A Guarantee Without Bite

Waukesha Freeman
July 29, 2004
Written By: Stacy Tornio

Program offers a holistic approach to dog training

Jackie Reuning offers a bold promise. She will train any dog within a few hours and then give a written lifetime guarantee through the course of the dog's life.

Reuning is a trainer for Bark Busters, an in-home dog training franchise known for its two-hour, non-physical approach to dog training. Bark Busters was founded in Australia, and today it has more than 100 franchises operating in six countries. Reuning owns the Oconomowoc franchise with her husband, Tim.

To be a Bark Busters trainer, Reuning spent the entire month of June in the company's training program. Since then, she has worked with six different dogs and families.

Katherine Zvesper lives in Hartland and recently called Reuning for help with her Shetland sheepdog, Prince. At first she wasn't sure if Bark Busters could help, but she was willing to try anything to get Prince to stop barking. In just two hours, Zvesper saw a huge improvement.

Over the years, Zvesper has had eight dogs. She said she has tried several different training programs but none have worked as quickly or effectively as this one.

Bark Busters training involves three main steps body language, using guttural sounds (like a deep-voiced "bah" sound) and using training aids.

Jason Marsh lives in Teresa and his Doberman recently received training from Reuning. His dog was barking, jumping on patio doors and the spike-collar training they were using wasn't effective.

(Stacy Tornio can be reached at stornio@conleynet.com)

Reposted with permission from Waukesha Freeman, 5/26/05.