Because Bark Busters Home Dog Training originated more than 32 years ago and has been field-tested with hundreds of trainers worldwide and more than 1 million dogs globally, we know our dog training methods work. In fact, Bark Busters often succeeds where other methods fail.

The Bark Busters training methodology is based upon five core principles.

1. Dog behavior can best be explained in dog terms.
Dogs can’t speak English and you can’t speak dog, so communication initially can be difficult. How often does your dog tilt his head to the side in confusion when you say something? At Bark Busters, we teach you how to have a long-lasting relationship with your dog using a language he/she understands. Through the use of vocal cues, body language, and routing, you will develop a dominant relationship with your dog, establishing yourself as the “leader of the pack.” From puppy nipping to full adult aggression, whatever the behavioral issue, Bark Busters can help. Any age, any size, any breed.

2. Undesirable behavior is a symptom of some underlying cause, not a problem in and of itself.
Let’s say your dog is barking incessantly. Dogs don’t generally randomly bark. They may bark to call the pack, or maybe you have encouraged them to bark without meaning to. You need to find out WHY the dog is barking and address the symptom. Often, undesirable behaviors can be changed by simple conditioning or behavioral modification. However, in many circumstances, if the impetus for the behavior has not changed, the problem will not resolve and symptoms will recur, or new ones will develop.

3. Dogs are social animals and interpret most behavior according to the social context of dogs’ competing drives.
Remember that as descendants of wolves, dogs are instinctually pack animals. They are used to being in a pack or familial unit because this is how their needs get met. Therefore, many behavioral issues can be traced to pack dysfunctions, while many solutions are created through pack re-organization. The Bark Busters training method teaches you to be the “leader of the pack,” with the dog a well-behaved follower.

4. Dog perceptive and communicative abilities govern how and what they learn.
What is it like to be a dog? Although dogs and their owners have similarities, significant differences remain. We look and act differently. We perceive the world differently, too. An integral element of dog training is how a trainer communicates, which is a primary determinant of whether or not he will be understood. Bark Busters structures our communications with this in mind – with body language, voice tones, timing and sequence – to replicate the canine communications model. By doing so we foster better understanding and therefore, more complete learning.

5. The training tactics we employ emulate the same tactics dogs use to train each other and humans.
The Bark Busters approach is dog-friendly, non-food- based and uses only positive reinforcement. Contrary to common assumptions, dog behaviors do not typically use pain or fear to communicate with each other, so the Bark Busters training approach doesn’t either. Additionally, dogs learn through a number of processes – operant conditioning, classical conditioning, inference and imitation are chief among them. The Bark Busters training tactics take advantage of all of these learning processes and develops a one-on- one training program to address your dog’s individual needs.