash manners and not jumping on people.
Delilah, a 12 year old Maltese, has had a lot of changes in her life recently with a couple of moves, and the loss of her littermate. She has developed separation anxiety, and her owners needed help. At the suggestion of a neighbor, who I had worked with years ago, they gave me a call.
Charlie was taken from the Pet Resource Center by Lab Rescue. He was in pretty bad shape when he was found, and they nursed him back so health. Now he is living with this nice couple they just wanted to do a little brush up with his behavior. He is a big attention seeker, and will bark at them, or nudge them a lot. He also jumps around when new people come, and will pull a bit on leash. Now they have a game plan, and Charlie did great.
Initially saw Dillon in the beginning of 2016 when he was 10 months old and living with his owner in an apartment complex. Now they have moved back in with her family, and were having some adjustment issues. Because Dillon has the Lifetime Support program, his owner was able to call for more help. #movingdogstonewhomes
Boomer, the little white pup, is still learning to potty outside and he’s getting used to his new family, and his big brother Jack. #puppytraining #housetrainingapuppy
Tia’s owner recently wrote: “The training was really easy and I caught on right away. Tia is responding beautifully”. #trainingahavanese
Abby’s owners recently submitted a review: “Joanne was very professional and helpful in more ways than one! She helped us to set up our training program for Abby. But more importantly, helped us set up house rules for our grandsons. They love the new puppy but get Abby over excited. Then they get upset when she scratches and bites them. So we saw immediate results with our puppy and our grandsons!” #trainingalabpuppy #kidsandpuppies #puppyplaybiting
New puppy for these folks. Bond is a three-month-old German Shepherd. Young puppies like this require lots of time and patience. They just started the Puppy Management and Training program. #germanshepherds #GSDpuppytraining
Abby, a four-month-old Great Dane, has started the Puppy Management and Training program. She had a bit of separation anxiety, and didn’t really want to walk on the leash. #GreatDanepuppies
Twice the trouble with these two nine-month-old Maltese siblings. They are in their 3rd home, and hopefully their last. #trainingtwopuppiesatthesametime
Odin is a six-month-old mixed breed (perhaps Black Mouth Cur), who was recently adopted by this couple. He showed up where they work, and they brought him to the Pet Resource Center, and told them if he wasn’t claimed, they would adopt him. Odin has hit the jackpot now !! His owners recently sent in the survey after their first session: “She was great and helpful. our dog really responded well to the training. his behavior has already improved. We are very grateful.” #trainingrescuedogs #trainingforadopteddogs
Jelly Bean, a six-month-old Yorkie wasn’t housetrained yet. Her owners are working on it now – they have a structure in place and are cleaning the right way. Yes, Yorkies can be a challenge to housetrain, but it can be done !! #housetrainingayorkie
Spencer is an eight-month-old Lab mix who was rescued by this couple about five months ago. He is a bit skittish with new people, and barks at any sound he hears. He also needed to learn some leash manners and to come in when called while in the yard. #trainingshydogs #trainingrescuedogs
Bella, a three-month-old Pomeranian, and her “Mom” just started the Puppy Management and Training program. #trainingpomeranians
Bailey, a one-year-old Husky, needed to learn some manners when people come to visit. She’s learning now that it’s not all about her! #traininghuskies
Carsyn is a Lab-mix puppy with lots of energy. She is learning some manners now, including not to jump, pull on leash or get mouthy when playing. #labmixpuppies #traininglabmixes
Suzie Q, a four-month-old “Morkie” is the first dog for her owner. They are learning together how to communicate and establish a bond. #trainingmorkiepuppies
Milo, who is about a year and a half, is a little skittish of new people, but gets very excited when he sees another dog while out on walks. His owner decided now that school is over, it’s time to fine tune some of his behaviors, and her vet recommended she call Bark Busters. #trainingdalmations #trainingskittishdogs
Buddy’s owners wanted to be sure he is comfortable around their baby, who is just starting to get mobile. #dogsandbabies #dogsandtoddlers
Mr. Bennett, a seven-month-old Weimaraner, is full of energy and hasn’t been allowed much freedom in the house yet. He needed to learn some manners so he doesn’t jump on everyone and stays off the furniture. He is also learning leash manners so he’ll get more walks and won’t have so much energy. He even learned to play fetch during the first session ! His owner recently posted a review on Google: “Joanne gave us great tips to follow, my puppy responded immediately to the training and has become a more manageable part of the family. Joanne has also revisited us for follow up training and sends weekly reminders. She is also very responsive with even the silliest questions! We are very satisfied with the service Joanne with Bark Busters has provided. ” #teachingadogtoplayfetch #trainingweimaraners #weimaranerpuppies
Siren (love the name) is a four-month-old Rottweiler puppy who started the Puppy Management and Training Program with her “Mom”.
