meet your specialist trainer Michelle McCarthy
Dog Training & Behavioral Therapist for Rockland and South Orange Counties, New York
Let me start from the beginning, my boyfriend and I brought home a shelter pit mix with a history of aggression, we knew that we were his last shot for making a home work as he had been returned multiple times already for biting. We brought him home and within the first two days he bit my boyfriend and attacked me. We had Michelle scheduled for the third day he was home and let me say that she truly saved our dog's life, without her training our Brix would have ended up back at the shelter and probably put down for his aggression. Brix had extreme territorial aggression and would not let me or my boyfriend near him when he had a toy or blanket or anything really. Within the first session with Michelle we saw a huge improvement with him, he started listening to us and truly looking at us as his leaders, and not the other way around. We've seen Michelle a few times now and have now moved on to working on his leash walking (he's a puller) as he now the ideal dog inside, he's better behaved then any dog I've ever had now! He now enjoys his blanket, toys, and snuggles without fear or aggression. Michelle is always reachable for questions in between training, and her methods work. I have seen a complete transformation from the dog we brought home to our dog now, and so have my friends, family, and our vet who have all praised his training and complete 180. Words cannot express how thankful we are for what Michelle has done for us, without her we would not have been able to handle Brix and probably would have ended up having to bring him back. We now have a loving, adorable dog who listens to us and is continuing to learn!Ally G.February 4 2017
Best Dog Training in Rockland & South Orange County!
Michelle McCarthy graduated from the Bark Busters Home Dog Training Academy in Englewood, Colorado and has been awarded the prestigious Grand Master Dog Trainer & Behavioral Therapist certification. She has also completed Advanced Training and Master's Training and stays up to date on training techniques. Michelle is also an approved AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. She has trained over 2,500 dogs in Rockland and South Orange Counties, including a very wide variety of breeds and many, many mixed breeds -from Chihuahuas and Yorkies to Pitbulls and Mastiffs, and everything in between! She does a lot of work with local rescue and shelter dogs as well.
Michelle has appeared as an expert on Cablevision's Channel 12 News and has been quoted in the Journal News. She is recommended by veterinarians, groomers and dog sitters all over Rockland and South Orange Counties.
Using dog-friendly techniques that are based on your dog's natural language - body language, timing, voice control - Michelle will help you to establish a relationship with your dog based on love, trust and respect. She can help you find solutions to embarrassing problems like pulling on the leash, nuisance barking and jumping up on people or counters. Give her a call if you need help with housebreaking, chewing or digging, mouthing, destructive behavior, separation anxiety, and aggression. She will work with you in your home, where both you and your dog are most comfortable and everyone can join in, and will use gentle, all-natural, non-food based methods that are proven effective with all dogs, regardless of their age or breed. They work great with puppies too!
Michelle lives with her husband and their 3 rescue dogs and 6 cats (!), in Rockland County.
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.