meet your specialist trainer Neil Price
Warrington Dog Training & Behavioural Therapist • St Helens & Widnes
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.
Welcome to dog training Warrington, I'm Neil Price, your local dog behaviour therapist and trainer. I am a Grand Master Dog Trainer and Behaviour Therapist having worked with more than 1,800 dogs during my career with Bark Busters. I hold a Diploma in Canine psychology (merit), accredited by the SFTR (National UK Therapists Register) and I'm a qualified Kennel Club agility judge.
As dog lovers we want our pets to be part of our family, but we often find ourselves becoming increasingly frustrated and desperate for help as we try to deal with unwanted behaviours. These can manifest in ways such as barking, jumping up, pulling on the lead, poor recall, chasing and even aggression to other animals or people. If you are finding your dog's behaviour challenging, you are not alone, and you have come to the right place for help to resolve the issues that are spoiling your relationship with your dog.
As dog owners, we love our dogs, take them for walks and provide them with food and a nice warm bed. We believe they will not only love us back, but they will know instinctively how to behave in a way that pleases us. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Dogs learn by their experiences and they need us to teach them by communicating with them in a way that is consistent and that they can understand. As a Bark Busters Home Dog Training therapist, I will visit you in your home, discuss the problems that you are having and develop a tailored plan that will get you and your dog communicating effectively. Before leaving, I will ensure that you and your family have mastered the techniques so that you can practice and continue the rehabilitation yourselves.
Having been brought up on a farm, as a small child I was intrigued watching my dad control the working sheepdogs, making easy work of herding and penning the sheep. Also, there was always a Jack Russell in the house, doing the usual terrier type activities, being cheeky and naughty! Over the years I’ve owned various dogs, among them two lovely German Shepherds, looked after by family when I was away on business before I found my true calling!
My wife and I have had as many as eight dogs at one time, including rescues and two pups bought following research to be sure they came from genuine breeders. That is something recommended to anyone thinking of getting a puppy. Our rescue dogs brought their own issues, but Gemma in particular was a major challenge. Taken on as a 15-month-old working sheepdog, she did not have the best start in life, was naturally a nervous, timid girl, which caused her to be defensive using aggression to both strangers and other dogs to try to protect herself. She had never been house trained, so we had lots of accidents to begin with. We were making slow progress with her when I decided to study for my Diploma in Canine psychology accredited by the SFTR (National UK Therapists Register). I was pleased to achieve merit status and the knowledge gained helped me understand and help Gemma. Then soon after, a friend mentioned that there was a position available at Bark Busters in Warrington, having always wanting a career with dogs, they showed me how to achieve my wish.
Once my Bark Busters residential training was over, I continued to work with Gemma and made speedy progress, nurturing her trust and confidence that I would keep her safe. We were able to start National Kennel Club Agility competitions, something I loved doing and ultimately Gemma gained the Agility Warrant Gold award; the highest award issued by the Kennel Club.
Gemma is a Border Collie, but I work with any dog of any age and with any behaviour problem. I am also able to help you with puppy training, or when adopting a rescue dog. I work closely with Cheshire Dogs Home and help to prepare some of the more difficult dogs for re-homing. I also support adopted dogs in their new homes. A recent success was my help in the rehoming of "Chance", a very boisterous deaf American Bull Dog. He had been struggling to find a home as his behaviour was difficult to manage and training a deaf dog can be very challenging for new owners. By teaching him the basics whilst he was in the Cheshire Dogs Home, and by following up with him and his lovely adopters, in his new home, I was able to ensure that his relationship with his new family was going to be a lasting one.
Bark Busters Support Guarantee for your dog
If you're looking for professional dog training near you, with fast and effective results, then you've come to the right place. The Bark Busters training methods are fast, effective and long lasting. You can often expect to see results very quickly, once you learn the techniques needed to communicate calmly in a way that your dog understands. I will teach and support you and the Bark Busters Support Guarantee will give you the confidence that I will return free of charge throughout the term of your guarantee should you need it. This ensures you can fully enjoy sharing your life with your dogs.
I can also help if you are looking for a dog trainer in Runcorn
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
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.