meet your specialist trainer Karen Edstrom
Bark Busters Home Dog Training DuPage, Naperville, Aurora, Chicago IL
Best Dog Training Naperville. Aurora, Wheaton IL, Chicago, Central DuPage and Kane Counties!
Karen Edstrom is a certified Master Dog Behavioral Therapist and Trainer and owner of the Central DuPage and Northern Kane Counties zip codes for Bark Busters Home Dog Training.
Karen has over 7 years combined experience helping over 600 dogs and their families live together in harmony.
What Karen does: She is a dog training expert. She helps people with basic dog obedience, puppy training and dog behavior training for serious issues including Aggression, Biting, Separation Anxiety and those behaviors which cause people to become angry, frustrated or embarrassed. Karen excels in coaching her clients and she is recommended by numerous veterinarians and other pet service providers.
Dog owner's call seeking help to correct their dog's behavior. Karen guides the owner's through training and addresses the issues that concern them including: Answering the door; Barking; Biting; Chewing inappropriate items; Demanding Attention; Destructive Behavior; Digging; Hyperactivity; Introducing dogs to cats; Issues in the car; Jumping on people or counters; Not coming when called; Over excitement; Poor behavior at the groomer or vet clinic; preparing dogs for a new baby; socialization issues with people and/or animals; stealing food or items such as phones, remotes, shoes, glasses, toileting; walking nicely on a leash and other dog behavior issues.
Karen is an expert in puppy training. Many people consult her even before they bring home a puppy so they know what to expect and what to do from day one. Puppies need special attention and preventing issues is much easier that fixing them later. It is never too early to start teaching a pup how to fit into its human family. They will be learning from the first day they arrive in their new home whether we mean to teach them or not.
Age is not an issue. You CAN teach an old dog new tricks. Karen has started puppy training with dogs as young as 8 weeks and dog behavior training with dogs as old as 14 years old. Dogs are lifelong learners so it is never too late to change behavior. The sooner you start, the sooner Rover will fit into your family.
Master Dog Trainer, Karen have helped client with people who have dogs with disabilities, blind and deaf dogs can also learn how to fit into their human families.
Multiple dogs living together can be a challenge for people. Karen has helped many families with multiple dogs, even a family with as many as 10 dogs.
Karen can also provide additional help for other issues such as preparing the dog for the arrival of a new baby in the home, living in a multi unit residence environment, bringing home a shelter or rescue dog, easing into a new home, managing the fear of thunderstorms.
Karen does not discriminate regarding breeds. She has worked extensively with Australian Shepherds, Beagles, Border Collies, Boxers, Chihuahuas, Corgis, Dachshunds, Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherds, Great Danes, Huskies, Jack Russell Terriers, Lhasa Apsos, Mastiffs, Min Pins, Various Terriers, Pit Bulls, Pomeranians, Poodles, Portuguese Water Dogs, Pugs, Retrievers, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Rottweilers, Schnauzers, Shih Tzus, Spaniels, Weimaraners, Yorkies, Designer Dogs and endless mixed breeds who have come from breeder, pet stores, rescues and adoptions.
Bark Buster's teaches you how to communicate with your pet. When we speak to our dogs they hear blah, blah, blah blah. Then we wonder why they ignore us. It could be that you are not speaking their language. Bark Buster's training method is based on how dog's communicate with each other and how they learn from older dogs. More importantly, dogs in a pack. This is what makes Bark Buster's training unique and effective.
So how does the training work?
Karen starts with the interview and questions to determine the cause of the behaviors of concern that the client has. In most cases the behavior the client wants corrected is the symptom of a deeper cause. Dogs do things for dog reasons, not people reasons. Dogs think differently than people do. They view the world and life from a canine perspective, not a human one. These differences can lead to misunderstandings and problems.
After the interview Karen will start the education phase with her clients. She will explain the issues from the dog's perspective and then start working on a program of dog behavior modification with her client and their dog. Karen coaches and guides her clients though the process of changing their dog's behavior.
Karen uses positive, non-physical natural approach to dog modification. She does not use clickers, shock collars or treats. Every dog is an individual with their own personalities, temperaments and experiences. The same as people are. Each client's training is customized to fit their needs with their dog. Great relationships with dogs are built on a foundation of love, respect and trust. If any of these are missing there are likely to be problems.
Consistency and practicing for 10-15 minutes sessions every day for 5 to 6 weeks will permanently change the behaviors that concern you.
If your relationship with your dog is causing you stress, frustration and anxiety and is not what you imagined when you brought your pup home?
Are you ready to stop yelling at your dog and change your life with your pup for the better?
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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.