My name is Sarah and I am your local therapist for Bark Busters Home Dog Training Kelowna and Okanagan Valley. I’ve had a strong love of animals ever since I was a child. Throughout my life I have had many different dogs, and even a horse. Presently, my husband and I live in Kelowna where we have begun our own fur family, or a “Zoo” as my husband calls it. We share our space with two cats, Nero and Cato, as well as our two dogs, Roman and Riley, and even our bearded dragon, Bowser. Most recently we have new tenants who have brought their two Aussie Shepherds, Coco and Rosie, all the way from New Brunswick- there is definitely no shortage of entertainment between all of us and our mixed fur family!
Roman is a Cane Corso and Riley is an adopted lab/shepherd/terrier mix. I compete with both of our boys in Canadian Kennel Club Rally Obedience and am very proud of how well they have done. Both Roman and Riley have titles and have had high placings in their trials. I treasure the bond I have with my dogs and am so lucky to be able to spend as much time as I can with them.
Having a dog is such a rewarding experience and I fully understand how poor manners can cause great stress within family dynamics and daily routines. My training will help you and your family get a handle on those behaviours that cause a nuisance, endangerment, and even embarrassment. The methods we use at Bark Busters are very dog friendly and tailored directly to your needs- whatever they may be. I will give each family my all in my training, with the request in return that you follow through on your homework and together we will create a much more enjoyable, happy, and well-mannered companion.
I am so excited to be following my passion in working with people and their furry companions! I love hearing the success stories from all the owners and seeing the happiness beam from both the owners and their loyal dogs. I have worked with some clients who thought there was no hope, while others were only wanting minor tweaks; however, the methods in which Bark Busters uses to work on dogs of any age or stage of their life allows for success with both the dog and their owner. With our lifetime guarantee I encourage all my clients to contact me if there are ever any set backs along the way- I am here to help, no matter the problem we will tackle it together!
Thank you to Bark Busters for empowering me to help my clients, thank you to my clients who trust me to step into their lives and bring balance to their “pack”, and thank you to my husband for supporting me and pushing me to pursue my passion, and thank YOU for taking the time to read this! I love what I do, and if you are considering dog training, please consider me as I would LOVE to help.
“He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.”
Thank you for your follow up phone call today. It is so nice to know I can bend your ear and solicit advice whenever I need to. Having said that, things are going so well with Jorja, I think you may have worked yourself out of a job :)
We are really putting into practice all the things you have taught us. In the five days since we met, I have seen my little princess go from an anxious dog who believed she was responsible for protecting me to a much more relaxed dog who now trusts that I "have her back".
As a work in progress I know I have to control the home front first. I have to be alert to Jorja and any signs that she is entering the orange zone. I am getting better and better with practice. Walks have become less of a chore and more of a pleasant outing.
I have even noticed the changes at work. The courier came and went yesterday and Jorja didn't even bark! We went on an off leash walk around the track and came face-to-face with two deer and with one "Bah" Jorja stopped barking and did not chase after the deer as they fled the scene. Incredible!
I promise to continue to participate in the program we developed together 100%. I promise to forgive myself when I make mistakes or fall back into old patterns. I promise Jorja that I will be her leader and she can relax.
My biggest fear when I hired you through Bark Busters was that I would not be able to cuddle and pamper my dog any more. You have shown me I can, I just have to be in control of if and when this happens.
Thank you seems so small for everything you have done for Jorja and our family. Thank you anyway.
Diane P. - Penticton, BC
I wanted to write you to give you a quick update on Chloe, and to express my gratitude and sincere appreciation for all of your help. It has been only seven days since you came to our house to work with us, and yet it is like we have a different dog already! Chloe has not been barking at everyone who goes by the window, she is not following us around the house as much or jumping up for attention. On walks, she is looking to us for cues to stop and go to the bathroom, and she doesn’t even pay attention to the dogs that are barking from their yard as we walk by! She was out in the front yard with me the other day, and didn’t even bark at the neighbour! For Chloe, this is a huge change in behaviour. As you know, she was constantly barking at every noise she heard both inside the house and around the yard.
We know what to do now when she tries to get back some points, and we have learned how to spot her cues when she is thinking about misbehaving so we can catch it before it escalates. With these tools in hand, we can catch her before anything really becomes a problem.
I can’t thank you enough for giving us the tools to work with Chloe so she can be a better dog and we can be better owners!
Candy & Caelum W.
Candy W. - Kelowna, BC
Thank you so much for coming to our home and resolving the issues we had with our Bouvier Sadie. She no longer pulls me on the leash like she used to. It feels so good to be in control of her. When people come to the door I'm able to take control and stop her from barking at them. I don't think we would have been able to correct these problems through any other dog training program. I highly recommend Bark Busters and Ed Gariepy to anyone having issues with their dog in the Kelowna area. It is so nice to know that I can get support continually and it is guaranteed through her life.
Joan - Kelowna, BC