Home Dog Training in Ventura County, California

Michael Hagan

Expert Dog Trainer, Michael Hagan

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Servicing: Agoura Hills, Brandeis, Calabasas, Camarillo, Canoga Park, Carpinteria, Chatsworth, Fillmore, Goleta, Malibu, Moorpark, Newbury Park, Northridge, Oak Park, Oak View, Ojai, Oxnard, Piru, Point Mugu Nawc, Port Hueneme, Port Hueneme Cbc Ba, Porter Ranch, Reseda, Santa Barbara, Santa Paula, Simi Valley, Somis, Stevenson Ranch, Summerland, Thousand Oaks, Topanga, Ventura, West Hills, Westlake Village, Winnetka, Woodland Hills


One-On-One Dog Training & Puppy Training in Ventura County!

Are you annoyed by your dog's

  • incessant barking?
  • chewing on your furniture and everything else?
  • jumping on guests?
  • not coming when called?
  • whining from separation anxiety?

I can help you resolve all your dog behavior issues, teach dog obedience and puppy training, contact me today.  I'm here to help!

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Poorly behaved dogs cause stress and often embarrassment. My name is Michael Hagan and I am your local Bark Busters dog trainer and behavioral therapist in Ventura County. I can help you overcome the behavioral problems you are experiencing with your dog.

The Bark Busters training method has succeeded where other techniques have failed. Dog training classes usually take a "one size fits all" approach and are targeted toward the "average dog." Other training programs rely on coercive methods like shock collars or prong collars to extort good behavior.

My In-Home Dog Training & Puppy Training Services

At Bark Busters Ventura County, we rely on natural dog training methods, based on the way dogs communicate with each other - the pack mentality. I come into your home where most of the bad behaviors occur and where your dog is the most relaxed and free from distractions. We will work on both inside and outside behaviors, addressing any issues you may have. Your dog will quickly learn what behaviors are acceptable and which are not.

Learn to Speak Dog

Your dog can't speak English and you can't speak dog, so it's no wonder your dog doesn't understand your commands. Using voice tones and your body language, I will teach you to establish yourself as the leader of the pack in a language your dog understands. Our first lesson will last approximately 3 hours and additional training can address any lingering issues. If you reinforce our techniques 10 - 15 minutes a day, you'll see awesome results.

If you recently adopted a puppy, start him/her off on the right paw with dog training lessons and make housebreaking and basic obedience much easier. However, no dog is too old to learn new behaviors. I train older dogs, puppies, and dogs of all sizes and breeds.

I'm confident I can give you the tools and support you need for a lifetime of enjoyment and love with your family dog.


About Me

In 2011, I got my first dog, Jasper (in picture). He was rescued as a runaway and clearly abused. Jasper was very fearful of people, particularly men, and already a naturally shy dog. He knew how to sit, stay, lay down, and all the rest, but those commands did not change his anxiety, fear, and distrust for people and other dogs.

Most of the programs I found involved using a variety of training collars and other dominating training methods. That’s the last thing a scared, confused dog needs is to be scared more. Sending him off to a facility wasn’t the answer because I needed help at my home. All the other programs were treat-based and “positive reinforcement”, which distracts with treats when the dog is misbehaving. That’s like giving candy to a child who is acting out. Those reality show and influencer dog trainers make it look so easy…

Then, my older sister, in all of her wisdom, found Bark Busters. Sometimes just trusting your intuition and reaching out for advice is the best thing you can do to help your situation. After that first phone call, I knew this was not only the training Jasper needed, but that I needed.

The first lesson was about 3 hours long, and it was definitely an eye-opening experience. There were no treats for reward, we weren’t following a list of commands, and no physical contact or dominating methods. The trainer didn’t even touch my dog the whole time! Bark Busters’ philosophy and techniques worked so well that I saw immediate results at the first visit.

After about 3 weeks of following the homework, all the separation anxiety, bad leash manners, reactivity to dogs and people went away. It was a miracle, and I knew I had to be a part of this as a trainer myself. The impact this program can have on you and your dog is immeasurable.

Since becoming a Bark Busters trainer in 2019 I have helped thousands of dogs and owners all over Ventura County. Most of my cases involve aggression and severe reactions to dogs because we are the only program that consistently solves these behaviors. However, many of my clients aren’t experiencing aggression. They’re experiencing separation anxiety, incessant barking, uncontrollable jumping, out of control puppies, and other behaviors their current training methods aren’t correcting. And a large number of people who prefer our methods and psychology, who want to start training off on the right foot, or who were referred by close ones that had a great experience with Bark Busters.

Through this program I can help any breed, at any age, with any issue, and get control back into the owner’s hands.

Reach out to get detailed information and book your first lesson!

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