meet your specialist trainer Peter Levy
Bark Busters Home Dog Training Mid Peninsula, San Mateo CA
Best Dog Training San Mateo CA, Mid Peninsula!
Thanks for exploring Mid-Peninsula Bark Busters Home Dog Training. Please share some of my dog training journey — ten years, working with thousands of dog owners and well over 3,000 dogs — I have come to understand that one should never underestimate the intelligence of dogs, the speed with which they can learn, and their eagerness to please if we understand their psychology and communicate with them effectively.
Four decades and seventy-five pounds ago, I used to run for exercise. I tested myself in everything from 5Ks to marathons. I noticed that whenever my running buddies and I compared notes, everyone who displayed our speed or faster was a “runner” — anyone slower was a mere “jogger.”
I had the same perceptual blinders when it came to my own dogs. Any success I had with my own dog training was attributed to “being good with animals”; anything I couldn’t change was “just a dog being a dog.” Others have called these challenged dog behaviors “quirks.” These include numerous dog behavior problems such as jumping up on owners and/or visitors, pestering for attention, barking in the car, barking at bicycles, barking at skateboards, barking at motorcycles, barking whenever the UPS truck pulled up to the curb, furiously charging any fence that sheltered a dog with the audacity to bark at the dog on leash, triggering leash aggression problems, and separation anxiety. It also includes bolting; my dogs were always secure in the knowledge that I would show up promptly enough to provide limo service home. Some dogs act as the household social director. The capper came when a friendly neighbor stopped to chat while driving his gleaming new pick-up. My dog Jocko jumped up to see who it was, leaving two muddy paw prints on the door at window height. A dog behavior quirk? No a dog behavior issue!
When I first heard about Bark Busters, I was more than skeptical. I’d already been through four different schools of dog obedience training. If it were possible to teach a dog anything in two hours, why would traditional dog obedience classes take eight weeks with lots of practice in between?
I had been to obedience classes where dog trainers insisted on every dog wearing a prong or shock collar. Some dog trainers used treats only. All of them had me rehearse elaborate or not-so elaborate training routines with my dogs. I took the first two dogs through these dog-training classes because my dogs were eager to learn, and I wanted to know effective teaching techniques. They came out of class equipped with one or two commands; I still wanted to know how to teach.
As a Master Dog Behavioral Therapist, I will coach you through the process of teaching your dog almost anything you choose to teach. You will do so with the confidence that comes from a dog training approach that is custom tailored both to who you are and who your dog is. A simple and practical approach, relying on your enhanced understanding canine communication and psychology, and always practiced in a way that eases stress at both ends of the leash, has been used by Bark Busters clients to address almost every dog behavioral issue imaginable, including “intractable” issues such as separation anxiety and aggression towards dogs and/or humans. I am persuaded by a wealth of experience that motivating your dog to listen to you and keeping that motivation keen far outweighs the importance of specific approaches you use to teach your dog what you like and what you don’t like. I am convinced as well that we default to a relationship that relies almost entirely on the bond of affection. We work together to balance that relationship so that it also emphasizes mutual trust and respect.
Dog owners often confess in our initial conversation: “I know it’s me — I am to blame — I spoil the dog to death — he’s such a little love bug.” Please understand, it’s not about blame, it’s about recognizing and changing habits that make us ineffective. It’s not about less love, “tough love” or less spoiling. The key is delivering our love and spoiling our dogs in ways that keep them feeling safe and secure in terms of their own instincts. This applies to both dog training and puppy training.
We don’t ask you to use shock or prong collars to correct dog behavior problems. And why do we provide home dog training? Because you will accomplish more and accomplish it faster by teaching in an environment where you and your dog are comfortable, and where your daily interactions with your dog shapes the dog’s sense of the relationship.
The Bark Busters dog trainers teach you how to teach every command you might learn in a standard obedience class, but do so in a manner that relates commands to what you want to accomplish with your dog. Walks are much more enjoyable for you and for your dog once you feel, as I do, that you could walk your dog on dental floss and still enjoy the same confidence and security in the dog’s response.
We offer a lifetime service guarantee which means we come back promptly to provide help or a refresher whenever you need it. You don’t have to balance the need for help against concerns for your wallet. Often issues arise when one moves, has a new child, adds or loses a life partner, or when the dog suffers any injury or illness. Each of us honors one another’s guarantees, which is especially helpful if you ever move.
Bark Busters comprises the world’s largest network of home dog training professionals. Unlike most trainers Bark Busters support each other by sharing notes and comparing approaches with each other on a continuous basis. I have worked with a dog whose training had been managed by a colleague in Australia. My own clients have received help, free of charge, from dog training colleagues all over this country.
Our lifetime guarantee means that we work to empower you as quickly as possible, but we support you as often as you need help, whether the challenges reflect the stubbornness of the dog or any difficulties you might have in bringing about the changes in the dog’s thinking or your own. Life brings about many changes. As one of my pet training clients put it, its great knowing that your dog has an advocate for life, whatever may happen and wherever it happens.
While our approach is not right for everyone, we have trained over 750,000 and their satisfied owners worldwide. At Mid Peninsula Bark Busters, we’ve never met a dog we couldn’t train! Perhaps more importantly, I’ve never met a dog I didn’t like.
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.