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.
I helped this family in 2012 with their Great Dane puppy. Now the young girl is grown up, and has a new puppy of her own, and they called me again for help.
Buddy was adopted from another family who could not really care for him. He is a nine-month-old Yorkie who didn’t receive any direction from his former owners. His new owners are on board though, and have set some rules and boundaries for him. His “Mom” says they are surprised by how quickly he picked up on the training and he’s doing much better.
This whole crew is getting trained, including the people! They are varying ages, from 1 year to 7 years (the dogs of course), but they all can learn something new. #trainingmorethanonedog #bestdogtrainervalrico
Elsa is a one-year-old Weineramer who has tons of energy – as you can see, she rarely sits still. Her owners really needed some help in setting some new rules, and getting her walking better on leash, so they could have more control.
Sheila is aptly named for an Australian Cattle Dog. These folks have had dogs for years, but were finding Sheila to be a bit of a challenge so they called #barkbusters. A few days later I received the following message from her “Mom”: “Not perfect yet, but what a difference after one session”. Yeah Sheila.
Frankie, a 7-month-old Shih Tzu was still not housetrained. He would go crazy when someone came to the door (in a happy way), and got very stressed out when his owner left. Now the family has a plan and when I spoke to his owner about a week later she said “It’s like having a different dog.”
Jax and Ozzy are getting a 2-legged sibling soon. Their “parents” realized they need to get the dogs under control a little better before the baby comes.
Bodhi and Huggy Bear are getting used to having another dog and 2 cats in the house with them. Sometimes it can be a process, but we want them all to live harmoniously.
Dexter and Daisy’s owners wrote a review: “Amazing!!! Day one I feel like I have new dogs. Joanne’s techniques are so simple yet effective. I’m very impressed with the results so far and can’t wait to keep using our new skills to make our fur babies feel more confident and comfortable with the humans now in charge.”
Jojo is an adorable rescue from the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. He has started to become a bit territorial in his community and was a challenge for his owners to walk. Now they have the tools and knowledge to work with him.
Lexi was also rescued from the Humane Society. She is a 10-month-old hound mix. She just needed a little fine-tuning with her manners.
Teddy and Chloe are 9 months old, but haven’t really been housetrained yet to do their business outside. They seem to think the lanai is where they should go. We are going to get them on track now – their owner is committed to it !!
Dolly is a three-month-old Standard Poodle puppy. She recently started the Puppy Management and Training Program. Her owner sent in a review: “Joanne was very patient and informative which taught us a lot that we did not know and needed to know. EXCELLENT ”
Max does NOT like motorcycles going by his house, or going by him when out on a walk. He is learning to be calmer when he sees them, and using the Bark Busters Wagg Walker harness is helping.
Little Macy has started the Puppy Management and Training Program. She has made good progress with housetraining, jumping and learning some basic commands.
Cooper is a six-month-old Welsh Terrier. He needs to learn that he should potty outside, not in his crate.
Thor, a 5-month-old German Shepherd, is the 2nd puppy I’ve worked with from this local breeder. He’s a gorgeous boy and very smart.
Millie is a Lab mix who was adopted from the Humane Society. She and her owners have recently started the Puppy Training program.
Nova has LOTS of energy and really doesn’t like being confined in her crate, or being left alone. Separation anxiety can be challenging for owners, and they need to take one step at a time. Her owner is practicing separation at home and crating Nova even when she’s home. #separationanxietyindogs #dogswithseparationanxiety
Klause is a young Goldendoole. He’s just a big lug that needed some manners. #traininggoldendoodles #dogtrainingriverview
Maggie is a small Lab that also needed to learn some manners. She was jumping on people, furniture and counters, and was pulling her owner all around on the leash. #traininglabpuppies #dogtraininglithiafl
Eddie didn’t want “Mom” to leave – at any time- he would protest loudly. Now she’s working on getting him to be more comfortable just being alone, even when she’s still home. #dogswithseparationanxiety #trainingdachshunds
Siri, a 4-month-old Goldendoodle, and her family, has started the Puppy Management and Training Program. This is their first dog and they wanted to be sure to do things right.
Bailey is a Golden Mountain Doodle – that’s a new one on me. He’s adorable, but boisterous, and his owners needed some help with his jumping, play biting, and housetraining, so their vet recommended that they call me.
Luna and her family recently moved into an apartment and her separation anxiety issues have escalated. The neighbors weren’t too happy with all the barking, so the family knew they had to get some help.
