Hello Barry! I   know   you   just   did   our   consult   only   yesterday   Barry,   but   you   guys   were   not   joking   about   being   able   to   fix our   problem   with   only   one   consultation!   In   the   past,   I   put   Oakley   in   3   different   training   courses   and   nothing was   getting   resolved.   He   did   not   like   people,   dogs   or   small   children.   (Oakley   lunged   and   barked   viscously at   all   of   them)   I   don't   know   how   I   can   thank   you   enough.   Oakley   went   for   a   walk   by   the   river   today.   (first time) And   he   met   a   dog   successfully,   and   also   let   a   stranger   pet   him.   It   was   amazing!   I   can't   get   over   this 24 hr total turn around. So a million times over thank you so much.    Take care, Kayla and Dustin.
Hi Barry, We   just   got   back   from   visiting   with   our   families,   and   I   have   to   say   that   the   difference   was   night   and   day.   It   was absolutely   amazing.   In   the   past   she   was   never   able   to   sit   still   or   nap   until   she   went   to   bed   in   the   same   room as   us   at   night,   but   over   the   last   4   days   she   was   able   to   lay   down   and   actually   sleep,   despite   there   being   kids running   and   screaming   and   people   everywhere!   It   was   a   little   harder   at   my   parents   place   as   she   still   wants   to go   after   their   Pug   but   she   certainly   was   far   better   than   ever   before   and   she   was   also   able   to   relax   with   the Pug around. We   are   very   grateful   for   your   help,   it   was   desperately   needed   and   it   made   a   world   of   difference   and   we   truly appreciate it!  Having seen such great results my boyfriend and I would like to put her in your next obedience class. Kelly L.
Barry; Well,   I   was   at   the   dog   park   on   Sunday   and   a   couple   of   dogs   came   up   to   Allie.   I   was   right   at   her   head   and patting   her,   saying   ‘good   dog’.   She   was   not   thrilled   with   the   dogs,   but   she   was   not   as   tense   and   she   did   not growl   at   them.   She   sat   there   and   let   them   bug   her   and   then   I   had   to   push   the   little   dogs   away   because   they were too much in her face. Your advice came in handy both on how to handle Allie and the other dogs. Laura C.
Hi Barry, Things   are   muchly   improved   !!!!!   We   haven’t   had   a   lot   of people   to   the   door   but   hopefully   this   weekend. The   dogs were   excellent   when   Alyssa’s   boyfriend   was   over   and he   stayed   outside   making   a   bit   of   a   commotion.   We’re looking   forward   to   learning   more   and   more   at   upcoming classes! Thanks again, The much quieter Komada Household !
Hi Barry,  I   just   wanted   to   let   you   know   that   I   observed   Casey   more   closely   at   the   dog   park   after   I   met   with   you   and you   are   right,   she   has   stress   when   other   dogs   are   around   her.    She   is   very   happy   to   be   there   as   long   as   it is   just   her   and   our   other   dog   Shadow,   but   as   soon   as   there   are   a   few   dogs,   she   gets   tense   and   nervous and then she starts to snap.  It is unfortunate, she used to love going and she loved being around   the   other   dogs   too   but   I   think   she   has   more   pain   than   I   realized   and   she   isn’t   having   fun   out   there anymore   so   I   have   been   walking   her   alone   along   the   trail   by   the   river.    She   is   fine   when   we   meet   dogs   on the   trail,   but   I   think   she   feels   secure   because   they   are   restrained   by   their   owners   on   lead.    She   always wants to go and meet the dogs we come across on the trail, they sniff each other and then they both   walk   away   and   she   is   fine   with   that   so   I   know   that   she   is   not   getting   vicious,   she   is   just   afraid   of getting   pounced   on   and   hurt   at   the   off   leash   parks,   or,   as   you   told   me,   she   is   afraid   to   be   the   low   dog   in   the pack   pecking   order.    I   have   found   a   place   where   she can   play   in   the   river   and   fetch   sticks   alone   and   she seems    happy,    so    I    will    continue    walking    her    alone instead of causing her undue stress at the off- leash park.  I   just   wanted   to   thank   you   for   the   great   advice   you   gave me   and   I   have   more   insight   into   how   dogs   think   now.  She   is   a   happy   and   relatively   healthy   dog   and   I   just have   to   find   new   ways   to   walk   her   without   causing   her the   stress   of   being   in   a   large   pack.    I   am   sad   that   her park   days   are   over   but   we   are   having   fun   discovering new   trails   around   Saskatoon   and   she   seems   happy   with that.  Thank you again,  Kimberly and Casey
