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Mike | Plymouth, Hennepin

January-31-2023 Bark busters rating

Jean is wonderful, patience with us and Oliver, keeps things simple, really understands our boy and what we need to become good owners. Best decision we could have made. Making progress!


Charlette | New Prague

January-27-2023 Bark busters rating

I was reluctant at first because of the price of Bark Busters. Jean assured us if we are really going to work with Ruby Rose then this program will definitely work. Well it works! Within a couple of days Ruby was following directions. We continued to work the program and Ruby Rose can stay! She was getting very aggressive so we needed to do something immediately. We are so thankful for Jean. Also, we like to know that the program is guaranteed for life. We feel that we can recommend Jean and Bark Busters fully.

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Pam | Prior Lake

October-05-2022 Bark busters rating

Jean's professional skills and her calm, patient demeaner -- as well as the Bark Busters techniques -- worked wonders for our little Gideon! As a 4-year-old rescue with no prior training, we were prepared for it to take a very long time before Gideon understood how we wanted him to behave. But literally, after only a few days, he was responding to our commands and obviously seeing us as the alpha dogs in his pack. My husband and I are very pleased! We know Gideon is a smart little guy -- but Jean really deserves most of the credit -- thank you, Jean!

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Val | Minneapolis

November-08-2021 Bark busters rating

We went to the park this morning and as we started down the alley she started her whining….one BUH (mine sounds more like BUH than BAH) and she stopped. She started a little bit again later in the trip, again I said BUH and she stopped!!! Oh man is that wonderful!! She was always so animated and the shrill tone of her whining was awful, and today we made the trip in silence!! She also was barking at a person and I used it, she stopped immediately and came to me for affection. WOW. Just WOW!!

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Jeff | Minneapolis

October-01-2021 Bark busters rating

We have worked with Jean for a little over five months now. We were having issues with our dog (a seven year old rescue) and our toddler, who was about 16 months old when we started. Our dog was generally not aggressive but she could be defensive of our home (mailmen, people at the door, etc.) and around the toddler she would growl when he started moving. My wife and I were certain that we were not dealing with it correctly. Jean came in and helped us to understand how to better communicate with our dog to both make her feel safe and secure, and provide us with peace of mind when it came to our baby and our dog sharing the same home. It has been a revelation. We did the year long training option and that has worked out wonderfully, because sometimes as dog owners we forget the training that Jean gave to us. So being able to have her come back over and work with us a great benefit. Would highly recommend this if you are looking for new ways to provide a safe environment for your dog and your baby.


Jessica | St. Louis Park

August-02-2021 Bark busters rating

Jean was absolutely fantastic in training my boyfriend and I on how to better communicate with our 1 year old frenchie. I’ve been to other training classes that were fine, but I feel that Jean’s method was so much more effective with our dog. She teaches how to communicate with your dog in a way that they understand (how to speak dog). We saw immediate results just after a couple of hours of working with her. Now that we have the proper tools to work with our dog, we are so excited to see her potential. Thank you Jean! Highly recommend!

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Jessica | St. Louis Park

July-31-2021 Bark busters rating

Jean was absolutely fantastic in training my boyfriend and I on how to better communicate with our 1 year old frenchie. I’ve been to other training classes that were fine, but I feel that Jean’s method was so much more effective with our dog. She teaches how to communicate with your dog in a way that they understand (how to speak dog). We saw immediate results just after a couple of hours of working with her. Now that we have the proper tools to work with our dog, we are so excited to see her potential. Thank you Jean! Highly recommend!

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jan | Plymouth

September-14-2020 Bark busters rating

Jean was an outstanding trainer. She helped us with a Zoom meeting which went so smoothly . Some Zoom meetings can be tough to negotiate. She was wonderful with our dogs and modeling for us. Our dogs loved her right away. Their behavior change was remarkable and immediate .We would highly recommend Jean. She was simply the best!

