Bark Busters Reviews

Bark Busters
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Bark Busters is a global dog training company providing in-home training services for over 30 years.

How Does it Work?

The Bark Busters training programs focus on addressing various behavioral issues, including aggression, barking, jumping, separation anxiety, and other behavioral issues.

The company's primary offering is in-home dog training, which allows trainers to work with dogs in their natural environment.

In addition to in-home training, Bark Busters also offers virtual training services, puppy management, and socialization programs.

Bark Busters' pricing is typically higher than group classes, but this can be attributed to the customized nature of their training and the lifetime support guarantee.

Customer Reviews & Complaints

Bark Busters receives mixed reviews from customers.  

While some dog owners commend the company for its effective, personalized training methods, others have had less positive experiences.

Positive customer reviews appreciate the in-home training, which they believe helps address the root causes of their dogs' behavioral issues.

Satisfied customers also appreciated the lifetime support guarantee, which ensures continued assistance for the dog's entire life.

On the other hand, some customers have raised concerns about the company's training techniques, believing that certain methods may be outdated or overly harsh.

Still other customers have complained about inconsistent results and high costs.

Below we take a look at some of the most common concerns customers had about Bark Busters.

Harsh Training Methods

Some customers have raised concerns about Bark Busters' training methods, describing them as outdated or overly harsh.

Critics argue that the company's approach relies too heavily on outdated dominance-based techniques, which have been widely debated in the dog training community.

They argue that the company's focus on establishing the owner as the "pack leader" may not be the most effective way to address behavioral issues.

There's concern that some of the correction techniques used, such as loud vocal cues or physical touch, may cause fear or discomfort in dogs and may not be the most compassionate approach to dog training.

Modern dog training has shifted towards positive reinforcement methods, and some customers feel that Bark Busters has not adequately adapted to these changes.

However, it is important to note that individual trainers' methods may vary, and not all Bark Busters trainers may employ the same techniques.

Inconsistent Results

Some customers have reported inconsistent results after working with Bark Busters trainers, stating that the training methods did not work for their dogs or that the results were inconsistent.

They believed that the company's techniques may not be suitable for their dog or that the trainers they worked with were not able to effectively address their pets' specific issues.

These inconsistencies may be attributed to differences in individual dogs, trainers, or the specific techniques used.

Trainer Quality and Experience

While Bark Busters has a comprehensive training program for its trainers, the quality and experience of individual trainers may vary.

While some customers have praised the skills and enthusiasm of Bark Busters trainers, others customers have expressed dissatisfaction with their assigned trainer's expertise, communication skills, or overall professionalism.

High Costs

Bark Busters' in-home training services are typically more expensive than group classes or other training programs.

While the company justifies the higher price due to the personalized nature of their services and the lifetime support guarantee, some customers feel that the costs are excessive, particularly when they do not see immediate or consistent results.

Limited Refund Policy

Bark Busters' refund policy has also been a point of concern for some customers.  The company offers a lifetime support guarantee, which ensures ongoing assistance for the dog's entire life.

However, this does not include a money-back guarantee, and customers who are unhappy with the services may find it difficult to obtain a refund.

The Bottom Line

While Bark Busters has helped many dog owners improve their pets' behavior and overall well-being, it is essential to consider the concerns and complaints that have arisen.

Potential customers should weigh these factors, research their local Bark Busters trainer, and assess their specific needs to determine if Bark Busters is the right choice for them.

Despite some concerns regarding training methods and cost, Bark Busters remains a popular choice for those seeking an individualized approach to dog training.

If you are considering using Bark Busters for your dog's training needs, it's important to do thorough research, read reviews from various sources, and consider alternative training methods to determine which approach is best suited for you and your pet.

If you have any experience with Bark Busters or their services, please leave your review below.

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Bark Busters Customer Reviews

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Not worth the money
May 16, 2023

$1,800 lighter, two visits and not much else. Been at least a year and a half since we've even heard from the guy. Only thing we got from him that works at all was a small bag with chain or something in it. Gets the dogs attention beautifully when you whack it on surfaces. This dog has bitten both of us and was quite literally days from euthanization without changes.

