Live a Happier Life Together With Your Dog

Are you experiencing behavioral issues with your dog? Our dog-friendly training methods can help you overcome these issues quickly. We train in your home where you and your dog are most comfortable. With our efficient, results-oriented training program, you can achieve the communication and leadership you want with your dog.

Dog Training Services

Common Dog Behavioral Issues We Address:

  • Aggression
  • Barking
  • Biting
  • Change in Address
  • Chewing
  • Destruction
  • Digging
  • Focus & Listening
  • Housebreaking
  • Improving Confidence
  • Jumping
  • Leash Pulling
  • Marking
  • New Baby Preparation
  • Obsessiveness
  • Respecting Other Pets
  • Running Away
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Sibling Rivalry – in House Tensions/ Fights

 

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About Bonnie

Dog Trainer Bonnie Ober and Dog

Home Dog Training in Boston Northwest!

Welcome. I am Bonnie Ober, your Bark Busters Dog Trainer and Dog Behavioral Therapist in Boston Northwest. My life passion has always been animals, and I have worked with them and lived with them all of my life. My start with Bark Busters was more than five years ago when I was working with my own dog with my cousin - a Bark Busters dog trainer in Northern California. I was astounded at the quick and life-changing methods she employed with her clients (and their dogs!). I knew then and there that this was the career path for me – working to make each client and their dog happy and relaxed in their relationships with each other and in their families.

I continue to attend advanced classes and learn from our International network of more than 300 Bark Busters dog trainers and dog behavioral therapists in the USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. I have rescued, fostered, and adopted several dogs throughout my life (Husky, Beagle mix, Cocker Spaniel, Poodle mix, Terrier mix and Lab/Newfoundland mix), so I know first-hand what issues come up and what it takes to make things work not just correctly but also practically.

Bark Busters dog-friendly and natural training methods produce quick and efficient results. In fact, it's not unusual to have what were once "out of control dogs" behaving well - sitting and waiting calmly, not jumping up, and not charging the front door - by the end of the first training session.

Puppies can also be a challenge for new first-time dog owners (and even experienced dog owners!). I'll partner with you to quickly sort out toilet training, nipping, and all the other frustrations that are part of puppyhood.

Bark Busters does not use physically or mentally abusive training methods, and I won’t use treats as a primary motivator. I do believe in giving dogs treats, but don’t believe in becoming a “treat dispenser." I train the brain, not the belly.

I teach you to think canine, and to top it all off, give you a “Life of Dog Support Guarantee.” That’s great peace of mind. I believe that for your dog, your calm, safe, and loving home, and your love and affection should be the treat! Dog training does not alter your dog’s personality for the worse, it improves it.

I will show you how to apply the natural and quick strategies that dogs use themselves to influence each other. These strategies are easy to learn and you'll quickly establish yourself as the leader and the object of your dog's love, respect, and obedience.

My goals are simple: make the household a happy one for you and your dog! Dog adoptions are at an all-time high which is wonderful; but some dogs come with baggage from previous circumstances, and I want to make sure every dog goes to - and stays - happily at their new home! 

Contact me today!

What Makes Bark Busters Boston Northwest Unique

Bark Busters is the worldwide leader of in-home dog training, helping over 1 million families and their dogs around the globe since 1989. We wholeheartedly believe in our methods and 30+ years of results. At Bark Busters Boston Northwest, we clear up the miscommunication between dogs and humans at the root of many behavioral issues by teaching everyone to speak the same language – dog!

Our nurturing, dog-friendly approach teaches you, the pet parent, the same natural communication methods that dogs understand instinctively. Our efficient, results-oriented, training program prioritizes clear communication and leadership while addressing issues in the locations they occur.

This means faster, longer-lasting solutions for you and your dog.

Dogs learn best in a familiar, safe environment, free of outside distractions and disruptions. That’s why we come directly to your home, on your schedule to build an effective foundation for better behavior. We work first to build an effective foundation for better behavior. We teach you how to communicate with your dog. Dogs naturally live in families and look their family leaders for guidance, safety, and love. Most people don't know how to appeal to a dog's natural sense of leadership or communication. We teach you how to use friendly, canine leadership and to "speak dog" using your body language, voice tones, and timing so you and your dog communicate better! You will see results. You want to see a change in your dog’s behavior, preferably sooner rather than later.

