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“Complete Rip Off”

Written on: 12/07/2014

After forking out £300 we only had 2 sessions with our trainer as we COULDN'T get hold of HER, after numerous phone calls and text messages we eventually gave UP. please dont get ripped off like US!! our spaniel had behavioural problems and still HAS!! please please please do not waste your money and avoid this trainer… Read Full Review

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“Complete rip off, same training for all dogs”

Written on: 09/07/2014 by Jumpman (1 review written)

As tempting as their lifetime training sounds, don't do it. They are just after your money. While some of the basic discipline commands may work (by scaring the hell out of your dog mostly!) any flexibility for dealing with aggression/fear based issues is non existent. After 12 months of trying to get appointments with the trainer outside the house to address our dogs issues with other dogs and people on our road, we were continually told the same thing over and over again, follow the… Read Full Review

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“Waste of time and money!”

Written on: 11/05/2014

I have 2 dogs, which had behaviour problems that I wanted to stop! As I am on Benefits, I took out a loan to pay for Bark Busters. The Trainer was more interested in my dogs' diet than anything else! If I had been an onlooker, I would have laughed at the method of "training" that was used, growling the word "Bah" and throwing down a bag of metal. The Trainer pulled one of my dogs about on a lead, even though he was limping! The other dog was quivering! I wish I had researched these people… Read Full Review

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“A COMPLETE RIP OFF!”

Written on: 13/03/2014 by DeeganReese (1 review written)

AFTER FORKING OUT £300 WE ONLY HAD 3 SESSIONS WITH OUR TRAINER.SHE WAS PATRANISING AND IT SEEMED OUR LAB PUP WAS REALLY SCARED OF HER TOO. IT CAUSED MORE DAMAGE THAN GOOD.DONT GET RIPPED OFF LIKE US!!… Read Full Review

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Written on: 03/05/2014

What part of the country do you live in as this sounds the same as us

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“Not worth the money”

Written on: 19/07/2013

Called them in when our dog was showing aggression to people. The cure apparently is to spend 30 mins a day walking around in circles with her in the park for 6 weeks or however long it took her to follow without lead etc. As tedious as this was, I did it and she obediently followed. This did not, however, address the actual problem of her fear aggression. Yes she was more obedient but she still lunged after strangers. Absolutely no calls from the trainer to see how we were getting on… Read Full Review

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“Don't bother”

Written on: 06/04/2013

Don't bother with this unless you have never been around a dog in your life. We bought the "lifetime" package (but got our money back after the worthless first session). Our trainer, as caring as she was, did nothing more than talking at us for two hours. Went through a flip chart for most of that time, and then worked with us and our dog for less than one-half of an hour. We expected more hands-on for that price. We offered to pay for her time but she was indignant and wouldn't take a dime, so… Read Full Review

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“Control on the lead”

Written on: 27/03/2013 by AnnFarrell (1 review written)

The moment [name removed] came through the door her authority and confidence with [name removed] was very reassuring. It did not take her long to realise that my little treasure was the boss and not me, but within the hour she was able to teach me how to correct the problem. [name removed] taught us both and [name removed] is now walking well on the lead. Money well spent as this was becoming a big problem. Walking with [name removed] is now a pleasure. Many thanks again… Read Full Review

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“I wish I'd contacted you six years ago!”

Written on: 21/02/2013

I cannot believe the improvement in Ziggy after only one session with [name removed]. He's a lovely Miniature Schnauzer but is prone to barking especially when people call at the house. This makes visitors arrival quite stressful and not very welcoming. Ziggy also barks when it is a member of the family returning home. [name removed]'s explanation of his behaviour made total sense and we did some simple exercises with him. I was thrilled when he waited patiently and quietly when there was… Read Full Review

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“I am very pleased with the way the training is going”

Written on: 14/12/2012

I am very pleased with the way the training is going. I have read many books on behaviour as I took Archie on when he was one year old knowing he had issues. I have tried to follow the books I have read for the past six months but it was not working. David explained a lot more than I had read and by coming to our home to see his behaviour and explaining how we could help him made such a huge difference. I didn't want to give up on Archie but it was getting to the point of us not being able to… Read Full Review

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“Wow... what an impressive trainer...”

Written on: 27/11/2012

Wow... What an impressive trainer. I had a problem dog and was pregnant with twins and panicked about how I could turn things around so that my dog would accept the babies and how I could correct/change her behaviour problems. Not only did the trainer help me turn my dog around but she also taught me how to be the owner / pack leader that I had always wanted to be. Her continued support has been soooooo helpful and has ensured that we don't regress. They have not only supported me and Cassey… Read Full Review

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“DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY”

Written on: 19/07/2012

If you value your money, don't bother. To pay Bark Busters you might as well get your money and throw it down the drain! The command for repremanding your puppy is 'Bah' as they claim this is the sound a dog makes, what rubbish! A baby is not born knowing how to talk but we don't repremand them saying 'goo goo and gah gah', we speak to them in our mother tongue! I cancelled my 'trainer' in Hertfordshire after one session, having already paid her £150 I would have expected to receive some… Read Full Review

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“Barkbusters becomes relentless”

Written on: 20/06/2012 by chef40 (1 review written)

We too wish we would have looked at other peoples reviews on Barkbusters. The guy who came round was annoying and Condesending beyond belief!. Started to cancel appointments as he annoyed us so much. Think he thought we needed training are not out dog. We have a nervous dog who still has the same problems, doesnt like children, motorbikes, buses, vans etc and still barks at them. Wish we looked at reviews too as were no better off and £400 lighter. Ended up wanting to throw the trainer… Read Full Review

