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2018 U.S. BEHAVIORAL THERAPIST/TRAINER OF THE YEAR
2018 U.S. OFFICE OF THE YEAR FINALIST
Welcome! I am Nicole Martel, your local Bark Busters dog behavioral therapist and trainer. I work with clients in Greater Westchester County, Putnam County, parts of the Bronx, and Ridgefield and Danbury, CT.
I have successfully trained hundreds of dogs to be well-behaved companions for their families and have helped dog owners overcome a variety of frustrations - from typical puppy misbehavior (nipping, jumping, and chewing) to incessant barking, leash pulling or reactivity, door charging, to severe cases of adult dog aggression, separation anxiety, and sibling rivalry.
I know I can help you and your dog have a better, more harmonious relationship where you can enjoy each other and have peace in your home (and on walks!).
Building upon my success in 2018 as Bark Busters U.S. Trainer of the Year and 2018 Finalist for U.S. Office of the Year, I have continued to hone my craft and maximize the successful results that I am helping my clients achieve. I adjust and customize my approach and technique to help empower each client to transform their relationship with their dog, and I have continued to earn outstanding reviews from my clients:
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"Ciara was, let’s just say, a bit out of control, thinking she was the boss of our house. She was people aggressive, dog aggressive, garbage truck aggressive, basically everything that came in her path aggressive. Not only did Nicole take the time to explain to us why Ciara felt the need to be a 'protector', but she taught us the beginning skills to help us help Ciara relinquish her power, and finally be able to just be part of our pack instead of having to protect it all the time. We can't wait for our next lesson, and man do we wish we called sooner!” -Danielle M., Scarsdale, NY
"We had used a former military person who specialized in dogs with PTSD as well as another dog trainer and neither one of them produced the immediate results that Nicole has in just a few sessions. What I really appreciate about Nicole is that her methods are completely understandable and there is NO physical treatment to the dog.” -Marilyn W., New Rochelle, NY
"We had our first visit with Nicole today for about three hours and we have already seen changes in our dogs behavior. The techniques we learned were easy to do and were followed up with praise and love, and they worked.” – Nancy F., Irvington
"Bear is 4.5 months old. He's a good dog, very lovable and super cute which makes it difficult to stay mad at him when he misbehaves. Nicole worked with us for almost 3 hours. She was so patient and understanding and really took her time explaining to us in great detail until she was certain we were fully understanding everything she was trying to get across. She's so knowledgeable and gave us such wonderful directions as to whatever concerns we had and how they could be rectified. After we sat and talked it was time to actually start working with Bear and I have to say the results that we saw in such a short period of time took my breath away.” -Lori P., Bronx
“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 led Nicole to be very knowledgeable about best practices and techniques.” -Amanda M., White Plains
"I cannot recommend Nicole Martel highly enough. We had Nash for almost a year and went through many trainers and were not making any headway. Then Nicole came in like a little pet detective and spent time with us and really got to the root of what was happening and what needed to be done. She broke it down very basically so we had a routine we could manage. And almost best of all, she stayed with us. When I emailed with updates, she would cheer us on for the good stuff, give us other options for the areas we were still having trouble with. I will be forever grateful to her for all her help. She was born for this job!!!!” – Lynne S., South Salem
"My 14 year old dog, Dustin, was barking and showing signs of age and anxiety in recent months. Somehow I remembered that we'd purchased a Lifetime Guarantee from Bark Busters 14 years ago!!! I contacted them and Nicole got back to me almost immediately and had easy access to my records and confirmed the guarantee!!! What?! That's crazy. Best of all, she said she'd be happy to give me a refresher course and that you CAN teach an old dog new tricks! She spent over an hour with Dustin and me. I appreciated her warmth and insights and clear instructions. I'm back in charge of my dog instead of my dog being in charge of me! Thank you, Nicole!” – Ellen F., Dobbs Ferry
I've always loved dogs and been fascinated by how they behave and interact with us. I first became familiar with Sylvia and Danny Wilson’s methods for dog training years ago when I hired a Bark Busters trainer help me with my own dogs. My household had gone through a lot of major changes and stresses in a short period of time, and it was taking its toll on my dogs’ behavior. I will never forget my first lesson, because it changed the course of my life forever. Not only did I witness my own dogs’ behavior transform before my eyes, but seeing firsthand the impact of these amazing methods over the long term inspired me to change my own career path and to become a behavioral therapist and trainer myself. To be able to share my experience and to help other dogs and people change their lives is truly a dream come true and something I am thankful for every day.
