Harvey is great!! He showed us how to create rules and how to properly lead our pup Beau since the very first visit with him. We saw such a great change in Beau’s Obedience right away! I highly recommend Harvey and Bark Busters.read more
Mr. Harvey’s teaching methods were clearly stated and demonstrated before adding the dogs into the equation. My level of comfort handling both of my dogs was significantly decreased after my set of dogs (brothers) had an outdoors dog fight this past Tuesday. After our session my level of comfort handling them in public was significantly increased, and the ability to lead/control my dogs not vice versa. This training is a lifetime investment that will not only keep our dogs from fighting each other, but it will keep them safe, keep others safe around them , and it will also bring peace to our home once again as a family. Thank you so much for your expertise, clarity, passion and professionalism throughout the session.
Thank you kindly,
Jessica M. Colombo
Logan and Thor Colombo 🐕read more
Harvey was amazing! Our 70 lb puppy showed improvements immediately. He was very patient with both us and our dog and encouraged us throughout the entire process. We tried so many things to keep our dog from pulling when we walked her and after one visit from Harvey it is a night and day difference. I highly recommend Harvey and the Bark Busters Program.read more
Harvey was very punctual, very patient and very calm with our pets. We brought a new rescue into the home who was so frightened and so traumatized and in the few hours he was here the first day she was sitting by our feet and not trying to hide under something. That was incredible… our previous dog had an issue of barking when someone came to the door and he gave us the tools to stop that and have seen a change in him as well. It’s only been a month in our home for this little girl and she is slowly coming out of her shell and is less frightened. She needs surgery on her leg so the training she needs for walking on a leash cannot be fulfilled at this time but so far so good and we are confident when we utilize the tools he gave us she will learn quickly. We are very happy with Harvey and his services 👍🏻read more
Harvey gave us our dog back! We we were feeling hopeless and thought we had to give up our dog. He would continuously bark, jump up on counters, chew our clothes, and so much more. Now, because of Harvey, we realize he was trying to run the house. Duke, our dog, was a rescue who had been in many different, dysfunctional homes. We live very busy lives and felt we would have to give him up. Now we don't. The training is easy.
Harvey presented the material in an understandable and fun manner. He was always willing to answer questions, and he worked with our dog for as long as needed. The training is easy to follow, but very effective. Only a few days have passed, but our dog has vastly improved in his behavior.
Thank you Harvey for your expertise and work.read more
Harvey really impressed me. He took his time and listened to the problems we were having with George. I can confidently saw that after the training, he no longer chews my shoes or uses my carpet as his toilet.read more
After just one 3-hour session with Harv, my husband and I felt confident that we could properly train our three dogs. We saw an immediate improvement in their behavior, and with doing the exercises consistently, our dogs are continuing to improve. Harv taught us that our commands, tone of voice and body language are what our dogs understand. Instead of pulling on leashes they now walk well beside us. The chaos that used to happen whenever the doorbell rang is now under better control. It is good to know that if we have any backsliding issues, Harv will come to the house to help correct the problem. Thank you Bark Busters and Harv.read more
We saw such amazing results on just the first day! Harv taught us how to take leadership as well as new techniques, voice commands, & body language. We love how he connects with pets & people too. He was truly amazing! Harv was very professional, my pups responded to him very well. Would absolutely recommend Bark Busters & Harv to anybody!read more
Harvey spent 3 hours at our house working with our two dogs on several things- barking at the front door, jumping on guests, begging for food, pulling while walking, and separation anxiety. We noticed an obvious difference in our dogs the very next day. Instead of running into the food pantry for their food, we are able to get them to sit and stay and wait for their food until we tell them to come. We are able to go on relaxing walks without fighting to keep them from pulling us. Yes, we still have to work on these things outside of our first session, but Harvey taught us how to effectively accomplish these things on our own and we are seeing great results right away!read more
Our puppy Gracie was a little out of control. Harv with Bark Buster came and made our life so much easier.
Just one three hour visit and I feel so much better about how to make Gracie a great companion.
Working with Gracie after Harv’s visit was so much easier and rewarding. Thanks Harvread more
So often as a Brevard County dog trainer I walk into client’s homes and quickly realize who is in charge. Without realizing it, pet parents have relinquished control of the home to their dogs. In fact, many adjust their schedules to accommodate the dog!
While I observe the dogs and owners, I can often see how well the dogs have trained the owners. Dogs are a lot smarter than we give them credit for. In fact, the root of many behavioral issues is that the dog thinks he is the “pack leader”. It’s not something owners realize until we point out the tell-tale signs. Suddenly the owners see things from their dog’s point of view and have a new respect for their dog’s intelligence.
Pushy dogs come in all forms — from the chihuahua that rules the front door to the Rottweiler that refuses to let his pet parent vacuum. Many of these dogs like to dominate, but others assumed the role of pack leader by default — when no one else stepped up to the plate.
For fun, I have listed some examples of dogs I have seen in my travels as a dog trainer. These dogs knew how to get what they wanted! These are real-life scenarios compiled from my clients. You may see yourself or your dog in these behaviors!
Merlin (a border collie) wakes up my husband in the middle of the night to go out and then sneaks back upstairs and takes his spot in the bed.”
“My Boxer Rhett walks us. We seem to go where he wants at his pace. I feel like I am in a tug-of-war!”
“Our Labradoodle Mollie loves to play in the mud. My husband started offering a treat to Molly so he coud clean her paws off with a hose before she comes in the house. Now she runs away from the hose unless he throws a treat.”
“Our German Shepherd King has learned to use the door handle so we don’t have to let him out. That is the good news. The bad news is he doesn’t shut the door after himself, letting all the bugs in! When he is at daycare, he often opens the door to the garden and lets all the dogs out. This can be dangerous!”
“Our dog Cuda has my number. When he wants to go for a walk, he goes and grabs his leash. He is relentless in his begging and I always give in because I work from home and don’t want my client’s to hear his barking!”
“My Groodle doesnt like it when I talk on the phone. He won’t stop barking until I end my conversation.”
“My two dogs love to play fetch. Every time I go outside they will appear with a tennis ball and start jumping all over me until I throw it.”
“The minute the doorbell rings, my dog Ruger goes crazy. He will drag out a huge toy and shake it at our guests until they pay some attention to him.”
“My miniature Poodle dog has been crate trained. He is fine if I put him in there during the day. .. in fact, he loves it! However, at night, he barks uncontrollably until I let him out and put him in bed with me.”
Remember that dogs are pack animals and are used to having a strong leader. If your dog perceives you as a weak leader, it will take over that role, often with disastrous consequences. You need to establish the rules and be consistent in enforcing them. Bark Busters Brevard County will teach YOU to be the leader at the top of the pecking order. Call me today so we can establish YOU as the boss!