meet your specialist trainer Lee Hardy
Swadlincote Home Dog Training & Puppy Education
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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.
Thanks for taking the time to find out about Bark Busters Home Dog Training Swadlincote. My name is Lee Hardy, and I’m your local dog behaviour therapist and trainer.
If you are struggling with your dog’s behaviour and/or training, I can promise you that you are not alone. You may feel that nothing is working for you or that your dog is untrainable. You may even be considering giving up your furry friend because you simply can’t cope with the stress. If you feel that things are out of your control, I can help. I’ve been successfully training dogs in and around Swadlincote for over 20 years and have trained over 4,000 dogs and their owners during that time. Very often, problem behaviours are easily turned around once owners learn how to communicate in a kind and effective way that their dogs will understand.
I was once in the very position where you are now. My first dog was a black Labrador called Rannan. Her behaviour was so bad that my life was out of my control and I was desperate for help. Extreme aggression to other dogs was the main issue to the extent that many people suggested she be put to sleep. I couldn’t and wouldn’t accept that this was the only option for such a beautiful dog. That was when somebody recommended Bark Busters and so I called them for help.
The Bark Busters system of training is built on communication and is kind, simple and effective. I learnt how to communicate with Rannan in a consistent way. She quickly learnt that I would keep her safe, so she could relax and enjoy her life without worrying about guarding me and the family. She became much happier and more relaxed once she learnt that she could rely on me as her leader. She began to listen to me rather than panicking and making her own dangerous decisions. Everyone was happy.
I was so impressed by the logic and simplicity of the system that I went on to train as a Bark Busters behaviour therapist myself and now work in and around the Swadlincote area. After 18 years and 3,500 dogs, I have never regretted that decision. My work with dogs and their owners brings me great satisfaction. I love to see the happiness on owners’ faces once they realize that their dog does listen and can learn.
We want our dogs to be a happy and well-behaved member of the family. However, dogs look at things differently to humans and can sometimes ge things wrong. This doesn’t mean they are deliberately naughty or out-of-control dogs – they are simply unconvinced by our ability to lead and so will take on the role, making decisions for themselves that we don’t always like. This is where my expertise and experience will help you and your dog to start understanding one another again. The training programme is fun and easy-to-follow. In many cases, owners are amazed at the speed of the changes in their dog.
I see all sorts of problems; pulling on the lead, boisterous behaviour, barking or howling, separation anxiety, destruction, aggression, toileting, sibling rivalry, separation anxiety, and many other issues or combinations of issues. From households with a single dog or multiple dogs (I once trained a household with 12 dogs) to those with rescue dogs who are struggling to settle in, or those with a new puppy, I help to ensure that dogs are happy, relaxed and well-behaved because their owners understand how to communicate with them. I can be confident when I say that I will be able to help you, and show you a way forward from any behaviour problems you may be experiencing. I can also help you get off to a good start with your new puppy, covering all the basics of puppy training.
I currently have 4 dogs including a 5-month-old puppy who I have recently introduced into the family ‘pack’. My puppy and my older dogs are comfortable with and accepting of each other because of the care we have taken in ensuring that my dogs are properly introduced, there is sufficient, good-quality food for all, and that they all have the time and space they need to play and relax.
I’ve also helped many dogs in rescue centres, particularly the RSPCA, to prepare their dogs for rehoming, and to ensure that they remain in their new homes.
Feel free to contact me to see how I can help you or, if you’d like to know more, please feel free to read the testimonials from my happy clients. You can also keep up to date with all of the latest information and entertainment available on my Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/BarkbustersDerby/.
I look forward to meeting you and your dog very soon.
Great to have someone come in and be able to identify the problems fairly quickly as well as offer simple but effective solutions. Lee was great at giving us techniques to use which we could easily understand and just need to work on to put into practice. Our two dogs have come a long way in a short space of time which gives us confidence and makes us feel more positive going forward. It's also great to know we have someone at the end of a phone for any questions or issues that crop up.S.L.9th February 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.