I truly believe that our method of training is the best, and it brings me great joy to see how well dogs universally respond to it. Our methods succeed where others fail, because they enable you to communicate with your dog in a way he actually understands. When you start thinking like a dog, suddenly your dog’s behavior will all make sense, and you’ll understand how to communicate to tell him to stop any unwanted behaviors. And, because you’re going to communicate with him in his language, he’ll understand and respond. One of the best parts of my job is watching owners achieve this communication with their dogs and seeing the looks on their faces when the dog responds and focuses his attention on them for the first time. It can really be a magical moment! It is so satisfying to see the dogs “get it,” bringing smiles and relief to their humans’ faces and to also know that we have accomplished this together in a way that builds and enhances the loving bond between the dog and owner. That is one of the things that I like best about our techniques.
I'll never forget the first lesson I had with a deaf puppy. The way that dog looked at me at the end of the lesson and the kiss he gave me on my chin will stay with me forever. It truly felt like gratitude, and it left a huge impression on my heart. So many dogs end up in shelters and being euthanized because we, as humans, have failed to understand them and to meet their needs. I see dogs every day who have issues and are either in danger of losing their homes or have just been rescued and need to get their behavior straightened out so that they can fit in to new homes. It is my mission to be able to help owners understand and meet their dog’s needs for appropriate food, shelter, entertainment, and most important of all safety. A dog that feels safe is a happy, relaxed, and well-behaved dog, and I love being able to empower people to provide that critical feeling of safety for their pups. As the owner of 3 dogs, 2 of which are rescues, I have personally experienced the joy of having been able to be the first human to provide them with that.
So, however severe your situation is, please don’t give up on your dog, reach out to me! You’ll be amazed when you see how your dog responds to you right in the first session, and then with practice, you’ll continue to improve and fine-tune your communication, achieving lasting results. And if you ever need help or have a question, remember that with our Lifetime Support Guarantee, you’ll have my support and assistance for the life of the dog anytime you need it.
Call me today, so I can get started helping you and your dog. What I hear most often from my clients: “We wish we had called sooner.” Please don’t hesitate!
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Nicole has been AMAZING with training our Frenchie from when he was just a puppy and has since come back for two follow ups when we needed a refresher because we had gotten lazy and again when we had a baby and we got REALLY lazy with the dog training (plus more people were around and no one was following the "rules"). Our pup responded to her imme...
Two weeks ago, I adopted a Jindo/Spaniel mix. He was saved from the meat trade in Korea by the organization Korean K9 Rescue. I was told he had separation issues, however, since I've never adopted a dog with such traumatic background before, I didn't know what to expect. Tyler, wound up following me everywhere around the apartment. I couldn't...
We worked with Nicole on many issues that have been building up with our once very trained and kind dog, Boomer. We welcomed a baby into our home a year ago, and ever since, Boomer has been showing more aggressive tendencies and showing us that he thinks he needs to be in control of the house. She helped us understand how to show him, in his langua...
I honestly don't know what we would have done with the 2 new puppies we brought home if not for Nicole. We are first time dog owners and thankfully, Nicole came out the very next day to meet with us, dogs, kids, and all. She showed us exactly how to make our puppies feel at home while avoiding possible future pitfalls. She came back out a couple...
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"Â€Â 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...
Oh my word, after only one online/virtual lesson (via ZOOM) with Nicole and Delilah is already showing GREAT improvement! I contacted Nicole to help me and my 16 year old daughter train our coonhound not to pull while walking, stop jumping up on us, and in general respond to our commands! Delilah was pretty much pulling me off my feet while walking...
When our rescue dog began to show signs of aggression in the house we were unsure of what to do. We wanted to help him and make him feel comfortable in our home, while also keeping our family safe. Unsure where to turn, we reached out to Nicole and have been working with her for close to a year now. The progress our dog has made (as well as our oth...
Simply put, Nicole is amazing, loves what she does, and you will get positive results! We have been working with Nicole since our Corgi, Marzipan, was about 12 weeks old. We had issues with normal puppy behavior at first: nipping, biting things he wasn't supposed to (i.e. shoes, wires, toilet paper etc). By the end of our first session we saw...
Nicole is amazing. She is so warm and friendly and really takes the time to assess the situation and give fantastic suggestions and feedback. She observed our 11 week old Labradoodle and quickly diagnosed her misbehavior and had ready to go solutions! Already we have seen a drastic improvement in Piper's behavior. She seems to have calmed down...
Hiring Nicole/Bark Busters was the best investment ever! I did a ton of research and watched YouTube videos before getting my puppy, Zeus, and thought I was prepared - boy was I wrong. When we brought the little bugger home, I had post-puppy depression. This little bugger was running my life and I felt like I had no control over the situation....Jeanine R | Ossining, New York