From the first phone conversation I had with Al, I felt there was hope for our dogs' behavior. Both Al and Lisa exude a cheerful confidence and were very thorough explaining the Bark Busters approach - Day 1 we saw a marked improvement in our dogs !! We now have tools to use that are effective and humane - we look forward to each session. Love Lisa's creative ideas and willingness to listen, observe, take notes, and involve us in the process. We highly recommend Lisa and Al and Bark Busters!!
Lisa T., Tualatin, Oregon 21st September 2015
We've only had one lesson so far and my boy is already being behaved than we could do on our own. I was able to answer the door when one of my son's friends came over and cruiser didn't growl, jump out or dart. It was amazing. I'm so glad we met Debbie!
Patty B., Vancouver, Washington 5th September 2015
Bark Busters has been the best thing that could have happened for us! I can now effectively communicate with my three dogs without the frustration I was feeling prior. Al and Lisa are excellent! I talked with Al on the phone first, and he gave me great information and insight on how the training will work. He even gave me a few tips to start! When Lisa came to our house, it was like a whole new world opened. She never once said our dog's behavior was MY fault which I was gearing up to hear. She simply explained dog behavior vs human behavior and I immediately relaxed. One training session was all it took to have the tools to start a better communication system with my dogs! We have had several sessions since, and I learn something new to use as a tool each time. I am very happy I found Bark Busters and Al and Lisa. They are so kind and very committed to helping people and dogs communicate in a family unit. Our lives are forever changed in the best way possible! Thank you both for everything!
Stephanie G., Gladstone, Oregon 5th August 2015
Dick was very entertaining and thorough in his explanation. Oreo seemed to respond to his training better than any other methods.
Dick has really come to our rescue with Oreo. We were thinking of giving him up, but have seen significant improvement since our first meeting!
Jennifer and Jason C., McMinnville, Oregon 27th July 2015
The flipchart orientation and sitting around the table that Dick did was a nice format. We noticed progress and we noticed that Coco is way more coachable and eager to please than we realized!
I like the fact there aren't treats involved for a reward. This one and only session was long and intense but worthwhile.
I would definitely recommend Dick from Bark Busters. The training was educational and engaging. He is very thorough, professional and personable. The methods are understandable and easy to implement. Already we are seeing progress and enjoying Coco a lot more.
Jennifer and Jason N., McMinnville, Oregon 27th July 2015
Dick Messenger is my dog trainer. I am very pleased with the training and lessons we have received. Dick has given my husband and I our own personal home exercise program. These instructions are personally developed for our individual needs. My sweet Bella dog has been very receptive to this training and it shows!
Dick has been very instrumental in our success in behavior modification with Bella. Dick has been available by phone for any questions. He has made home visits. Both my husband and myself are successful dog owners thanks to Dick!
I highly recommend Dick for your training. He is able to individualize a working program for you and your loved dog.
Kathryn D., portland, Oregon 3rd June 2015
Very knowledgeable! I can't believe the difference in just one session! We will definitely be recommending Bark Busters!
Michelle B., Milwaukie, Oregon 21st May 2015
It was miraculous! He's always been sweet and responsive, but now he's respectful. I was skeptical at not using treats, but what hadn't worked for two years, worked without treats in 24 hours! Chaucer's leash aggression made us both unhappy. I am so thankful to see him starting to relax and enjoy his time outdoors. I have already recommended Bark Busters!
Susan M., West Linn, Oregon 19th May 2015
Dick knows dogs. His manner is very direct with the dogs and very patient with the owners. He knows the psychology behind canine behavior and uses it throughout the training.
Ed O., Lake Oswego, Oregon 23rd March 2015
We were very impressed with Dick. The dogs were amazing with his training!
Jodi and Bob N., Portland, Oregon 22nd March 2015
Our dog barked at everyone that walked by. He would bark and try to bite everyone who came in the door. Debbie said I would see an immediate change. I was skeptical at first. Jovi being a street dog from LA wanted to protect us from everyone. After the intro we started the training. He responded immediately. When we were done I took him for a walk. When I gave him the command he stopped chasing cars. When he saw 3 other dogs he didn't go into attack, or protect mode. This has turned out to be well worth any money I spent. I one day he's turned into a docile dog instead of a stressed out dog.cant wait for our second session and am letting my neighbor know about these services, as he has the same dilemma.
Jeri K., Gresham, Oregon 22nd March 2015
Even our 9 year old boy was able to follow the directions. The dogs got many of the concepts like the stairs and 'sit-stay'. I now get that treats are not the best way to communicate. I learned a lot which was fun. Dick was theatricalish in his presentation which made it interesting. I feel more hopeful now we can actually train these girls!! You've given us great structure. Thank you. We've already recommended Bark Busters to our friends.
Amy H., McMinnville, Oregon 18th March 2015
Highly Recommend Dick Messenger with Bark Busters!
We were there when Curley was born, so we have been with her since birth. We brought her to our Home when she was seven weeks old. She is a high energy Border Collie, but we just called her Trouble - with a capital T. She was jumping on us causing bleeding arms & legs. She was also chewing on everything in sight - our furniture - door jams, baseboards, cabinets. Shredding our clothing and destroying household decor. Outside was even worse, not only eating/killing the plants and trees, but the rocks in our garden paths. We were going to the Vet frequently for X-rays and to have her stomach pumped.
We called Dick Messenger with Bark Busters. He spent two hours with our Curley and at the end of that very first session we had an entirely different collie. We had only a few sessions with Dick and we have this wonderful pet that we love and enjoy.
Our Curley is seven years old now and she has turned out to be such a good girl.
The other day we called Dick back for a "touch up" as we are taking care of Curley's sister during the weekdays PLUS our grandchildren and small great grandchildren moved in with us, bringing their springer spaniel as well. With three female canines and two preschoolers we were concerned. Dick came right out and Curley instantly responded to Dick again. He was so generous that he took on the other two as well. Again, instantly we had three obedient pets. Dick also incorporated the little girls and all six adults involved. With everyone "on board", under Dick's excellent direction, we are proud of all of our progress.
We are so thankful that Dick came into our lives. Without his help our situation had the potential for disaster. We highly recommend Dick Messenger!
Glenn R., Hillsboro, Oregon 13th March 2015
Just by the next day Godric was much calmer and more attentive. We have recommended Bark Busters to other friends with new dogs of their own. It has really helped our relationship with Godric. Thank you for helping us and Godric!
Corey D., Vancouver, Washington 4th March 2015
Dick explained things very well. Dick was awesome. He made the training fun and easy. I highly recommend Dick as a trainer. Money well spent!
Allison D., Canby, Oregon 9th February 2015