Roxi, a one-year-old Lab/Hound mix was getting a little fresh when her owners were trying to get her to do something she didn’t want to do. Now they know what to do and she is more respectful.
Ding is another dog that is now living in an apartment and he has separation anxiety. She came all the way from Singapore. Her owner wants to be sure her barking doesn’t disturb the neighbors so she called me for help. #dogsinapartment #dogswithseparationanxiety
And another dog with separation anxiety who lives in an apartment. Poor Google went through Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and then was brought to the US by a rescue group. He was doing OK with his new owners until a bad storm hit, and now he doesn’t want to be left alone for very long.
Rainier has LOTS of energy, as most Boxers do. They stay puppy-like well into their later years. He’s becoming an assertive adolescent and his owners decided they needed some help. They have set some new rules and Rainier did great at the first session.
Mater and Leroy are 2 young hound mixes who were adopted recently by this family. There have been a couple of scuffles, plus barking, jumping, and leash walking needed improvement.
Brandy is a tiny Cockapoo puppy who has just started the Puppy Management and Training Program. She is getting better at potty outside, and has learned some basic commands.
Maggie started the Puppy Management and Training program recently. Her owner’s parents had used Bark Busters for their dog years ago, so when he got his own puppy, he knew who to call. He recently posted a 5-star Google review: “Joanne is an excellent trainer with great hands on experience. You can really tell she has been doing this for a long time, loves what she does, and is well versed in animal behavior.”
Sometimes old dogs can learn new tricks. And Pepe and Bella, 2 older Italian Greyhounds, are now learning some – especially to stop chasing people when they try to leave the house, jumping, barking and getting snarky
Chloe (the larger dog), and Jazzy, also 2 older dogs, have recently moved with their “Mom” and she decided it was time to get some help. Chloe was very reactive on leash when she saw other dogs, but she did great during the first session and was much more manageable.
Another big puppy, Blue, has started the Puppy Management and Training Program. She is learning to stop jumping, walk nicely on leash, not take things off the counters and tables, and stay off the furniture.
This young couple is getting married in November and want the dogs to be part of the festivities. They are both still really puppies and need to learn some manners first. After reading some reviews online, they decided to go with Bark Busters.
Piper is a one year old American Bulldog. She was getting a little hard to handle, so, on their vet’s recommendation, they called me for help.
Abby is a six-month-old Maltese who started the Puppy Management and Training program. Her owner messaged me a few days after the first session and said: “Abby is doing great on her issues I was concerned about. She does not leave her “house” until I say free, she comes to me when I say come and her play biting is getting better. I’m very happy with our progress!
Mishka and her owner recently moved, and she has been destructive when he leaves her alone. She needs to learn to be alone even when he is home – that’s the first step. Separation issues can be time-consuming to resolve, but there is always hope and her owner is dedicated to getting her more comfortable in the new house.
Duffy is a seven-month-old Sheepdoodle (Sheep Dog and Poodle) who was starting to get snarky with the other dog and his owners. They definitely wanted to curb this behavior right away, and after calling several sources who recommended me, they gave us a call. He was worn out after the first session. After just 2 days, I received this e-mail from the owners: “I will send more info tomorrow, but wanted you to know that there has been an amazing turnaround in Duffy’s behavior. Wow – had not idea this was possible! He is a completely different dog – so well-mannered and behaved! We have worked very hard these last couple of days and it has definitely paid off. Will touch base with details tomorrow but thought you should know things are going very well. Thanks so much!”
Arabel is an adorable four-month-old Westie with a sassy attitude. Her owners were initially a little overwhelmed with all the work a puppy can be, but they are on track now and Arabel is doing much better.
Charlie is a one-year-old Great Pyrenees who was just adopted by this couple. He has a great temperament and just needed some fine tuning. His owner called in with her 2-week update and said he is doing great! Yeah Charlie.
Check out tiny Dallas. He’s a 10-week-old Pug puppy who just started the Puppy Management and Training Program.
Wilma, a two-year-old Pit Bull, needed to learn front door and leash manners. Her owner really liked how Wilma walked with the Bark Busters Wagg Walker harness.
Thomas is a three-year-old Westie who has been marking in the house, barks for attention, jumps, darts out the front door, and was pulling on leash. We addressed all of these issues at the initial session and now his owners know what to do.
