what our clients say about Ken & Lynne DeBoer
Dog Training & Behavioral Therapist
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Ken is a true gem and his help with training my dog, Khloe, has made a world of difference for us! The training began with Ken describing the techniques he uses in a way that was very easy to understand with lots of helpful examples. He also acknowledges that every dog is different and he took the time to interact with Khloe as well as listened to my concerns before designing a training program specific for her. The Bark Buster techniques proved to provide immediate results and I appreciated that they are natural and in a way that my dog can easily understand. The goal is to have your dog respect you, not fear you, which has been very effective in all situations! Ken's passion for dogs and training is contagious and I am so grateful for his help! Before this training, working with my dog was very frustrating. Now I am continuously seeing improvements and really enjoy training her. I would highly recommend Bark Busters, especially if you are lucky enough to have Ken as your trainer. He is patient, passionate, caring, and extremely talented. The best part is that he takes your family into consideration too and provided tips for how my family members (even ones he wasn't able to meet) can help with the training. This experience has by far topped all of the other training I have tried in the past and I would highly recommend it. Thank you, Bark Busters. Thank you, Ken!!Hilary C, Grand Rapids, MichiganJune 17 2013
Matuse was possibly one of the worst behaved dogs on the planet before we met Ken. She barked, chewed, jumped our fence, chased the cats, wouldn't listen to any command and was so out of control, in every way that we were nearly ready to give up. We are seasoned dog owners and have successfully trained several other dogs in the past, but we couldn't seem to get through to this one. We called Bark Busters as a last ditch effort to keep Matuse. The results were so positive after our first session that we tell everyone who has ever met our "crazy dog" about the difference in her. Our friends and family cannot believe the difference they see in Matuse. My husband was sure that there was no help for this dog, but is now stating that she just may end up being the best dog that we have ever known. I cannot even begin to explain the difference that the techniques that Ken has taught us have made in our daily lives, but I can say that you will never regret the investment in a better behaved dog. Ken is amazing and delivers results beyond anything you could ever imagine. Ken's patience in helping our 12 yr old take command with Matuse is astounding! The dog that used to drag our son when he walked her, now heels when commanded to and sits when he tells her to. We can't speak to all Bark Buster trainers, but if you are fortunate enough to have Ken work with your pet, I'm certain your results will simply amaze you.The VanderVennen's, GrandvilleNovember 17 2011
Ken made his explanations very clear and age-appropriate for my daughter. He made her feel very much like she would be a leader. I liked the fact that there is no pain or fear in the natural training techniques. Ken made us "see" through the eyes of our dog, and taught us about being an "insider" in the canine world. He was very pleasant and patient with us. I've already told just about everyone I've seen since Ken's been here about Bark Busters- especially my dog-owner friends who have not seen results they've wanted using their other chosen training techniques.D.K., Grand Rapids, MichiganJuly 25 2011
For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted a Rottweiler. Knowing this, my fiance got one for my 30th birthday, which was in July of 2009. Although I grew up with dogs, Jade (our Rottie) is the first to truly be my responsibility. As it turns out, they were intentionally bred to be intelligent, decisive, and headstrong. We struggled to handle her ourselves at first, which led to bruises, tears, and a sense of failure. Our vet recommended Bark Busters, so we read some of their literature and their website, then gave Ken a call. Just in the first visit, Jade started to behave like a new dog. As Ken taught us some of the techniques, I really started to get a better idea of what it meant to be an Alpha dog. Every time we have had a problem, Ken has been there with an answer, and on the rare occasion that the first answer is ineffective with Jade, he has an alternative. He has done a fantastic job of training us to be more effective leaders/pet parents in a broad, holistic way, as well as giving us specific solutions to specific issues. I recommend Bark Busters (and Ken in particular if they are near enough to work with him) to everyone and anyone who will listen, and I fully trust him to take care of my closest friends and family. Thanks Ken!Tyler Staples & Becky Vollink, Grand RapidsFebruary 14 2011
Ken had very clear explanations- reiterated it each session with a different emphasis-consistent approach to training us. It is easy to achieve natural training results when you have the tools- dog is happier and so am I. The training was interesting and enjoyable. It was also challenging but also lots of emphasis on play and loving the dog. It was absolutely worth every dollar- seems expensive but the value of having someone in your home, one on one with excellent/proven techniques-Priceless!!! Ken is a natural teacher- very thorough and truly loves his work. He is able to take the owner and the dog to new heights!M.N., Grand Rapids, MichiganNovember 5 2008
January 16 2016Ken & Lynne DeBoer dealt with:
The training techniques were very clear and helpful. We saw results with Sophie immediately! We are very pleased and amazed at how well the training works. We had fun watching Ken work with her and then putting it in practice ourselves. Our family and friends are also amazed at the difference in her. Honestly, we were skeptical before the training-but have been pleasantly surprised and love the new relationship we have with our little dog!
December 1 2015Ken & Lynne DeBoer dealt with:
Ken was very good at answering questions- then picking up right were he left off in the training. Murphy definitely was responding to the techniques Ken demonstrated...Amazing! I love the concept of not using treats to get the results. I have already passed on your name to others.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
September 2 2015Ken & Lynne DeBoer dealt with:
I appreciated Ken sitting down with us to explain why/how the techniques would work before we worked with Kona. I enjoyed learning how to better communicate with Kona and become a leader she could trust. Kona is a rescue and has a hard time trusting and putting her guard down, but with Ken's help she has become more relaxed and trusting of us. We are excited to see how much more progress we can make! Thanks Ken!
Grand Rapids, Michigan
August 26 2015Ken & Lynne DeBoer dealt with:
The simple yet effective training techniques were easy to understand by both Jax and myself. It was fun to learn and to watch the transformation take place right in front of me. I definitely recommend Bark Busters to everyone so they can enjoy the enhanced relationship with their dog(s).
Grand Rapids, Michigan
August 3 2015Ken & Lynne DeBoer dealt with:
I wasn't sure this would work for Layla- however is was the best thing we did for her and us...Very Pleased!
July 29 2015Ken & Lynne DeBoer dealt with:
Ken answered all of our questions and demonstrated with Penny all that we were suppose to do to work with her. We liked the new natural techniques as it gets old continually feeding Penny treats to get her to obey. We have a ways to go yet but so far so good.
July 28 2015Ken & Lynne DeBoer dealt with:
Ken did a GREAT job of explaining the training and the rationale behind the training. The training techniques were easy to master and Ken was very patient in his training. Ken even involved the kids in the training. During the first session my dog was already responding to the training-he isn't perfect but he is changed and more respectful. Ken is wonderful! He is very kind and it is evident that he enjoys his work.
July 20 2015Ken & Lynne DeBoer dealt with:
Ken trained us well. He broke it down so simply and helped us understand what Cooper needed from us. We have a stubborn puppy, but with that being said, he caught on quickly. We now finally understand how to calmly and properly communicate with him! We thought Cooper was being naughty but we knew that he was smart so it is such a relief to us to be able to understand each other better-thanks to Ken!
Grand Rapids, Michigan
July 12 2015Ken & Lynne DeBoer dealt with:
The training was very interesting and fun. There was no food, no clickers, no repeating words over and over. Our two border collies took to the training very quickly. The technique to get in/out through the doors with 2 dogs has helped us so much.
June 23 2015Ken & Lynne DeBoer dealt with:
Have already passed your name to several people. thank you
Grand Rapids, Michigan