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
Is your big dog aggressive?Bark too much? Suffer from separation anxiety? Unfortunately, big or small dogs all seem to have the same problems. Fortunately, I can help you overcome them all!
It is a myth that big dogs spell big problems. Let me dispel some of the other misconceptions I encounter as a Brevard County dog trainer.
Big dogs are aggressive. By their sheer size, many people think larger dogs are going to be aggressive when in fact many are gentle giants. Remember that dogs aren’t born aggressive. It is a learned behavior through mistreatment or fear. I have seen many chihuahuas who are fierce! If you have ever been hugged by a sweet Newfoundland or rescued by a Saint Bernard, you’d realize your fear of big dogs is unfounded.
Big dogs are mean (particularly to children). Many large dog breeds are family friendly especially when it comes to kids. The Labrador and Irish Setter come to mind. Personality is a better indicator of how well dogs get along with kids versus size. While it is true that a Mastiff’s or Great Dane’s tail can wipe out building blocks with a mere flick, children have been known to climb all over big dogs as well. What is most important is that the dog be trained to be around children. Big dogs can be great playmates for kids!
Big dogs are harder to train. Although each breed has its idiosyncrasies when it comes to training, big dogs are no harder to train than small ones. In fact, large poodles and German Shepherds are known for their intelligence. The main thing is to train large dogs – any dog – so they don’t jump up or drag you around on a leash.
Big dogs are more susceptible to illness and degenerative conditions. It is true that most smaller dogs have longer lifespans. It is also true that bigger dogs are more susceptible to arthritis. However, the biggest indicator of inherited genetic disorders exists amongst purebreds (versus mixed breeds) because of hereditary traits. For instance, pugs are known for respiratory problems and German Shepherds can have spinal issues. All dogs come with their own issues, personality and health history that may have nothing to do with size.
Big dogs can run forever. There is a misconception that bigger breeds make great running companions. For both humans and dogs, running is a high-impact sport that can be hard on your hips and legs. Hip dysplasia can be common among bigger dogs, so ask your veterinarian before you take your dog for long runs. He may also have some suggestions for special dietary needs and supplements that can make running safer for your dog. Some larger breeds like Vizlas, German Shorthaired Pointers, and Weimaraners love to run. Some small dogs like terriers and border collies often win the race!
Big dogs can’t live in apartments. Big dogs need big back yards, correct? The bottom line is that any dog can be happy living anywhere – no matter how big or small — if their exercise needs are met. I have met many apartment dwellers who take their bigger dogs for long daily walks and their dogs are as happy as can be. Once a dog has been exercised he is usually ready to rest – in any space you provide.
Big dogs can’t be lap dogs. I have seen many Mastiffs curled up in their owner’s laps as they are cuddling. As many big dogs would say: “If I don’t fit in your lap you need a bigger lap”.
Big dogs are great guard dogs. Many Labradors and Golden Retrievers would lick a burglar to death versus display ferocious behaviors. Want a good guard dog? First, they need to be trained specifically to guard. Second, you might want to choose a Great Pyrennes or Anatolian Shepherd versus just any large breed.
Big dogs tend to be overweight. Obesity can run in large or small dogs. It is directly proportional to how much you feed your dog and exercise him versus the size of the dog. The best way to keep any dog at the optimal weight is to feed them the right portions and exercise them frequently.
Big dogs require a lot of exercise. The size of the dog doesn’t determine their exercise needs. The most important factors are breed and weight.
As a BarkBusters Melbourne dog trainer, I can help you train big and small — any size, age, breed. Call me or email me so we can get started.