meet your specialist trainer Scot Masamery
Bark Busters In Home Dog Training in West Hartford CT & Springfield MA Region
We called on Scot after over a year of escalating aggressive and distressing behavior by our 3.5 year-old pug. After moving into a new home, when our pug was about 2 years old, he began to showing signs of dominance, aggression and separation anxiety. For example, he perceived anything on our new, large screen TV as a threat, and he would repeatedly run at the wall the TV screen is mounted on, barking and running around the house, sniffing out a mispercieved threat. It got so bad that he was getting overheated from the distress. It got to the point that we could no longer turn on the TV without him going ballistic. This behavior then generealized to images on our laptop computers and smart phones that he would see. When we would try to put him in a separate room so we could watch TV without exposing him to the distress of the TV, he began attacking us as we would try to close the door, say, to our bedroom or office, where we would try to keep him. Additionally, he became increasingly aggressive with us (and anyone) who would try to leave our house -- jumping, barking, nipping and trying to block our exit. To try to remediate these behaviours, which were distressing to our pug as well as everyone in our family, we read books and watched videos online to try to find a fix, but our efforts yielded nothing helpful. Finally, feeling desperate, we stumbled across Scot and Bark Busters online. We were drawn to the in-the-home approach of Bark Busters as well as a number of other features of theirs that seemed more appealing than other options we had researched. Incredibly, after only a few hours of working with Scot, our pug's behaviour (as well as our family's towards him) improved. For the first time in over a year, we can now turn on and watch TV without eliciting a firestorm of barking and distressing behaviour from our pug. While we need to continue to practice and reinforce the techniques/approaches Scot taught us, we finally feel like we are on solid footing in our interaction with our pug. The dynamic between us has been reset. Our only wish is that we had learned these approaches earlier: a lot of stress and frustration could have been saved for all. Still, we are so happy to be where we are now, and we are so very grateful for the kind, knowledgeable and practical approach that Scot brought to training our pug and us -- no doubt the bulk of the education was directed at training us humans how to communicate/interact more effectively with our pug. Scot's thoughtful approach is something we hope more people experience.Heidi B.March 6 2017
Best Dog Training in Farmington, Enfield, West Hartford, Northern CT & Springfield, Wilbraham, Western MA!
If you are reading this then you're probably frustrated with your dog's behavior and you may be comparing dog trainers and dog training programs.
The Bark Busters dog training program is unlike any other dog training system.
Most dog training systems meet once per week at a pre-determined time, a pre-determined day, a pre-determined place for a pre-determined number of weeks, and they will cover pre-determined obedience issues regardless of what your specific issues may be.
That is NOT the Bark Busters Home Dog Training way.
What Makes Bark Busters on the Mass-Conn Line Unique:
In Home Dog Training
I will come into your home where your dog is the most comfortable, less stressed, most receptive and most likely to display bad behaviors. We will also work with your dog outdoors on socialization, distraction and issues such as leash pulling.
Personalized Dog Training
Bark Busters does not believe in a "one size fits all" dog training approach like you'll sometimes see in group or puppy training classes. Instead, I develop a personalized dog training and dog behavior modification program based on your dog's temperament and issues as well as your home environment. With Bark Busters, we will customize a program for you and meet at the time of your choice, on the day of your choice, in your home, for as many weeks, months or years as you need us as we are goal-oriented - not time-oriented - and we will cover any and all behavioral issues that are frustrating you.
Any breed, any age and any issue are trainable. Most customers see immediate positive behavioral changes in their dogs during our initial 3 hour training session. You will be amazed at how quickly your dog learns and you will feel encouraged and empowered to keep training!
Positive dog training
Unlike some dog trainers, Bark Busters does not use harsh dog training techniques - we don't believe in shock collars, prong collars or physical punishment. Nor do we teach you to bribe your dog with food to extort good behavior . Our dog training focuses on positive reinforcement and praise and produces longer lasting results than treat training or force.
Dogs can't speak English, so it's no wonder they can't understand our verbal commands. I will teach you how to communicate with your dog in a language he understands. You will learn how to use your body language and vocal communication to get your dog to focus on you and respond to your directions. By reinforcing our dog training techniques 10 - 15 minutes/day, you will soon have a well-mannered and obedient dog.
Because all dogs speak the same language, our dog training system works for ANY dog, ANY age, ANY issue! Puppies and their owners can start off on the right paw, eliminating behavior issues before they can even start, and old dogs CAN learn new tricks.
Behavioral problems are treatable but prevention is easier! Do you want a puppy who listens to you even when you don't have a treat in your hand? Do you want a dog who doesn't wear you out with housebreaking or chew your furniture? Ask about my puppy program to help you build a strong, lifelong foundation for good behavior.
No one is more familiar with the effectiveness of the local dog training alternatives than our own veterinarians, and those in Massachusetts and Connecticut overwhelmingly recommend Bark Busters. They know our mission is to prevent dogs from being euthanized or abandoned due to bad behavior. Too many dog owners trade in their dog in hopes of replacing him or her with a "good dog." I believe any dog can be a "good dog" with the right training.
Meet Your Dog Trainer - Scot Masamery
The key word is HAPPY. After many years as a funeral director, guiding and supporting grieving families through the process of losing a loved one, I felt the need to transition from the sadness into a HAPPIER lifestyle. Over the years, I often thought about making a career move into a more upbeat, fun and exciting business. However, I did not want to lose the reward of helping people get through a difficult time in their life.
Bark Busters was the answer that I was looking for. With Bark Busters I could continue to experience all that I love (helping people get through a difficult situation) about the funeral service and eliminate the aspects that I was tired of (death and sadness). With Bark Busters, I would continue to receive calls from families that need my assistance to walk them through a difficult situation, the difference being, I can fix this problem, make it better not just make it bearable.
Once you've learned the Bark Busters training techniques, you'll wonder why anyone would try training a dog any other way!
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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.