meet your specialist trainer Kevin McDonnell
Newton Abbot Home Dog Training & Behaviour
or call 0808 100 4071
Hello, I’m Kevin McDonnell, dog training Newton Abbot and I'm your local behaviour therapist for Bark Busters. I’m on hand to help you with any behaviour issues you may be experiencing with your dog, using an easy-to-learn system of communication.
I feel very privileged to work in this beautiful part of the UK. Travelling around Devon, meeting lovely people and their fabulous dogs is a job that many people would love. I’ve been training dogs here in the UK for over four years and I love it. Before moving back to the UK, I was a Bark Busters therapist in Canada for over 5 years.
Aside from the fact that I enjoy getting to meet amazing, characterful dogs every day, I thoroughly enjoy the work I do, teaching dog owners like you how to communicate effectively with their dogs. I teach a training programme to help you to build a better relationship with your dog, and eliminate the behavioural issues that are causing you, and probably your dog, stress.
If you're looking for local quality dog training near you, then you've come to the right place. Whether your dog barks, digs up the garden, has separation anxiety, toilets in the house, or won’t walk nicely on a lead, I can help you. What is more, I can still help if he does a combination of these things, or shows aggression to strangers, aggression to other dogs, or to his siblings (sibling rivalry), or if he simply ignores you completely when you try to recall him. These issues very often arise from a breakdown in communication between you the owner and your dog, and once we fix that, everything begins to fall into place.
The training I will teach you is based on canine communication, and will allow you to learn how to communicate clearly with your dog because you will be using systems of voice tone and body language that he understands. By learning this kind, fast and effective system, you will learn how to show calm and consistent leadership, so that your dog understands what you are trying to communicate.
The training is delivered at your home in a one-to-one training session that will last around 3 hours. The time flies by as you enjoy learning the new communication techniques that I will show you, and once you understand the theory behind the training, it will all make perfect sense. Plus, most people find that they start to see a difference in their dog’s behaviour during the lesson, and that makes the effort worthwhile. I will leave you with a clear vision of the way forward, together with a written training plan and lots of literature to help you to practice the training. Should you need any further help from me after the session, you can contact me for as long as you need me.
I have trained 1,000's of dogs, and have built a reputation for delivering fantastic results, and great customer service. This means that I am often referred by vets and other animal professionals. So, I am confident that, together, we can resolve any behaviour issues you are experiencing with your dog and rebuild your loving relationship with him. Before you decide to book a visit from me, I will ring you for a free, no-obligation telephone consultation where we will discuss your dog’s issues and how best to resolve them. You can then be sure that I am the right trainer and behaviour therapist for you.
We were recommended Kevin by a friend and as we were really struggling to manage several behaviour issues with our two cocker spaniels Elsa & Otis, we thought we’d ask him for some help. My husband Kevin used the word ‘staggering’ multiple times as almost immediately the training session began our dogs began to display the behaviour we’ve always wanted! Kevin uses a step by step approach where he actually trains the owners (not the dogs!) and the dogs respond immediately! It really was quite amazing to see. It’s made such a difference already in only one day and our dogs are relaxed, happy and comfortable knowing we are in charge. A particular behavioural issue we wanted to address was Otis travelling in the car, where he constantly whined, cried and over the journey built up to screaming and howling. It was almost impossible to concentrate on driving with him in the car so we’d practically given up taking him with us in the car - we’d tried absolutely everything beforehand to adapt this behaviour with no success. Kevin came in the car with us and guided us through employing the training he’d just given us to correct the issue - and it worked!! We simply couldn’t believe it. If you are reading this, you are probably experiencing unwanted behavioural issues with your dog .. our advice is do not delay, get in touch with Kevin ASAP. You will not regret it, we most certainty don’t. Already in just one day, we have happier and very relaxed dogs so thank you so much Kevin, we are all very grateful!K.M.8th June 2021
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.
Your trainer is an independent business owner who operates their own business under a franchise agreement with Bark Busters. Dog Day (Devon) Limited trading as Bark Busters, is a franchisee of BBDT (UK) Limited, the Master Franchise holder.