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“Amazing Dog Training”

Written on: 08/05/2012 by goosecat (1 review written)

Well I've read the few 1 star reviews here and I think thay are a set up from Barkbusters competitors. For me Barkbusters were excellent. I'd had another so called expert trainer work with my Heeler/Kelpie cross to no avail. His prey drive was huge and the efforts to stop him chasing cars, bikes etc by distracting him with supposedly more interesting and enjoyable items and tasks was a complete fail. Grant spent a lot of time with me in the home first and I wondered what was being achieved. Now… Read Full Review

Guest's Response to goosecat's Review

Written on: 05/06/2012

For a short time while I worked twleve-hour shifts, I trained my dog to use a litter box. Remember, the dog is still going toneed regular walks and playtimes. First, you need a bigger box than a cat would use try the kind of plastic storage box that fits under your bed. (If your dog lifts his leg, you'll need an even bigger box, with one side cut out so he can get in.) Then fill it 1/3 full with dog litter or clumping cat litter about twenty to forty pounds.It helps if when you walk the dog outside, you get him to go on command. When you're ready to train him (like on a long weekend), go for an outside walk. When he poops, pick it up and put it in your litter box so there will be a familiar smell. You can do this with urine too, but collecting it is a lot messier!At his next regular walk time, take him to the box and give him your Go command. If he doesn't go after a few minutes, let him leave the box and either put him in a crate or keep him on a leash tied to your belt, so he doesn't have an accident somewhere else. Keep trying this every few hours eventually he'll go in the box. Give him lots of praise. Count on at least a week, before he'll reliably use the box on his own. If you have to go out or go to work, confine him in the room with the box preferably one with an easily cleaned floor. Put an old rug on the floor where he jumps out my dog tracked the litter everywhere. He is not likely to eat his own poop from the box if you clean it out every time. However if he eats any of the litter, stop using it immediately clumping litter can cause a serious bowel obstruction.

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“We called Bark Busters after I adopted a puppy from a...”

Written on: 04/05/2012

We called Bark Busters after I adopted a puppy from a friend. We already had 2 dogs and thought it would be fine. The puppy just got bigger and bigger and the problems got worse and my small home was being torn apart by his big character. When I made the appointment I thought it couldn't get any worse! The lady who came was so helpfully and sympathetic. Lynn came to our home and spent time with us all, explaining the methods and techniques. Yes at first it was strange making a "Baa" sound… Read Full Review

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“Bark Busters No!!”

Written on: 17/04/2012

After a year of so called training my giant schnauzer is no better. We have followed all the instructions from BB (chains in a bag and warter bombs) but he still goes for any moving vehicle bike scooter jogger dog person and anything else that moves. He cannot be let off the lead. This form of hit and miss training does not work with all dogs. After trawling through the internet it seems they use the same training for all their dogs just drop the chain in a different place for each problem. He… Read Full Review

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Written on: 25/04/2012

Yes we had the same problem, they are rubbish, wish I had looked at the reviews before I paid my money. Barkbusters visited twice and I have not heard a thing from them.

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“Very Easy Money”

Written on: 01/03/2012

We tried barkbusters for our dog's agression (more dominant than aggressive). We had great hopes that Barkbusters were going to sort out this problem. Like the others we were told to bah at him and throw water bombs. The dog does hate it I must admit and it scares him but it has not really helped the problem. Carrying water bombs and throwing them down in front of the dog was not very practical and in any case the other dog owners must have thought we were mad bahing and throwing water bombs… Read Full Review

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“You have to make the effort !”

Written on: 14/08/2011

We called in Bark Busters after our rescue dog bit another dog. The other dog was twice his size and came and jumped over him. Our dog flipped it over and bit its ear and lip. We were doing so well with him and it's put him back weeks and it was the same old answer from the other dogs owner "oh he's really friendly he only wants to play" which is fine if the dog recalls immediately which this one didn't. Not all owners want dogs approaching them or their dogs off lead for lots of reasons (dog… Read Full Review

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“Bark Busters Dog Training”

Written on: 02/06/2011

After trying other dog trainers that didn't work, I was beginning to think that i had a very bad untrainable dog, but Lynn has shown me that my dog can be trained and using the techniques shown to us properly we will and are seeing results. Already I have more control and my dog is responding to commands… Read Full Review

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“I was at a loss with how to change my dogs behaviour....”

Written on: 17/05/2011

I was at a loss with how to change my dogs behaviour. He was aggressive to all dogs & had a attacked a couple. After it happening the second time I decided to take action as I didn't want to re-home him. I sent a message through the Bark Busters website & had a phone call back the next day. The advice & tools I have been given is worth every penny. I am amazed at how my dog has changed. We are now able to enjoy having him as a part of the family, rather than worry about his behaviour… Read Full Review

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“I was an Army dog handler for 5 years and had raised...”

Written on: 23/03/2011

I was an Army dog handler for 5 years and had raised and trained my own German Shepherd Dog to the point he was a KC Obedience Champion. I feel I also have a reasonably good understanding of Ambi Chien. I had also undertaken a "join up" course in equess to understand the problems my 4 year old 17 hand chestnut mare was having with life. During the time I had my GSD I fostered and helped rehome numerous neglected and misunderstood GSD's. After the death of my son I confidently took on his 14… Read Full Review

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