The Difference Between

Behaviour Modification & Obedience Training

Before deciding if your dog needs Behaviour Therapy or Obedience training, you should assess what you are hoping to achieve.  There is a fundamental difference between the two and dogs and owners can enjoy and benefit from both, depending upon the requirements of human and dog.  Obedience classes are normally held in groups on a weekly basis, often for a set period, and often work towards a specific level ranging from basic puppy classes up to advanced obedience and can be the start of a great and fun way to work with your dog.  There are also residential courses, where your dog is left at the centre/kennel for a period, after which you spend a day learning how to command the dog in the same way as the trainer. These type of courses are mainly involved in specific work such as for gun dog training, to put up and retrieve game.  Mostly reward based, these types of training are excellent for the 75% of dogs who are middle of the pack dogs, normally quick and happy to learn and obey. These dogs are the happy go lucky, friends with everyone, relaxed and willing companions that most of us are lucky enough to find. The reward based training can work well for these dogs, but for the other 25% of dogs, either “high pack” the confident, dominant dogs or “low pack” the timid, shy, nervous or fearful dog, a major component is missing.

How Dogs Learn

The 100% rewards based “positive reinforcement systems are un-balanced, because they fail to acknowledge the natural way which dogs themselves communicate and learn. In the natural world, dogs will learn from each other, by establishing a functional leadership hierarchy. The natural born leaders with the strongest skills will educate the pack by correcting the mistakes of subordinates and junior members. Boundaries and limits are established as they learn social etiquette, respect for each other, and ultimately how to survive. The Bark Busters system embraces exactly this model by guiding behavioural outcomes through the establishment of simple structures and boundaries by combining a perfect balance of intuitive vocal corrections with lots of positive reinforcement in the way of praise.

The Human & Dog Relationship

In a domestic mixed pack where human and canine species are combined, it has to be the humans’ responsibility for giving their dog its’ education. But humans have an incredible tendency to humanize (anthropomorphize) their dogs, thinking they are showing great love. With many dogs, this can be the start of the slippery slope when their beloved dog starts misinterpeting all of these well meaning intentions, and before long is running the household and training the humans.

A Balanced Approach

The success of the Bark Busters training system lies in the fact that we teach owners how to communicate with their dog’s in a balanced way which is immediately intuitive and understood by their dogs. Our system embraces 20 years of worldwide expertise and research in dog psychology making us the leading experts in both dog behaviour modification and dog obedience training.
Testament to our experience is our incredible success rate with more than 500,000 happy dogs and owners successfully trained worldwide. This amazing achievement has been achieved chiefly because of the unique Bark Busters system which encompasses a natural balance between positive reinforcement and kind intuitive vocal corrections carefully put in place to curb any issues and model your dogs behaviour to the desired result.

Deed Not Breed!

At Bark Busters, we believe that dogs are never born naughty. Sadly however, many dogs are condemned as ‘bad’ and needlessly surrendered, re-homed or even euthanized, due to their owners’ frustration with failed attempts at understanding and communicating with them in a way that they understand.  Our job is to bridge this gap between human and dog: to bring about a meeting of minds. Any behavioural issues, regardless of your dog’s age, can be modified and successfully cured using our kind, humane approach.

Resolving Behavioural Problems

Behaviour Modification is the process of addressing and resolving specific dog behavioural issues ranging broadly from aggression problems, nuisance barking, separation anxiety, inappropriate toileting, destructive behaviours and self harming and other obsessive compulsive behaviours.

Learned Behaviours

Most behavioural issues are a learned response to the experiences and environment in which the dog finds itself. This is why commencing a dogs training from the home environment is infinitely more important and more effective. Dogs learn by association of events, by interpreting information through their senses in a canine way. Most dogs aren’t born leaders, which is why they need us humans to provide good leadership for them.

Common Behavior

In Dogs

Here is a list of the most common behavioural problems we are called to deal with.

Does your dog bark constantly when it’s not appropriate?

Does your dog get stressed when you leave?

Does your dog chew and dig out of boredom or otherwise?

Toilet training your puppy should start as soon as the puppy is home with you.

Does your dog continuously repeat certain behaviors more than normal?

Is your dog aggressive toward humans or other dogs?.

Does your dog pull on his leash during a walk and try to walk you?

Does your dog listen and follow your commands?