what our clients say about Dick Messenger
Dog Training & Behavioral Therapist
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A couple of months back, our 8 month old golden, Griz, was exhibiting aggressive behavior especially when walking with my wife. I contacted Bark Busters and Dick Messenger immediately got in touch with me. We have had two sessions with Dick since then. He has provided invaluable insight on the pack structure and how a dog thinks. It was obvious Griz had been training my wife and I instead of us thinking we were training him. The results have amazing. Having problems with your dog? Contact Bark Busters.Keith N., Newberg, OregonFebruary 27 2017
Dick Messenger is my dog trainer. I am very pleased with the training and lessons we have received. Dick has given my husband and I our own personal home exercise program. These instructions are personally developed for our individual needs. My sweet Bella dog has been very receptive to this training and it shows! Dick has been very instrumental in our success in behavior modification with Bella. Dick has been available by phone for any questions. He has made home visits. Both my husband and myself are successful dog owners thanks to Dick! I highly recommend Dick for your training. He is able to individualize a working program for you and your loved dog.Kathryn D., portland, OregonJune 3 2015
Easy to understand but challenging to follow up everyday w/several exercises to practice. I was happy to see that there was no punishment to the dog for not following commands. The training experience was definitely interesting and enjoyable. It was great to see how a dog could follow commands. I would recommend Bark Busters because dog owners need to know how to treat their dogs with respect.Martha S., Sherwood, OregonMarch 2 2014
Dick showed us how to do each step, allowing us to go through the procedures with our dog. We still have work to do with out dog but he is much improved! Bark Busters came highly recommended from my niece Gwen Davis. Gwen knows others who have used Bark Busters and were well pleased with the resultsMarilyn and Gerald W., Newberg, OregonOctober 21 2013
We knew exactly what to do. Dick's instructions were written and explained well. We would have observed noticeable results had we stayed consistent with working with the dogs. The first 2 weeks were great. Then we weren't able to work with them as often. The BB collars got their attention and they paid attention to our commands. Dick did a great job explaining everything.Rhonda and Larry D., Canby, OregonOctober 21 2013
June 15 2017Dick Messenger dealt with:
Dick is very thorough and professional. We knew what to expect about and from our initial training before Dick even arrived at the house. He was great about providing reason behind the Bark Busters method. By the end of the initial training, we were seeing hope for promising results with our pup. We feel confident that we've learned the right skills to continue working with our dog.
May 27 2017Dick Messenger dealt with:
Our training session with Dick delivered immediate results. While we have work to do to continue the progress, our dog Charli very quickly responded to the approach. We learned a number of intuitive, useful training exercises that have made a big difference.
Charli is more calm, and much more responsive than when we first adopted her. Great success so far!
May 25 2017Dick Messenger dealt with:
Dick has been great to work with, is patient with us and our dog and knows his stuff. Thank you!
May 9 2017Dick Messenger dealt with:
We really enjoy working with Dick! He explained to us the reasons behind Jax's behavior and how to correct them. I appreciate the honesty in knowing that it is a process and there will be good days and bad days. I also appreciate how quickly Dick responds to my emails!
March 3 2017Dick Messenger dealt with:
Duke is doing great! Looking forward to our next class. He is like a different dog. Thanks Dick.
February 27 2017Dick Messenger dealt with:
Dick Messenger is a great trainer. He is easy to understand and very thorough. When he left our training session, it was like we had a different dog!
Jeff, Mary Jo and Matthew are deeply committed to training their dog and it showed right away. "Cooper" is lucky to have such great owners!
January 14 2017Dick Messenger dealt with:
I strongly recommend Dick Messenger as a dog trainer. Â I called on Dick when I became the parent for my ex-Roommates anxious and somewhat neurotic 7-year-old dog. Â From the get go, Dick taught me how to interact with Josie in a way that clearly demonstrated that I was the alpha, which helped to decrease her anxiety, her attention getting behaviors, and her restlessness. Â Â Â Dick was patient, thorough, and thoughtful in our training sessions and he provided clear written instructions which made practicing with Josie easy. Â Â I recently had family visiting and they remarked that since I took Josie on and did training with Dick, she is a completely different dog. Â Â Dick was responsive to my questions via email between training sessions, and made sure to clarify any issues that I had quickly and effectively. Â Â I have already recommended Dick to several of my friends and family. Â Â I can't thank him enough for helping to improve both my and Josie's quality of life.
December 7 2016Dick Messenger dealt with:
Dick was awesome! He clearly knows his stuff!
August 30 2016Dick Messenger dealt with:
I appreciated that Dick explained the reasoning behind everything he showed us. Also, I like that he gave step-by-step instructions to troubleshoot and solve problems that arise.
August 24 2016Dick Messenger dealt with:
Dick was down to earth, straight forward and incredibly responsive throughout the course of training. He provided a comprehensive and easy to follow approach to training which has had a very positive and profound effect on both of our dogs.
It requires some work on our part, but well worth it for the results we've had!