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Sammie | Minneapolis, Hennepin

June-01-2020 Bark busters rating

Blue is a rescue I got just over two weeks ago who had been living in a single bedroom for 2 years and had never been outside before. I knew he was gonna need a lot of work. I wasn't sure how much progress to expect through a virtual lesson, but Jean somehow helped us progress SO MUCH in just one lesson! It was very clear that she knew what she was talking about and answered all my questions. She helped me develop a strong base to give Blue the training he needs and in a very nice and professional manner!

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Colleen | Rockford

April-21-2020 Bark busters rating

Scot and I are so grateful for the time you have provided and the care you have shown toward Murphy, Charlie, and us. We also greatly appreciate your willingness to meet us virtually to help us learn how to train our dogs. This was such an excellent solution to not being able to meet in person at this time. We are so happy that we did not have to wait for you to help us with training. With our tablet, we were able to clearly see and hear you while you were able to see and hear us. You gave us great feedback as we did the exercises you described. The other great thing about this method is it allowed Murphy and Charlie to remain focused on us throughout each exercise! We are so amazed at how happy and calm the house already is! In just a couple weeks, you have helped us communicate so much more effectively with Murphy and Charlie. Already, in this short time, Murphy went from being a very anxious dog who barked uncontrollably to now having a much better understanding that he is not the boss or the protector, so he can just relax and enjoy being a sweet pet. We are so thrilled with the difference you have made in the lives of our dogs and our whole household. We are excited to continue working with you and learning how to be better dog parents and continue to have a home that is a calm and safe place for our sweet boys. Thank you so much for the work that you do, Jean, and for being so willing to adapt by providing excellent virtual training sessions!

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Liana | Plymouth

March-29-2020 Bark busters rating

We rescued a dog last year and she was always shy and timid. As she came close to being a year old her “shyness” turned into some aggressiveness. She started barking like crazy at any new visitors, tries to herd children (and nip them) as they run around our house, and has nipped at delivery people. We didn’t believe that utilizing food as a motivator for good behavior was going to give us what we needed in the long run. We tried it and it didn’t work. So we contacted bark busters and had our first session with Jean about 10 days ago. She explained why our dog was trying to assert herself into a pact leader role and what steps we needed to take to teach her she is not the leader and that she can rely on us for that. We are learning how to talk in a language that Hailey understands. We are so happy with the results we have seen in just 10 days! She stays away from the front door when the doorbell rings, has been a lot more calm when company has come over, we are starting to have loose leash walks, etc. I feel like her training has barely begun and we have already seen such a difference!


Deb | Eden Prairie, Hennepin

February-26-2020 Bark busters rating

Jean is positively amazing! We rescued our Bella in December. She was a stray and clearly had never been socialized or trained in any way. She is approximately a 1.5 years old Doberman whippet mix and we were struggling with some of the most basic things. She would bark incessantly at anything or anyone. She was mouthing and was pretty much out of control. We knew she was unusually smart and wanted to give her the best life given hers started out so bad. She is a highly active dog and we knew we needed help but we were not interested in shock collars or the use of other motivators. We called barkbusters and immediately received a call from Jean. Jean came to our home and spent literally a couple hours teaching us how to speak Bella’s language. Once Bella realized she was not in charge, she learned so rapidly to follow all of our commands. The only motivator Bella requires is positive reinforcement. She is truly brilliant! I swear she learns something new every single day. She walks at my side on a leash even when there are other dogs, children and people around her. Not a single bark! She clearly wants to please us and we will pretty much do anything for her. We have since recommended Jean at Barkbusters to several of our friends who are training puppies. I am telling you, if you need help with your pooch call Jean at Barkbusters!

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James | Hopkins, Hennepin

December-23-2019 Bark busters rating

Henry was a rambunctious puppy who displayed all the typical behaviors -- jumping, chewing EVERYTHING , barking uncontrollably, and not understanding how to walk well on a leash. Jean gave us some invaluable tools to get Henry under control including housebreaking and crate training. I feel less overwhelmed knowing Jean is on our corner.