Hi Barry, I   apologize,   but   this   is   going   to   be   long-winded.   Consider   it   a   glowing   testimonial   and   if   you   wish   to   use   it, please go ahead! I   have   been   meaning   to   sit   down   and   write   an   email   to   let   you   know   how   Kannon   and   Sophie   have   been responding   to   their   training   since   you   came   and   did   a   consult   with   me   nearly   a   month   ago.   Right   after   you left I went out and purchased a prong collar for each dog. At   first   I   was   convinced   that   once   you   left,   my   dogs   would   never   respond   to   anything   I   did   that   you   taught me.   I   was   worried   I   wasn’t   going   to   be   able   to   remember   everything   to   show   my   husband   when   he   got home   later   that   day.    I   am   pleased   to   say   that   I   did   remember   everything   and   even   taught   my   husband   the tips you showed me. We were able to practice them on Sophie that same night. For   the   first   few   walks   we   took   the   dogs   out   one   at   a   time.   I   would   intentionally   walk   where   I   knew   that   we would   encounter   other   dogs   to   test   Kannon   especially.   For   example,   early   on   after   having   you   come   over, in   one   short   walk   around   the   block   we   encountered   4   dogs!   With   the   first   encounter   he   was   a   bit   anxious but quickly got over it and by the time we saw the 4th dog he couldn’t have cared less about it. In   fact,   the   other   folks   were   having   a   hard   time   controlling   their   dog   and   I   was   so   thrilled   to   not   have   to have that problem on my end anymore. Now   we   can   walk   the   dogs   at   the   same   time   –   my   husband   takes   one   and   I   take   one   –   and   it   is   just   so enjoyable   to   be   able   to   have   our   dogs   behave   so   well   and   it   feels   like   we   finally   have   the   ability   to   enjoy having dogs in our family. I   have   the   confidence   now   that   I   know   I   can   appropriately   handle   any   situation   that   comes   up   if   we   do encounter   another   dog   and   it   escalates.   That   confidence   makes   me   unafraid   to   take   them   out   by   myself, which   is   something   I   would   never   have   done   before.    I’m   looking   forward   to   working   with   them   more   along with the baby stroller in spring when I start running again. To   say   I   was   skeptical   that   these   dogs   could   be   ‘fixed’   in   just   an   hour   consult   session   is   an   understatement. At   first   when   I   saw   how   the   dogs   responded   to   you   and   I   thought   maybe   you   had   some   sort   of   magical   dog whisperer   type   vibe   that   would   wear   off   once   you   left. Then I   thought,   we’ll   give   this   a   day   or   two   and   the   dogs   will   stop responding   to   the   pinch   collars   and   I’ll   be   back   at   square one.   I   am   pleased   to   report   that   after   a   month   of   walking almost    every    single    day,    it’s    not    gotten    worse    but    has improved each and every time. Thank   you   so   much   for   all   your   help!   My   only   regret   is   that I    waited    so    long,    wasted    lots    of    money    on    other    dog trainers,   and   didn’t   let   my   dogs   have   a   chance   at   being ‘normal’ much sooner.   Megan, Kannon & Sophie
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Barry, I   wanted   to   write   and   thank   you   for   helping   our   five   year   old   German   Shepard/Border   Collie,   Bender.   He has   always   been   a   good   dog;   he’s   incredibly   loyal,   protective,   loving,   playful,   sensitive,   and   gentle   with kids.   In   the   beginning   he   was   great   with   other   dogs,   but   then   one   day   a   neighborhood   dog   jumped   on   me and he turned into a violent, vindictive animal. From then on he had a bad case of leash aggression. Whenever   we   were   walking   on   the   leash   and   would   see   another   dog   coming   we   would   have   to   turn   around and   go   in   the   other   direction   or   get   ready   for   an   embarrassing   episode   of   growling,   barking,   and   pulling hard   on   the   leash.   This   already   horrible   situation   was   magnified   by   100%   each   time   we   saw   the   dog   who previously   jumped   on   me   (lets   call   him   Eddie).   Bender   never   forgot   what   Eddie   did   and   would   fly   into   an angry   rage   if   Eddie   was   within   100   feet   from   us.   