what our clients say about Kelly McClelland

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10th September 2018

Kelly McClelland dealt with: Destructive chewing that results in destruction of furniture, woodwork etc Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Puppy Management Other

We were speechless by the end of our first lesson. We have a Siberian Husky puppy and she was a total different puppy when we finished our lesson with Kelly. Kelly taught us that we had to be the pack leaders and taught us how to control Maple’s unwanted dog behaviours. Learning these new training techniques has taught us so much and we really enjoy the positive out come it had on Maple. Kelly is great!! You can see that she knows so much about dogs. We always look forward to our lessons and the new techniques that we learn.

Trainer note from Kelly:
Puppy lessons are the play part of my job - especially when they are fluffy cuddly Sibe's!! Miss Maple went from being a chewing fiend to the princess we knew she could be. I enjoyed showing you how to teach her to walk politely at our second lesson, and it was great to hear that her child manners, and sleeping are no on point. Great job everyone, see you for another lesson soon!

Cindy T.
Coomera, Queensland

6th September 2018

Kelly McClelland dealt with: Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise Hyperactivity Pulling on the Lead

Kelly has been an absolute life saver. After 3 years with some hypoactive pups, stress was mounting between our neighbours and our family as what to do. Within 1 lesson and some helpful training tips, our dogs are calmer, more obedient and most importantly not constantly barking. The pups are now so much easier to take out and become even an even closer part of our family. Thank you Kelly!

Trainer note from Kelly:
Your two rascals are adorable! But when I arrived, the barking, jumping up, scratching at the windows and over guarding showed me why our assistance was needed. I was very pleased with their focus and improvements after the first lesson - and I was AMAZED a the improvement in both of your darlings, when I cam back for your revisit lesson. We then gained control with your gate manners ands walking (always a pleasure to watch an owner walk down the street with two dogs at heel, with wagging fluffy tails!). See you soon for lesson #3 - a walk in the park :-)

Virginia C.
Helensvale, Queensland

29th August 2018

Kelly McClelland 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 Recall or not coming when called

We joined Barkbusters in 2016, whilst living in Burpengary, because we knew we would be travelling Australia with our dog and we wanted support for on going training for Baxter. Today I had Kelly come to the caravan park where we were staying on the Gold Coast, to help with some behavior problems we were having with Baxter in caravan parks. She was great and we had instant results utilising her training methods. Within minutes Baxter was walking beside me and no pulling! I absolutely recommend Kelly and Barkbusters for simple but effective training and they are true to their word - if you need help or have questions down the track they are more than happy to help no matter where you are.

Trainer note from Kelly:
Isn't Baxter just the cutest - and what a life, living the dream on the open road! He did so well with today's training session, it was great to re-introduce some door and walking manners, and you did so well making your little mate a much calmer puppy. Thanks for inviting us out to assist, always a pleasure to honour our Lifetime Support Guarantee!

Ann-Maree H.
Upper Coomera, Queensland

18th August 2018

Kelly McClelland dealt with: 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 Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Pulling on the Lead Puppy Management Toileting

Hi - Loved Kelly immediately! She was kind, friendly and loved dogs. She pointed out what we were doing wrong immediately and told us what we were doing right. She immediately fixed our night time crying issue and nuisance whining and we had only had him 4 days!!!! He has slept through ever since! She helped us with everything from toileting, food choices, sleeping arrangments. The first session was a great informative session and we all got some sleep after! Second session - within less than a minute she had Fred not running through the door when opened. This woman is a magician! Couldnt believe it and so glad to not use choker methods or other cruel methods. Would highly recommend!

Trainer note from Kelly:
Isn't Fred just the most adorable fluffy little man - who is going to be a big man, so you did the right thing by doing some early training with your lovely Groodle! Your whole family was so involved, and I was completely impressed with the positive changes between our first and second lesson. I am looking forward to moving onto (puppy) controlled socialisation, and walking skills at our next lesson in a few weeks. Well done everyone!

Simone M.
Gold Coast, Queensland

2nd August 2018

Kelly McClelland dealt with: Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise Hyperactivity Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Pulling on the Lead Recall or not coming when called
Photo of Sue H.'s dog

Very happy with the training methods used. I had engaged another trainer previously but struggled with his methods & feel it made Marley more anxious. The day after Kelly came, Marley was actually walking nicely on lead & not lunging or cringing behind. Within a week she seems calmer & looking to me more. Still a long way to go as she is still bad with other dogs though I was able to have her walk past another dog on lead & she calmed down a lot quicker. I now feel more relaxed knowing that help is there.

Trainer note from Kelly:
Marley is a beautiful kelpie, so keen to learn, and so in love with you! I thoroughly enjoyed showing you our gentle and effective methods, which is so important for a soft and timid dog like Marley. Looking forward to seeing you at our next lesson to introduce new exercises, to fine tune the dog to dog manners and management! Well done!