Thankfully we were put in touch with a non Barkbusters trainer that has helped immensely. This young lady has come to the house, invited us to hers, evaluated him, taught us, and helped us modify the dogs behavior. The dog has rebounded beautifully for less than HALF of the money we wasted with BB and is now a different dog. I wish I had found her first.

BarkBusters Office May 22, 2023

Hi Mike,

We are sorry to hear about your experience and would appreciate hearing from you directly at [email protected] if you are able to reach out to us.

Thank you

“Alpha dog” methods are bogus
May 14, 2023
We were very disappointed in bark busters. They made a bunch of promises they couldn’t keep, cost a fortune, and their methods ended up increasing our dog’s anxiety. They focus on training owners to be the scary “alpha dog” but science debunked that idea decades ago. Positive reinforcement is much more effective.

BarkBusters Office May 15, 2023

Hi Eric,

We are sorry to hear about your experience and would like to learn more about this if you can kindly contact us directly at [email protected]

Thank you

Embarrassed that I was ripped off
May 11, 2023

Don’t waste your money. I have 3 Dogs and he came out one time and I complained and he came out again. He told me I had a pack of dogs and hard to train. So I wasted my money and he charged me $3,000. I’m embarrassed that I was ripped off.

BarkBusters Office May 15, 2023

Hi l n,

If you can reach out to us directly at [email protected] we would like to help get your concerns addressed.

Thank you

Stay away from bark busters
April 5, 2023

One word horrible. Got little or no training for my leash aggressive dog.

If you don’t call them they will ignore you.

Don’t think they have the training for high anxiety dogs.

A lot of talk. But no solutions.

Run the other way. There are better trainers.

Called corporate. “Oh sorry you feel that way “ once they get your money , you’re pretty much on your own.

I would give them 0 stars if possible.

BarkBusters Office April 12, 2023

Hi Dan, if you can kindly reach out to us by email at [email protected] we will have someone contact you to help address your concerns. Thanks, Bark Busters

BobS. April 20, 2023

Seems to be a pattern here. Thanks for the review. It more than gives me concern.

BarkBusters Office April 20, 2023

We are sorry to hear this Bob. If you have any interest in learning more about our services we would welcome the opportunity to connect with you and can be reached at [email protected]

Do not engage with this company
April 3, 2023

This company is virtually a pyramid scheme. They convinced me that training could be done virtually, even though I had reached out due to volatile dog aggression issues.

When I tried to ask for a different trainer, it got escalated to someone a bit higher in the pyramid that basically told me no, and promised to check in, which never occurred.

BarkBusters Office April 12, 2023

Hi Kathryn, if you can contact us directly by email at [email protected] we will try our best to help you further, thank you

BobS. April 20, 2023

Very useful insight. Appreciate the care in your detail.

Female dogs fighting
January 12, 2023
I am so grateful we hired Bark Busters. We brought home a second female and our first female was territorial of all her toys and food and starting fighting our new puppy. We thought we needed to rehome her but we didn’t want to. A friend recommended Bark Busters because they come to your home. This made the most sense to us because we could show them what was actually going on. Our first dog went to daycare and got along great with other dogs so that is why we thought having trainers come to our home made the most sense. After the first session we new what to do. We had our daily homework and knew how to handle situations. We could reach out to our trainer at any time. After a couple of months our dogs became best of friends! Playing and cuddling! If you need any help with your dogs I can’t recommend the Bark Busters methods enough!

BarkBusters Office April 12, 2023

Hi Diane, thank you for sharing your positive experience with Bark Busters. We are glad our trainer has been able to help you with your dogs!

Awesome Results…. So Happy!
January 9, 2023

I rescued a Pitbull a few months ago who would pull on the leash strongly go crazy when he saw other dogs when we were out walking. I tried a bunch of techniques I saw on YouTube and nothing worked till I got help from my Bark Buster trainer. In just one session I learned a few training techniques to employ in the house and on leash which completely changed my dog’s reactive behavior on leash.