One   time   in   the   winter   I   slipped   and   fell   on   the   ice   and Bender   saw   Eddie   coming   and   actually   dragged   me   about   10   feet   up   hill   to   try   and   get   to   him.   For   a   long time   I   made   excuses,   saying   that   the   behaviour   wasn’t   that   bad   and   would   adjust   my   routine/walking   route to accommodate Bender’s attitude. In   April   of   this   year   I   started   running   with   the   Running   Room   and   realized   that   when   another   dog   is approaching,   I   could   no   longer   turn   and   go   in   another   direction   because   I   was   running   in   a   group.   So   I   was forced   to   stop   running   and   hold   Bender   on   the   ground   so   we   didn’t   cause   a   fight   with   another   dog.   In   May of   this   year   Bender   stepped   on   a   piece   of   glass   that   cut   his   paw   so   badly   he   was   unable   to   go   for   walks   for about   7   weeks.   During   this   time,   it   was   just   me   and   my   other   dog   Bruce   who   ran   together.   Bruce   is   such   a great   dog   and   actually   goes   out   of   his   way   to   be   friendly   to   other   dogs.   I   soon   realized   how   nice   it   was being   out   with   a   well   behaved   dog.   I   didn’t   have   to   stop   (and   then   catch   up)   when   running   with   the   group, and   I   could   socialize   with   other   dog   owners   when   walking   on   leash.   It   was   absolute   paradise.   I   explained   to another   dog   owner   how   nice   it   was   not   having   to   put   up   with   Bender’s   attitude   and   he   told   me   to   go   to   see you   at   Buena   Vista   Kennels.   We’ve   had   Bender   assessed   before   by   a   behaviorist   and   it   didn’t   work   so   I was   a   little   unsure   whether   I   wanted   to   spend   more   money   on   fixing   the   unfixable.   But,   on   the   other   hand   I was   desperate.   I’d   had   a   taste   of   the   good   life   and   I   didn’t   want   to   go   back.   So,   when   Bender   was   healed, we met with Barry. Literally   within   minutes,   Bender   was   interacting   with   Barry’s   dogs   on   leash.   He   didn’t   seem   too   happy   about it   at   first   but   learned   quickly   that   we   weren’t   going   to   tolerate   his   attitude   anymore.   Once   other   dogs   started arriving   for   the   training   class,   Barry   let   us   join   in   and   socialize   Bender   with   some   of   the   other   dogs.   I   was incredibly   nervous   and   Bender   could   sense   it.   We   had   one   or   two   episodes   during   our   time   there   but   the majority   of   our   interactions   were   positive   (I   couldn’t   believe   it). After   the   training   class   I   was   thrilled   with   our progress.   The   next   day,   while   running   along   the   riverbank,   I   realized   that   Bender’s   success   had   only occurred   in   a   structured   environment.   I   didn’t   think   the   tricks   Barry   used   would   be   useful   in   the   real   world. On   that   day   we   ran   past   approximately   20   dogs   and   Bender’s   behavior   was   perfect   each   and   every   time.   I couldn’t   believe   it!   My   dog   was   being   a   good   boy…FINALLY!   As   the   weeks   went   on,   and   Bender   was   still not   exhibiting   any   attitude   problems   I   thought   maybe   this   was   too   good   to   be   true.   I   figured   that   once   we ran   into   Eddie,   all   Bender’s   progress   would   be   out   the window.   Well,   Bender   proved   me   wrong.   We   walked right   past   Eddie   the   other   day   without   Bender   making   a sound   or   even   looking   in   his   direction.   Eddie   on   the other   hand   was   livid.   He   kicked   up   a   big   stink,   and   all   I could   say   to   his   owner   was,   ‘You   should   take   him   to   see Barry’. Honestly   Barry,   I   can’t   thank   you   enough.   In   less   than 45   minutes   you   fixed   a   problem   that   has   been   festering for 5 years. You turned a good dog in to a great dog! Thank you! Jessica, Gerson, Bruce and Bender.
Hello Barry! I know you just did our consult only yesterday Barry, but you guys were not joking about being able to fix our problem with only one consultation! In the past, I put Oakley in 3 different training courses and nothing was getting resolved. He did not like people, dogs or small children. (Oakley lunged and barked viscously at all of them) I don't know how I can thank you enough. Oakley went for a walk by the river today. (first time) And he met a dog successfully, and also let a stranger pet him. It was amazing! I can't get over this 24 hr total turn around. So a million times over thank you so much.    Take care, Kayla and Dustin.
