meet your specialist trainer Kevin McDonnell
Taunton Home Dog Training & Puppy Behaviour Therapist
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.
Welcome to dog training Taunton, Sommerset, I am Kevin McDonnell and I am your local dog behaviour therapist and trainer. Dogs have always been a major part of my life and I believe they are a unique species as they give you unconditional love. They are always pleased to see you and demand nothing in return. Although we humans find this difficult to do, we do share the need for clear communication with our furry friends.
Over 25 years of corporate life had taught me the importance of clear communication. We are always happier when we know what is expected of us and our dogs are no different. Having trained nearly 1000 dogs and their owners, on one to one private lessons, I know through my experience just how important this is. Dogs are natural animals and in order for them to be content and happy they need a balanced environment and for us to clearly communicate in a way they understand. This is what I do and my support guarantee gives you peace of mind for the lifetime of your dog!
If you're looking for fast and effective quality dog training near you, then you've come to the right place. Whether you're experiencing behaviour problems with your dog or maybe you're looking to give your puppy the very best start in life, I have a programme to suit you. Let me show you how to take control and have the happy content dog that is a pleasure to own.
Do you want a great relationship with your dog?
Kevin McDonnell is a certified Bark Busters Master Dog Behavioural Therapist and Trainer and has successfully trained nearly 1000 dogs and their owners.
What does he do?
Kevin is a dog training and behaviour expert and helps people with all problems and all breeds. He has extensive experience with serious behavioural issues such as people aggression, biting, dog aggression, hyperactivity, separation anxiety, obsessive behaviour, incessant barking as well as puppy training, basic obedience and much more. His reputation has been built on providing incredible results and excellent customer service, which has generated numerous referrals from Vets and other dog professionals.
How does he work?
After your initial enquiry Kevin will provide you with a free, detailed phone consultation so you can understand what is happening with your dog and why the behviour is happening. He will also explain in detail how the training works so you can decide if it is right for you and your best friend.
The initial training lesson takes place in and around your home and last around 2 - 3 hours. It includes a detailed presentation on your dog's behaviour so that you can fully understand why your dog is showing the behaviour. Kevin then tailors several exercises to modify your dog's behaviour. At the end of the first session most owners see a dramatic changes in their dog's behaviour. In order to make these changes permanent you will be left with a written training plan, based on what you have already done, so you will be very familiar with the exercises. The training exercises are very easy and not too time consuming. Most of it is based on how to communicate your instructions, how you interact with your dog on a daily basis and generally adds up to no more than 20 minutes per day.
Although Kevin offers various training packages he generally recommends the Bark Busters Written Lifetime Support Guarantee, which for a one time fee provides you with as many follow up visits as is needed, Free of Charge for the lifetime of your dog. This Guarantee also covers you if new problems develop in the future.
Payment can be made by Credit Card, Debit Card, Cheque or Cash.
Amazing - Yes it does exactly what it says it does. We have a pack of Corgis (our kids) and love them but from 3 kids to now 8, things just somehow get out of hand. Kevin explained the theory behind BarkBusters and quickly put us into training, not the dogs but us and the dogs. It was amazing that even the most stubborn of our gang soon took to the new rules and leadership and from us, not Kevin. We'll call him Yoda of the Dog world. Yes it's only day one but the marked improvement in our kids behaviour is unbelievable.Knowing that Kevin is there for us now for life is reassuring but somehow we believe we won't be needing to call on him too much if we stick to being in charge. Our only request is Kevin next time can we have better weather! Highly recommended.J.J.14th November 2019
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.