meet your specialist trainers David and Anthony Swindells
Nottingham dog training and behaviour therapist. Puppy education programmes
or call 0808 100 4071
We offer a variety of options to conduct lessons whilst maintaining social distancing. This includes home lessons, conducting lessons in your garden / open spaces and using video conferencing where applicable. We have introduced a new "Home Lesson Risk Assessment" to help to combat the spread of the virus.
Hello, we are David and Anthony Swindells of Bark Busters Home Dog Training Nottingham. We are a father and son team and we have been dog behaviour therapists and trainers for over 10 years. In that time, between us, we have worked with well over 1,000 dogs and their owners, and we’re enjoying every minute.
Our training techniques are kind and calm, using voice tone and body language, in the way dogs naturally communicate with each other. This makes it so easy for dogs to understand and enjoy the techniques and games we use to remove the unwanted behaviours and to train in the good behaviours. The Bark Busters training successfully helped our own problem dogs to become responsive, happy and trustworthy members of our family and now we love passing this knowledge and training onto others. We find it hugely rewarding in seeing the results and the relief dog owners feel, so that they can relax and enjoy their dogs all the time.
The training takes place in your home, at time that is convenient to you and less stressful for you dog. Of course, where your dog is having problems outside the home, we’ll venture outside and guide you through the training in local roads, parks or fields etc. We will sit down with you to listen to your concerns, observe and assess your dog or puppy’s behaviour, then explain why the unwanted behaviours are happening. Together we will devise a tailor-made training programme that you and your dog will enjoy. We will coach you in the techniques needed, so that you can communicate in a way that your dog will understand and get the results that you want.
We love working with puppies too as they are always a joy to work with. It’s really important to start early and put the right training in place to prevent mouthing, nipping, jumping, stealing, toileting accidents, chewing expensive shoes or the corners of lovely wooden table legs, all of which are natural behaviours for pups! We can help you to manage and retrain those unwanted behaviours so that your puppy becomes a loving part of your family.
You will also have the peace of mind that having purchased the Lifetime or 12 months support package, all return visits are conducted free of charge and we will help you maintain the progress and keep everything on track. Click here to read more about our unique support guarantee.
If you are unhappy or struggling with any aspect of your dog’s behaviour, no matter whether minor or major and it’s preventing you from fully enjoying your time with your dog, then we’d be delighted to help. Take a look at our reviews and testimonials to see what other dog owners like you are saying about our training.
Please do make contact so you can fully understand how we work, and learn all about our amazing unique support guarantee, either for your dog’s lifetime or for 12 months, whichever you prefer.
David & Anthony
We grew up in Nottinghamshire and we have always been a dog owning family. Over the years we’ve had lots of dogs, mainly from rescues, who we often found came with a variety of challenging behaviours. “Ice” a Huskey was a puller, “Floss” a Border Collie was reactive, showing aggression to dogs and people and “Tag” a Jack Russell Terrier, was a real barker and if he had the opportunity, he’d have bitten the postman too! On walks, some were ok off lead, but even then, they might rush up to strangers and jump up, others would try to chase cats and be intimidating to our human visitors. We attempted to address these problems by following the advice that we heard from other dog owners, but it was often conflicting and confusing. We read so many dog training books but the suggestions and techniques didn’t work. Some were even rather physical which we wouldn’t even try! We also tried various non-pulling devices and other training aids which promised success every time, but sadly they all failed for us.
Unless you have been through this - and as you are reading this page you probably have - you wouldn’t believe the stress and anxiety that these behaviours caused to our family. On the worst days reaching a point where we started to question if we would ever find a solution to their behaviour problems. We never gave up on them and simply had to manage the behaviours, avoiding walking at certain times, keeping the dogs on lead, scanning the horizon all the time and certainly not fully enjoying our time with our dogs.
In one of our attempts to find the right support for one of our dogs, “Rosie” a German Shepherd, we came across Bark Busters who were looking for dog behaviour therapists and trainers in the Nottingham area. We were intrigued and after meeting with them and seeing how their techniques gave such positive responses in a dog’s behaviour like ours, we decided to join the team. After our training it was like a light bulb moment of understanding as to why some dogs have difficult to control behaviours, what causes them and more importantly how to fix them. Just treating the symptoms won’t work permanently, without dealing with the root cause of the problem.
I was blown away ! Anthony was so helpful and patient .The whole family could see a difference in the dogs’ behaviour after just one session .Just wish I had done it sooner .S.K.20th January 2020
how we can help you and your furry friend
The Bark Busters communication methods help solve behaviour issues such as aggression towards people or other animals
- Cure embarrassing habits like barking, jumping up on people, scratching & whining at doors or inappropriate toileting.
- Create an obedient dog or puppy that will happily walk on the lead without tugging, sit or stay on command, and come immediately when called.
- Set off-limit areas.
- Reduce the stress of separation anxiety without the need for sedatives or drugs.
We teach you to communicate with your pet.
Do you find yourself shouting? Do you think your pet isn't listening to you? Maybe you're simply not speaking their language. The Bark Busters communication method is based on the way how our dogs communicate with each other and how they learn from older, more experienced members in the pack. This is what makes our training unique and effective.
Why do we train in your home?
Your pet lives with a family, in a home. This is where he spends most of his time and misbehaves most often, so this is where our programme is most effective. Our dogs learn by association. Bark Busters teaches him to listen in the home environment. If he does not listen at home, he will most probably not listen outside where there are far more distractions.
In your home we teach a one-on-one system without other distractions or the stress of being sent away from you to learn.
Of course, where you are experiencing problems outside the home such as pulling on the lead or dog aggression etc..., we will set up controlled situations in the park or wherever is most practical.