Baxter is a four-month-old Labradoodle puppy who was wearing his owner out with his energy level and attention seeking behaviors. Now she knows what to do to set rules and boundaries for him, and he was already doing better after the 1st session. She posted a review online: “Had our first training session today and already see an improvement in my 4 month old puppy. The techniques are easy to understand and implement. The puppy seems happier when he knows what I expect. Thank you so much, look forward to more training.”
Gorgeous Graham, a 10-week-old Husky puppy is the first dog for this couple. They wanted to be sure to start off right and enrolled in the in-home Puppy Management and Training Program. Here’s their Google review after the first session: We recently got a new Husky puppy and really needed help training him. We are so happy we contacted Bark Busters. Joanne was amazing! During our first visit she immediately identified a few key issues we were having with him. She had so many great tips on how to help, what to do, and how to better relate to our pup. Being able to communicate in a way that our young puppy understands has been helpful to getting his behavior to change and we are excited to continue with our “homework”. This is a wonderful investment and we are so happy that we did it!
Little Tick, a mini Blue Heeler, and his sister, are so glad their owners are learning to communicate in a way that’s easier for them to understand. Both dogs responded very well during the first session.
Rosie, a recently adopted mixed breed, was having some issues getting comfortable being left alone, even when her big “brother” was home. She also was a little leery of new people, jumped on her owners, and pulled on leash. Their vet recommended they do in-home training and told them to call me.
Enzo and his family were also referred to me by their vet. Enzo is rather insecure and clings to his owners, especially his “Mom.” He also barked and jumped at new people and pulled on leash. Now they have a game plan, and they were very excited to see how Enzo responded during the initial session.
Maggie was getting stressed out when left alone while her owner attends classes. She is also a little leery of men, and was barking at people and dogs while out on walks. She did great during her first dog training session with Bark Busters.
Scout and Chase recently moved into a community where their owner has to walk them all the time, and there are lots of people around. The dogs aren’t used to that and they would bark and go crazy when they saw another dog while out walking. They also were jumping on visitors and would get very excited when someone was at the front door. They barked when the mail was delivered. We addressed all of these issues at the first session and they did very well.
These pups are 10 months old and were still not house trained. Their owners were getting very frustrated. A friend who had worked with me suggested they give me a call. We put more structure in place for feeding and potty breaks, plus worked on jumping, chewing and general manners. We will have to work on walking on leash.
Another Doodle Dog who is learning some manners. This time it was seven-month-old Belle. She was jumping on visitors, rushing the front door, getting into the trash and getting things off the counter, and pulling on leash – not anymore.
Little Luigi was barking, jumping, and pulling on leash, especially when he saw people, other dogs, or anything moving quickly like cars. “Mom” was very excited to be able to walk him without any reaction in only one session!
Ace kind of blends into the color of the couch, but he’s an 11-month-old Lab mix who has separation anxiety, even when left alone with his canine brother. He has broken out of crates before and has been destructive. He is a very high-energy boy, and he wasn’t getting long walks because he is reactive to other dogs His owner now has a game plan with the help of Bark Busters, and she is working toward getting him to be more comfortable being confined. Separation anxiety can be a tedious issue to resolve. Everyone has to have a lot of patience and understanding.
Kash is a good dog, his owner just needed some help with front door manners, attention seeking, and getting Kash to stop barking at people and animals while out on walks. “Dad” posted a review after the first session: “My session with Joanne was very productive. She addressed all areas of concern with clear instructions and much needed coaching. Body Language 100 and Doggiebonics 101 are just the classes I needed to talk the talk and walk the walk.”
Loki and Chester have occasional spats, plus they jump, bark, and needed some leash manners. Their owners now have a game plan with the help of Bark Busters.
Oakley is a rather anxious dog and is sometimes shy around people. He also startles easily and wants to hide. His “Mom” is learning to take charge and show Oakley she can keep him safe and he doesn’t have to worry. She wrote this review after her first session: “Joanne was very personable thorough and professional. We saw immediate change in our dogs behavior. We would unequivocally recommend Joanne with Barkbusters to anyone.”
Check out this threesome (and the 3 people too!). Luna, the pure white Husky, is the newest addition to this pack. She has some separation issues, and all the dogs needed to learn front door manners, greeting guests, and better leash manners so they can go on more walks.
Arthur’s owners were a bit frustrated with him because he is so high energy. He was jumping on everyone, would dart out the front door when they tried to answer it, was pulling on leash – especially when he sees other dogs, and would bark at people out of the window when they walked by the house. We addressed everything at the first session, and they even had their neighbor come over and ring the doorbell and Arthur stayed behind the designated boundary and did not jump up.
