Bark Busters - Mike the Dog Trainer Stamford, New York

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Reviews: Bark Busters - Mike the Dog Trainer (Stamford)

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Rob MacArthur

2 years ago

Mike did a great job with our stubborn rescue. Until Mike worked with her she pulled so hard it made walking a chore. Not fun. We thought she was untrainable. We were amazed to see Mike actually get the dog to walk along side of us. Thanks. Mike.

jackie kunreuther

2 years ago

Mike helped greatly with our dog by giving us tools, techniques & various approaches to working with our dog. He knows his stuff & is a true professional!

Rachel Rizzo

2 years ago

We reached out to Bark Busters after we adopted our very fearful rescue dog. So far we had our initial session (3 hours and 15 minutes) and Mike was very thorough and extremely helpful to say the least. He is excellent to work with and you can tell he is incredibly committed to this process. His communication is so prompt and you can get a response quickly. I wish I had reached out earlier and I can not wait to see the progress my pup makes; she has already made great steps in the right direction just after a day. Thanks Mike!

Robert Rosenfeld

2 years ago

Mike is amazing with dogs (and people). My dog, Bentley, reacts immediately when Mike enters the room or his space. He is a bit of a brat but becomes obedient with Mike's attitude and techniques. Mike has taught me that attitude and the techniques with much success. It is also fascinating watching him work with Bentley. My dog was great before and Mike has enabled me to make him even greater. Thank you, Mike! We are both looking forward to your next visit.

Lilia Temple

2 years ago

Yes!! So it turns out you can indeed teach an old dog new tricks!! After just a few minutes with Michael, we learned great techniques for correcting our 13 year-old terrier’s barking and jumping when people enter our home. Michael also gave us methods for taking control of our old boy’s “leash aggression” issues. Can’t wait to try them out on our next walk! Many thanks????????????????????????????????

Debra Hawkins

2 years ago

We brought our gentle ten pound sheep-a-doodle home at 8 weeks and fell in love with this cute little ball of fur. It didn't take long before our cute little pup became a bundle of energy and needed some major training. We have had many dogs throughout our life but never one with such a strong personality as this little guy. Mike the Dog Trainer , highly recommended by our daughters, was kind enough to come meet the new member of our family. It was obvious the minute Mike walked in the house that he knew what he was doing as he commanded the respect of Bo in a loving and kind way. Mike makes clear the proper steps and exercises needed to turn an out of control puppy into a well mannered member of the family. We are very grateful for his skill and assistance and highly recommend him for anyone who is need of a dog trainer.

Jordan Schechtman

2 years ago

I have been so hesitant to place my dogs in training, thinking I could just do it myself. But I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with our first session with Mike. Within five minutes of being at our house, he had both of our dogs quiet and still, which we have not yet seen since adopting our newest dog in November. Everything Mike showed us was positive, did not hurt the dog and was effective! He also gave us a bunch of papers to keep and track our progress over the next few weeks alongside a very informative follow up email full of articles and links to do further research to help our dogs thrive. The best part is that he does it out of your house and using you as the main focal point. Nothing is worse than sending your dog off for two weeks with a complete stranger so I’m thankful I found someone who respects training in the home. Worthy to note that it’s not worth your time or money if you aren’t going to take his direction and practice in between house calls. He is going to give you the tools but if you don’t practice what he shows you, you are going to waste your time. Can’t wait to watch my boys improve!

Eric Basmajian

3 years ago

Our Mini Dachshund (Gus) was having major issues with barking in the house (at the front door) and barking at other dogs on walks. The issues grew over time to the point where it was a major inconvenience on our lives. I would walk Gus early in the morning or at "off" hours so he would see fewer dogs. After the first session with Mike, we saw significant improvements. We took our first walk outside with Mike, and normally, passing dogs would be a major issue, but Gus never barked once. In fact, another family was having trouble with their dog as they passed us and said, "Wow, look at how well behaved that dog is." It was so unusual for us to hear that I had to laugh. Gus continues to improve and learn extremely quickly. Mike is not only amazing at teaching you how to establish a pack in your family, but Mike is also extremely knowledgeable and helpful in all areas of your dog's life, ensuring that you do everything possible for your dog to have the longest and happiest life. Tips included the best type of food to eat, treats, enrichment toys and activities, and more. This is FAR beyond just training. This is the entire package, and it is worth every penny. Mike was extremely nice, polite, and respectful of our home from the moment he arrived until the moment he left. We are incredibly grateful for Mike and the knowledge he gave us. 10/10

maria katsaros

3 years ago

Mike was amazing and answered all of my questions. He gave us so much information ! We are so happy to have Mike by our side during the new puppy stages through adulthood!

