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Reaching out for help

Picture it* – you are sitting in your house and all the lights go off. Everyone else in your neighborhood has electricity, it is just your house. You check the fuse box, all seems fine, so you call an electrician.

After speaking with the electrician on the phone, he schedules an appointment to come to your home where he assesses the problem in detail. After a couple of hours, all is fixed. He tests all the lights that they go on and shut off as they should. He makes sure there are no other electrical issues. He shows you what you need to do to make sure this problem doesn’t happen again. Before the electrician leaves, he explains his service guarantee – he will return at any time for any reason, he just needs to hear from you. He won’t know if there is a problem with the electricity if you don’t contact him right away. He stresses for you to call him if there are any problems, even a small one, so he can take care of it right away and the problem doesn’t get away from you.

Months go by with no electrical problems. You can flip the switch and your lights come on as they should. Then one day, you turn on the lights and there is a small flicker. You make a mental note, but decide it will be fine and work itself out. The next week, more flickering. You still think its fine and decide if it happens again you will call the electrician. This continues for the next few weeks until one day, no lights. Now you call the electrician in a panic because you are sitting in the dark, again. He reminds you that he had asked you to call him at the first sign of trouble. You explain you thought the problem would rectify on its own. You schedule for him to come out and fix the issue again.

In this analogy, switch the electrician for your dog trainer and the electricity for your dog. If you are having any issues with your dog, calling your trainer at the onset will help you get a better result. Your trainer can’t know you need help with your dog if you don’t stay in touch and reach out when help is needed.

Part of the Bark Busters Lifetime Training Support Guarantee gives dog owners peace of mind – that the canine behavioral therapist is your training partner and will help with any of your dog’s behavioral issues at any time during your dog’s life.

Jeri Wagner is a canine behavioral therapist and master trainer. Jeri uses a natural training system leveraging the same communication methods – body language and voice control – that dogs follow as part of their instinctive pack mentality. Training takes place in the home where the problems generally occur. Jeri trains in western Montgomery County, northern Chester County and eastern Berks County. For more information, call 1-877-500 BARK (2275) or visit www.barkbusters.com

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*Thank you to Sophia Petrillo for the inspiration of using an analogy to make a point.

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