Any Breed. Any Age. Any Issue. Get Started Today!

We customize our training sessions to achieve your specific goals and meet your dog’s unique needs. When you Learn to Speak Dog the Bark Busters Way, you get real results – and nurture positive relationships and lasting emotional bonds with your canine family member.

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Home Dog Training

Our Services

Bark Buster trainers conduct the one-on-one training in your home, without the distraction of other dogs or the stress of being sent away for dog obedience training at a kennel. After learning in your home, our behavioral therapist and trainer will work with you as needed outside and around real distractions, once you and your dog are ready.

Life of Dog Support Guarantee

Life of Dog Support Guarantee

Bark Busters Home Dog Training provides a Life of Dog Support Guarantee that 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.

Behavior Issues

Resources

We're here to help. From general dog training tips, to puppy toilet training best practices, to learning about various dog breeds we've worked with, Bark Busters offers our free tips and advice on common dog behavior problems and more.

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Boston Northwest Client Reviews

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Our Giant Schnoodle was very strong willed and we were clueless as to how to correct some bad behavior. Bonnie at Bark Busters was phenomenal! We noticed a remarkable difference after just one visit! Obviously the process takes a lot of time and attention but we went from desperate to hopeful to very pleased within just a couple of months. We would highly recommend Bonnie and Bark Busters to anyone!
I cannot recommend Bonnie Ober highly enough, I love her! I wish I had called Bark Busters a LONG time ago. I had Blue for well over a year and went through a couple of trainers and was still not making any headway. I was told and understood all the "rules" but it was way too overwhelming and exhausting and just didn't work for me and Blue. Bonnie spent just a short time with us and quickly got to the root of what was happening and what needed to be done. She broke it down very easily and we had a quick and simple routine we could manage. When I contacted her with updates, she would cheer us on and help us fine tune areas we were still having trouble with. I will be forever grateful to her for all of her help. She explained the entire process and was extremely patient. I am SOOOO GLAD I did this; it is the best money you'll ever spend! She was born for this job and we are all so lucky to have found her!!!!
On November 3, 2023, our family rescued a dog from Texas. We knew there would be an adjustment period for the new dog, Pawblo, and our existing dog, Viivi. It turned out to be more than we bargained for and within days we were on the phone to Barkbusters. We had used this company in the past and were happy with that experience.

We were connected to Bonnie Ober and she came to meet us on November 25, 2023 and stayed for more than three hours. She took time to hear our descriptions and concerns and immediately had things for us to do to diffuse the situation.

The new dog was attacking our other dog for no apparent reason. Some of the hotspots were narrow passageways and doors. We had no clue what to do to prevent this from happening. Bonnie did. She helped us to understand what was going on in both dogs’ minds, why the conflicts were happening and had step by step instructions on how to handle the conflict. Every step was kind, clear, and never heavy handed. With lots of practice, the problems with the dogs at the doors, and the attacks were overcome. We were taught vocalizations and the sequencing of using them to control the dogs. We all finally learned them and things have been much better.

If an approach isn’t working, Bonnie will modify it and she definitely thinks outside the box. One of us is handicapped and she has been very helpful thinking of work arounds for that. Bonnie thinks quickly and thoroughly, which makes it possible for her to help with unusual circumstances. She has been available to answer questions between sessions and is a source of expertise and encouragement. Her manner is calm, patient, and knowledgeable. She inspires hope and confidence; a can-do attitude. I also believe that she would honestly tell us what we can and cannot expect from our situation; no false hope.

Pawblo and Viivi still have work to do, as do we, but we are hopeful about the future.

We saw improvement within the first few days. Life is much better around here and it is only going to get better. Thank you, Bonnie!

The Panek Family,
Bob, Pat & Karen
Our experience with Bonnie has been nothing short of incredible.

We adopted our dog Chance this past summer and started working with Bonnie in August. As others have said, we came out of the first appointment with knowledge, tips & tools that provided immediate results. In the weeks following, we would see improvements almost daily (not just in Chance, but with our confidence too now that we had guidance).

Bonnie has always been available to emails/texts when we need advice (and the occasional pep talk after we thought we did something wrong) and has come back to help work on areas that both we & Chance needed help with. It's great to work with a trainer that doesn't just focus on Chance, but also helped us understand his behaviors.