Daisy’s owner decided they needed help, even though they are experienced dog owners.. She knew that a professional would help them get the results they wanted faster than they could do it themselves. She was very pleased to see that after only 2 hours Daisy was staying back from the front door when they walked toward it, she was walking better on leash, and she was getting the message about not getting on the furniture.
Carley and her owners are temporarily living in an apartment. Carley is used to a quieter environment and is barking at sounds, people, and dogs. They were having a very hard time walking Carley in the complex, and they couldn’t even sit out on their deck with Carley because she was barking at everything. Now they have some good tools to address these issues.
Rowan is a show dog and is used to having people and other dogs around. He definitely doesn’t like to be left alone, which is sometimes necessary when he is home with his family. Now they have a game plan so they can actually go out without worrying about him. #dogtrainingvalrico #dogtrainingnearme #dogswithseparationanxiety
Diamond recently joined this family and they were a bit overwhelmed by her energy. At 2 years old, she didn’t seem to have had any training by her former owners, so she needed to learn some manners. There are cats in the house, and Diamond seems interested, but the introductions need to be done carefully.
Otis, and one-year-old Great Dane, was adopted by this couple and they were having challenges with him taking things off the counter (and eating them – food or not), rushing the front door, barking at visitors, and he was a bit leash reactive. I met them for the first time after they had Otis for about 2 months, and they were feeling a bit worn out, especially as he had to have a procedure after eating some pot holders !! We addressed everything at that session, started using a head collar so the owners would have more control on walks, and put some management practices in place to address the counter surfing.
Charlie is the yellow Lab, and it’s hard to see Gus, the Chocolate one. They are both 6 months old. Their owners were coming to the realization that 2 puppies at the same time are much more than twice the work. The pups were getting into everything and had destroyed a number of valuable items by the time I first met with them. They will now be crated, and separated, so they can learn to be away from each other and settle down. We also worked on jumping, front door manners, and walking on leash without pulling. They both did very well.
Harley was adopted over the summer and his owners had been dealing with Harley’s separation issues ever since. They even tried to bring in a 2nd dog in hopes that would help, but it didn’t. Harley had destroyed a couple of crates, and pretty much anything he could get a hold of while in the crate by the time I met with them for the first time. He was also rather leery of strangers who came into the house. And, they rarely walked him because he was hard to walk. We worked on front door manners and introducing Harley to visitors and did some leash work so he could get some exercise We also did some work on separation at home, and simulating leaving and I gave them some exercises to do each day. Harley was actually laying in his crate quietly in another room while we were wrapping up the session. Separation Anxiety can take a while to resolve, but this was a great start.
Lulu is an 8-month-old Jack Russel. She is the first puppy for this family. They were struggling a bit with house training and other general puppy behaviors like chewing, jumping, rushing doors, and walking nicely on leash, so Lulu’s mom called Bark Busters.
Cody, an 8-year-old Mini Schnauzer, has a new brother, Cado, also a Mini Schnauzer. Mom needed some help with their interactions, as well as getting Cado housetrained and getting Cody more comfortable meeting people. Both dogs also needed some leash manners. They did great at the first session, and their owner was very pleased.
Riley and her owner started the Puppy Management and Training program recently. Riley still needed some work with house training, and general puppy manners like jumping and barking. She also was developing some separation issues as her owner is home a lot. She needs to learn how to be alone. Her owner posted this after the first session: “Joanne was a big help. She really knows what she’s doing. Thanks for your help.”
Why is Par smiling? Because his owners have learned how to “speak dog” with the help of Bark Busters. He now understands what they want, and was listening so much better after the initial session. That’s great, as he is getting a new 2-legged littermate soon.
George is the first puppy for this family. They were so happy to have some guidance on house training, play biting and chewing at their first session with the Puppy Management and Training program.
Jack, the 10-week-old French Bulldog is just too cute. And sweet too. He and his owner just started the Puppy Management and Training program. Jack is already learning his name, starting to come when called, can sit and lie down on command, and is learning how to walk on the leash. He did great during his first session. #puppytrainingnearme #dogtrainingtampa #trainingfrenchbulldogpuppies
Kelly is a 7-month-old Sheltie. She had LOTS of energy, as most puppies do, and her owners were having a hard time keeping up with her. She barked at them and the dogs next door all the time, jumped on everyone, and didn’t really know any basic commands. We worked on most of these things during the first session and she did very well.