Home Dog Training in San Francisco & Marin, CA

Karen Gaines

Expert Dog Trainer, Karen Gaines

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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

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Servicing: Albany, Belvedere Tiburon, Bolinas, Boyes Hot Springs, Corte Madera, Crockett, Dillon Beach, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, El Verano, Fairfax, Forest Knolls, Greenbrae, Hercules, Inverness, Kentfield, Lagunitas, Larkspur, Mill Valley, Napa, Nicasio, Novato, Olema, Petaluma, Pinole, Point Reyes Station, Port Costa, Richmond, Rodeo, Ross, San Anselmo, San Francisco, San Geronimo, San Pablo, San Quentin, San Rafael, Sausalito, Stinson Beach, Tomales, Vallejo, Vineburg, Woodacre

Best Dog Training San Francisco & Marin!

I look forward to working with you and your dog!  Contact me today to learn more.

What Differentiates Bark Busters?

We teach dog owners, not dogs. Dogs learn to communicate with each other while in a pack. Your dog isn't inately a bad dog, but you are trying to communicate with him/her in a language he/she doesn’t understand. Bark Busters will teach you how "Speak Dog" and to be the leader of your pack - using positive, humane and natural techniques, including voice tones and body language.

“Karen had been wonderful in helping us train and understand our dog. In just a couple of sessions there was a significant improvement with him. I feel like it was more training for us because we were actually doing a lot of things wrong. I would recommend here to others in a heartbeat.”  - Kaisha H.

“Karen was my 3rd attempt at professional dog trainers. Her philosophy was that it was ME who needed training; there is nothing wrong with the dog. OK, I'm listening. Long story short, every issue I had with the dog is worlds better. No pulling on walks, Jelly Bean doesn't jump on pedestrians and passing dogs.“ - Barbara V.

You will see immediate results. Chances are you are frustrated by your dog’s behavior and you want it changed, now. That’s why you should call Bark Busters as soon as possible. After the first lesson, you will begin to see your dog’s behavior change in a dramatic and good way.

“Incredible. Two sessions and I see a huge difference.” - Andres B.

“After one lesson with Karen, Roxie is a different dog. Thanks Karen for restoring peace to our chaos.”  - Barbara C.

We use only humane, positive dog training methods. Dogs don’t communicate with each other using treats, or prong or shock collars. We teach you how to get your dog’s attention by using only positive techniques based on the ways dogs naturally communicate.

“I really liked Karen’s no treats, no shocking collars approach. After just one session, we have a calm, pleasant dog who is a pleasure to be around!”  - Julia L.

Our dog training methods can be applied to any dog, any age, any breed. Each dog is an individual with its own issues. Our training plans are customized to help you overcome and issues with YOUR dog. However, our dog training principles are universal, meaning we can help puppies, senior dogs, rescue dogs, multiple dogs in a household & more.

“Karen is amazing! She helped us integrate a new, older, adopted dog into our home. She also helped us to correct some behavior issues with our other two dogs. She even helped fix our issues as owners, and helped us better understand how our behavior impacts how our dogs respond.” - S.S.

I will partner with you to solve any/all behavior issues, including:

  • Aggression – food, dog-to-dog, dog-to-human
  • Barking inappropriately
  • Biting & nipping
  • Chewing
  • Child safety with your dog
  • Digging
  • Front door manners
  • House training / toileting
  • Jumping
  • Multiple dogs in household
  • New baby preparation & introduction
  • Obsessive compulsive behaviors
  • Pool safety
  • Puppy training
  • Rushing the front door
  • Separation anxiety
  • Sibling rivalry
  • Stealing, "counter surfing"
  • Traveling with your dog
  • Walking on a leash

About Your San Francisco & Marin Dog Trainer:

On a personal note, before I started Bark Busters I knew something was missing in my life. Dogs were always a big part of my life and I wanted to make a difference in their lives. I have rescued, fostered and adopted several dogs so I know first-hand what issues they can have. Jake was a fun-loving dog UNTIL: a bird flew to close, a biker or skateboarder went by, or I didn’t leave him alone…ever! Talk about separation anxiety – he chewed everything while I was at work, including most of my furniture. He even chewed a hole in my front door and one wall. I loved Jake very much but I knew I had to do something to help him with his dog behavior problems. I read books, took classes, and watched videos and even sent him to “boot camp” for 4 weeks. Nothing worked.

Then a friend called and mentioned Bark Busters. She absolutely loved the program and raved about the dog training system. After the first lesson I saw dramatic results with Jake in his ability to turn over the “pack leadership role” to me. He started to relax, listen, and life became so much easier and fun. He didn’t need to protect me anymore.

I am passionate about dogs, and if I could make a positive change in my life with the Bark Busters techniques, I can do the same for you. Lucky for me I am pursuing my dream of working with dogs. I went through the Bark Busters extensive hands-on dog training program in Colorado, returned 3 years later for the Master Behavioral Therapists training and have never looked back. Now, 11 years later, yearly training seminars, certified in Pet CPR & First Aid, Certified AKC Canine Good Citizens Evaluator #86912, and hundreds of other Bark Buster Franchisees to learn and work with, I have the opportunity to work with you and your family members to have the relationship you are looking for.

I often bring my dogs – Kayla and Bodi on lessons with me when appropriate because they help with aggression, off leash training and more. Hopefully you will get to meet my pack!

Most of our clients say: “We wish we had called you sooner.” Don’t put up with bad or annoying behaviors with your dog – call Bark Busters San Francisco & Marin today.


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