Barkville NYC
Barkville's head trainer in front of a "Better Yourself" mural

Services

Consultations: $1/minute. These calls are designed to flesh out the dog behaviors your dog is exhibiting inside or outside the home. Consults are always followed by a course of action.

*Payment plans are available for any bulk number of sessions you sign up for or for any boardings totaling $500 or more.



Case Studies


A black lab lying on the beach

Issues Present: General excitement on leash and excessive barking, reactivity to door slamming/noises in our apartment building, dog-reactive and reactive to mobility devices, and bikes.

Training Approach: Through 1-1 trainings, we introduced Boomer to leash pressure, place training, play-training and boundaries. Once his owners mastered leash pressure we bridged their training to creating positive introductions to the apartment building triggers that used to frighten or overwhelming him. At day-training, Boomer has learned to be around dogs of all breeds, temperaments, and sizes.

Client: "Used to see people sitting with their dogs calmly on the beach and think 'that'll never be us, Boomer is too excited here'"

A Great Dane with happy owners

Issues Present: Leash etiquette and pulling/lunging, eliminate the need for a pee pad in the house, listening and focus & excessive puppy biting

Training Approach: We started with teaching Mayer eye contact inside the apartment using treats and verbal markers. He struggled for a bit and his owners needed help building confidence in themselves to stay firm with the boundaries they had set up before Mayer grew to his full size. Once Mayer came for boarding, his issues were addressed. He needed more frequency in his training with shorter sessions, a ton of positive reinforcement and play-movement to keep his motivation up. We also rationed his water and did a positive crate introduction to help his body settle into a more balanced routine.

Client: "It’s just been so great with him since we picked him up from your place. Our day to day is just 1000000 times better. Mayer’s adding to us in a positive way now that he wasn’t fully before unfortunately. And we get complimented all the time when we let him say hello to a dog about how calm he is and behaved he is. I need to buy him a “MAYA MADE ME LIKE THIS” t-shirt to wear on walks!"

A dog in training sitting with its owner

Issues Present: Gypsy was the biggest and most intense scavenger (pizza crusts). She had poor off-leash skills, was semi-dog/puppy reactive along with defiance and unwillingness to go in certain directions on walks.

Training Approach: Gypsy responded best to treats, toys and vocal cues. So we used a combination of these to teach her to walk with structure and purpose. Once she was given a job (heel), she no longer felt the need to scavenge or be reactive. Her defiance was dealt with and supported through spacial and leash pressure followed by structured down-stays. From there we bridged that into e-collar work to further improve her recall.

Client: “We have had great success with the prong collar. Thank you so much. She was amazing on our walk in PA. We came across a pack of 13 deer and she didn’t flinch and kept walking. She was not pulling to smell and we also came across an aggressive dog and she had no reaction. Her recall has been amazing even without the ecollar!”


Helper Dogs

These are dogs that have either graduated from training or are currently in training. Helper dogs can range in temperament, breed, and size but the common trait they share is excellent handler communication. Dogs asked to join private sessions are often selected because they can support reactive or nervous dogs. Helper dogs also allow novice dog handlers to practice their skillset on a dog that is equipped to listen and respond accordingly. Helper dogs can not only provide the room for owners to learn, but they can also offer confidence to a novice handler and offer owners hands-on experience so by the time they are training their own dog, little work will actually have to be done.


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