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Jesse | Minneapolis

October-02-2019 Bark busters rating

All reviews Search reviews Jesse Morgan 1 review 5 hours ago Jean was fantastic to work with. We have learned so much and Paisley has responded well to the Bark Busters method.


Paul | Eden Prairie, Hennepin

July-03-2019 Bark busters rating

Our puppy had a lot of bad habits as a lot of puppies do with not knowing their place in the family, toilet training, chewing, and leash pulling. Within a month of our first session our puppy has turned into a very good dog with very few problems that will carry through his whole life and the training equipped us to deal with anything that does come up. Thanks Jean!!!

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Jonathan | Minneapolis, Hennepin

February-25-2019 Bark busters rating

I am very grateful for all of the assistance and training Jean provided me. My dog, Tikka is a very sweet girl, but had some behavioral problems as I adopted her from a shelter. After a few sessions of working with Jean, Tikka is like a brand new dog and a great addition to our family. Thank you again!

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Ralph & Kim | Eden Prairie

February-21-2019 Bark busters rating

Jean did an amazing job in teaching us how to speak dog and become leaders! We were at our wits end before calling Jean. We were thinking something had to change or we wouldn't be able to keep Freddy due to everyone's safety. Within 24 hours of our first training session we noticed a difference. Now, three weeks later Freddy is a new dog and a member of our family/pack. People that have visited since his training began can't believe he's the same dog.

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Lindsay | Minneapolis

January-18-2019 Bark busters rating

Jean was wonderful to work with in training our 3-year old rescue dog Sundance. She provided a wealth of knowledge and resources, combined with hands-on training to learn the Bark Busters method. Thanks to Jean, we have been able to establish proper pack order so that our dog understands we are in charge. Sundance has settled in well and is much less anxious since the training we've undergone these past few months. Jean has been great with providing advice for the different challenges we've faced. We highly recommend Jean and Bark Busters!

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Veronica | Minneapolis, Hennepin

December-12-2018 Bark busters rating

I've waited over six months to write this review because I wanted to see if Duckie's training would "stick" - and it has! I have a small dog with small-dog syndrome. She barked like mad, lunged at people when they walked by her, barked at people outside, barked at noises in the hallway, and HATED my landlord in particular. She would not come when called and couldn't redirect when she was getting in a frenzy. I had to keep her in a room with the doors and windows closed all day, and still got fined by my landlord for her barking. Fast forward six months. After only two sessions with Jean, I have an angel of a dog. She LOVES my landlord (who asked if I put "the demon dog" on tranquilizers), and my office manager asks me to bring her to work every day because she is so friendly and calm. I need both hands to count how many people have said, "is this really the same dog? Did you get a new dog?" Duck comes when I call, redirects significantly more easily, and though she barks on occasion, it's due more to my lack of follow-through with the exercises than her anxiety. This is some of the best money I've ever spent!

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Sheldon | Saint Bonifacius

September-30-2018 Bark busters rating

I have enjoyed working with Jean Atwood. She lays things out in an easy to understand way. She has been very responsive when we've called with questions.


Lisa | Minneapolis, Hennepin

September-25-2018 Bark busters rating

Learned so much about dog/pack leadership and consistency in training. Good tools and technique are key. Jean was very easy to work with.

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Jan | Chanhassen, Carver

September-19-2018 Bark busters rating

Jean is the dog whisperer! She walks into our house and Bear does everything she directs him to do. She is calm and never raises her voice. My daughter has ADHD and Jean is so patient with her. The bottom line is I would highly recommend Jean!


Kim | Chanhassen, Carver

September-10-2018 Bark busters rating

Louie’s first year was really tough. He thought he was alpha dog. There wasn’t many behaviors of his that were positive. Jean came over and was very clear on all her explanations how to help us. Within a few days of her visit, there was a remarkable improvement. I tell everyone who is having issues with their dog all about Bark Busters. I hate to think of the way things would be if we hadn’t gotten help when we did. Louie was a much happier puppy when he saw that he didn’t have to be in charge anymore.