We highly recommend Bonnie and Bark Busters.
We just started working with Bonnie for our 18 month old Portuguese Water Dog, Wesley. Wesley is a high energy 50 lb dog who is stronger than he thinks and needs some help in the listening department :)

Bonnie’s work started right away when Wesley wouldn’t even let her inside! She walked us through the process of calming him down and was very patient and encouraging. Once safely inside, Bonnie took the time to get to know Wesley and all his quirks. At the end of the session, he felt comfortable enough around Bonnie to try and steal her winter hat lol. That’s a sign you’re IN!

In addition to the hands-on training, we also enjoyed the interesting tid bits about why dogs behave the way they do based on DNA, and how Wesley’s personality was shaped by his birth order. It all came together at that point, and training Wesley finally seemed manageable.

We spent 3 hours working with Bonnie and have another follow-up visit in 3 weeks. During that time we have exercises to work on, and it’s only 15 mins a day which is very manageable. Wesley will get an A+ report card in no time. Highly recommend if you have an energetic pup who could use some 1:1 attention. Bonnie was great!
I am so glad I started out 2024 with Bonnie from Bark Busters. I was going to have to surrender my dog, because he barked so much I had noise complaints from my neighbors. He was also very reactive to the other dogs in the neighborhood, growling and lunging at them. I was at my wit's end. Then I called Bonnie and learned more in one lesson than all my prior classes. She taught me to be the leader of the pack. Sound simple? It is once you know what you are doing. Jake finally understood what I needed him to do on walks and also learned he didn't have to worry about me when I was gone. Don't put off training -- you will learn so much about communication and respect.
Bonnie was great. Within a few hours I already felt confident with the tools she gave me to start giving my dog the corrections that she needed. Training time is very manageable and results come quickly! Highly recommend!
We contacted Bark Busters for help with our 1 year old Golden Retriever. Maverick is such a sweet boy in so many ways, but has issues with jumping up and being crazy on the leash! We were struggling every time we had to take him out. We definitely needed help! We had our first visit with Bonnie, and after 2 hours, he was a different puppy! It was finally enjoyable to go for a walk! She was so good and patient with him. Her knowledge and guidance trained us and our puppy responded so quickly. It has already been life-changing for us! We will continue to work on everything we learned. Thank you for all your help Bonnie! We look forward to our next session!
We contacted Bark Busters for help with our 1 year old Golden Retriever. Maverick is such a sweet boy in so many ways, but has issues with jumping up and being crazy on the leash! We were struggling every time we had to take him out. We definitely needed help! We had our first visit with Bonnie, and after 2 hours, he was a different puppy! It was finally enjoyable to go for a walk! She was so good and patient with him. Her knowledge and guidance trained us and our puppy responded so quickly. It has already been life-changing for us! We will continue to work on everything we learned. Thank you for all your help Bonnie! We look forward to our next session!
Bonnie is great! Easy to work with. We could ask questions via phone/text/email between meeting in person which was very, very helpful. Bonnie taught my husband and I to communicate effectively with our new rescue Gavin and navigate the first few months with appropriate expectations. Bonnie's teachings enabled us to navigate from a shaky start to building a solid foundation. From Gavin, myself and my husband, thank you Bonnie!!
Our experience with Bark Busters has been amazing! Bonnie is great with our dogs and is great at teaching us new skills to trains our pups. We are so happy we made this investment. Thank you Bonnie!!
Bonnie from Bark Busters Boston worked wonders on our two dogs. Dogs were back on track after just 1 visit. A few easy commands and they keep improving. We highly recommend!
Bonnie is a miracle worker! By the time our first training session concluded, my dog was walking loose leashed for the first time EVER! I only wish I had found Bonnie sooner rather than suffering through every walk being dragged about and trying to control my reactive dog. I would highly recommend Bonnie for any of your training needs, she’s fantastic!
Our first meeting with Bonnie was great! She was knowledgable, professional and with her guidance we are already seeing benefits! She learned so much about us and our puppy. We look forward to our next session and our puppy is so happy to have Bonnie helping to sort our pack!
Bonnie was friendly and very professional! She came to our house on time and listened to every concern that my husband and I had concerning our dogs! Before she left we were walking our dogs without any pulling. This had never happened before! Seeing my dogs walking so nicely renewed my desire to go camping with my dogs, something I doubted I could do after the last camping trip we took. Bonnie was clear with her instructions and she made sure we understood what we needed to do. She gave us homework which will be easy to do. She will be back in a few weeks and I am looking forward to seeing her - she is a pleasure to work with.
