meet your specialist trainer Alison Wilson
Dog Training & Behavioral Therapist for Greater Richmond and Charlottesville, Virginia
Our puppy, Buck, is an Australian Shepherd. Aussies are quite smart, have TONS of energy, and can be prone to barking and destructive behaviors when bored/unexercised. Around 6 months old, Buck was becoming very difficult to manage and my husband and I knew that we needed to try some in-home professional help. We were immediately impressed by Alison's emphasis on positive behavioral reinforcement and the use of communication techniques that Buck will understand (e.g., redirection with verbal sounds). Buck did struggle for dominance during the first lesson, but by the second lesson we were already seeing an improvement! After working with Alison, Buck's barking and hyperactive behaviors have significantly decreased. Alison has also worked with us on leash walking, provided us with various effective commands to use, and has given us tips for activities that will help us exercise Buck physically and mentally. We are grateful for Alison's help with Buck, and as a result our family is much happier (including Buck!). We highly recommend Alison and Bark Busters!Lia S.March 5 2015
Best Dog Training in Greater Richmond and Charlottesville!
I love my dog but...
- My dog has some annoying behavior.
- He embarrasses me because I have no control over him.
- My dog chases my cat.
- My dog barks at anything, and everything.
- My dog races to the door and jumps up on my guests.
- I am expecting a baby and I need to prepare my dog for the baby's arrival.
- My dog drags me everywhere when I take him for a walk.
If you agree to at least one of these statements, you and your dog are great candidates for dog training lessons from Bark Busters Charlottesville. Bark Busters Charlottesville guides you through the dog obedience steps to help your dog become a good family member, and I help you in the comfort of your home. I can help you stop your dog from jumping, barking, biting and any other issue you may have with your dog. With just 15-20 minutes a day of training reinforcement on your part with the Bark Busters' methods, your dog's behavior problems will improve dramatically! The Bark Busters methods are positive and dog friendly. We communicate what we want in a way that makes sense to your dog.
Give Bark Busters Charlottesville a call so you can experience the joy of owning a well-behaved dog.
A little about Alison Wilson, Master Dog Trainer and Behavioral Therapist for Bark Busters Home Dog Training:
I became a Bark Buster in 2007 after working at the Charlottesville/Albemarle SPCA. I wanted to help the dogs who were being passed over for adoption because of their over exuberance in the kennel. These were great dogs; they just needed proper dog training and guidance. I saw dogs being surrendered by their owners to the SPCA for behaviors I knew could be corrected with proper training. I wanted to teach frustrated dog owners how to have a better relationship with their dogs.
Whether you need puppy training or behavior modification, Bark Busters Charlottesville can help!
how we can help you and your dog
The Bark Busters Home Dog Training Methods helps solve dog behavior issues such as aggression towards people or other animals
- Cure embarrassing habits like barking, jumping up on people, scratching & whining at doors or inappropriate toileting.
- Create an obedient dog or puppy that will happily walk on the lead without tugging, sit or stay on command, and come immediately when called.
- Set off-limit areas for your dog.
- Reduce the stress of separation anxiety without the need for sedatives or drugs.
We teach you to communicate with your pet.
Blah, blah, blah, bad dog! blah blah. Do you think your dog isn't listening to you? Maybe you're simply not speaking his language. You may have heard of dog whisperer or dog listener techniques. The Bark Busters dog training method is based on the way dogs communicate with each other and how they learn from older, more important dogs in the pack. This is what makes our dog training unique and effective.
Why do we train in your home?
Your dog lives with a family, in a home. This is where he misbehaves most often so this is where training is most effective. Dogs learn by association. Bark Busters teaches your dog to listen in the home environment. If he does not listen at home, he will not listen outside your territory.
Training in your home is a one-on-one system without the distraction of other dogs or the stress of being sent away for training.
Of course, where you are experiencing problems outside the home such as pulling on the lead or dog aggression, we will set up controlled training situations in the park or wherever is most practical.