In addition, his overall obedience and temperament is so much better and he has become my best Buddy and not my stressful project. I thought at first training exercises in the house were a waste given my main issues were on leash, but I learned the key to all issues is my relationship with my dog, daily routines and how I communicate with him.

So far I have had and needed just one follow up session as the reality of the situation is my dog is now acting awesome and I am totally happy. I am super glad though the lifetime training allows me to get more help if I should ever need it. Kind of like an insurance policy.

Overall, yes the training is not cheap, but you get what you pay for. I had a totally out of control dog who was driving me crazy and now I have an absolutely awesome dog and I have peace of mind knowing I have a resource for his entire life should I need it even for simple questions that will probably come up.

BarkBusters Office April 12, 2023

Hi Max, we are very appreciative to hear about your experience and glad the relationship you have with your dog has taken a turn for the better!

Great behavioral trainers!
January 9, 2023
WOW! I’m so impressed with how they worked and did things. My dog needed help with separation anxiety and I saw immediate improvements in her, even though I know it will take time. I’ve called my trainer and texted her and she replies the same day with enthusiasm and wanting to help. I love that I can fall back on her whenever I need to. Thank you so much! I highly recommend Bark Busters

BarkBusters Office April 12, 2023

Hi Kara, thanks for sharing this feedback about your experience, we are glad to hear you are well supported by your Bark Busters trainer

Best dog trainers
January 7, 2023
Speaking dog is the way to go, my dogs now understand that I’m the leader and there is peace in my house . What a change and so knowledgeable on posture , understanding voice tones and body language and nutrition. Highly recommend.

BarkBusters Office April 12, 2023

Hi Linnette, thank you for providing this feedback - we are glad to hear you're having success with your training!

Fantastic Training!
January 6, 2023
Wish we had started with Bark Busters from the beginning! Our local trainer was super experienced and helped us manage our dogs barking - especially at other animals and help get him under control. We spent a lot of money with other training programs that just didn't work before we found Bark Busters and wish we had found their program sooner!

BarkBusters Office April 12, 2023

Hi John, thank you for sharing the kind words and insights on the success you are having with your Bark Busters training!

Super impressive!!!
January 6, 2023
I worked with Bark Busters three years ago for my cava poo named Frank. After three sessions, my dogs, jumping, barking, running out the door behavior and walking were significantly turned around and completely resolved. I love the fact that we didn’t have to use any shock, collars or inhumane devices, and it was all through the language of the dog Through body language and vocalizations. At the end of the day, it really comes down to training the human and rehabilitating the dog. I was so impressed with their professionalism and their prompt response to all of my calls and text. They offer a lifetime of the dog service guarantee with unlimited training support , anywhere I go in the country. I would highly recommend a service to anybody looking to train their dog with permanent results using a very effective technique.

BarkBusters Office April 12, 2023

Hi Mark, thank you for your kind words - we are glad to hear you appreciate our approach to training at Bark Busters.

1000 times yes yes yes!
January 6, 2023

My dog is 13 years old and has always been nothing short of neurotic. She barks at literally everything. I've hired dog trainers in the past and was told that there's nothing that could be done, shock collars, citronella collars, keeping the curtains closed all the time. Any time my front door would open my dog would go off. I finally got to a point where I just couldn't do it anymore with working from home so I reached out to Bark Busters for help. In less than seven days, I've only heard my dog bark two times. Their training methods are nothing short of mind blowing. More importantly they give me the tools as the dog owner to take control and demonstrate that I am the leader and they need to look to me for guidance and support. They always say that you can't teach an old dog new tricks but my 13-year-old little girl is proof that not only can you teach them new tricks, but you can establish new behavioral patterns with gentle and effective correction in a very short amount of time.

