The Bark Busters worldwide home dog training service guarantee is unique in the industry. It is designed to help owners resolve their dog's behavior and obedience problems and to provide customers with the satisfaction of ongoing support and peace of mind. Find out more
Your dog can have good manners! With my one-on-one dog training, I will help you understand how dogs communicate. I empower dog owners with simple, effective, time-efficient, and cruelty-free methods that work alongside dogs’ natural instincts. No harmful methods. No unnecessary treats.
Dogs learn best in a familiar, safe environment, free of outside distractions and disruptions. That’s why I come to you, at your home and on your schedule, to help you build an effective foundation for better dog behavior. Here, I can customize our training sessions to achieve your specific goals and meet your dog’s unique needs.
Whether teaching good habits to your new puppy, introducing obedience training, or resolving behavioral issues, I will partner with you to tackle all your dog training needs and issues - large and small!
Bark Busters is the worldwide leader of in-home dog training. We help resolve the most challenging dog behavioral issues such as:
Aggression. Dogs are not born aggressive. Learn how to change your dog's aggression towards food, balls, people, or other dogs.
Barking. Barking is a natural way for dog's to communicate. But sometimes, barking can become a nuisance! Learn how to best communicate with your dog.
Destruction. Destructive behavior can include chewing items or furniture or tearing through the garbage. I can help with our proven dog training techniques.
Digging. Tired of your lawn or garden being torn up? Finding holes in your dirt? Teach your dog to stop digging.
Jumping. Jumping can be dangerous and annoying. Avoid the embarrassment of having your dog jump on your guests with my training methods.
Leash pulling. I can help you enjoy taking your dog for a walk without being pulled! Let's get some good leash manners.
Separation anxiety. Does your dog bark or cry when you leave the house? Make your canine companion feel comfortable being alone.
Sibling rivalry. Just like humans, dogs get jealous. Sibling rivalry among dogs should be addressed and corrected.
Territory marking. Dogs show possession by urination - 'marking' their territory with urine. Prevent unwanted markings, and potty accidents, in your home with our training advice.
Recently added a puppy to your family? Start puppy training now and give your puppy a foundation in its new home with you and your family routed in leadership, trust, and respect.
Any Breed. Any Age. Any Issue. Bark Busters in Oakland & Alameda County can help you live a happier life together with your dog!
I have been a dog lover for as long as I can remember. I grew up with two dogs in my house, Sundog and Rory, raising them both as puppies. Sundog, a golden retriever, and Rory, a miniature pinscher, were completely opposite in temperament. One was loving and playful and the other was standoffish and at times aggressive. You can guess which one was which, but I loved them equally and grew up with a deep admiration and respect for these wonderful creatures. Today, it’s me and my rescue – a Chihuahua mix named Carley Simon.
I adopted Carley when she was roughly 5 years old, and while she was incredibly loving she had a severe case of separation anxiety. She was aggressively protective over me, didn’t know how to play with other dogs, and pulled every time we walked to the point of her choking. I had witnessed friends training their dogs with harsh methods I didn’t agree with or by using treats to the point that the dog saw their human as a treat dispenser. The dogs wouldn’t behave unless there was a tasty reward. I knew these methods would not be effective and long lasting and after trying different methods without success, I found Bark Busters. By learning to speak dog and utilizing the tools given to me by Bark Busters, I can happily say that Carley is now relaxed, enjoys meeting new dogs, and never pulls on our walks. We have mutual trust, love, and respect thanks to the tools of Bark Busters.
I have always wanted to make helping animals my profession, and in my 3 years as a veterinary technician, I was able to work with hundreds of dogs and owners and gain a deeper insight into how dogs relate to their humans and the world in general. I take that experience, plus my experience as a dog sitter and dog walker, into my training to help you gain a happy and harmonious home with your fur buddies. I believe misbehaving dogs aren’t bad dogs, they are acting out of instinct. With proper training and a relationship based on trust and respect, we can eliminate the reasons behind the unwanted behavior.
I can teach you how to speak dog using body language and vocal cues to ensure that they understand what you are asking, and you both can have a happy home.
Contact me today to learn more!
Results after the first visit! My 5 yr old mini Aussie, Burt was a stressed out (anxious), terrible pulling on a lead, non stop barking, extremely reactive boy and we have seen nothing but positive results since our two visits with Gusty! I had a laundry list of behavioral issues that had evolved and gotten worse over time and the majority of that...
We recently rescued Buster and without Gusty's help, I'm not sure we would have been able to keep him. First, he didn't like my other dog and bit him. He would also chew everything in site, bark at everything that passed the house, pull me all over on the leash, and toilet in the house. He was a handful! Gusty helped me develop a plan for success,...
Gusty is fantastic! I hired her to help with a barking / doorbell problem our Cavalier King Charles developed during the pandemic. Gusty's passion for dogs (and humans) is obvious. She is extremely patient and intuitive in terms of diagnosing problem areas and explaining possible solutions. I had honestly gotten to the point where I didn't think th...
Gusty came by today to help my godparents with their dog Mylo. He has been struggling with barking and stranger aggression and we have spoken to a few other trainers without success. Both of my godparents are older and slightly disabled so I was concerned about their ability to be able to train Mylo and to be consistent. However, after only 1 hour,...
Gusty was amazing! We were struggling with leash reactivity, aggressive behavior in public around both people and dogs, and pulling on leash. In the first session she knew exactly how to work with my dog. She was careful about approaching the dog and nonjudgmental about the aggression my dog showed her. She talked me through how to work with her an...
Gusty us AMAZING!!!!! We saw great results after just 1 session and learn tons with each followup. If you keep up with her lessons you should see great behavioral improvement and management. Our dog was already amazing, but Gusty helped with the transition of our older rehomed puppy to our family. Something to note about the Bark Busters philoso...
My experience with Gusty was life changing. I watched my dog, and I have had many in my life, change right before my eyes. He is a 90lb male pit bull mix, who was a bit fearful and pushed to dominate. He loves people but would jump on them including myself and it was extremely stressful. Gusty corrected this behavior within the first 30 minutes of...
We are AMAZED! The change in my dog was instant. We are so grateful for Gusty’s instruction. I could tell Gusty was just as big of a dog lover as me, and she went out of her way to help me and my dog, Kobe. She taught me how to “speak dog,” how to communicate with Kobe in a way he instantly understands. The lesson was mostly teaching me, as Kobe go...
First, I should say that this review is long overdue. Gusty deserves such high praises that I was waiting for a creative writing mood to strike — but I can’t wait any longer! In any case, I don’t have adequate words for the feeling I have, now that Gusty helped me and my dog, Panda. (Though this is so long that I definitely found some words!) Th...
My dog has recently begun to act aggressively towards new guests in our home, not biting exactly, but kind of nipping and barking at them. We thought we have tried everything when it comes to training, but Gusty came in and right away there was a difference once we enforced the corrections and training that we were being taught to do in order to he...Paula G | Oakland, California