Barry, I wanted to write and thank you for helping our five year old German Shepard/Border Collie, Bender. He has always been a good dog; he’s incredibly loyal, protective, loving, playful, sensitive, and gentle with kids. In the beginning he was great with other dogs, but then one day a neighborhood dog jumped on me and he turned into a violent, vindictive animal. From then on he had a bad case of leash aggression. Whenever we were walking on the leash and would see another dog coming we would have to turn around and go in the other direction or get ready for an embarrassing episode of growling, barking, and pulling hard on the leash. This already horrible situation was magnified by 100% each time we saw the dog who previously jumped on me (lets call him Eddie). Bender never forgot what Eddie did and would fly into an angry rage if Eddie was within 100 feet from us. One time in the winter I slipped and fell on the ice and Bender saw Eddie coming and actually dragged me about 10 feet up hill to try and get to him. For a long time I made excuses, saying that the behaviour wasn’t that bad and would adjust my routine/walking route to accommodate Bender’s attitude. In April of this year I started running with the Running Room and realized that when another dog is approaching, I could no longer turn and go in another direction because I was running in a group. So I was forced to stop running and hold Bender on the ground so we didn’t cause a fight with another dog. In May of this year Bender stepped on a piece of glass that cut his paw so badly he was unable to go for walks for about 7 weeks. During this time, it was just me and my other dog Bruce who ran together. Bruce is such a great dog and actually goes out of his way to be friendly to other dogs. I soon realized how nice it was being out with a well behaved dog. I didn’t have to stop (and then catch up) when running with the group, and I could socialize with other dog owners when walking on leash. It was absolute paradise. I explained to another dog owner how nice it was not having to put up with Bender’s attitude and he told me to go to see you at Buena Vista Kennels. We’ve had Bender assessed before by a behaviorist and it didn’t work so I was a little unsure whether I wanted to spend more money on fixing the unfixable. But, on the other hand I was desperate. I’d had a taste of the good life and I didn’t want to go back. So, when Bender was healed, we met with Barry. Literally within minutes, Bender was interacting with Barry’s dogs on leash. He didn’t seem too happy about it at first but learned quickly that we weren’t going to tolerate his attitude anymore. Once other dogs started arriving for the training class, Barry let us join in and socialize Bender with some of the other dogs. I was incredibly nervous and Bender could sense it. We had one or two episodes during our time there but the majority of our interactions were positive (I couldn’t believe it). After the training class I was thrilled with our progress. The next day, while running along the riverbank, I realized that Bender’s success had only occurred in a structured environment. I didn’t think the tricks Barry used would be useful in the real world. On that day we ran past approximately 20 dogs and Bender’s behavior was perfect each and every time. I couldn’t believe it! My dog was being a good boy…FINALLY! As the weeks went on, and Bender was still not exhibiting any attitude problems I thought maybe this was too good to be true. I figured that once we ran into Eddie, all Bender’s progress would be out the window. Well, Bender proved me wrong. We walked right past Eddie the other day without Bender making a sound or even looking in his direction. Eddie on the other hand was livid. He kicked up a big stink, and all I could say to his owner was, ‘You should take him to see Barry’. Honestly Barry, I can’t thank you enough. In less than 45 minutes you fixed a problem that has been festering for 5 years. You turned a good dog in to a great dog! Thank you! Jessica, Gerson, Bruce and Bender.
Hi Barry, We   just   got   back   from   visiting   with   our   families,   and   I   have   to say   that   the   difference   was   night   and   day.   It   was   absolutely amazing.   In   the   past   she   was   never   able   to   sit   still   or   nap until   she   went   to   bed   in   the   same   room   as   us   at   night,   but over   the   last   4   days   she   was   able   to   lay   down   and   actually sleep,   despite   there   being   kids   running   and   screaming   and people   everywhere!   It   was   a   little   harder   at   my   parents   place as   she   still   wants   to   go   after   their   Pug   but   she   certainly   was far   better   than   ever   before   and   she   was   also   able   to   relax with the Pug around. We    are    very    grateful    for    your    help,    it    was    desperately needed and it made a world of difference and we truly appreciate it!  Having   seen   such   great   results   my   boyfriend   and   I   would like to put her in your next obedience class. Kelly L.
