Need help with your rescue dog? Bark Busters Perth South will come to your rescue!

Many dogs in rescue have no major behavioural problems and can be found new homes quickly — the pretty, cute and friendly ones have the easiest time of it. Then there are the scared, shy and fearful ones, they may have been born with that type of personality, or their fears may have been created or exacerbated by the treatment they received at the hands of previous owners. Sometimes this can be brutal and at other times, just the fact that the owners did not understand their canine companion and it’s needs, can increase the dog’s anxiety. These are the ones that sit at the back of their kennel, or bark and growl at visitors; some dogs just don’t do well in the noisy, busy kennel situation and cannot “show” themselves off to prospective owners. The longer they are in kennels, the more difficult it becomes to re-home them.

Dogs are given up for re-homing for many reasons; they toilet in the house and get told off for it; they get frantically worried when left and fear that they will be left trapped in a house forever; they destroy all they can find, even break out of crates provided for their safety. Dogs may begin to show aggression to family members, visitors or other dogs and become such a worry that the owners can no longer cope with their own fear that their dog may injure someone or another dog. Some dogs just end up in a rescue centre because “she’s grown too big” (a Great Dane puppy!) or they get a poor reputation due to the reporting of a few dreadful incidents where dogs may have been trained to fight, teased, or left unsupervised with other family members or children. Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, German Shepherds and the cross breeds of those origins, are just a few of the breeds that have been the unfortunate recipients.

Some dogs are so brutally treated, and their trauma so deep set, that it can take many months of patient rehabilitation in a rescue centre or more likely by the magnificent numbers of volunteer foster carers, to help that dog overcome their fear of humans and trust once more.

Bark Busters will never give up on a dog if the owner is willing to work with us to rehabilitate them. We will provide assessments, support, advice and tailored training programs to the wonderful owners who have taken on a rescue dog; we work free of charge with rescue shelters and with foster homes, to help the staff and volunteers to train the dogs so that they become well behaved for prospective owners. Some of us even foster dogs ourselves to rehabilitate the more difficult dogs, making finding them a home much easier.

So if you’re thinking of getting a rescue dog, there is a dog out there somewhere waiting patiently for the right home, who will fit in with your lifestyle and be the most wonderful companion that you always wanted. For any issues that you may experience, Bark Busters will assess, investigate and work with you to ensure that your companion stays in his forever home and that you and your dog are happy. In fact, at Bark Busters, we encourage you to adopt a dog from a rescue or animal shelter!

See how successful Bark Busters Perth South has been in transforming rescue dogs’ lives:

“We were visiting my sister in Shelley WA (6148) from Leonora in the Northern Goldfields. We were concerned about Jasmine who is a mixed breed (Kelpie) rescue from SAFE Kalgoorlie, about 21 months old. We adopted her when she was five months old. She had been exhibiting what we described as fear aggression, and being very territorial at home when people came to the gate. She would growl and bark, and also exhibited some signs of separation anxiety when my partner or I left the house.

Our trainer was not condescending with his delivery of information and techniques, he listened to us, guided us and provided instructions in practical, usable and appropriate terms – in a way we’ve been able to incorporate easily into our routines.

Jasmine was much improved by the end of the session. The following day a knock at the door was responded to very well when we followed the guidelines provided to us (the same as during practice).

Other groups we contacted before we found Bark Busters were quick to recommend drugs for Jasmine when we described her behaviour. We believed that this should be the last thing to talk about, not the first. Our trainer gave Jasmine every chance to prove she really doesn’t need drugs to modify her behaviour – which is exactly what we were looking for, the chance to correct her problem behaviour rather than just covering it up.

The time with Bark Busters was very interesting and enjoyable, Jasmine is thriving with the mental challenges and stimulation. Still got some work to do, but it’s great to see her really trying and rising to the challenge.

It was particularly nice not to be treated with a one size fits all approach. Jasmine was given the change to work on her problem behaviour in a manner that worked for all of us. Even though we live so remote, we still believe we have achieved great value for money for the support available thus far.” TANYA B. | LEONORA, WESTERN AUSTRALIA