what our clients say about Maril & Bob Zbik
Dog Training & Behavioral Therapist
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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 has great communication skill. She opened our eyes to the obvious. We learned that Gabriel is eager to please and learned how we were preventing him from learning properly. We very much like the natural techniques. We do not want to use physical punishment to train. The "natural" way is helping us to focus. The training was very interesting and we enjoyed Maril using "dog yoga" to help us relax and focus for the sake of our home. I would recommend Bark Busters because: 1. Calm techniques 2. No harsh words or physical corrections. We are impressed with Maril and totally trust her guidance. We are calmer and more focused with her leading our program.Gloria & Rick Rocco, Grosse Pointe Woods, MichiganMay 24 2013
Maril explained the perspective of the dog in terms that made a lot of sense. She was kind and humorous and always encouraging. At the end of the first session Stringer was a different dog. It was amazing and a little strange - but fantastic! There was hope that he might be able to relax. I have had quite a few dogs and always read about dog training and other related information. I was very familiar with the idea of leadership required of the human "pack" leaders, but I never read about using your voice instead of treats or time-outs, or putting your hands on the dog. The Bark Busters method is quite remarkable. The training was definitely enjoyable. We look forward to Maril's lessons! We absolutely recommend Bark Busters. The results are phenomenal! So glad we tried Bark Busters. Totally amazing method, very professional trainer, exceptional service, stunning results. Thank you!Cynthia & Jim Burnstein, PlymouthNovember 9 2012
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.