Barry; Well,   I   was   at   the   dog   park   on   Sunday   and   a   couple   of   dogs came   up   to   Allie.   I   was   right   at   her   head   and   patting   her, saying   ‘good   dog’.   She   was   not   thrilled   with   the   dogs,   but she   was   not   as   tense   and   she   did   not   growl   at   them.   She sat   there   and   let   them   bug   her   and   then   I   had   to   push   the little dogs away because they were too much in her face. Your   advice   came   in   handy   both   on   how   to   handle Allie   and the other dogs. Laura C.
Hi Barry, Things   are   muchly   improved   !!!!!   We   haven’t   had   a   lot   of   people to   the   door   but   hopefully   this   weekend. The   dogs   were   excellent when    Alyssa’s    boyfriend    was    over    and    he    stayed    outside making   a   bit   of   a   commotion.   We’re   looking   forward   to   learning more and more at upcoming classes! Thanks again, The much quieter Komada Household !
Hi Barry,  I just wanted to let you know that I observed Casey more closely at the dog park after I met with you and you are right, she has stress when other dogs are around her.  She is very happy to be there as long as it is just her and our other dog Shadow, but as soon as there are a few dogs, she gets tense and nervous and then she starts to snap.  It is unfortunate, she used to love going and she loved being around the other dogs too but I think she has more pain than I realized and she isn’t having fun out there anymore so I have been walking her alone along the trail by the river.  She is fine when we meet dogs on the trail, but I think she feels secure because they are restrained by their owners on lead.  She always wants to go and meet the dogs we come across on the trail, they sniff each other and then they both walk away and she is fine with that so I know that she is not getting vicious, she is just afraid of getting pounced on and hurt at the off leash parks, or, as you told me, she is afraid to be the low dog in the pack pecking order.  I have found a place where she can play in the river and fetch sticks alone and she seems happy, so I will continue walking her alone instead of causing her undue stress at the off- leash park.  I just wanted to thank you for the great advice you gave me and I have more insight into how dogs think now.  She is a happy and relatively healthy dog and I just have to find new ways to walk her without causing her the stress of being in a large pack.  I am sad that her park days are over but we are having fun discovering new trails around Saskatoon and she seems happy with that.  Thank you again,  Kimberly and Casey
Hi Barry, I apologize, but this is going to be long-winded. Consider it a glowing testimonial and if you wish to use it, please go ahead! I have been meaning to sit down and write an email to let you know how Kannon and Sophie have been responding to their training since you came and did a consult with me nearly a month ago. Right after you left I went out and purchased a prong collar for each dog. At first I was convinced that once you left, my dogs would never respond to anything I did that you taught me. I was worried I wasn’t going to be able to remember everything to show my husband when he got home later that day.  I am pleased to say that I did remember everything and even taught my husband the tips you showed me. We were able to practice them on Sophie that same night. For the first few walks we took the dogs out one at a time. I would intentionally walk where I knew that we would encounter other dogs to test Kannon especially. For example, early on after having you come over, in one short walk around the block we encountered 4 dogs! With the first encounter he was a bit anxious but quickly got over it and by the time we saw the 4th dog he couldn’t have cared less about it. In fact, the other folks were having a hard time controlling their dog and I was so thrilled to not have to have that problem on my end anymore. Now we can walk the dogs at the same time – my husband takes one and I take one – and it is just so enjoyable to be able to have our dogs behave so well and it feels like we finally have the ability to enjoy having dogs in our family. I have the confidence now that I know I can appropriately handle any situation that comes up if we do encounter another dog and it escalates. That confidence makes me unafraid to take them out by myself, which is something I would never have done before.  I’m looking forward to working with them more along with the baby stroller in spring when I start running again. To say I was skeptical that these dogs could be ‘fixed’ in just an hour consult session is an understatement. At first when I saw how the dogs responded to you and I thought maybe you had some sort of magical dog whisperer type vibe that would wear off once you left. Then I thought, we’ll give this a day or two and the dogs will stop responding to the pinch collars and I’ll be back at square one. I am pleased to report that after a month of walking almost every single day, it’s not gotten worse but has improved each and every time. Thank you so much for all your help! My only regret is that I waited so long, wasted lots of money on other dog trainers, and didn’t let my dogs have a chance at being ‘normal’ much sooner.   Megan, Kannon & Sophie
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