meet your specialist trainer Neil Price
Home Dog Training & Behaviour Northwich
Contact Neil by e-mail
or call 0808 100 4071
I 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.
Hi, I'm Neil Price, your local behaviour therapist and trainer of Bark Busters Home Dog Training Northwich. If you’re reading this, you either share your life with a dog already or are thinking of rehoming one or even getting a puppy to add to your family. It may be that your dog has a few issues, or is even a diamond with rough edges, but whatever the issue I can help. I love helping people to understand and rehabilitate their dog and rebuilding their relationship into a strong bond of mutual respect. If you are frustrated, or at a loss how to change your dog’s behaviour problems, such as barking, hyperactivity, aggression, jumping up, pulling on the lead or separation issues, chewing, digging, recall, play biting or just wanting to give your puppy the best opportunity to be a great family friend to your children, then I’m here to help.
My career with dogs took a while to happen, but there have always been dogs in my life. I grew up in a farming community and my love of nature and animals came from there. Helping my dad with herding the sheep, watching how brilliantly the working sheepdogs helped reduce the workload was an inspiration. As well as the working dogs, we always had other dogs in the family, so my desire to work with animals and specifically dogs, was a true ambition.
It was no surprise that although I initially started my working life in horticulture, travelling to Holland frequently, I still managed to have dogs. Two lovely German Shepherds who were looked after by family whilst I was away on business. They were very responsive and were a joy to train.
My wife and I had various rescue Border Collies, Buster, Abbie, Max, Tilly and Jazz and we were also long term fostering two more for a dear friend. Then we adopted Gemma. Wow, she was a difficult girl! She was a very nervous anxious young 15-month-old Border Collie and had been showing serious aggression to people and dogs, hence her owners had felt obliged to shut her away most of the time reducing any socialising to a minimum and we discovered she wasn’t house trained either. I was determined to help her and took her to training classes, but wanted to understand her more, so took and passed with merit, my Diploma in Canine Psychology. It certainly helped me with Gemma, but made me even more determined to make a career with dogs as the focal point.
A good friend mentioned Bark Busters Home Dog Training to me, and I realised after meeting with them, this was my dream job and I now work with dog owners like you in and around the Northwich area. Training was intense, but enjoyable and I learned the kind, gentle techniques which are so well suited to calmly help dogs and their owners. I demonstrate the training techniques and then coach you to be able to carry on the training daily, to further the improvements experienced at our first lesson.
I was able to fully rehabilitate young Gemma. We had a great time competing in agility and before she retired, we were able to achieve national level in Kennel Club agility competitions, obtaining the highest KC award of Agility Warrant Gold. I was very proud of her!
In addition to helping families with their dogs, I am also a KC Agility judge and I give my time free of charge to Cheshire Dogs Home, working with the difficult to rehome dogs to ensure that they can find their forever homes.
If you are not fully enjoying your dog, are feeling challenged by unwanted behaviour, would like to be able to enjoy your walks on and off lead, be able to trust your dog to respond when you call them back to you, never have to worry about leaving your dog at home knowing that there will be no toilet accidents or destruction, not having your arm wrenched by a lunging dog at people, cars, bikes or other dogs, neighbours complaining about excess barking, then call me and with our unique written Support Guarantee, you will have the peace of mind that any further visits will be free of charge.
We've had Blu our 15 month old German Shepherd since he was 8 weeks old. In November he started to become reactive (constant lunging, barking and occasional snapping at dogs although not actual touching them) which meant we've not been able to do much off lead work with him when dogs are around. He's always been to doggy day care twice a week but that stopped in early July, and we would eventually love him to go back. Blu has always been to group puppy and obedience training but we've also put that on hold whilst we work with Bark Busters so we have consistency. Neil came to visit us last Sunday, he is very laid back and friendly and clearly has a lot of knowledge and experience. We were incredibly impressed with how Blu responded to Neil and the techniques he used for barking, and jumping up. We then went to the local park where dogs were playing, Neil observed us handling Blu and offered us sound professional advise. We're keeping up to date with our homework and trying to be as consistent as possible with Blu with lots of positive reinforcement . In just a week we've seen an improvement, yesterday I felt confident enough to take Blu to the park to do some training and playing whilst there was quite a few dogs in the area. I ensured that Blu had enough space between him and the other dogs and he did great, concentrating on me even though he was aware of all the other dogs around him. We've still a way to go, but delighted in just a week we've seen some positive changes. I suspect most of the changes are with us as handlers, which impacts Blu's behaviour. Thank you Neil, we look forward to our next session.J.V.15th September 2019
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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.