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Tom Zebrowitz is amazing!! This training is very practical and it makes sense! Its better than any other method!!! Tom takes his time and explains things and answers any questions you have!! He was extremely patient with my husband and I and our 3 dogs!! Also, he was very understanding because we had a last minute plumbing emergency so my husband and the plumber were in and out and he never rushed us!! Its great finally being able to communicate with our four legged friends!! We're now striving to be just like Tom!!
Posted: 6/03/2011 • Last edited: 5/20/2014 • Link to this review
Training with Bark Busters was a great experience :) Both I and my dogs learned so much. We now have a better understanding of each other and a better functioning household. And just like a previous reviewer, I too have a fearful dog who has serious issues with people. She is a rescue who was once involved in dog fighting. But Tom Zebrowitz was able to address her issues and she is now a better socialized dog which even my vet has noticed. I would HIGHLY recommend Bark Busters to anyone having behavioral problems with their dogs! 2 thumbs way up :D
Posted: 5/17/2011 • Last edited: 5/20/2014 • Link to this review
We can't say enough good things about Tom and the BarkBusters method!He was patient with us and our dogs,and helped us become the pack leaders we need to be. Granted we still need practice, but we are on the right track now. Us and the dogs are much happier now. Its so nice to look out the window and watch them play together, instead of watching to make sure they are not fighting! If you are having problems with your dogs, I highly recommend Tom Z. and Barkbusters! Thanks Tom, Sandi and Billy Powell
Posted: 5/06/2011 • Last edited: 5/20/2014 • Link to this review
We have 3 rescued pekingese, two females and one male. Out of the blue, the two females started fighting. Our Vet recommended to try Bark Busters, but if it didn't work we would have to get rid of one of the females. We have not had an altercation between dogs since Tom's first visit! The "sibling rivalry" is under control, as are the other bad habits our dogs had developed. Tom really taught us how to take control of the pack! We still have work to do and more to accomplish, but I know that Tom will help wherever and whenever we need. I wish we had learned the tricks of Bark Busters 30 years ago when we had our first dog! I am so greatful to Tom that our dog family can remain intact and happy!
Posted: 4/27/2011 • Last edited: 5/20/2014 • Link to this review
We first called Bark Busters 4 years ago, when we needed help with our adopted pup. At the time it was impossible for us to even take our dog on a walk because he would pull us around and would bite anyone who came near us. Max spent a lot of time with us in our home and in our neighborhood where we walked him. He is very knowledgeable about dog behaviors and helped us have a better understanding of our dog's fear aggression issues. With Max's help we quickly saw a lot of positive changes that we were able to easily to maintain because he gave us the tools and confidence to reinforce those changes. Max is always readily available and responsive, whether it be to give some advice over the phone or to come back to your home for a refresher or if new problem behaviors arise. When I was pregnant Max gave us lots of tips on how to bring a new baby home to a dog. He knew I was nervous about how our dog would react and he actually came to our home the day we brought our baby girl home to make sure things when smoothly! Max loves dogs and seems passionate about what he does. I would highly recommend him for your family.
Posted: 4/26/2011 • Last edited: 5/20/2014 • Link to this review
When my wife and I met Bob and Judy we had adopted a 1 year old Golden Doodle. We had been trying a method with a DVD series. It wasn't working for us so we decided to get some hands on help. They showed an entirely different method. They observed my family and our puppy and recommended methods for us. Our puppy responded immediately. We have used some simple tools with multiple behaviors. It has enabled the puppy to enjoy us and us her.
Posted: 4/14/2011 • Last edited: 5/20/2014 • Link to this review
My husband and I were absolutely astonished at how quickly and efficiently our doberman rescue was trained by Tom Zebrowitz from Bark Busters. We now have full understanding of the dog pack mentality and how important that knowledge is to maintaing happy pack life. Thank you Tom!
Posted: 3/20/2011 • Last edited: 5/20/2014 • Link to this review
I am very disappointed in my experience with Bark Busters. I came to Ryan McPherson in June of 2010 with a serious problem. I had a dog that was human and animal aggressive, and he was reactive. Ryan said he could handle this problem, but then only performed basic obedience training for 6 lessons instead of behavioral training. I purchased the life time service (much more expensive than bundled training packages with other local Atlanta trainers), so I figured that he needed to learn this stuff anyway. On the sixth lesson, Ryan decided that we were doing fine on our own. My dog was still showing serious signs of aggression and reactivity. I expressed my concern about not scheduling a revisit. Ryan said he would follow up with us the next month. I never heard from him again until just last week via email. I asked him for a partial refund because I have since learned that using negative reinforcement on a fear aggressive dog is not beneficial, and therefore will not be using his services again. He did perform 6 lessons for us though, so I don't think a full refund would be fair. He has not addressed the refund, and I doubt he will after all of the negative reviews I have read on other websites about this company and unwillingness to refund. I have since taken my reactive dog to a different trainer who is much more equipped to deal with his problems. I'd highly recommend looking elsewhere if you have a dog with a similar problem to mine.
Posted: 1/17/2011 • Last edited: 5/20/2014 • Link to this review
Bark Busters works with reactive/aggressive dogs on a regular basis, and our techniques are successful with these and all types of dogs. Unfortunately this was not the case with this client. We regret that we did clearly communicate our methods which do not use any negative reinforcement. We have come to an amicable agreement with this client refunding a portion of her fee and she has pursued an alternate course of training. We wish her the best of success with her pets.
I first contacted Ryan McPherson with Bark Busters because my puppy was very difficult to train. He barked constantly, jumped and pulled on the leash. He is a large retriever puppy and with his size it was becoming difficult to control him. Ryan came out to my house within a week of me contacting him and gave me an extensive lesson with practice and advice on how to maintain good behaviors long term. Thanks to Ryan's patience and techniques, I am now the proud owner of a sweet, well-behaved dog. Bark Busters is so convenient because they come right to your house and work in an environment where you and your dog are comfortable. I would absolutely recommend Bark Busters and Ryan to anyone! I had a great experience with them!
