Bark busters

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  1. bogolove

    bogolove New Member

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    Has anyone heard of them? I just saw a car withtheir name and website painted on it (it was really cute) and I looked it up. It is an at home training program where they come to your home and teach you how to use your voice to train your dog to obey you. It has a lifetime guarantee of working. They come for 3 hours and tach you and then you have to work with your dog at least 15 minutes everyday for 5 weeks.

    Here is the website and you guys can tell me what you think:

    www.barkbusters.com


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    They really don't offer much info on their website, do they?

    I was just on the Monks of New Skete website and I did recognize one phrase as being almost verbatim. What little they do say on the website gives me the impression that maybe the founder studied the Monks' techniques and has made a business out of what she learned.

    I wonder if there would be any way you could actually see what they do; if they offer a "free sample," so to speak?
     
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    Oh yeah, I have seen a book on that before. They primarily work with German Shepherds, don't they? I remember thinking it would be a very interesting read.

    I don't know, the attorney I work with has a business meeting every Thursday for young business professionals and she is in that meeting. I may have him ask her about it. he said he thought it was a couple of hundred dollars but they will come back for free anytime you need after that but usually they don't need to come back.
     
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    Here - I can't believe I haven't bombarded you with the link several times: www.dogsbestfriend.com Enjoy! :D
     
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    Renee,
    Have you read the book or seen any of the videos?
     
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    I've read several parts of the books (I always find them when I've barely got enough money to put gas in the car and food in the dogs - you know how that works) and they had one in the library at one time (it disappeared) :( , but I first learned about them watching a three part (I think) series on either the Learning Channel or Biography Channel several years ago. I had the good fortune to meet someone who owned one of their dogs when I was doing some research up in Kentucky. We must have talked for four hours there at the state rest area! What an impressive creature he was. Beautifully mannered, intelligent, clever, alert but relaxed, poised, totally tuned in to his owner and vice versa. And the owner had really been taught to be tuned in to the dog as well. Not at all the subservient relationship you see so often with more common training methods. I'd been to dog training classes and was completely turned off by the attitudes and tactics that were common and the tone of the interaction between dog and owner. It always seemed to be either terribly simplistic, as if the dog was lacking in mental ability, or very martial, which I detest. Seeing the series, snatching a good read here and there and then actually getting to meet a New Skete dog and owner was a total epiphany. Where do you think I learned to trust my practice of talking to my critters? :D

    The next decent sized billing I get paid for gets a corner earmarked to go to the bookstore and buy the whole series.
     
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    Wow, I am really interested in this. I may go to the local book store and see if I can find the book again. I had skimmed through it before, but I was in the same situation at the time, no $ to buy the book. I know that this bark busters does not use treats or any type of pusihment. They teach you to train the dog with your voice and body language. I find that highly interesting too.

    My husband got home yesterday and our gate had been blown open by the big winds and the latch was broken. he said the gate was wide open and he freaked b/c he knew I would be upset if Brady was not back there and we could not find him. he looked in the back yard and Brady was lying in his igloo under his gazebo. Not that tha tis relevant to this, but I was glad to know he was in the back yard and had not wandered off somewhere. Hopefully if he had he would have just gone 4 houses up to Jenny's. I had to rig the fence this morning. I put a trash can in front and a concrete slab from the rain drain and I tied it with a jump rope until Matt can get it fixed.
     
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    That Brady! Just about the time you think he's an incorrigible trickster, he does something so sensible and responsible. I think you're probably right about what his destination would have been if he'd gone for a walk, though.

    I like the idea that they use voice and body language, too. That seems to infer that they teach communication rather than martial obedience.

    When you've done more research, if you decide to use Bark Busters, Jenny's people might want to do the training as well.
     
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    I read the monks book years and years ago. Found lots of great foundations to build on there. Just thought it interesting that the Monks are now putting the Saints up for adoption. The snowmobile and some heat seeker has made the rescue dogs obsolete. Can you imagine having one of their dogs? They felt they were all getting to old and that the time they take caring for the dogs would be better spent taking care of people. I was so sad to read that....for I took their book to heart.
     

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