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 so much for visiting our home to help us with the many concerns we’ve had with our Rhodesian Ridgeback, Tazzie. Our issues with how he treats anyone who comes to the door have been so severe that I didn’t think it was possible to resolve them. He has been so aggressive and overwhelming to visitors that we had reached the point where we dreaded having to answer our door. We honestly felt like our dog was making us a prisoner in our own home.
I simply can’t believe what a difference a single visit has made. Your explanations on what so many of Tazzies little actions like bumping us with his nose, nudging us, pushing against us meant have really given us a much clearer insight into just how much he was controlling what happened within our house. We had never thought to put those actions down to being a passive-aggressive way to score points against us. It really helps to have a better understanding of how to read our dog’s body language so that we can stop a situation before it begins.
I think the daily lesson plans will really help us in teaching him that we are the pack leaders in our house.
Shortly after you left, the pizza man arrived with our meal. The minute the doorbell rang, Tazzie went bolting down the stairs to aggressively bark at the door. I put myself between the door and Taz, faced him full chest forward and standing tall, made the Bah sound and clapped my hands sharply together. He immediately retreated and headed out of the foyer and did not return. I was able to open the door and stand talking to the pizza man with the door wide open without Taz barking or lunging at him. We haven’t been able to do that in nearly 2 years.
I’m looking forward to seeing how much more progress we can make heading forward once we spend some time each day working with Taz on his homework. I finally feel like there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Thanks so much Ed and Bark Busters.
Joanne S. - West Kelowna, 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
Ed was fantastic.........the change in shado following the program has been incredible. I have already told a few people that are interested and will not hesitate to recommend Ed to anyone that needs some help with their canine family member.
Colleen - West Kelowna, BC