meet your specialist trainer Nicole Martel
Bark Busters Home Dog Training Westchester County, Putnam County and the Bronx
I have a pack of three Boston Terriers (ages 1, 3, and 4) that I desperately needed to teach better manners when it came to "charging" the front door, jumping onto the couch, and not pulling while on the leash. To add to the situation, my 1 year old puppy is deaf. In searching online for local in home trainers, Nicole's name came up. On top of her bios and other professional write ups, it was the other happy customer reviews I read over that sold me on the idea that I needed to reach out to Nicole. Before even meeting her, I got the vibe that Nicole was the "real deal" and was excited to see what techniques she would be bringing to the table to help me with my pack. Nicole worked with 1 dog at a time until they mastered the concept, then we practiced the skill with all 3 dogs at once. Making adjustments to my body language, voice tone, and wording had me speaking "dog", which had my dogs quickly realize the "charging", jumping, and pulling behaviors are no longer acceptable. With every tool or technique tried, Nicole gave me an explanation as to why she was having me say and do things in the particular manor she was demonstrating, which was much appreciated. Knowing why I'm doing something is just as important as understanding how to do it. During this process, I was most impressed with Nicole's ability to teach my deaf high energy puppy the same expectations and skills that the other two were learning. Having her own deaf dog has lead her to be very knowledgeable about best practices and techniques. However, I am confident that if Nicole didn't have prior experience with a deaf dog, or any dog with special needs, she would have taken the time to educate herself prior to coming to the lesson and come prepared with several tools/ techniques available to find the most successful one. From beginning to end, Nicole's demeanor towards myself and my dogs was nothing short of professional. She didn't leave any questions unanswered or apprehensions unaddressed. It is clear that Nicole is truly passionate about what she does and that it isn't "just a job" for her. Since our lesson, Nicole has reached out to check in on our progress and is always responsive to emails with questions/ concerns that have arose with helpful information and reminders. I would recommend Nicole to anyone!!!!!Amanda M.April 27 2017
Hi! I’m Nicole Martel, your local dog trainer and behaviorist, serving all of Westchester and Putnam counties and much of the Bronx (complete list below).
My mission is to cure your dogs’ behavioral problems by teaching them to respect your leadership, creating a close bond and a trusting, respectful relationship between you and your dogs.
I will help you become the “leader of your pack” so that you can enjoy your dog, and your dog can enjoy being owned by you and not have to spend its life being yelled at, penned up, left outside, or surrendered to a shelter. I use dog-friendly, non-food- based and non-physical methods (no shock collars or harsh methods ever!).
My goal is for your dog to love and respect you, not fear you, control you, or create chaos in your home. I will work with you in your home to address such issues as aggression, barking, housebreaking, separation anxiety, jumping up, nipping/biting, pulling on the leash, chewing/destructive behavior, sibling rivalry, and much more. I can help you with ANY BREED, ANY AGE, ANY ISSUE! From puppy nipping to full adult aggression, whatever the behavioral issue, I’m your gal! There is nothing more important to me than improving the lives of dogs and their owners and attempting to eliminate the abuse, abandonment, and euthanasia of dogs. So please, reach out! I am available 7 days a week (evenings too) to work around my clients’ hectic schedules and to allow time for the whole family to be involved.
As you may have guessed, I’m a lifelong dog lover. I became fascinated by the Bark Busters’ methods when I hired a Bark Busters trainer to work with my own dogs. I have three dogs, and between the three of them, they HAD almost every issue you could imagine.
I was absolutely blown away by how well these methods worked. By the end of the first session, I saw dramatic results as my dogs started to respect me as their leader, and the long-lasting results only grew from there. I am passionate about dogs, and it breaks my heart to hear stories of dogs being surrendered to shelters or euthanized due to behavioral issues. Needless to say, when I was given the opportunity to get involved with Bark Busters as a trainer, I jumped at the chance!
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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.