meet your specialist trainer David Sundland
Bark Busters Home Dog Training National Capital, Washington DC, Silver Spring MD, Bethesda area
Best Dog Training Washington DC, Silver Spring MD, Bethesda areas
If you've found your way to my bio, the odds are fairly good that you have a dog whose behavior isn’t exactly what you had hoped it would be. Well, if you want to get your household on the right track, you’ve come to the right place. Bark Busters provides in-home dog training and we work with all dog breeds and all dog problems. So whether you need small dog training or large dog training, puppy training or mature dog training, we can help! We work in the home because home is where dogs are the most comfortable and is also where they’re most likely to exhibit dog behavior problems. We’re able to address all dog obedience issues because our approach to dog training is pretty unique.
What we work to do is to imitate the way dogs naturally communicate. This makes everything a lot easier for your dog to understand, which makes things a lot easier for you. Is it completely labor-free on your part? Sadly, no. Dogs learn best from members of their own family, so I teach you how to teach your dog. Not only does this make it easier and less stressful for your dog, but it also makes our dog training sessions more effective. After all, if your dog learns only from me, then he may only listen to me. Unless you want to offer me your spare bedroom (let’s talk!), it’s probably best if he learns to listen to people who are home every day. So success usually depends on the completion of some homework by the dog’s family members. But because we do try to imitate canine training methods, at least that homework typically only amounts to 10 to 20 minutes a day for the first 5 weeks or so (plus being aware of what your dog is up to).
What I love about Bark Busters dog training is that it is a product that I can wholeheartedly endorse. I’m no salesperson. I couldn’t sell a rescue rope to a drowning man, even if the weight of his wallet was what was pulling him under. But with Bark Busters, we offer the best of both worlds - speedy results (in most cases), along with the peace of mind of knowing that lifetime support is available if your dog is a challenging one now or becomes one at some point in his life.
Best of all, being a professional dog trainer is a lot of fun. I get to work with a lot of great people and great dogs. I am able to help them to dramatically improve their quality of life by sorting out some of their dog’s behavioral issues that are wreaking havoc in their lives. And we use only positive dog training methods – no harsh shock collars or prong collars for us.
It has been a welcome change from my previous career as an urban planner. Not only is it nice to see the results of my dog training efforts in hours or weeks instead of years or decades, but thanks to the in-home aspect of it, I’m even seeing more of the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Area than I would if I worked as a planner. I love getting to travel to all corners of the metro area, from Springfield to Silver Spring; from small communities like Takoma Park and Chevy Chase to Washington, D.C., and bigger suburbs like Bethesda. I’m really getting to know the various neighborhoods of my adopted hometown – historic Georgetown; up-and-coming neighborhoods like Columbia Heights, Petworth, and the H Street Corridor; edgy Adams Morgan; small town-like Mount Pleasant and the Palisades; well-established hip ’hoods like Dupont Circle, Cleveland Park, and Capitol Hill; and residential enclaves like Ledroit Park, Brightwood, and Brookland. The more I see of the area the more I want to see, and the more I wish I had an extensive enough vocabulary to describe how fantastic and diverse this region is.
I look forward to meeting you and your dog, and getting to explore your neck of the woods!
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.