Meet your trainer

Catharina Jeffery

Meet your trainer

Welcome to Bark Busters Southwest, servicing the areas of: Bunbury, Eaton, Australind, Dalyellup, Busselton, Margaret River, Donnybrook, Bridgetown and surrounding areas.

As a local small business owner and dog lover I’m dedicated to helping my clients get the best results with their dogs. I help my clients become the “leader of their pack” using dog-friendly, non-food based techniques (no shock collars or harsh methods ever.) My goal is for your dog to love and respect you, not fear you.

I am a qualified Dog Behavioural Therapist and can help you address issues like barking, jumping, separation anxiety, walking without pulling on the lead, puppy training plus much more. I will work with any breed, age and issue. Everything from teaching your new puppy as soon as you bring him home to an aggressive dog, I can help. You will be amazed at what you can achieve once you learn how to ‘speak dog’ and understand your best friend. I would love for you to read some of my client reviews. These are all recent clients with real stories about their experiences.

In Home Training – I come to you. Where do you experience the most issues with your dog? At home? The beach? The park? Most issues occur in your dog’s own environment, this is why it’s important to start at home. Your dog tends to be able to focus and relax more at home. This helps us to achieve general obedience quickly and we can then progress to those areas like walking to the beach or interacting with people and dogs. I can address issues like jumping on visitors, aggression to people or other dogs including sibling rivalry (fighting between two dogs living in the same home) destructive behaviours like digging and chewing, pulling on the lead, nuisance barking plus much more. My lessons are flexible to adapt to your goals and your dog’s abilities. I get fast results with my clients often seeing a change in their dog’s behaviour within the first 30 minutes. It is important that your dog listens and respects YOU not any trainer. This is why, in my opinion I find in home lessons more effective than “boot camps” or other training programs where you need to send your dog away. Your dog is part of your family and you are the best person to educate him!

Pesonalised Dog Training – there is no “one size fits all” in the dog world. If you are only using a group class, I find dogs can often “fall through the gaps”. It is important that you are able to deal with any of your dog’s behaviours before you start to train in these environments. I work with you to set up an individual training program that based on your goals and your dog’s personality. You will learn how to read your dog’s body language and adjust your communication depending on how your dog is responding. When appropriate in your dogs training program we can then progress your dog to a group class if desired.

Positive Dog Training – I do not use barking collars or e-collars (electric collars). I will not use physical force with your dog or encourage any physical or harsh training methods. I do not treat train or use clickers. Our training is based on using the dog’s natural instincts to achieve a positive result. Trust, understanding and clear communication will achieve longer lasting results than any force or bribery.

Effective Dog Training – You will learn more in your first training session and get better results than group classes that go for several weeks. You will be amazed at what you can achieve with your dog once you learn to ‘speak dog’

Speak Dog – this is a term we use to amplify the fact that dogs speak dog, not English. Imagine if I attempted to write this information for you in a foreign language and you were trying to understand it. This is often the case when we use human forms of communication and expect a dog to know what we want. You need to learn your dog’s language not the other way around. I will teach you to communicate to your dog in his ‘first language’ through body language and your tone of voice. Trust me, they will always thank you for it!

Rescue Dogs – More and more people are choosing to rescue, which is great! I have had three rescue dogs over my time and have first hand experience in helping them adjust to a new home. They can often come with their own set of issues and bad experiences before you have adopted them. I will help your new dog settle into your home and help you establish a calm and happy environment that is best suited to any dog.

Our training can help you overcome

  • Pulling on the lead
  • Jumping
  • Over protective of you or family members
  • Dog aggression or dog reactive issues
  • Aggression to visitors or strangers
  • Recall
  • Nuisance Barking
  • Sibling Rivalry (fighting between two or more dogs that live together)
  • Puppy training
  • Destructive Behaviour like digging or chewing
  • Preparing for a new baby
  • Nipping or biting
  • Toilet training
  • Separation Anxiety
  • General Obedience
  • Plus much more…

 

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Bark Busters

Training Types

Behaviour Therapy

Behaviour Therapy

Jumping up, pulling on the lead, biting, mouthing, nipping, inappropriate toileting, aggression towards dogs, food aggression.

Puppy Training

Puppy Training

Our customised puppy management program includes fast track housebreaking and toilet training, general obedience, walking to heel, sit / stay.

Obedience Training

Obedience Training

Full obedience training for dogs of all ages and breeds; sit, down, stay, loose lead walking, attentiveness, distance control and recall training.

Bark Busters

Packages

Lifetime Support Guarantee

Lifetime Support Guarantee

The Bark Busters worldwide dog behaviour training support guarantee is unique in the industry. It is designed to help owners resolve their dog behaviour issues and dog obedience issues and to provide our customers with ongoing peace of mind. It provides for the following:

  • Written: Clients receive a written, signed copy of the dog training guarantee on their Bark Busters receipt which is an official Bark Busters Australia document and outlines all the training methods which must be adopted to resolve your dog’s behaviour problems.
  • Backed Up: The Bark Busters guarantee is backed up by the world’s largest dog training company. Copies of all guarantee receipts are retained at Bark Busters’ Australia & New Zealand Head Office.
  • Service Guarantee: The Bark Busters guarantee simply states that if the owner continues to carry out all of the training instructions provided by the therapist at the training lessons, the Bark Busters therapist will continue to work with the owner, to achieve the desired results, for either one year, or the life of the dog (depending on the service obtained) at no additional charge. Most clients prefer the lifetime support guarantee because they receive peace of mind for very little additional cost.
  • All Problems Covered: The guarantee provides for ongoing, free assistance no matter if the same problems recur, or if new problems arise. There is never an additional charge when your trainer returns, except for transportation costs if agreed in advance in certain areas falling outside the geographical area covered by your trainer.
  • Guarantee Moves With The Dog: If for any reason the dog needs to be re-homed, the remaining term of the guarantee passes to the new owner for a nominal fee. In the case of the lifetime support guarantee, the new owner will be trained and will receive the benefits of the guarantee for the life of the dog. The one-year guarantee applies if the re-housing is done within the first year. Clients can upgrade to the lifetime support guarantee for an additional charge.
  • Guarantee Moves With The Owner: If the owner moves to another location, the guarantee continues to be valid, either for the life of the dog, or one year from the date of the first lesson, depending on the service. If there is a Bark Busters therapist reasonably close by, services will be provided at no charge. If a trainer is not close by, Bark Busters will provide assistance by phone and email. People who move to parts of the world where Bark Busters has offices, ongoing assistance is also covered at no additional charge.
  • Limitations of Cover: The guarantee may not be transferred to another dog. The guarantee is not a money back guarantee. If the dog is euthanised or the dog dies the guarantee is rendered null and void. All training advice must be adopted by the owner in order for the guarantee to remain valid. If the owner adopts an alternative form of training without prior discussion with their therapist this will render the guarantee null and void.
  • Over 27 Years of History: Bark Busters has grown to be the largest dog training company in the world, with over 1 million dogs trained. The guarantee has been part of the company since 1989 when company founders, Danny and Sylvia Wilson, decided that it would help to significantly reduce the number of dogs that were being euthanised and provide customers peace of mind for many years. The company is expanding rapidly internationally and can be counted upon to fully honour its guarantee.

Areas

We Service

Abba River, Abbey, Acton Park, Alexandra Bridge, Allanson, Ambergate, Anniebrook, Argyle, Augusta, Australind, Balbarrup, Balingup, Barrabup, Baudin, Beedelup, Beela, Beelerup, Benger, Benjinup, Biddelia, Binningup, Boallia, Boorara Brook, Boranup, Bovell, Bowelling, Boyanup, Boyup Brook, Bramley, Brazier, Bridgetown, Broadwater, Broke, Brookhampton, Brunswick, Buckingham, Bunbury, Burekup, Burnside, Busselton, Callcup, Capel, Capel River, Carbunup River, Cardiff, Carey Park, Carlotta, Catterick, Channybearup, Chapman Hill, Charley Creek, Chowerup, College Grove, Collie, Collie Burn, Collins, Cookernup, Courtenay, Cowaramup, Crooked Brook, Crowea, Cundinup, Dalyellup, Dardanup, Dardanup West, Darradup, Davenport, Deanmill, Deepdene, Diamond Tree, Dingup, Dinninup, Dixvale, Donnelly River, Donnybrook, Dunsborough, Eagle Bay, East Augusta, East Bunbury, East Nannup, Eastbrook, Eaton, Elgin, Ferguson, Forest Grove, Forrest Beach, Gelorup, Geographe, Glen Iris, Glen Mervyn, Glenlynn, Glenoran, Gnarabup, Gracetown, Greenbushes, Grimwade, Gwindinup, Hamel, Hamelin Bay, Harris River, Harvey, Henty, Hester, Hester Brook, Hithergreen, Hoffman, Jalbarragup, Jardee, Jarrahwood, Jindong, Kalgup, Kaloorup, Kangaroo Gully, Karridale, Kealy, Kingston, Kirup, Kudardup, Kulikup, Lake Clifton, Lake Jasper, Lake Muir, Leeuwin, Leschenault, Linfarne, Lowden, Ludlow, Lyalls Mill, Manjimup, Maranup, Margaret River, Marybrook, Mayanup, Mcalinden, Meerup, Metricup, Middlesex, Millbridge, Molloy Island, Mordalup, Mornington, Muja, Mullalyup, Mumballup, Mungalup, Myalup, Nanga Brook, Nannup, Naturaliste, Newlands, Nillup, Noggerup, North Boyanup, North Greenbushes, North Jindong, North Walpole, Northcliffe, Osmington, Palgarup, Palmer, Paradise, Parkfield, Paynedale, Peerabeelup, Pelican Point, Pemberton, Peppermint Grove Beach, Perup, Picton, Picton East, Preston Beach, Preston Settlement, Prevelly, Quedjinup, Queenwood, Quindalup, Quinninup, Redgate, Reinscourt, Ringbark, Roelands, Rosa Brook, Rosa Glen, Ruabon, Sabina River, Schroeder, Scott River, Scott River East, Scotts Brook, Shannon, Shotts, Siesta Park, Smith Brook, South Bunbury, Southampton, Stirling Estate, Stratham, Sunnyside, The Plains, Thomson Brook, Tonebridge, Treeton, Trigwell, Tutunup, Uduc, Upper Capel, Upper Warren, Usher, Vasse, Vittoria, Wagerup, Walpole, Walsall, Wandillup, Warawarrup, Warner Glen, Waroona, Waterloo, Wellesley, Wellington Forest, Wellington Mill, West Busselton, Wilga, Wilga West, Wilgarrup, Wilyabrup, Windy Harbour, Winnejup, Witchcliffe, Withers, Wokalup, Wonnerup, Worsley, Yabberup, Yallingup, Yallingup Siding, Yalyalup, Yanmah, Yarloop, Yeagarup, Yelverton, Yoganup, Yoongarillup, Yornup, Yourdamung Lake.

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