Posted: 12/28/2010 • Last edited: 5/20/2014 • Link to this review
I just want to say how pleased I am with Tom Zebrowitz of Barkbusters. He came into our home, gave excellent directions to us, from leashes, collars, feeding and walking schedules, all he way to the types of foods to be feeding our dogs. Not only that but with alot of patience and care he had us handling our dogs correctly, which was much appreciated and less stressful for both us and our pets. I say bravo to Tom and to Barkbusters! Thanks a million.
Posted: 11/21/2010 • Last edited: 5/20/2014 • Link to this review
Max was extremely professional. We have used several other trainers in the past, but Max took the time to come to my home, assess my dog's particular needs, and listened to my input about what I felt was and was not working. He created a unique behavioral modification program, and I instantly saw results. Bark Busters is unique in the individual attention they give to each pet, and that is what separates them from all other trainers out there.
Posted: 11/03/2010 • Last edited: 5/20/2014 • Link to this review
I have 2 dogs. A 12# mixed breed and an 11 month old Lhasa Apso. The Lhasa, Cassie, was still not house-broken and said hello when I came home from work by putting her mouth around my wrist while jumping (ouch!). I was at the end of my patience. Within 10 days after Tom Zebrowitz's first visit, Cassie was house-broken. Tom showed me how to correct Cassie's behavior when she greets me, provided advice and coaching on other behavior issues we had discussed. I'm still working on the door bell frenzy, but I know we will eliminate that problem too. Zoe and Cassie quit playing together several months ago. Cassie wanted to play but Zoe would growl. I'm happy to say that Zoe and Cassie play for hours and curl together to sleep now. I wish I'd called Barkbusters 6 months ago!
Posted: 9/28/2010 • Last edited: 5/20/2014 • Link to this review
I have 2 boxers, Conway and Chloe. They are the love of my life, but were demanding and destructive to articles in my house, remote controls, shoes, towels and anything they could get in their mouths. After finding Bob and Judy Padgett, our lives have changed. Within 2 hrs. of the first visit, my dogs were controllable. Bob and Judy carefully and professionally showed me the error of my ways. Once you realize that they are retraining the owner, not the dogs, it is an easy concept. For the first time in 2 yrs. my shoes are on the floor, my dogs respond to my commands, no barking in the house and I have taken back my house. This has been a life-changing method. My dogs are happier, I am happier, and any guests now do not get attacked. I highly recommend Bob and Judy Padgett for any problems with your pets. Simple techniques, encouragement, visits to your own home, dealing with your specific problems. Bark Busters has changed our lives, for the Better!! Give them a call, your dogs will thank you.
Posted: 9/25/2010 • Last edited: 5/20/2014 • Link to this review
don't get me wrong, my personal expirience with bark busters was decent. They helped us learn how to train our dogs ourselves. We had a good trainer, even though I think it was overpriced. In my expirience, this is a good and helpful company that will help you if your willing to work at it. They are not aggressive or mean and their methods make sense. BUT, the reviews on this page are obviously false. Notice the first 20 something reviews they made the same mistake by putting 5 stars overall but forgetting to give star ratings for quality, service, and value. Then they caught the mistake and corrected it and started 5 staring nearly everything. Next, most posters on here have only written one review and that's for barkbusters. most people on kudzo write reviews for many services. Additionally there are over 400 barkbusters trainers, yet the vast majority on here promote bob and judy, follwed by max and Tom. It's rare to find reviews of barkbusters (good or bad), where NEARLY EVERY person gives the full or first name of their trainer. If you want real reviews, just google barkbuster reviews, you'll get the good and the bad, not just a slew of reviews obviously written by the franchise owners. My question for barkbusters is, why do you make it a point to respond to EVERY bad review on this site, yet on your own site instead of posting the good and bad and responding to the bad, you only show the good? It makes me wonder if all those reviews are real or fake like this.
Posted: 9/19/2010 • Last edited: 5/20/2014 • Link to this review
Bark Busters is always very grateful when our actual customers take the time to write a review either positive or negative. We use this feedback to help us improve our business. We take great offense when an individual uses this as a forum to attack our integrity and the integrity of our customers. We feel that it is important to address any issues raised by any negative reviews.
We appreciate the positive comments posted by this reviewer regarding the training but find it offensive that the reviewer (who has only one Kudzu review) goes on to say that the other reviews are false. Many of our clients come from Kudzu and we appreciate them returning to rate our service. All reviews posted are by actual clients who took the time to register on Kudzu and then rate our service.
We have 87 reviews going back to 11/01/2005, 57 of the reviewers (including "vettech099") only had written one review. 30 had 2 or more reviews.
Prior to June 2007 Kudzu only used an overall rating. This is why prior reviews did not have ratings for quality, service or value. This is true for all merchants on Kudzu.
There are over 400 Bark Busters trainers worldwide with approximately 250 in the U.S.A. and 7 in the Atlanta area. The Kudzu site is for Atlanta trainers. This is why all the reviews are for Atlanta trainers. All 7 trainers plus one retired trainer have reviews on Kudzu. Several clients list the name of their trainer and some trainers are mentioned more than others. All seven trainers are certified, qualified experienced trainers.
We are not perfect and while we try our best to satisfy every client we sometimes have unhappy clients. We tell all of our clients that if they are happy with our service to please tell their friends, family, and veterinarian and if they are unhappy to please tell us and we will do everything possible to make them happy. If "vettech099" would contact us directly we would be happy to verify that our reviews are 100% authentic.
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