If you’ve been reading these emails, y’all know my love of Judge Judy already. 


I have another show that I enjoy watching, although it’s been off the air for quite awhile and is only recently making a comeback. 


Perhaps it’s my love of no-nonsense leaders or maybe it’s the teacher in me, but another favorite show of mine is Supernanny.


If you’re not familiar, this is when a family in distress sends out a plea for help to have Supernanny (Jo Frost) come visit their house for a week. She observes the behavioral issues they’re experiencing with their children and then she teaches the parents several techniques throughout the week to help deal with the unwanted behavior. 


These aren’t just your run of the mill families either. These are families on the verge of collapse due to their inability to get their kids’ behavior under control. Parents are at their wits end with the screaming, shouting, begging, pleading, and negotiating that it takes just to make it through a single day with their unruly children. 


These kids exhibit extreme defiance, aggressive behavior towards siblings or even the parents, refusal to sleep or take naps, epic meltdowns and tantrums, and myriad other maladies. 


Nanny Jo comes to the rescue, teaches the parents all they need to know to control their kids’ behavior, and is able to rescue the family by week’s end so that it’s a much more calm, loving, and harmonious home to all. 


In essence, Bark Busters is basically the “Supernanny” of dog training. 


We, of course, get phone calls inquiring about simple obedience issues like teaching basic commands and potty training issues, but we excel at taking on the truly tough cases of hardheaded dogs that can’t be controlled. 


Much like the families in distress with their kids on Supernanny, the people who call us are often in distress over their dogs.


One common scenario we come across is when someone’s dog has bitten a person or another dog. In these instances, if they don’t get the behavior under control immediately, they risk having to give up the dog or the dog having to be put down. 


One of the more unusual situations I’ve been involved with was when someone’s dog developed a fierce protectiveness of his “dad” and would regularly attack the wife in their own home. The dog somehow thought it was necessary to closely guard this man and would lay in the doorway of the home office and snarl at anyone who came close, including his wife. 


Obviously this situation wasn’t sustainable and they called us to remedy it. 


It took some doing over the course of a few visits, but with our all-natural techniques we were finally able to get the dog to understand that he didn’t need to be so protective of his owner. I taught the husband the corrections that he needed to make whenever he sensed the dog was going into protective mode. Once the husband was able to implement these techniques effectively, an immediate change in behavior was noticed and the wife was finally able to feel safe and comfortable in her home yet again. 


If you feel like your family needs a canine Supernanny to come to the rescue, if your dog’s behavior is causing stress and distress within your home, contact us. 


We train all dogs, all ages, and all problems and we can help. For more information, visit dogtrainingthevillages.com.


Wag more,


Ann Heathman


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