meet your specialist trainer Tommy Meyerhoeffer
Dog Training & Behavioral Therapist for Fairfax and Nova region
Tommy helped me with training my head-strong miniature dachshund, Dallas. She had extreme separation anxiety. She would chew through her crate, cutting her mouth in the process and then completely destroying my apartment when I would leave. After several a few months of her escaping and harming herself, I contacted Tommy. Tommy gave me some training exercises to start working with and advice that completely shifted the way I was acting towards her. Now, she doesn't follow me all over the house or whine and bark when I leave her alone. She can stay home while I'm at work without destroying my house or her mouth! I also had Tommy help me with her obsession with rocks and digging. After a few minutes working with her I was able to get her over her obsession. Dallas has stopped digging for rocks and she's able to calm herself down now. My favorite thing about Tommy as a dog trainer is that he helps you and your dog communicate without hitting or screaming at the dog. So many people think smacking a dog or scaring them is the way to get them to do what you want. Thank you Tommy :)Courtney R.June 16 2017
Best Dog Training in Fairfax and NOVA.
Hi my name is Tommy Meyerhoeffer and I am professional behavioral therapist with Bark Busters Home Dog Training. We have successfully been training hundreds of dogs since 2013, servicing Amissville, Bealeton, Bowling Green, Bristow, Broad Run, Burke, Calverton, Casanova, Catharpin, Catlett, Centreville, Clifton, Culpeper, Delaplane, Dumfries, Elkwood, Fairfax, Fairfax Station, Fredericksburg, Front Royal, Gainesville, Goldvein, Haymarket, Hume, Jeffersonton, King George, Lignum, Linden, Locust Grove, Manassas, Markham, Marshall, Merrifield, Midland, Milford, Nokesville, Orlean, Paris, Partlow, Port Royal, Rappahannock Academ, Rectortown, Remington, Richardsville, Rixeyville, Somerville, Spotsylvania, Springfield, Stafford, Sumerduck, The Plains, Triangle, Upperville, Viewtown, Warrenton, Washington, Woodbridge, Woodford.
Why have we been successful?
Our Bark Busters Fairfax dog training methods are unlike any other. First, we come to you, training your dog in your home where we have your dog’s full attention and where most issues occur. Secondly we use only humane techniques – no treat training (too short term), or shock collars (too abusive). Instead, we teach you how to communicate with your dog using the pack language he understands. I will teach you to use your voice and body language to get your dog to do exactly what you want him to do.
The result? You’ll have a great relationship with your dog based on love, loyalty and trust. Practice these techniques for only 10 minutes a day and you will be surprised how well your dog responds. You’ll see awesome results after the first session. Together we’ll develop a one-on-one plan customized to your dog and your issues.
About Your Fairfax Dog Trainer
My background is in communications, which is fitting since I teach you how to communicate with your dog in a language he understands.
I am a lifelong animal lover and have always been fascinated by dogs and why they do the things they do. Remember you can’t speak dog and your dog can’t speak English, which is why mis-communications occur.
In college I started working with animals, working as a dog walker and at a dog day care. As much as I loved them, I was often frustrated by the dogs I took care of because they were so unruly or aggressive towards other animals.
After rescuing my Pitbull, I started learning about dog behavior and how dogs work in nature.
I’ve been working with dogs since 2013.
Tired of seeing my friends working and rehabilitating dogs while I sat at a desk unfulfilled, I decided to follow up on a lead about working for Bark Busters from a woman whose dog I was helping to train.
how we can help you and your dog
The Bark Busters Home Dog Training Methods helps solve dog behavior issues such as aggression towards people or other animals
- Cure embarrassing habits like barking, jumping up on people, scratching & whining at doors or inappropriate toileting.
- Create an obedient dog or puppy that will happily walk on the lead without tugging, sit or stay on command, and come immediately when called.
- Set off-limit areas for your dog.
- Reduce the stress of separation anxiety without the need for sedatives or drugs.
We teach you to communicate with your pet.
Blah, blah, blah, bad dog! blah blah. Do you think your dog isn't listening to you? Maybe you're simply not speaking his language. You may have heard of dog whisperer or dog listener techniques. The Bark Busters dog training method is based on the way dogs communicate with each other and how they learn from older, more important dogs in the pack. This is what makes our dog training unique and effective.
Why do we train in your home?
Your dog lives with a family, in a home. This is where he misbehaves most often so this is where training is most effective. Dogs learn by association. Bark Busters teaches your dog to listen in the home environment. If he does not listen at home, he will not listen outside your territory.
Training in your home is a one-on-one system without the distraction of other dogs or the stress of being sent away for training.
Of course, where you are experiencing problems outside the home such as pulling on the lead or dog aggression, we will set up controlled training situations in the park or wherever is most practical.