I will also say that the lifetime guarantee of support for training, I know that if anything crops up or some new behavior arises that I have Bark Busters to come save the day. We have no more leash aggression, I can keep my curtains open and the house is quiet and peaceful. Packages even get delivered and the doorbell rings and my dog sits and doesn't react. I'm so grateful for Jenna and her experience and awesome support literally words cannot describe

BarkBusters Office April 12, 2023

Hi Pamela, thank you for providing this feedback. We are excited to hear you've been able to get positive results that are helping you with your dog.

Horrible expensive ripoff
January 2, 2023

We are definitely not impressed with this service. I find it interesting that you can't even leave a review on their page...maybe because it's a joke....and very expensive. Never ever have I ever heard of basically barking at your dog, which is what the recommend.

They came once, we paid them a buttload of money and that was basically it. No follow-up, no weekly visit, not squat. Basically if you want them to follow-up, you have to call them and keep calling. Terrible. Got their money and disappeared. We are very annoyed. Total waste....DO NOT USE THESE DOG TRAINERS!!

KevinM February 24, 2023

I had the same experience. Paid $2,000 for lifetime support, got 3 visits, no plan, no follow up, and no real change in the aggressive behavior. Ended up paying for another trainer who helped my dog 10x more than barkbusters did. DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY! Use a different training system.

BarkBusters Office April 12, 2023

Hi Mlbph and Kevin, we are sorry to hear about your experiences and would like to help address them if you can kindly email our office at [email protected] Thank you

BobS. April 20, 2023

This is great to know about. On top of that, this company didn't even care to respond for 2 months. Says a lot.

BarkBusters Office May 08, 2023

We are sorry about the delay responding as we were not made aware of this website review prior. If anyone has a more immediate concern our office can be contacted at [email protected]

Please read before hiring
December 7, 2022

Paid $2,000 for promised training whenever and as long as I needed it. Paid in full up front. Trainer came three times. When I requested a fourth session in six months, I was told that we had to look at what I was doing at home and he will see if he has availability.

He also said that he did not have anything else to teach him for obedience. That was a month ago. Never heard from him again. I am doing my part at home. It's bark busters training methods that aren't working.

This company is a scam and took thousands of dollars for three sessions. I had to hire another trainer. Look into their methods before signing a contract. Their methods of saying "bah", dropping objects and squirting my dog with water did not work. I did not know these were their methods before paying. Expensive mistake.

BarkBusters Office April 12, 2023

Hi John, we are sorry to hear about this and if you have still not been able to get your concerns addressed, please contact us by email at [email protected] so we can help you further - thank you

Essentially a scam
December 5, 2022

I paid $1,600 to get help with my pom's constant barking. All I got was a Zoom call and a sale's pitch for a questionable collar (looked like it would choke my dog).

The trainer, Rob Scheel. essentially spent the entire 3 hours explaining how I should scare my dog into submission by slamming doors in her face and throwing objects near her every time she barks. The entire session was a waste of time. I learned more from watching free dog training videos on YouTube than I did using this service.

BarkBusters Office April 12, 2023

We are sorry to hear about this and would be happy to get you connected with someone who can help get this resolved if you can kindly email us at [email protected], thank you

BobS. April 20, 2023

Thank you, appreciate the warning. They only appear to be good at sales based on the volume of reviews in the negative.

Don't waste your money
November 2, 2022
I should have flushed my 1600.00 down the toilet. One 3 hour visit and you do the rest. I thought we would get phone calls at least but NO! It is just a rip off.

BarkBusters Office April 12, 2023

Hi Bonnie, I'm sorry we are seeing this post just now, but if you still haven't been able to resolve your concerns please email us directly at [email protected], thank you

Rude Trainers
October 17, 2022

Not happy, 2 years ago I paid for a life time of training for my dog - first trainer came out and was kind going on about what we fed her and why we didn't have her under control already etc but pushed through with him.

