meet your specialist trainer Lynn Prentice
Watford Dog Training and Behaviour Therapist
Contact Lynn 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 home dog training Watford, I'm Lynn Prentice, your local dog and puppy behaviour therapist and trainer. I expect if you're reading this then you have decided that the time has come to get help with your not so perfect pooch, well I know the feeling...
Some years ago I came to the same conclusion myself as my beautiful boxer puppy was quickly turning into a grown up nightmare. He thought no-one should be allowed into his house, he would not come back when I called him and he would lunge at other dogs on the lead to name just a few of his problems.
Fortunately I was recommended to Bark Busters Home Dog Training by a friend and after the very first visit Ralf's behaviour began to significantly improve. The local therapist explained to me how I was giving Ralf all the wrong signals and explained the difference between human and canine communication. Armed with this knowledge, the techniques she had shown me, and her continued support, Ralf's behaviour transformed in a very short space of time.
Some months later I discovered that there was an opening for a Bark Busters therapist in Watford, so I contacted them. Having seen how well I had worked with Ralf, I applied and was tutored through their extensive training programme. I have never looked back. I love my vocation and love facing the challenges of even what may seem to be the most difficult dogs. It's all about understanding and communicating, something I am confident I can teach to you.
During my years with Bark Busters I have helped owners and dogs with all types of behaviour problems barking, jumping up, recall, obedience, toilet training, separation anxiety, dog aggression, and stranger aggression. Both I and Bark Busters are committed to helping owners and preventing the worst for their dog. Just last month I helped two owners avoid having their beloved dogs put to sleep for aggression.
But whether it is something as serious as this or just making sure that your pet stays safe by always returning to you when called or even puppy management for new owners wanting to get it right from the start, I am here to help.
If you're looking for professional dog training near you, then you've found the right place. I will spend time in your home, with you and your dog, assessing why you are facing your current problems. Then we will form a sensible achievable training plan for you to follow and with the Bark Busters Guarantee you can be confident that I will be there to support and guide whenever you need me, and that I will return free of charge to help with any reoccurring or new issues.
With our help you can change your dog's behaviour as I did. Ralf is now a happy contented dog who volunteers as a Pets as Therapy dog and I am also a Pets as Therapy Dog Temperament Assessor.
[Sorry - I don't know what the invoice number is] I had to put in an emergency SOS call to Barkbusters as my psycho Cocker Spaniel was ruling the house and we couldn't manage anymore. Nothing I was doing would have any impact on the dogs behavior. Everything was one big game and my wife and I were at our wits end. Lynn came round and no joke, within 20 minutes was able to demonstrate that we have a well behaved dog, we just need to be able to communicate with him, which we were not doing. We were showed how to talk "doggy language" and the results were remarkable. 4 days on now and we have a much calmer dog, much calmer family and a much calmer home. Don't get me wrong, there is a still a lot of work to be done and we are seeing improvements every day. Thank you Lynn and thank you Barkbusters as you have saved us from parting with our family pet (which was the next step if you had not come and saved us/him). ThanksR.M.17th January 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.