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Cindy | Minneapolis

July-02-2018 Bark busters rating

Jean was great. Peter had issues ranging from house training to nipping to separation anxiety. Jean gave me all of the tools I needed to work with Peter to improve his behavior. What I really liked about Jean was her knowledge, patience and especially her sense of humor. Knowing that I can contact her any time with questions or concerns is a plus, as she is always willing to address new issues that may arise.

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Angela | Minneapolis

May-09-2018 Bark busters rating

I am so happy that Jean was able to work with me and my aggressive little Shih-Poo Snoopy. By the end of our last visit he was barking less and much more appropriate around other people. It's been such a great change! Thank you!


Melissa | Minneapolis

October-04-2017 Bark busters rating

Within our first appointment with Jean, I noticed a big difference with my boxer's demeanor. She responded really well to bark busters technique of training, and became more conscious of what I expected of her. She began showing more respect for me, and listened a lot better. I was shocked how quickly she responded. She's such a great dog, and bark busters helped us see her potential!

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Tammy | Minneapolis

August-05-2017 Bark busters rating

Jean is amazing! My three Bassets are already responding to her methods. I'm so excited for this new journey. It's a new, healthy way of living with my dogs.

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Devin | Minneapolis

May-25-2017 Bark busters rating

Our dog has shown fantastic improvement under Jean's training. In only a few weeks, our dog is responding to commands and seems more relaxed. Considering our dog is a 6-year-old (stubborn) English bulldog who grew up in a puppy mill, her progress is incredible. Jean is very responsive to emails and questions and has offered solutions to the challenges that we face. I'd highly recommend working with her!

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Lauren | Minnetonka

May-11-2017 Bark busters rating

Thank you Jean for all of your help with our dog Sooner! We have already noticed a big change after using your techniques on "speaking dog" and establishing leadership. We learned a lot through our training process and will recommend you to other dog owners who need help!

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Anne | Edina

January-03-2017 Bark busters rating

Jean was awesome! She did such a great job with our crazy Duke. He is the sweetest big dog and just needed to learn some good manners. Jean did the trick. The training is so nice because it is all about "speaking" dog and done within our own home. We also wanted one-on-one training where both my husband and I could learn together. This was a huge win for us. Duke now respects us and is a true joy to be around! The only thing we would have done differently was sign up for the lifetime help. With the cold weather in Minnesota we are finding we are not walking as much as we should so hopefully we can get Duke back into great walking form once it is above freezing. Thanks Bark Buster!

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Sheelyn | Minneapolis

December-01-2016 Bark busters rating

Jean was fantastic! She took the time to give us wonderful help with not only one of our dogs but both! We have one very scared dog and Jean showed us many ways to try and desensitize her to many different things such as strangers to the door, walking politely on the leash, etc. Our puppy is learning from the tips Jean gave us. Definitely a five star!!

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Rose | Bloomington

March-06-2016 Bark busters rating

The last 24 hours have been such a change! I cannot thank you enough for helping us start to train Belle. She's been doing really well with the training and I see a huge difference already in her behavior. I thing she's calmer knowing she's not in charge anymore. I know we have a lot of work ahead, but I haven't felt this calm since we got her! She's not jumped up on Charlie or gone after him once and the Bah has made life so much easier! She's even coming to us from the backyard with just calling for her an praising her. That hasn't happened without a really good treat until now. Thank you!

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Samantha | Bloomington

December-07-2015 Bark busters rating

Jean was awesome to work with. She made learning easy and fun! Our puppy, Jordy, was quick to tire out but he is already a changed dog. After just one session with Jean we can see a difference in Jordy's behavior. We would highly recommend Jean and Bark Busters to anyone. Thanks!

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Joanne | Minnetonka

December-06-2015 Bark busters rating

Dear Jean Thank you so much for your help training our puppy. She understands her place in our family and what good behavior looks like. We are all living together more peacefully and we owe it to you training us to speak "dog language" and respect us as leaders. Her behavior has changed so much since we started working with you!

