“Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished.”

—Dean Koontz

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The Bark Academy is rated 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Gunnar is doing fantastic under the instruction of The Bark Academy! We attended our first private class and are already experiencing progress. Gunnar is doing fantastic under the instruction of The Bark Academy! Although, we have been training at home, we have learned a few new techniques that will reinforce the training that we already have in place. I would definitely recommend them highly, to anyone who has a dog with behavioral issues or for those, like us, that wish to further their dogs training.

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Christina Rae

Just started 08/17/2020 and my puppy has now started learning things. Also Melissa is great with my basset hound. He really loves seeing her already.

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banjo bum

Our experience with The Bark Academy was wonderful! Melissa is a fantastic trainer and she really takes the time to get to know you/your dog. We enjoyed going to class each week, and the obedience training was really educational for us as dog owners. We would highly recommend The Bark Academy to anyone with a pup looking to improve their obedience skills and behavior.

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Karoline Maitland

Absolutely love Melissa! She is so patient and loves the animals she works with. She makes a real connection with each pet and they truly love her.

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Heather Shrewsbury

Great instructor and great with dogs

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Darrenee Nolen

Absolutely love this place. She is wonder with our puppy Marli. Totally recommend her 100 %..... you won't be sorry.

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Yolonda Walker

I am so glad that we found The Bark Academy to help us train our two hound puppies! Melissa's calm and patient approach helped the hounds performance and my confidence. She answered so many questions and explained the reasons for the steps of positive reinforcement training. When we, the people in the class, needed to change our approach, she was very kind and constructive. I feel very excited about our classes!

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Leslie Bolin

I totally appreciate Melissa and her love for dogs!! I left feeling confident and not alone in my journey to a well behaved dog 😊.

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Sharee Walls

The Bark Academy is a fun environment. It makes you wanna keep going to share and learn even when the classes are over. She is a excellent trainer thats going to treat you and your dog like family from day one and so on

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travis pagan

Just had my second visit with Melissa. She is wonderful working with Jake my basset hound. He loves going there. And he is learning so much better with her help. Thank you very much.

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banjo bum

Melissa is Great! Melissa is great. Mabel has learned so much! I highly recommend the Bark Academy for all your training needs

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Teresa Pigg

Melissa is a great trainer! She loves dogs, especially pit bulls! She has been awesome with our Kobe the few weeks we have been taking him to see her!

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Sheldon Hedgpeth

Melissa is super sweet and I love the set up. Melissa is super sweet and I love the set up. Only 2 weeks into a 6 week class so we will see how our dog does.

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Rachel Mears

Melissa is great and so patient! Melissa is great and so patient.. She works so well with our dogs , a St Bernard and a Goldendoodle!! I highly recommend her and she’s even local for me!! Plus, she has everything you need for your beloved dog!! She even got Bentley fitted for a harness tonite so now he can’t drag me!! I’m in control thanks to Melissa!!

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Lisa Spivey LaCount

Me and macro had a really good time with our 6 classes… Melissa really does take pride in her work and she treats your dog like her own and Marco really learn a lot in all his classes

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Kendrick Odums

I paid for 6 classes for my puppy a couple of months ago. The owner contacted me to let me know that the classes would have to be rescheduled due to her mother dying. Of course I had no problem with that and told her I understand. She said she would call me to reschedule the classes but months later I still have not heard from her. I was not upset about this as I can only imagine how hard it would be to loose my mom however I contacted her multiple times to see when we could get them rescheduled or too see if I could just get a refund so that I could take my puppy somewhere else. We was having a lot of problems with the new puppy and really needed assistance. Still has yet to return my calls or messages.

******Thank you for your response but it has been 5 months since I originally paid for classes. The right thing to do if you are unable to give the classes for 5 months, is to refund the money so that I could take my puppy somewhere else. Not refund it to the bark academy account that was useless becouse you was unable to give the classes. That is not fair or the right thing to do. I would appreciate a refund of my money for the 6 classes that I paid for so that I can take her somewhere else and I will edit my review to reflect this.

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Bridget Ballew

The Bark Academy is fantastic! I highly recommend it! The Bark Academy is fantastic! I highly recommend it! The classes are very affordable so it does not break the bank to get your dog trained. This is one reason you can see why Melissa truly loves the dogs that she works with. Most places are in it for the money and you do not see the best results. The Bark Academy is the complete opposite. I have felt comfortable with Melissa with my dog since the first session and each session brings better behavior from Bear. Bear enjoys it too! I have a crazy black lab who misbehaved and destroyed everything in the house, but thanks to Melissa he has gotten so much better and now I don’t have to buy another couch. Melissa believes in having a good connection with your dog so if you do not want to put in the work during and after training sessions then this is not the place for you. If you want your dog to listen and respect you than this is the place for you! Remember it’s going to be hard at first, but with more training sessions and putting in the work outside the sessions than your dog will improve tremendously! Putting in the additional work will get you faster results as well. Melissa wants nothing more than for your dog to succeed so she is always available if you have any questions or concerns. Additionally, Melissa gives a lot of materials to help you stay on track and check off your dog’s progress. Bear and I love The Bark Academy!

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Katie Varnadoe

Absolutely love this place. She is wonderful with our puppy Marli. Totally recommend her 100 %..... you won't be sorry.

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Yolonda Walker

I can't give a better recommendation than spending my money with someone. Lucy and I had a great experience for our first lesson! Melissa spent some time to assess what Lucy's current level of training was showed us a few new commands and gave us homework to learn and re-inforce. Because of Melissa's great attitude and obvious love of dogs and training them, I signed up for a six week course. I can't give a better recommendation than spending my money with someone, and I know Lucy and my family are going to really build a stronger bond.

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Mike Jeris

Melissa was the absolute best. I’m so thankful I was able to bring Seven there. She sure misses Melissa. You taught me and seven so much. She is a joy and we practice every day. Seven loves to practice she finally rolls over and now she can speak and whisper. She will do about anything for a treat. Thank you For being the best trainer I could have hoped for.

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Sandra Nance

We highly recommend her training sessions I have 2 labs who are going through her training and every session is a huge improvement ! she takes her time to work with both of us and both of our dogs. they both have gone a milestone since we started!! we highly recommend her training sessions and the price is very reasonable!!!

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Leigh Brockman

Melissa is wonderful! I took our Olde English Bulldog to The Bark Academy because of behavior issues. After just a couple of classes we started to see a whole different dog. We’re so happy we took him to Melissa. She is so kind and patient. Anyone with a dog should take these classes. Thank you Melissa!!!

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Dawn Greene

Melissa is Great! Melissa is Great! She has really made a difference. Her training style and knowledge is impeccable.

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Stephen Ciliberti

I highly recommend to anyone who is willing to put the time and patience into training their animal. I am a heavy believer in positive reenforcement, so Ms. Melissa is perfect. I love the one on one training, so my pup and I get more attention 😁

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