Amy Bellucci

3 years ago

Incredible!!! Mike worked with my 4 month old puppy and after a 3 hour session I already see amazing progress. I could tell within the first few minutes of talking to him that he really knew what he was doing. I am so impressed by his methods and have already recommended him to friends and family!

aris babayan

3 years ago

I could not imagine a better experience with a trainer! My wife and I were terrified about the habits our 5 month old puppy was learning and without proper direction from us it was only getting worse. Then Mike came to the rescue and taught us the proper tools and techniques to create a calm and peaceful environment for our puppy. Huge difference considering both of us are working from home and could not handle the distractions during the day. You will not regret hiring him and the best part about it is how much he actually cares and follows up with you to see how you and your animal are doing. Do you and your pet a favor and hire Mike!

Brittany Fitzgerald

3 years ago

We initially decided to work with Mike because of his reviews and reputation. We have been so happy with this decision ever since. Mike has already gone above and beyond for us and our new puppy since even before his first visit. It is clear that he loves our puppy, is highly knowledgeable in training, but also a very patient teacher to us. The first day that he came to our house we saw immediate behavior changes with our puppy. She now knows who is in charge of the house, she barks less, rarely steals our shoes (her favorite), and she is completely crate trained with no yelping! We feel confident in our training abilities and we are so grateful to be partnered with Mike. We cannot recommend him enough!! Here is a pic of our 4mo old Belgian Malinois, Roo, with Mike!

Bryan Scudiere

3 years ago

Michael over delivers in every aspect. My dog was totally relaxed and a different dog by the end of our first session!! No more jumping at all. What I loved was we used ZERO treats and NO harmful measures like some trainers use (i.e. electric collars). Pull the trigger, worth it in every way.

Concepcion Itchon

3 years ago

Michael is miracle worker, a dog whisperer. In short order, he got my beloved but-sometimes-wild 7-month-old Golden Retriever, Daisy, to calm down and sit patiently. He empowered me with the knowledge, tools, and exercises to keep Daisy well behaved. And it's working! Michael also made me realize the importance of discipline. It's not only to address Daisy's behavioral problems but also to make her feel more secure. The person correcting her (mama) is also the one watching her back, keeping her safe.

Cassidy Lewis

3 years ago

Mike is the best dog behaviorist/trainer there is. Not only is he knowledgeable, he is passionate about his work and will go above and beyond to see you and your dog succeed. Mike is there to support and help you through your journey and always has gotten back to me within 24 hours. Before Mike My dog was destroying my house and my neighbors were leaving threatening notes on my door. I thought there was no hope left. He taught me how to communicate with my dog, understand her, and take her anxiety away along with mine.. His techniques are humane and kind. I promise you and your dog will not be disappointed!

Kirk W

3 years ago

Mike is worth every cent and more. I’m not exaggerating when I say we had a different dog within minutes of his visit. His unique methods (no physical harm!) digs into the psychology of a dog and is unlike anything you could read online. To be clear we still have a fun loving dog we can play with and enjoy but that also has boundaries and respects us as his parents/leaders. Mike is easy to work with and communicates well. He quickly proved his abilities as a trainer once he stepped in the door so we had a high degree of confidence in anything else he told us from that point on - and it worked. One of the best parts of this experience is that we have learned techniques we can now use for any dog we have the rest of our lives.

Kate Ostrofsky

3 years ago

I can’t recommend Mike enough! His help could not have come at a better time, he has so much patience and within hours I saw such an extreme difference in both of my dogs, giving both them and myself peace of mind. I would hands down recommend him to any person looking.