Juno was with a former client who could no longer keep her. This nice couple adopted her and were able to continue with the Lifetime Support program because it can be transferred if the dog is re-homed.
Kobe is a Lab mix rescue, who has a lot of energy , was bored, and was getting into trouble – chewing, digging, etc. He needed more things to do, and he needed to learn better leash manners so he would get more walks.
Bela is another young dog with LOTS of energy. She was making her owners crazy. She also needed some rules, more stimulations, and exercise to calm her down a bit.
Caddy was adopted into a house with young children. She was jumping on people and just generally didn’t have any manners. Her “Mom” told me a few days after the first session that her friends could not believe the change in Caddy’s behavior. Here’s the review she posted: “We adopted a 1 year old dog in the last month and I was second guessing myself. I have 3 young children and some of her puppy behaviors were not going to work unless I could get control of them. Once I had Joanne come and teach me how to be the leader of my dog, it was a world of a difference. I couldn’t believe totally when I was told over the phone that my dog would be different with one session, but he was right. I now feel as though I am in control of her and we can now enjoy her and trust her much more! Friends who have come over can’t believe she’s not jumping and acting so over excited with all the kids anymore. WORTH EVERY PENNY!”
Agatha, a 10-month-old Chihuahua/Cocker mix, is the first puppy for this family. They were feeling a bit overwhelmed trying to deal with some of her behaviors, so their vet suggested they call Bark Busters. “Mom” wrote this in her review: “Our puppy is responding favorably to the new house rules. Joanne taught us so many things. We didn’t even know what we didn’t know.”
Star’s owner, and her neighbor, were amazed they could stand and talk to each other while Star remained calm and quiet. After his first session, he no longer was barking out the window, was calm when the doorbell rang, and wasn’t reacting to things going by. Great work by “Mom”.
Layla is a nine-year-old Husky mix that isn’t too thrilled that the toddler in the house is more mobile now and gets lots of attention. We are working on getting her to be happy when the baby is around, and making sure both have rules and boundaries.
Amele had been to doggie “boot camp” before, but still was leash reactive to noisy or fast-moving things outside, and would go crazy when the doorbell rang. She would bark at strangers who came in the house and never really settled down. Now the family is getting another puppy, and they don’t want these bad habits to rub off on her, so they decided to get some help at home, where the dog learns best.
Katie, a six-month-old Great Dane, lives with two older dogs and sometimes her energy is just too much for them. She also was jumping on people, barking for attention, and wasn’t getting walked much because she pulled a lot, so walks weren’t pleasant. About a week after the initial session, her owner told me family members have commented on the positive change in Katie’s behavior. They are much more comfortable visiting and being around her. #puppytrainingnearme #greatdanepuppies
Maggie, a five-month-old Scottie has started the puppy training program. We have addressed puppy play biting, housetraining a puppy, jumping, and walking on leash so far. Her “Mom” said she is doing well after just a few days.
Ollie’s “mom” called because he had darted out the front door and would not come back. He’s has now started the Puppy Management and Training program and is learning front door boundaries and puppy recall, among other things.
Ace is a seven-month-old German Shepherd who had started barking aggressively at people when they came to the home, or when he saw them on walks. He also was jumping at/on people, including the family, play biting, and being destructive by chewing and digging. A lot of his behaviors were because he was bored, but his family knew they had to do something to get him under control. By the time I left the first session, Ace was behaving when the doorbell rang and his owners knew what to do when guests came. I was able to be in the same room with him and he was comfortable, and we worked on leash manners so he would stop pulling and be more focused on the person walking him. He just needed some rules.
Mom already had Valentine, a ten-year-old Puggle, and now they have added Samson, a twelve-week-old Golden Retriever, to the family. Valentine isn’t thrilled. Samson is a sweet boy and a smart one too. He caught on to the training quickly, and so did his owner. They will make a good team.
Tiki is a two-year-old Chihuahua mix who was adopted about a year ago. They live in an apartment complex where there are lots of dogs, and Tiki barks whenever he sees one, whether out of the window or on a walk. He also was chasing one of the cats. During the first session his owner was able to gain more control, and when we did see a dog Tiki didn’t make a peep.