I was skeptical but this method really worked. And quickly! Thanks to Bonnie’s thorough understanding of Daisy’s behavior our barking and protective pup has calmed down significantly! Bonnie is wonderful to work with - kind, patient, fun and professional. Barkbusters is expensive but we feel we have gotten our money’s worth and just knowing she is always available gives us tremendous peace of mind. Highly recommend!
We met with Bonnie for 3 hours and she was great with our dogs. We even took them for a walk as they are reactive with dogs and it was great practice, for them and us! She is lovely - calm and patient with clear instruction. We are excited to start practicing and see behavior change!
Bonnie is fantastic! We've learned so much from her. She is always quick to respond to any questions and has great advice. Our young pup has responded so well to the Bark Busters methods and continues to progress quickly. Highly recommend Bonnie and the Bark Busters team!
Bonnie Ober from Bark Busters has truly transformed our lives for the better! Our furry companion is absolutely amazing, but we encountered a minor challenge with her tendency to bark at everything, and her bark can be quite high-pitched!
As we transitioned to working from home, it became increasingly difficult to have productive meetings. Thankfully, we decided to reach out to Bark Busters for help. The impact they've made in our lives is incredible, and although we are still a work-in-progress, we noticed a remarkable difference within the first week of working with them. We now have practical and effective methods to address the barking issue.
If you find yourself facing any dog behavioral challenges, we wholeheartedly and enthusiastically recommend Bark Buster's lifetime services. They have truly been a game-changer for us!
Bonnie is very knowledgeable about dogs and their behavior. I can’t believe how much we learned in our first training session. We have tried other training techniques before but I wish we found Bark Busters sooner. It would have saved us a lot of time and money. If you need help with your dog look no further, Bonnie is the best.
Highly recommend Bonnie with Bark Busters! We had tried training classes with our shepherds but nothing compares to having someone come to your home to work on the issues that occur in the home one on one! Our shepherds were both extremely reactive to people coming into our house and people/dogs walking by. Bonnie started by helping us gain leadership and a strong foundation which has helped tremendously with their reactivity. Thank you SO much!
This was a big decision for us and definitely the right one! We've had our first meeting with Bonnie and were very impressed by her wealth of knowledge, warm and caring personality, patience and encouragement. Mokka Molly is our fifth English Springer and this was the first time we needed a trainer. She was nine months old when we got her. We reached out to Bonnie and Bark Busters for help with separation anxiety, jumping, loose leash walking and puppy management. From the moment we met Bonnie, we were so comfortable with her and Mokka Molly was too! That’s so important. Bonnie patiently listened to our concerns and questions. We are grateful and extremely satisfied with the solutions she has offered, how to follow through and are definitely set up for success with Mokka Molly. We are working daily with our darling girl, following the training plan Bonnie outlined and already seeing great results. Bonnie and the Bark Busters method are the very best!
Kali and I had our first lesson yesterday and Bonnie was absolutely fantastic. She listen to all of my concerns, answered all of my questions and put together a manageable training plan to work on for the next few weeks. I am looking forward to seeing all the progress my pup and I make. Thank you Bonnie!
Highly recommend Bonnie and Bark Busters. My dog Oliver has an obsession with dogs and always wants to play, but his barking and growling comes off as aggressive. Bonnie came in and worked with us and we saw a complete transformation with Oliver in the first session. He has already started to pick up on the cues that my fiancé and I give him. Highly recommend Bark Busters.
We were having a tough time with our pup. We were lost and with Bonnie’s help we are not struggling like we were. We are showing our Buddy who is the alpha. Bonnie has been simply amazing!
We are so happy with Bark Busters Boston and Bonnie! We reached out to Bark Busters needing help with our dog Petunia’s behavior. We struggled with leash walking/leash reactivity and claiming the front door “no-go” zone which made it difficult to have guests over. Bonnie was quickly able to determine that her behavior was driven by her anxiety in certain situations and she gave us the tools to manage/prevent such behavior going forward. We’ve already seen a huge difference in her behavior and our walks are much more enjoyable! We’ve tried several different training programs in the past and the Bark Busters method is the only one that truly worked for us. We are so thankful for Bonnie!

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