Jordan Gerbutavich

3 years ago

Mike was spectacular. We have had our dog Kobe for just about a year and recently she has become very protective of our family. It became very hard for us to have anyone over or leave the house without worrying about how she would react. Mike taught us how to lead our pack and teach Kobe that she is protected by us and not the other way around. Mike is kind and you can tell he has your dog’s well-being at the forefront of his mind. He not only teaches you how to communicate with your pup but also why they are acting the way they are. We thought we were doing the best for our dog the way we knew how through our research but Mike taught us so much more. We are still working with our sweet Kobe but I can tell already that she feels safer knowing we have her back. Thank you Mike for giving us the tools to make sure our dog was emotionally well as well as physically.

Jen Orzolek

3 years ago

Mike is the best!! My 9 year old Whippet mix rescue was a nervous wreck 24/7. I tried hemp & CBD oil, and anti anxiety medications, but nothing worked. Mike taught me how to show my dog I’m the protector, and for the first time my Wile was able to relax. He used to bark and lunge at strangers, but he is already much better after just a few days using Mike’s instructions. I’m so grateful my Wile is finally able to be at peace. Thank you, Mike!

Irene Ponce

3 years ago

Mike is the best dog trainer ever! He is truly in a league of his own— a real dog whisperer. Barkbusters’ method had instant results, calming our anxious and reactive dog down immediately- something which we had not believed possible. Can not recommend him highly enough!

Elena Ingenio

3 years ago

Customer service was very nice but they're very expensive.

Donna Glenn

3 years ago

Wow! I can’t believe I’ve learned to speak dog! Michael was able to help me and my daughter communicate with our 16 week yorkie, Millie. Millie no longer jumps all over us or nips at our faces. Best of all she is now calm in her kennel. Michael provided us so much useful information. He gave us detailed information on nutrition, quality dog toys, and most importantly how to communicate with our dog. Millie is so much happier since we met with him. Thank you so much Michael for all of the tips and tricks and for making us better dog owners! You are amazing!!

David Arturi

3 years ago

I cannot put into words how much we enjoyed working with Mike. Sure 3k sounds like a lot at first, but I promise I would pay double that after 3 hours with him. After just 3 hours with him we had a completely new dog. She is so good we can't even get her to fall for the training traps.. she's 10 months old. She won't go anywhere near chicken literally hanging off the coffee table. Do yourself a favor and get the soonest appointment possible.

Jeff Hudak

3 years ago

Mike has come by a couple times to help us with our dog Levi. He is very good at reading the situation and helping to fix any problems. He left material and tools behind to assist us. My wife was scared to walk him because of how much he pulled and barked when walking. By the end of the training session she was walking him by by herself with no issues. Great job Mike ????

Scott Rickman

4 years ago

We’ve worked with a couple of notable and good trainers and Mike is by far the best. We got immediate results and couldn’t be happier. He has a practical, efficient approach that gets results in a primarily non physical way. Also his approach does not require too much time at least in our case. Highly recommend him.

A R

4 years ago

Mike has worked magic with our French Bulldog, Bruce. Bruce has an entirely new level of respect and has been on his best behavior. Mike has a way of communicating with him that is unparalleled. Not only did Bruce change after just the first lesson but Mike has been available whenever we need him for a followup. Amazing service and results. Mike empowers you to help let you and your pup live your best lives together.

Sabrina Brech

4 years ago

In less than an hour of Mike arriving at our house, my dogs were unrecognizable! We have an 8 year old yorkie poodle that has had separation anxiety from day one. For the first time, I believe in his life, our pup was happy to sit on the …

S Joliet

4 years ago

I would *highly* recommend Mike - his approach to training is amazing! He helped us to completely change our relationship with our dog Charlie, establishing ourselves as his "master". It turns out that's exactly what Charlie needed. Once he knew we were charge, he transformed almost overnight into a calm, happy, and well behaved pooch. Mike didn't train him for us - he taught us how to do it. And, he showed us how to do it in a loving way without any treats or punishment - just simple things like using our voice or body language in the right way and at the right time to maintain control. Now if he could only help us get the same control over our kids... :)

Robert Perillo

4 years ago

He was such an incredible help. Can't say enough about his skills and approach to my dog who is very sensitive. If you decide to go with Mike, you are in really good hands!

Monika Em

4 years ago

We recently adopted an abandoned puppy and Mike really gave us the guidance we needed to situate him into our home and calm his aggression towards other dogs. He is awesome!!! Thank you very much Mike for helping us!????????????????

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Bark Busters - Mike the Dog Trainer, New York, Stamford

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