Dog-Friendly, Dog Training That Works

A better way to a better dog

Bark Busters NZWelcome to Bark Busters New Zealand, part of the international dog training company founded over 28 years ago. Bark Busters founders Sylvia and Danny Wilson have refined a method of dog obedience training that makes dog training easy and accessible to all. With Bark Busters, you work directly with a dog trainer in your own home using a method that takes into account the unique challenges you're facing and then fosters a positive relationship between you and your dog. This method enables you to build a lasting, emotional bond based on trust and respect, which in turn aids in overcoming past challenges with your pet. Bark Busters dog trainers focus heavily on training people, as much or more as training dogs, so that once you learn to communicate effectively with your dog, you will have the necessary tools to be an effective dog trainer and "leader of his/her pack."

Bark Busters do not use shock, electronic, choker or pronged collars

The Big PitchHot off the press is our own patented design, the GameChanger® - The Ultimate Dog Toy. The new durable dog toy that is changing the game for dogs throughout the USA and Canada and was featured in December 2015 on the TV show The Big Pitch with Kevin Harrington™ - Best Products of Super Zoo 2015 on the Fox Business News (FBN). Kevin, one of the original sharks from Shark Tank, and his panel of experts chose the GameChanger® for it's innovative design!

Natural approach to dog training

Bark Busters Home Dog Training

Once you’ve assumed your role as pack leader, all you will need is consistency and the natural techniques taught by Bark Busters to reinforce and strengthen the bond between you and your dog. Bark Busters dog trainers can show you how to transform a "problem dog" into a happy lifelong buddy...

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Natural approach to dog training

The best start in life puppy training

Puppy Programs

Puppies need guidance in the form of puppy obedience training in order to learn good manners and develop a pleasant, obedient nature. While it’s true that puppies receive much of their socialization from their mothers and litter mates in the first 12 weeks of life, as your puppy’s pack leader...

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Puppy Training Programs

Lifetime Support Guarantee

Unique Lifetime Support Guarantee

The Bark Busters worldwide home dog training support guarantee is unique in the industry. It is designed to help owners resolve their dog's behaviour and obedience problems and to provide customers with the satisfaction of ongoing support and peace of mind from their Bark Busters trainer.

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Free Dog Training tips and advice

Free Dog Advice and Tips

At the request of our many dog-loving friends owners and partners across the nation, we'd like to share the following information, addressing a wide variety of dog care, training tips, safety topics and much more! Here you will find full color public information handouts ready for printing or adding to an email.

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Free dog training tips

Become a dog trainer

Consider becoming a dog trainer

Bark Busters are looking for special individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of dogs and their owners. Running your own dog training business is a dream come true for many people. 28 years of proven success and 350+ trainers worldwide makes Bark Busters the ideal dog training career.

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Become a Bark Buster

Workplace Health & Safety

Workplace Health amp; Safety

The most effective system for preventing canine bites, our safety programmes deliver on-site, in-person training. Developed for service and delivery organisations, meter readers, council workers, schools, home care or any person entering premises where dogs are located, this unique programme is a way for employers to keep their people safe.

How to protect your people

Barking Solutions®

Free Dog Advice and Tips

A barking dog in the neighbourhood can be a source of real frustration and a potential for dispute. It may be your neighbour is unaware of the problem.

Before taking any action, take a look at our Barking Solutions® pack which lays out a clear process to aid resolution of a barking dog problem.

View and download the free pack (pdf 745kB)

Dally Says dog safety for kids

Dog safety for kids

Dally the Dalmatian is famous for advice on how to stop dog bites before they happen. Dally's job is to help children and adults to learn how to treat all dogs with care, consideration, and respect, as well as to stay safe by making the right choices around all dogs, not just the family pet.

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Ask the Expert - Question of the Week

Ask our dog training experts a question about a dog behavioural issue, dog training problems or dogs in general. We'll give you dog training tips and dog training advice in your quest for a well-behaved dog!

Nikisha asks...

This question is about: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger Hyperactivity Puppy Management Other

I have a pit bull x american bulldog, been around 100+ dogs. sharpei x american bulldog been around 30 or less dogs. My two dogs have just fully changed. Sharpei x american bulldog, shes very dominant, but iv'e always been able to snap that out of her around other dogs. We went to the river 1 day with 6+ other dogs and puppies, and she was fine. Until a older dog came and snapped and bit her, she attacked the other dog ''not bad but my dog was on top of the other dog, she stopped and let go when i yelled at her to stop. My pit bull x american bulldog has been around at-least 100 different types of dogs and puppies. Our friend has moved out and we are pet sitting his puppy who id say is 5 months, our dogs have meet his 5 or so time. And they are just snapping at him, and my sharpei x attacked him for sniffing her parts, and stopped when i told her to. But my pit bull is just seriously trying to start a fight, Hes up in his face licking him, sniffing him and chase after him. Tries to play with him then tries to bite his mouth, this is not how he reacts to other dogs, this is the first time hes acted like this, but then this is the first time another dog has come onto our property could that be the reason for both of there behaviors? My partner tried to introduce them last night when they first turned up, but like iv'e told him many times, not to introduce them with out me, he doesn't listen and does it anyways. My dog the sharpei x tried to attack the puppy last night, but his dog the pitbull didnt. The puppy is a boy, neo x bullmastif i thinkrn. Now the puppy, shows, excitement, playful, not playful and scared all at once. It's sending mixed messages to my dogs. He will jump around, jump into a playful position, then jump back, put his tail in between his legs, back down, then jump back up into a playful position. The puppy tries this with my sharpei x american bulldog, she will stand in the same position, not changing her body movement, seriously looking confused and if the puppy does it to my pit bull the puppy will jump into a playful position, then when the puppy jumps back, he jumps towards the puppy to play, and the puppy puts his tail between his legs, and walks off, which starts my pitbull off and he starts to chase after him. Could this also be because of how the puppy owner treats him? Clapping your hands really scares him, he sits, with his head to the ground and tail between his legs. His body language is just full off, hes all over the place. Unsure of everything, could this be triggering my dogs to act this way?

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Introducing a new dog or puppy

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If you have decided that the time is right to add a new dog to your family, you will probably be feeling really excited to introduce the new addition to the rest of the family. There will be reasons why you felt that this was the right dog for your family...right age, right size, right temperament, good with children, good with other dogs etc., so you are confident that this new dog will easily slot in to your family group. Read more…

Crate Training

Crate Training

In this issue we will discuss how to meet your dog's needs. One of a dog's needs is for shelter, its own space or den. We know that, in Australia & New Zealand, more and more dogs are now living indoors with their human family and so they do have shelter from the extremes of heat or cold, or from wet weather. Having your dog living indoors also means that they are part of your family unit and addresses their fundamental need to be part of a pack. (Having adequate shelter outside is also really important from the different weather conditions that we experience). Read more…

Jumping Up

Jumping Up

We often get called to see dogs who are in the habit of jumping up at people. It may be that they jump up at their owner, or visitors, or anyone they pass in the street! It's a behaviour that can be, at best, embarrassing for the owner or, at worst, putting the owner at risk of criminal charges and an expensive fine. Read more…

Choosing the Right Puppy

Choosing the Right Puppy

As Bark Busters dog trainers, we find that the New Year is a busy time for puppy training. If you are thinking of getting a puppy it is worth taking time to think about and prepare yourself for what you are taking on, and to make sure that the puppy you buy is right for you and your family. Having the right dog, properly trained, will bring you joy for years to come. Read more…

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