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Jolene | Eden Prairie

October-26-2015 Bark busters rating

Excellent experience thus far. Our dog, Penny, has responded very well!

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Jude | Bloomington

July-19-2015 Bark busters rating

Jean was great. She was very professional and clearly explained the training system. We were really at our wits end with our dogs barking. She was calm with us and the dogs and worked with us to help us understand why the dogs were barking and how to show leadership.

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Janine | Minneapolis

April-28-2015 Bark busters rating

Jean did a great job not only giving us the behavioral tools to help train our dogs, Molly and Mini to be better behaved, she also educated is on how necessary it is to our dogs to have consistency and a clear leader. Molly is our anxious pup and after just one session with Jean we could see the difference in her. She behaved beautifully and was much calmer; she no longer needed to stress out wondering who was in charge! I highly recommend Jean and Bark Busters for lasting dog training results.

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Kelsey | Minnetonka

January-28-2015 Bark busters rating

My Dog, Mac and I had the pleasure of working with Jean Atwood from Bark Busters. I was initially skeptical because we had tried a few other programs for our dog that we were very unhappy with, but the in-home training sounded great so I gave it a try... I am glad I did. Jean spent quite a while on the phone with me discussing the Bark Busters way of training and going over what would take place during our training sessions and this was all before we even committed to the training! On our first day, She was timely, informative and patient as we learned the techniques. Mac caught on VERY quickly and we saw progress within that first meeting! I was very impressed. Bark Busters is firm with it's "non-physical correction" way of training, which was initially what drew me to the program. I loved my experience with this company and would sign on again- no hesitations!

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Lisa | Bloomington

December-03-2014 Bark busters rating

My coworkers and I had tried everything we knew to get Betty to stop barking in the vet clinic where we work.She also charged our 4 legged guests.(never biting) but causing chaos and anxiety for all of us. I called Jean as a last resort.In just 1session we learned exactly what do to to take the leadership poor Betty was so desperate for. With a little practice, we've been able to have calm restored in the building.Jean's help has saved Betty from long days home alone in a kennel. We're all so grateful for this amazing training!

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Maureen | Bloomington

November-14-2014 Bark busters rating

I was very pleased with the natural techniques that Bark Busters uses. I was happy that treats and physical force are not used. Nancy's barking has greatly decreased and she is a lot calmer dog! I would definitely recommend Jean and Bark Busters to anyone who needs help with their dog.

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Maureen | Bloomington

November-14-2014 Bark busters rating

Jean adapted easily to my 10 year old rescue's issues and helped me think through Nancy's perspective to improve my techniques and her behavior. I really appreciated Jean's approach and what was most evident was Nancy's confidence in me as "Pack Leader" has increased significantly! Jean was patient with both of us and I would recommend Bark Busters to anyone who needs help with their dog.

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Kathy | Prior Lake

August-13-2014 Bark busters rating

Jean did an excellent job conveying the Bark Busters message during our meeting. The information was relayed in an organized manner and was easy to understand. When we worked with Bella she would demonstrate then have me work with her. After our initial meeting we are seeing remarkable progress with Bella and our other dogs. Would recommend Jean to anyone that needs some help with their dog!

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Katie | Minnetonka

July-24-2014 Bark busters rating

Jean did an excellent job explaining how Cora was viewing situations and teaching us how to communicate with her in a way she would understand. We saw almost instant results with Cora. Continuing to work with her for just 20 minutes a day has made great improvements.

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Diane & John | Chaska

August-08-2013 Bark busters rating

By the time we contacted Jean, our Lucy was an adorable but out-of-our-control 3-year-old, and we watched in amazement during our first session at how quickly and easily she responded to the Bark Busters commands. By the end of the first week of training she was calmer and had nearly completely stopped barking and whining in the house. Our daily training sessions don't even feel like work, because Lucy is so responsive and loves the praise we give her for correctly obeying commands. We are training ourselves along with her, and we feel we make progress every day. What a great program, and a wonderful trainer/coach in Jean.

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