meet your specialist trainer Michelle McCarthy
Dog Training & Behavioral Therapist for Rockland and South Orange Counties, New York
Best Dog Training in Rockland & South Orange County!
Michelle McCarthy graduated from the Bark Busters Home Dog Training Academy in Englewood, Colorado and has been awarded the prestigious Grand Master Dog Trainer & Behavioral Therapist certification. She has also completed Advanced Training and Master's Training and stays up to date on training techniques. Michelle is also an approved AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. She has trained over 2,500 dogs in Rockland and South Orange Counties, including a very wide variety of breeds and many, many mixed breeds -from Chihuahuas and Yorkies to Pitbulls and Mastiffs, and everything in between! She does a lot of work with local rescue and shelter dogs as well.
Michelle has appeared as an expert on Cablevision's Channel 12 News and has been quoted in the Journal News. She is recommended by veterinarians, groomers and dog sitters all over Rockland and South Orange Counties.
Using dog-friendly techniques that are based on your dog's natural language - body language, timing, voice control - Michelle will help you to establish a relationship with your dog based on love, trust and respect. She can help you find solutions to embarrassing problems like pulling on the leash, nuisance barking and jumping up on people or counters. Give her a call if you need help with housebreaking, chewing or digging, mouthing, destructive behavior, separation anxiety, and aggression. She will work with you in your home, where both you and your dog are most comfortable and everyone can join in, and will use gentle, all-natural, non-food based methods that are proven effective with all dogs, regardless of their age or breed. They work great with puppies too!
Michelle lives with her husband and their 3 rescue dogs and 6 cats (!), in Rockland County.
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.