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13th November 2017

Stefanie Budiman dealt with: Destructive chewing that results in destruction of furniture, woodwork etc Hyperactivity Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Pulling on the Lead Puppy Management Recall or not coming when called Separation Anxiety Toileting
Photo of Katrina K.'s dog

Stefanie is fantastic! She took the time to understand what aspects of Stanley’s behaviour we most wanted to address and gave us a number of techniques to train Stanley. Stefanie explained what we needed to do and then helped us practice so that we were confident to continue training when she was gone. Stefanie is very patient and never made us feel like we asked silly questions. Stanley really responded well to the techniques and I feel like I really got value for money. Highly recommend Stefanie to anyone training their dog.

Trainer note from Stefanie:
Stanley is a very good looking year old staffy with such a great personality! It's really great to see his progress from his very first lesson and that he's growing up well with the consistent guidance of his family and I look forward to any future check ins with him! Well done team Stanley!

Katrina K.
Bundoora, Victoria

5th November 2017

Stefanie Budiman dealt with: Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Pulling on the Lead
Photo of Brandon I.'s dog

From the time Stef entered our home, she provided us with advice about how to address Naala's behaviour (mainly barking). She was so patient and informative in our initial session and we started to see immediate (positive) changes in Naala. Another problem was Naala's walking, which was also addressed during the first session and I am so happy with her progress. She now walks on a loose lead consistently! Although Naala still does have a few things to improve, she has come a long way since our first session. Seeing so much progress since her first session is fantastic!

Trainer note from Stefanie:
Naala is a gorgeous young (2 year old) German Shepherd that can be quite stubborn at times. That being said, it's been wonderful to observe her improvements at every lesson. Clearly, you have been following through with the training system and no doubt, further progress can be achieved in the future! I have enjoyed seeing both Naala and yourself face new levels of challenges at every lesson and also overcoming it! Well done, and keep up the great work!

Brandon I.
Craigieburn, Victoria

26th October 2017

Stefanie Budiman dealt with: Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise Pulling on the Lead Separation Anxiety
Photo of Jessica K.'s dog

Stefanie was amazing throughout the whole process, she made me and my sister feel comfortable and confident throughout the sessions. She clearly has a passion for her job and ensured we were well supported and taught us many great strategies to help our dogs excessive barking and separation anxiety. She even brought in her own dogs to act as a distraction to our dog which we loved.

Trainer note from Stefanie:
It was such a pleasure to work with you and your sister and cute little Pomeranian, Simba! Despite having quite a severe habit of excessive barking, his progress within a couple of weeks has been substantial! And I am glad that you've been able to leave him alone for hours without him anxiously crying. Both of you did so great in walking him, without him pulling and barking, past dogs and people. Keep up the great work!

Jessica K.
Glen huntly, Victoria

16th October 2017

Stefanie Budiman dealt with: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise Destructive chewing that results in destruction of furniture, woodwork etc Hyperactivity

We are first-time dog owners. We have had the three initial lessons and one recently about something that arose with changing circumstances in our household. We have been very heartened by the training which gave us a consistent and well thought-through strategy for every area that was causing us difficulty and has put us in control. It made an obvious difference in the dog's demeanor. He was much calmer (as were we!) and we were able to begin to really enjoy him. We really like the fact that the owner signs up for the life of the dog. Stefanie is very accommodating and positive. She obviously loves her work and cares about the animals she works with.

Trainer note from Stefanie:
Working with Archie and his family was such a pleasure! Despite being known as a 'stubborn Scottie' and a still a puppy, he listened very well to his family and is super responsive to training. All that without changing his personality of course. Well done and keep up the great work!

Heather G.
Melbourne, Victoria

7th October 2017

Stefanie Budiman dealt with: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise Destructive chewing that results in destruction of furniture, woodwork etc Digging Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Pulling on the Lead Recall or not coming when called Sibling Rivalry - aggression or fighting between dogs in the same household Other
Photo of Karen C.'s dog

Stef was super patient, very enthusiastic, calm, explained all training techniques clearly.

