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*note* This was posted in another thread, but I thought similar feedback would be helpful here as well. If you use the search function for 'bark busters', you can read that whole thread as well as a number of other, similar threads with others opinions/experience.
Miranda - I'll give you a little more insight here, because - to be honest, I was looking for a quick-fix with my dogs. This was about 6-mos ago, right after a new dog was introduced, had health-problems, puppies, etc, and I was struggling with two dogs not listening, finding myself getting frustrated, and just wanted a quick fix. I've spent a great deal of time on this forum, read a lot, listened a little, learned to listen more, and have maybe finally started getting it.
Bark Busters - can they help you to quickly and easily see a change in your dogs behavior? Yes. Is this change in the best interest of your dog? No.
I touched on it earlier, but the Bark Busters mentality is based in some pretty outdated thoughts about dogs. Namely 'dominance theory'. There are a number of disussions on this forum alone, many link to professionals who write about the outdated thoughts behind dominance theory.
What you WILL find (not might, WILL) if you continue with Bark Busters is that your dog will begin to cringe when he thinks you are going to correct him. That's a fear-based reaction. I spent a LOT of money with Bark Busters, bought into it, and after about a week and a half, noticed this in my dogs. I didn't know my butt from my elbow when it came to REALLY training dogs (I've had dogs my whole life), but I knew that I didn't want to get 'results' by forcing an animal to live in fear his whole life.
As for calling Bark Busters and getting your money back, good luck. I've been down that road, and it's an unpleasant one. Your Bark Busters consultant likely told you that he/she would guarantee their methods for the life of the pet, and would come back free of charge if at any point you needed refreshing or encountered a new issue. That's their way out of refunding your money.
I'm glad you found this forum - there are A LOT of smart people here who are more than willing to provide tips, guidance, education on more humane ways of training your pet that actually provide more consistantly reliable long-term results than the fear-based methods do. (Last statement is from what I've read, really just starting down the path of enlightenment).
Spend some time reading the beahavioral and training threads - there are good 'sticky' articles there that will help to get you started - and do yourself a favor - take down any pre-existing ideas you might have about training dogs. It's amazing how smart they are and how responsive they are to Positive, Rewards based training.
Good Luck, hope to hear more from you!