meet your specialist trainer Michael Konstantaras
Dog Training & Behavioral Therapist for Upper Fairfield, Connecticut
I have and will continue to highly recommend Mike to friends and family for dog (people) training. As a first time dog owner, I rescued a male pitbull who never received any training. He wasn't house broken, couldn't walk calmly on a leash, and was showing aggressive behavior towards other dogs. Mike took a consultative approach to show how and what my dog was thinking and then the best way to communicate and understand him. This was EVERYTHING. After a couple of very easy to do exercises, it was an IMMEDIATE turn around. If it didn't happen to me personally, I wouldn't have believed it. Using these exercises/techniques has made all the difference in his overall behavior. My pup is now a much calmer and happier version of himself and I am a much much happier mom for it! Thank you for everything Mike!!!! I would be happy to continue recommending you!Corrine M.November 22 2017
Best Dog Training in Fairfield County CT
Welcome to the Bark Busters Home Dog Training, I'm Michael and I'm your local dog trainer and behavioral therapist. I will help you become "the leader of the pack" using dog-friendly, non food-based techniques (NO SHOCK COLLAR, CHOKE COLLAR, OR HARSH METHODS EVER!!!). My goal is for your dog to love and respect you, not fear you. I will work with you in your home addressing issues such as housebreaking, separation anxiety, aggression, jumping up, puppy nipping, walking on leash, and much more. I can help you with ANY BREED, ANY AGE, ANY ISSUE! I am available 7 days a week and evenings to help work around my client's hectic schedules and allow time for the whole family to be involved.
In-Home Training: I come to you! Your home, yard, and neighborhood is where most dog’s issues occur and also the best place to start training. Once you’ve established leadership in your home we can also do off-site lessons at the local dog park or teach you how to calmly walk your dog through town on a busy weekend afternoon! I will effectively address any issue you may have including: aggression, housebreaking, jumping on visitors, nuisance barking, getting into the garbage can, demanding attention or bothering family members and guests, fighting between dogs in the same home, separation anxiety, walking on leash, and much more. It's very common for clients to see results with dog behavioral issues in the first 20 minutes! Click here to see what clients are saying about me. Expensive "boot camps" or sending your dog away for training are not effective in my opinion because your dog needs to respect and listen to YOU in YOUR HOME, not a trainer at some facility. Besides, wouldn't you rather be a part of shaping your dog's behavior to the way YOU want it to be?
Personalized Dog Training Programs: I develop a personalized one-on-one program for you based on your dog's particular personality and your goals.
Positive Dog Training: No shock collars, choke collars, pinning, intimidation or clickers. Unlike some trainers, I never use harsh techniques or bribe with food to extort good behavior. Our methods focus on teaching you natural “canine communication” to help educate your dog to the rules of you home, Clear communication and understanding produces longer lasting results than treat training or force.
Effective Dog Training: 100% guarantee you will learn more and see better results in our first training session than in group classes that last several weeks. You'll be amazed at what your dog will be able to do once you learn to "speak dog" and understand what your dog is trying to communicate to you.
Speak Dog: Dogs don't understand English any better than Greek or Italian. It's no wonder they can't immediately understand your verbal commands. It’s much easier for you to learn your dog's language, not the other way around. This is especially true if your dog is stressed or seems resistant to what you have already tried. You will learn how to use your body language and voice tones to get your dog to focus on you and respond to your directions. It’s really amazing for both you and your dog when you can finally understand what each other wants!
New Adoption: Adoption is at an all time high which is great! I have helped countless families welcome their newly adopted puppy or adult dog to their home. Not all dogs (unfortunately) have had the best experiences before you adopt them. I will help your new furry family member adjust to your home and establish that calm, balanced environment that you both desire.
Our training is ideal for the following issues:
- Attention demanding
- Basic obedience commands (come, sit, stay, leave it, drop it, fetch, ect.)
- Leash pulling
- Running away
- Separation anxiety
- Sibling rivalry - tensions / fights with other dogs in the household
- Respecting cats or other pets
- Focus & listening
- Improving confidence
- Not rushing the door, visitors or kids
- Preparing for a new baby or a change in address
And much more!!!
Have Michael come speak at your office, school, or next event:
I routinely speak at Vet Offices, Children or Adult Schools, Animal Shelters, Town or City Meetings, and various other forums on such topics as General Dog Behavior, Aggression, Dog Safety in the Workplace, Puppy Behavior, Adoption, or any dog related topic of your choice. Call me directly at 1-877-500-2275 for more information.
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.