what our clients say about Dick Messenger
Dog Training & Behavioral Therapist
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Adopting two rescues (1.5 years apart and 3.5 years age difference) made for a situation with differing problems for each dog. Nina our (older of the two) timid Terrier/Chihuahua and Sam our young, more aggressive Chihuahua/Keeshond/Yorkshire Terrier created different needs for dog training. After our extensive research, we called Dick Messenger of Bark Busters. We found Dick helpful, intelligent and knowledgeable and the program a perfect match for our needs. Loving our dogs was not enough as they were sweet with us but we were clueless about what we could expect out of them. (especially Sam's unexpected and intermittent aggression) As the four of us continued through our training, we all learned. They learned to accept and respect us as the leaders in the family and we learned how to develop that role and what steps to take to assume that responsibility. Dick's ongoing training reinforced the new learning (for all of us) with each visit. Through consistency, commitment and applying the techniques, ideas and knowledge from Dick, we now see major differences in Nina and Sam. This training is unique and we now understand why it is so successful. We are happy we chose Dick and Bark Busters and we are so grateful for our experience with him.Chris M., Newberg, OregonOctober 26 2015
We were slow to learn but figure it out! We very much observed noticeable results and we felt empowered by the end of the first lesson. A three hour session is a little long but it was very informative and constructive. There is definite value for what is guaranteed. The Bark Busters collar paid immediate dividends!John and Jessica S., Hillsboro, OregonMay 3 2014
Dick made it fun, educational and logical. Because he has a great voice, he shows by example how to growl and mean it! I love growling!:-)Lauren B., Portland, OregonMarch 25 2014
Dick showed us how to do each step, allowing us to go through the procedures with our dog. We still have work to do with out dog but he is much improved! Bark Busters came highly recommended from my niece Gwen Davis. Gwen knows others who have used Bark Busters and were well pleased with the resultsMarilyn and Gerald W., Newberg, OregonOctober 21 2013
Not only did we understand how to train Luna we understood the reason why to use this method. I observed noticeable results. She listens really well and a lot of her problems have gone away. The training makes a lot of sense. We really love our dog but we didn't enjoy being around her. Everything is better now.Laura and Chris Schuermeyer, Happy Valley, OregonMay 14 2013
June 15 2017Dick Messenger dealt with:
Dick is very thorough and professional. We knew what to expect about and from our initial training before Dick even arrived at the house. He was great about providing reason behind the Bark Busters method. By the end of the initial training, we were seeing hope for promising results with our pup. We feel confident that we've learned the right skills to continue working with our dog.
May 27 2017Dick Messenger dealt with:
Our training session with Dick delivered immediate results. While we have work to do to continue the progress, our dog Charli very quickly responded to the approach. We learned a number of intuitive, useful training exercises that have made a big difference.
Charli is more calm, and much more responsive than when we first adopted her. Great success so far!
May 25 2017Dick Messenger dealt with:
Dick has been great to work with, is patient with us and our dog and knows his stuff. Thank you!
May 9 2017Dick Messenger dealt with:
We really enjoy working with Dick! He explained to us the reasons behind Jax's behavior and how to correct them. I appreciate the honesty in knowing that it is a process and there will be good days and bad days. I also appreciate how quickly Dick responds to my emails!
March 3 2017Dick Messenger dealt with:
Duke is doing great! Looking forward to our next class. He is like a different dog. Thanks Dick.
February 27 2017Dick Messenger dealt with:
Dick Messenger is a great trainer. He is easy to understand and very thorough. When he left our training session, it was like we had a different dog!
Jeff, Mary Jo and Matthew are deeply committed to training their dog and it showed right away. "Cooper" is lucky to have such great owners!
January 14 2017Dick Messenger dealt with:
I strongly recommend Dick Messenger as a dog trainer. Â I called on Dick when I became the parent for my ex-Roommates anxious and somewhat neurotic 7-year-old dog. Â From the get go, Dick taught me how to interact with Josie in a way that clearly demonstrated that I was the alpha, which helped to decrease her anxiety, her attention getting behaviors, and her restlessness. Â Â Â Dick was patient, thorough, and thoughtful in our training sessions and he provided clear written instructions which made practicing with Josie easy. Â Â I recently had family visiting and they remarked that since I took Josie on and did training with Dick, she is a completely different dog. Â Â Dick was responsive to my questions via email between training sessions, and made sure to clarify any issues that I had quickly and effectively. Â Â I have already recommended Dick to several of my friends and family. Â Â I can't thank him enough for helping to improve both my and Josie's quality of life.
December 7 2016Dick Messenger dealt with:
Dick was awesome! He clearly knows his stuff!
August 30 2016Dick Messenger dealt with:
I appreciated that Dick explained the reasoning behind everything he showed us. Also, I like that he gave step-by-step instructions to troubleshoot and solve problems that arise.
August 24 2016Dick Messenger dealt with:
Dick was down to earth, straight forward and incredibly responsive throughout the course of training. He provided a comprehensive and easy to follow approach to training which has had a very positive and profound effect on both of our dogs.
It requires some work on our part, but well worth it for the results we've had!