I booked in with a new trainer as I didn't want the guy from above to come back out,

The lady who I was booked in called me to rearrange the training session which is fine but then she was asking me why do we need her to come out if we were there for the last training, I advised we just want a refresher for our dogs recall which is covered until the lifetime training and she asked why didn't my partner remember from the last time and why do I want him there this time (?!) (keep in mind this is ONE training session from 2 years ago so I'm sorry I couldn't remember everything done in that ONE session)

I told her I want him there because I won't be sure that I will be re explaining the session to him and she repeated why didn't he remember the first time so I asked her why isn't she asking me that as well then as I was there - she was pretty aggressive on the phone and I told her this and she said that I don't know what aggression is - so I told her I no longer feel comfortable with her coming to my place and I will find another trainer and she said its her or no one which I replied to her "no I mean a whole new company" which she changed her tone and said she has a spot free where she can come out and that we paid for it already so I said "I know I paid for it but I am going to look for a new training company"

This company will be good for people who already know how to train dogs - not for people who are trying to find patient understanding trainers

NicoleGowans October 17, 2022

This was in Australia

BarkBusters Office April 12, 2023

Hi Nicole, we are seeing this post just now in the US, and if you would like us to help with international support please contact us at [email protected], thank you

Your dog will respond
October 14, 2022

We are so pleased how well fur baby responded to the training.

Have followed up on homework and could not be more pleased with Holly.

Hire a different company. Don't pay a fortune especially up front!
September 24, 2022

My sister hired this so called company, and it's a counseling session.!!. Paid Over a thousand dollars up front because this is the company way of doing business..

Well,.DO NOT HIRE THESE PEOPLE. My family is totally dissatisfied .. You follow their orders. Hands on by them?? They do not work the dog. You do it all. Far as we are concerned, this is bad business.

BarkBusters Office October 11, 2022

Hi Carol,

We are sorry to hear about your experience, and if you would like to further discuss your situation we'd be happy to speak with you if you can let us know by emailing [email protected]

Kind regards,

Bark Busters

No guarantee training will work and no set amount of appointments when you pay for a year.
March 20, 2022

Recommend paying for one session at a time! I'll try to make this short, but a lot of disappointment transpired. My family rescued a puppy who was very smart and she did not like me. She was very naughty to me, the female in the house. Since this was during Covid, there were no training classes available. Someone suggested BB because they come out to your home.

Well dummy me, I was desperate and paid for the one year of support. The BAHHH (main training word, BB suggests) did not work for me. When Paul came to my home for the one hour training---it felt more like counseling and maybe 10 minutes of hands on training. Our pup needed hands on training!

When I went over problems with the trainer ,he just kept repeating phrases from their brochure, That did nothing for us. I explained we needed videos, more hands on help, talking about this was not solving my issues. Our hour sessions would also steer to personal conversation instead of training. I would try to reel him back in and make the best of our time.

Here's the problem, I did this for 6 months. I told him I needed to learn to walk the puppy safely, before my husband was deployed, Well that didn't happen. Paul was overwhelmed with clients that trying to get ahold of him to schedule was horrible and he couldn't remember my dogs name either.

A few months later I requested a REFUND since this was not working and I only had training for 6 months. Lol, here's my warning! Well rereading the contract, after being denied any money back, I didn't pay for 1 year of training (that's what I thought), I paid for 1 year of support!

Lol, ok word play. Shame on me. Also, in the contract his time was worth $100/hr, so in the 6 months they considered I used up what I paid. Oh, and he never called or emailed after that 6 month appointment to check on us either. Why would he! He knew he didn't have to do anything after 6 months due to the wording in the contract. I hate that I spent almost $700 for nothing.

Nobody at the company cares and will only quote the contract to you. No compassion at all. It may have taking me a few months to call and complain, but Paul knew my situation, he knew my husband was being deployed so things would be hectic. BEWARE they do not refund money, they will remind you this training is not guaranteed it will work (but they don't care, they have your money), and not care to try and make you happy.

BarkBusters Office September 12, 2022

Hi there, We are sorry to read about your experience, and if you do have any outstanding issues you can contact our office at [email protected] directly.Kind regards,Bark Busters