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Welcome! We are Michael & Lydia O’Leary, Dog Behavioral Therapists and Dog Trainers for Bark Busters Home Dog Training in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and their northern suburbs.
We love helping our clients learn how to communicate effectively with their dogs in a natural way that builds a stronger bond, trust, and respect. Bark Busters trainers have worked with more than a million dogs and their dedicated owners. We would love to learn more about your needs and goals for your dog and family!
Bark Busters uses positive, dog-friendly communication techniques that dogs instinctively understand. This typically speeds up the education process, without using treats, clickers, or any harsh or physical methods. We will never use prong, pinch, shock (e-collar), or choke collars, nor will we ever force a dog to do anything.We help clients teach their dogs to think and make good choices. The training method is so effective, that immediate positive results are often seen within the first 2-3 hours of training.
Our dog training methods are effective, and don't just take our word for it:
Also, please feel free to contact your veterinary clinic for a reference, the majority of the clinics in the area personally recommend us and Bark Busters to their clients.
Dogs learn best when they can focus on the dog owner and dog trainer without distractions. In their home, dogs are less stressed, and therefore we can focus on the issues and they learn very quickly. It's also important for you to know how to control your dog in "real life" situations and we will assist with this by going to public places if desired and when ready.
Bark Busters was initially founded to help people whose dogs had behavioral problems and were in danger of being abandoned or euthanized. This mission is one of the reasons why we are here today. Whatever your specific need is, we are here to help. Our clients learn how to eliminate the "bad dog" behaviors like:
We will customize training to your personal situation, needs, and goals, and make it an enjoyable experience!
Hello! I’m Michael O’Leary. I was raised in Eden Prairie and am a proud St. John’s University graduate. As a lifetime lover of dogs and a Bark Busters Certified Canine Trainer & Behavioral Therapist, I am blessed daily with the ability to help dogs and their owners find and experience companionship, loyalty, fun, and love. Our training system is based on natural canine communication which dramatically increases the pace of learning without using harsh or painful methods. It will be a great honor and pleasure to serve you, your family, and your canine companions.
My wife, Lydia, recently joined our growing business and as a fellow Bark Busters Certified Dog Trainer & Dog Behavioral Therapist, she can't wait to help our current and new clients live happier lives together with their dogs!
For even more information, please visit our personal website.
Take a step toward better communications with your dog today by calling Bark Busters Minneapolis North!
Really excellent service provider. I would characterize this as learning to communicate with your dog. Michael's methods were really intuitive for our dog and we have really been surprised at how easy and quickly our dog's behaviors have been improved. Highly recommended!
We began to see results immediately with a senior dog who we love, but his behavior was becoming a possible liability. Working with BarkBusters taught us a few simple moves that immediately got his attention and helped him be a "good boy." Now it's up to us to practice, practice, practice!
I called Michael at the recommendation of my vet because my 5-month old puppy had been exhibiting some resource guarding behaviors. The first session was nothing short of magic. I watched my tiny ball of energy turn into a calm, attentive pup without the use of treats, force or intimidation. By communicating with her in a language she intuitively u...
Mike was amazing to work with! He provided amazing insight into our dog's behaviors in a way that was both professional and empathetic. Saw huge improvement in our dogs behaviors and anxiety levels in just one session. Can't wait to use the tools and skills Mike taught us to continue to work with our dogs. Could not recommend this program more! Tha...
We hired BarkBusters to help with an out-of-control adolescent dog who at times seems resistant to training. Michael came to our home and in the first session, we were able to establish some basic control and listening. He taught us really low-tech and simple solutions, grounded in dog behavior, that has been working well so far! We have more work...
We are so pleased with our Bark Busters initial training for our little Anita. She came to us from Mexico, where she had been attacked by another dog. She was left with multiple bite wounds, her leg broken in two places, and serious trust issues. Since she came to live with us, she was very reactive with other dogs and people. Michael spent more th...
My wife and I have recently had problems with controlling our dogs energy while at the door along with some sibling rivalry. Mike recently came out for our initial consultation, and even during this first session I could see significant changes using the Bark Busters methodology. Mike was able to explain the methodology very well, answer all of our...
Thanks to Michael, we now have ways to stop pie from barking at the doors and helped us learn how to understand how to control her on a walk without getting the agressive barking and puffing the hair up on walks by other dogs. We are so glad to have such a great trainer like Michael!
I am not one generally to write reviews but I feel compelled to let others know about the great and immediate results that we saw while working with Michael for only three hours. Homer came to us as a rescue dog, and while he is a sweetheart, he did have a few annoying habits. He was a jumper, a barker, a terrible leash walker and had no regard...
Lydia is an excellent trainer! Very friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. She listened to the multiple issues my new lab and I were experiencing and was able to address them all by providing knowledge of dog behaviors and why. Our training sessions were insightful and easy to understand and implement. Within one session I experienced a huge differe...Lauren P | Minneapolis, Minnesota