what our clients say about Maril & Bob Zbik
Dog Training & Behavioral Therapist
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Maril conveyed not only what to do (techniques) but the "why" behind the techniques. We were able to have a greater view of the mind of a dog. The results were absolutely noticeable! Based on what I had read about Bark Busters I had faith that strides would be made, however the speed at which we noticed a difference is fantastic! After the first session and within 24 hours the changes were remarkable. The techniques were so very effective! I'm very pleased to have effective tools to use! There is so much knowledge shared during the sessions; it's really wonderful! Without a doubt I would recommend Bark Busters! The knowledge that is transferred, the tools that are provided, Maril's calm tone, and the speed at which change is seen is remarkable. Maril has helped alleviate so much stress in our home and allows us all to really enjoy our dog.Carol Jackson J., Plymouth, MichiganJanuary 16 2017
This is by far the best training ever. We rescued our dog Lexi, and in the agreement we had to take her for training. The first round was done else where and while at our vet for her check up I came across the brochure for bark busters. I read through it and told my mom all about it. She called and made the appointment and we could not be happier. Maril is just fantastic and personable and we are so glad we went with this training. I would recommend this company to anyone who needs a well behaved dog. No matter what age they are, this training will work wonders.Lisa M., ALLEN PARK, MichiganFebruary 25 2016
Maril did a fantastic job explaining all the techniques and reasons behind them. She took a lot of time and was happy to explain further when we had questions. We did have good results. Our purpose for Bark Busters is to get our Great Dane puppy off to a good start and to train ourselves to help our puppy the proper way. The natural training techniques are the reason we contacted Bark Busters! The training was very interesting. Learning more in depth about where the dog comes from in terms of behavior is invaluable to owners who want to see their dog succeed. Maril is very professional and patient. She is clear and precise in her instructions. It is an absolute joy to work with her. She is an asset to Bark Busters.Jennifer Baumgart & Kevin Crabb, St Clair ShoresMarch 28 2013
Maril was extremely thorough, patient and great to work with. Within 48 hours our dogs were the best we've seen them in years! Absolutely! In the past we used Petsmart for training. Maril achieved more in 2 hours than Petsmart did in 8 weeks. The exercises were varied and moved at a good pace. Bark Busters works! The results we've already noticed far exceeded my expectations. Maril is fabulous. She is great to work with. We love her and so do our dogs!Brett VanTiem & Eric Nestor, Royal OakApril 17 2012
Although we had successfully trained two previous dogs by ourselves, our situation with Ralphie was more challenging-we had been warned by our breeder that he was a timid dog, and Bob was now permanently in an electric wheelchair. This made us a family with some special needs, which we knew we couldn't deal with in a group setting. We tried to train him ourselves with no luck. At 9 months old, Ralphie was still having too many accidents, was frightened of Bob, jumped up and clawed at me constantly and would only rarely obey. Our frustration was high! Maril came in, explained the techniques and immediately began helping us with basic obedience training, helping us show Ralphie who was really the "boss." Everything she said made sense to us. The turnaround in his behavior was amazing-within 24 hrs. In addition, Maril has worked with us to develop strategies for training unique to our situation, even in simple things such as how Bob can safely exit a door first or walk him on a leash. Maril hasn't just come in and shown us how to train our dog "by the book;" she's taken time to observe us and our situation and helped us properly modify techniques to train him. We continue to work with Maril, but the change is unbelievable and we no longer make excuses for our dog's behavior.Bob & Linda Marlow, LivoniaAugust 25 2010
January 6 2017Maril & Bob Zbik dealt with:
Maril provided great visual aids that were relative to her verbal instructions. At the end of the first lesson it was almost as if we had a different dog. The techniques were awesome! They were easy to understand and utilize. The training made the stress level drop for both me and for my dog. I would definitely recommend Bark Busters. We had great results and great homework ideas.
Kristen works at Lincoln Park Vet and was a very good student.
Allen Park, Michigan
December 5 2016Maril & Bob Zbik dealt with:
Excellent Scores in every category. "This training definitely got the attention of my dogs."
Thor was a 160lb pussycat. Stormy Lou at 130lbs definitely wanted to be in charge. It was a great lesson!
White Lake, Michigan
November 18 2016Maril & Bob Zbik dealt with:
Maril made the training very logical. Within the first few minutes we saw results - very effective! We like the training techniques used and how effective they were. The training was very informative and engaging. I realize that we have to practice and work hard for continued results. Maril made it so easy and logical.
Valentino was bullying Sammy, an older dog in the house and they didn't know how to help Sammy. Valentino was all bluster and no follow through. He is now calm and happy to have the humans in charge. He was not a good leader. :-)
April 29 2016Maril & Bob Zbik dealt with:
I've never seen Midnight so relaxed. It's quick and easy & it works. The explanations were excellent.
Gina loves her animals so much she just wanted them to have better manners.
February 16 2016Maril & Bob Zbik dealt with:
Maril was very thorough and explained everything. She took the time to show me how to say and do things so Lexi would understand - it worked the first time!! Maril explained the why's and how's of dog behavior. I found it fun. I can't wait to practice! I love training without treats. After Maril left I practiced some of the techniques and I am very pleased!
Cathy and Lisa were enthusiastic students!!
Allen Park, Michigan
February 3 2016Maril & Bob Zbik dealt with:
We learned very basic, non dramatic techniques that cause no harm to our dogs. Anyone can learn these and be successful. We are thoroughly impressed by our trainer Maril. She truly is a life saver and we see a huge difference in our dogs already. Excellent scores in every category.
Melissa is 8 months pregnant. Lazarus was protective, territorial, jealous of her husband and was attacking China. We needed to get results FAST! Melissa and Mark have done a great job!
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
December 3 2015Maril & Bob Zbik dealt with:
Maril was very calm with our puppy. She has a natural and easy to understand demeanor.
Gus was such a super cute puppy. Kudos to Eliza & Mike for a job well done.
Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan
August 17 2015Maril & Bob Zbik dealt with:
Maril was great. I saw noticeable results from both my husband and my dog! I was absolutely pleased. It was a little like magic. I know that practice and consistency is the key to continued results. I refer clients to Bark Busters because the training really works.
Lisa works at Roose Animal Hospital in Plymouth and is a great student.
August 1 2015Maril & Bob Zbik dealt with:
Maril was fabulous she even suggested we video her w/ Ollie, as well as ourselves. Ollies demeanor was much more relaxed after our first session. Her confidence in herself and in us improved immediately. Ollies response was immediate once we knew more about speaking her language. Maril was pleasant, supportive, and knowledgeable it was low pressure / high reward. We would absolutely recommend Maril.
Very dedicated owner. Good job on your homework!
July 8 2015Maril & Bob Zbik dealt with:
Maril is wonderful. She explains and demonstrates techniques that work. She is also flexible and good at modifying techniques to fit changing circumstances.
Sammy went from attacking if food was accidentally dropped, to looking away and letting someone pick it up. He is much more relaxed.