Home Dog Training in Southern Connecticut

Michael DiStassio

Expert Dog Trainer, Michael DiStassio

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Meet Your Trainer Michael DiStassio
Servicing: Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Bethlehem, Branford, Cheshire, Derby, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Lakeside, Madison, Meriden, Middlebury, Milford, Naugatuck, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Northford, Orange, Oxford, Plainville, Plantsville, Prospect, Seymour, Southbury, Southington, Stevenson, Wallingford, Waterbury, Watertown, West Haven, Woodbridge, Woodbury

Best Dog Training in Southern Connecticut, including Milford, New Haven, Waterbury and more!

The most important thing you can teach your dog is that you are their leader. This is true in virtually all aspects of their lives. I teach and coach my clients, using natural communication methods that dogs understand, how to be the “leader of the pack.”

Doing private behavioral dog training in your home is important. In your home is where we can best get your dog's attention.  In your home is where most problems occur. It’s also where we can obtain the fastest results. Clients often see results in the first session!

I use only dog-friendly, non-food-based, and non-physical methods (no shock collars or harsh methods ever!).

I can help you with all dog behavior and dog training, including:

  • aggression
  • barking
  • housebreaking
  • separation anxiety
  • jumping up
  • door rushing
  • nipping/biting
  • pulling on the leash
  • obsessive-compulsive behaviors
  • chewing/destructive behavior
  • leash reactivity and aggression
  • overexuberance
  • sibling rivalry
  • MORE!

You name it ... ANY AGE, ANY BREED, ANY ISSUE!

My Approach:

Every dog is different, and there is no cookie cutter approach. My job is to customize what I’m teaching to better accommodate a particular dog or owner personality, family situation, environment, etc. The beauty of our program is that the dogs ultimately “get it,” and we accomplish your goals together in a way that builds and enhances the dog-owner bond.

As your trainer, I pride myself on listening to my clients and their concerns and needs and delivering results that address those.

I come into the home and assess the situation and design a training plan that will get my clients the best results quickly. Sometimes assessing the true root of a problem behavior requires us to do a little bit of detective work. No matter how simple, seemingly complex, or unusual the problem may be, together, we'll devise a solution to address it.

About Michael DiStassio:

I’ve been a dog lover my whole life.  Like humans, I love that each dog has their own unique personality.

I became familiar with the Bark Busters philosophy when I, myself, hired a Bark Busters dog trainer seven years ago. My English Bulldog was not in love with the fact that she now had to share the spotlight with twin babies. She was stressed and fearful. What should have been a joyous time, the birth of my twins, was now one that had me anxious.

What I witnessed in the first lesson alone was magical. It gave me the confidence to establish myself as my dog's leader. Seeing my pup's transformation happen right in front of me was nothing short of amazing.  Fast forward several years later, and now I’m the one helping clients to live in harmony with their dogs. 

When I em-"bark"-ed (pun intended?) on this journey to become a Bark Busters dog trainer and behavioral therapist, I couldn’t imagine the fullfillment.  I am passionate about what I do. And, I'm grateful that almost daily I get to touch people's lives.

I help clients live a happier life together with their dogs!

For more information, please visit my personal website: Dog Training Southern Connecticut

View my recent segment on WTNH Channel 8 News

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