Sue H.
Witheren, Queensland

26th July 2018

Kelly McClelland 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 Sibling Rivalry - aggression or fighting between dogs in the same household Separation Anxiety Other
Photo of Katrina H.'s dog

Just wanted to give a big shout out to Kelly from Barkbusters. That's me in the video in an earlier post with the 3 dogs, which is hard to believe given how they were just weeks ago! Issues included aggression, fighting between them, barking, fence rushing and over guarding and some separation anxiety. Also walks had become very stressful for us as we couldn't pass other dogs or cats without barking and lunging. Kelly had been recommended to us a while ago but we waited until I had finished my FIFO job to really be able to put the time in and create consistency and routine for them and us. As soon as Kelly met the dogs she picked up the tension between our two girls and explained the behaviour of all three and why they were behaving that way. For us, re-establishing ourselves as alpha and supporting their pecking order has changed everything. We noticed a change in our most stressed dog almost immediately and the other two have settled more as a result. We have only made minor changes, including getting crates for all three where they all now eat and sleep (even the clingy Sheltie), changing their diets a bit and walking them on the Barkbusters collars. Plus lots of recall training and other bits and pieces that help to reinforce the pack pecking order. They are by no means perfect but they've been so responsive so quickly. To anyone wondering if it's worth the time and money, it is if you're prepared to do the training! We can't recommend Kelly enough. Looking forward to our next lesson!!


Katrina H.
Gold Coast North, Queensland

23rd July 2018

Kelly McClelland dealt with: Destructive chewing that results in destruction of furniture, woodwork etc Hyperactivity Pulling on the Lead Recall or not coming when called

We recently rehomed a 3 year old Rotti who had absolutly no manners or training, she is a sweet girl but dominating, pushy and impossible on the lead. We met with Kelly and wow, within the first lesson I could not believe the change, no pulling on the lead, doesn't barge through the doors, in fact she will move back and wait patiently until we are in or out. 2 weeks on and Storm has improved greatly, I cannot thank you enough Kelly for all your training help, and for educating us as well. Thank you!


Caroline H.
Bannockburn, Queensland

23rd July 2018

Kelly McClelland dealt with: Destructive chewing that results in destruction of furniture, woodwork etc Hyperactivity Pulling on the Lead Recall or not coming when called

We recently rehomed a 3 year old Rotti who had absolutly no manners or training, she is a sweet girl but dominating, pushy and impossible on the lead. We met with Kelly and wow, within the first lesson I could not believe the change, no pulling on the lead, doesn't barge through the doors, in fact she will move back and wait patiently until we are in or out. 2 weeks on and Storm has improved greatly, I cannot thank you enough Kelly for all your training help, and for educating us as well. Thank you!

Trainer note from Kelly:
Storm is, in a nutshell, an absolute gentle giant - she is so lucky to have landed in your home and your consistent training and positive reinforcement have made this lovely Rottweiler a much better mannered girl! Really pleased with her door manners and walking at our second lesson - can't wait to consolidate on recall and front of house focus and control at our 3rd lesson! Well done everyone!

Caroline H.
Bannockburn, Queensland

17th June 2018

Kelly McClelland dealt with: Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise Separation Anxiety
Photo of Sophie C.'s dog

Kelly came out to see us to help with our Standard Dachshund, Dudley. He had very bad anxiety separation and we were moving house soon after our appointment with Kelly and were worried about new neighbor's. After the first visit with Kelly we couldn't believe how much his behaviour improved literally over night. The training is very comprehensive and really very simple and easy to carry on after Kelly's been. Kelly was lovely and very calm, understanding and very thorough. Can't recommend highly enough.

Trainer note from Kelly:
We love a Dachshund! Dudley was so great to work with, and has responded so well to our gentle methods - looking forward to working on dog to dog management at our next lesson. It gives our clients peace of mind to know their guarantee moves house with them! You have been really consistent, well done.

Sophie C.
Palm Beach, Queensland

7th June 2018

Kelly McClelland dealt with: 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

Kelly is awesome and can’t get a better trainer. She has been doing our puppy school for years after she help one of our nurses with her golden. Both my labs have done puppy school and now are big dog school. Maple my 8 month lab is being a handful and she has been awesome at keeping me calm and working with her. We are slowly getting there. My 4 year lab who still goes every now and again couldn’t be a better dog and it’s cause of all the training over the years with Kelly.

Trainer note from Kelly:
You have been so consistent and dedicated with your training, with both your babies, and Maple is starting to come along so nicely! I LOVE working with the Yeronga Vet team, I can't thank you all enough for having me as part of the family!

Vanessa A.
Fairfield, Queensland

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