The Corley family (Jody, left, Paul, and Cody, right) take a well-earned break after training Cedar, their 6-year-old Labrador/golden retriever, with Kristyn Hayes of Bark Busters.
...Kristyn Hayes, a dog behavioral therapist, turns crisply to the reporter.
...It's their first meeting with Hayes, a therapist with Bark Busters, an international training franchise.
likes to begin with a Q & A on the dog's behavior, client needs and a little Bark Busters
philosophy.But Cedar is too disruptive.Hayes
picks up a noisemaker, tosses it on the tile floor and utters a frightening sound.
"It's a voice correction," she
says."You can describe it as a ‘deep guttural growl.' " They're designed to break the dog's focus and get the message of disapproval home.Cedar pauses on the tile, clearly aware of a new sheriff in town.
"The misconception is that we come in and ‘train the dog,' " says Hayes
."It's not up to the dog.
"It's your house, and you make the rules," Hayes
tells the Corleys.
In Mesa, Hayes
establishes a boundary at the far end of the Corleys' foyer."This is a good perimeter," she
"Command, voice correction, encouragement and praise," Hayes
Cedar is showing signs of submissiveness, says Hayes
mouth is open, he's
lips."The dog also seems much more comfortable in his
is firm with Cedar for clarity's sake, but never mean.
"Oh, you never, never, never become physical with dogs," she
..."Franchises vary, so you have to call for pricing," says Kristyn Hayes of Bark Busters.
"But it's in the range of $400 for the first dog, and the second dog for half of that."Packages include follow-up visits, she
says, and guarantees for either one year, or the life of the dog.
owner" training through Waggin' Train runs between $750 and $800 per dog for lessons and 15 days of training, which includes journal accounts of your dog's progress. (Other classes and programs are also available.)
Local trainers differ on the "Whisperer's" effect: "I've seen the program once," Hayes