Trainer note from Stefanie:
It's great to see both Nugget and Jade make so much progress and barking and pulling so much less! Despite being bouncy adolescent Boxers, they sure are eager to please you when you communicate clearly to them! I hope you are enjoying your walks now that you're able to walk them both together. Well done!

Karen C.
Melbourne, Victoria

28th September 2017

Stefanie Budiman dealt with: Destructive chewing that results in destruction of furniture, woodwork etc Digging Hyperactivity Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Pulling on the Lead
Photo of Chyna C.'s dog

When we met Stefanie for the first time she was very kind, friendly and very understanding with our concerns and needs with our new companion TITAN who we adopted recently from the SECOND CHANCE ANIMAL RESCUE 🐶. .

Stefanie gave us a fabulous insight in to how we should treat and understand TITAN 🐶, meaning as humans trying to teach him the human ways, & not just his basic K-9 behaviour.

Our Family time spending with TITAN 🐶: walking has been sooo enjoyable and relaxing compare to when we first had him we struggled to get him to walk beside us as he was always tugging. In one session with our TITAN 🐶: Stefanie has given us a system that works and benefits for all my family..

Thank you Stefanie for your time and understanding, am sooooo Greatful. .#TEAMTITAN

Trainer note from Stefanie:
You're most welcome! It was such a pleasure to not only work with TITAN (1.5 y.o Great Dane) who is such a sweet boy, but also an enthusiastic family that made conducting the lesson even more fun for me! You and your family's commitment to TITAN's training are very evident! I saw so much progress in such a short time during our revisit session: from his walks to his general behaviour at home. Well done and keep up the great work!

Chyna C.
Millpark, Victoria

26th September 2017

Stefanie Budiman dealt with: Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Pulling on the Lead Puppy Management

Stef has been amazing with my puppy staffy Dakota! I first met Stef when I was fostering dogs and when she got adopted, a few months later I got a pup of my own I didn’t think twice about calling Stef at Bark Busters! Her guidance and advice has helped me improve my 6 month old jumping, door control, assertiveness and walking on the lead right beside me! From pulling on the lead and giving me rope burn (them Staffies are strong!!) during our walks I now enjoy walking my excitable pup!

Trainer note from Stefanie:
It was such a pleasure to work with you and your foster staffy and it warms my heart to know you've grown a love for the breed and got one yourself! Dakota is a sweetheart and every lesson with the both of you are so much fun! Well done in being so committed with her training! She is definitely growing into a well mannered adult and I look forward to any future check ins!

Natasha B.
Melbourne, Victoria

13th September 2017

Stefanie Budiman dealt with: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise Pulling on the Lead
Photo of Vikki G.'s dog

Very happy with the progress after only 1 lesson. Stefanie was great!

Trainer note from Stefanie:
Thanks Vikki! Elie the Chihuahua is such a sweet girl but is just over protective. It's great to see her step back once she knows you're in charge. Well done!

Vikki G.
Reservoir, Victoria

13th September 2017

Stefanie Budiman dealt with: Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise

Stef has been fantastic. Very enthusiastic and encouraging. I like how if one technique is not working that she always gives other options.

Trainer note from Stefanie:
Well done in being consistent with Vogue - it shows as there's definitely progress after every lesson! She's one beautiful Shetland Sheepdog and no doubt will bring smiles to whoever enters your shop! Keep up the great work!!

Melissa S.
Armadale, Victoria

1st September 2017

Stefanie Budiman dealt with: Hyperactivity Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Pulling on the Lead Recall or not coming when called Sibling Rivalry - aggression or fighting between dogs in the same household
Photo of Elena P.'s dog

Stef was wonderful. Very patient and clear in explaining the process. Was very impressed with how quickly my 9 year old Labrador was picking up the new commands. She has been very helpful with both his listening skills (which needed improvement) and assisted in the introduction of him to our new kitten.

Trainer note from Stefanie:
Well done in practicing our techniques with Riley! He's such a bright, sweet boy and the improvements are very evident! I'm glad he's slowly accepting the kitten as part of his family. Keep up the great work!

Elena P.
Templestowe, Victoria

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