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.

Servicing: Alexander City, Americus, Auburn, Auburn University, Box Springs, Bronwood, Buena Vista, Camp Hill, Cataula, Coleman, Columbus, Cottonton, Cusseta, Cuthbert, Dadeville, Dawson, Ellerslie, Eufaula, Fort Benning, Fort Mitchell, Fortson, Georgetown, Hamilton, Hatchechubbee, Holy Trinity, Hurtsboro, Jacksons Gap, Lanett, Leesburg, Leslie, Louvale, Lumpkin, Mauk, Midland, Midway, Morris, Notasulga, Omaha, Opelika, Parrott, Phenix City, Pine Mountain, Pine Mountain Valle, Pittsview, Plains, Preston, Richland, Salem, Seale, Shellman, Shiloh, Smiths Station, Smithville, Talbotton, Tallassee, Tuskegee, Tuskegee Institute, Union Springs, Upatoi, Valley, Waverly, Waverly Hall, West Point, Weston

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


Not sure where your dog could use improvement? Take our free behavioral quiz today.

About Theresa

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Best Dog Training in Greater Columbus, GA and Auburn, AL! 

My name is Theresa Nichols, your local Dog Trainer and Dog Behavioral Therapist with Bark Busters Home Dog Training in the greater Columbus, GA and Auburn, AL. Let me help you live a happier life together with your dog!

My passion for these four-legged family members is what landed me with Bark Busters and their training methods. My goal is to help you better understand and effectively communicate with your dog(s). Tell me your concerns and let me empathize with your struggles conveniently in your own home.

I take the time to explain and teach you what is causing your dog's unwanted behaviors and how to solve them. I resolve the most challenging dog behavior issues - aggression, destruction, separation anxiety, sibling rivalry - as well as address issues like nuisance barking, digging, jumping, leash pulling, territory marking, whining, and more.

I also teach basic dog obedience and puppy training/management, all in the comfort of your home, where you and your dog are most comfortable and will learn the quickest and most effectively.

Bark Busters offers a guaranteed lifetime support program, giving you peace of mind and a dog training partner - me! -  for the life of your dog. Any breed, any age, any behavioral issue.

One of the things I love about our Bark Busters techniques is that we only need our hands for pats and voices for praises.

Your praise, love, and affection will be your dog's primary motivation and we'll use these natural methods to teach your dog what you want them to do. This technique builds a strong trust bond and makes it so much easier to communicate than trying to physically control your dog.

When humans and dogs form a family, or a "pack," someone is always getting trained. Let’s make sure you are not being trained by your dog. I can help you build trust and respect with your dog by communicating in a way that your dog understands. If we partake in this training together with full commitment, it will bring extraordinary results.

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What Makes Bark Busters Columbus, GA & Auburn, AL 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 Columbus, GA & Auburn, AL, 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


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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Columbus, GA & Auburn, AL Client Reviews

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Theresa has been so amazing with our dogs. We decided to try Bark Busters several months ago because our dogs had been marking inside the house repeatedly. Since starting Bark Busters we have nearly eliminated their marking habit. It is also easier to break up any tension between them and stop them from barking. We are also having a much easier time walking them. Overall very happy with our results.
We have 2 yorkies, Belle & Bouncer that we've had since they were puppies. At a little over 2 years old Belle started to have some aggression/resource guarding with Bouncer. It got so bad to the point he was scared to get in the bed for fear she would attack him. We had all sorts of tests & bloodwork run to make sure she wasn't sick. We put her on prozac which ended up making her a zombie & not our little girl. We knew we had to do something so we reached out to Barkbusters. We slowly weaned her off of the prozac & started training with Theresa. At first I thought Theresa's explanations on 'training us to train them' were odd but knew we had to do something to help Belle so I said what the heck let's try it. Theresa would teach us several things to then work on with them every day then she'd return a few weeks later to see where we were with it then move forward with our next goals. A couple months later now & Belle is like a different dog. She actually is more energetic & playful than before & the aggression is almost to the point of nonexistent but if it happens we know how to manage it better. If you have a fur baby that has some behavioral issues Theresa & Barkbusters are who you need to call! It is absolutely worth every penny & Theresa actually cares! She really has done an amazing job with getting us our baby girl back. Thank you times a million!

- Ryan & Charity Edwards
We have started seeing improvements in our dog’s behaviors after only two visits with our trainer. She is really great about observing the dog and figuring out how to solve some of the problems we’ve been having. We’re still working on the barking and looking forward to more training sessions to get that under control.
Theresa Nichols, thank you so much. We found a stray German Shepherd, paid for all medical and housing, and thought getting some training would help. Theresa was the only trainer of all that we contacted who found a way to ensure that Bruno could get the much-needed training. This demonstrated Theresa's character showing that she cares about her community and the community’s pet’s well-being. Theresa was very informative and knowledgeable, as we see changes in Bruno after only two days. Theresa understood our needs, was effective in teaching not just Bruno but us also, and was professional. Bruno has a better chance of finding a home thanks to Theresa.
The training and development process so far has been great! There has been a lot of improvements so far, and we’ve only been enforcing these new practices for a month. Theresa has been incredibly helpful throughout this process. My husband and I are looking forward to see how helpful her techniques are throughout years to come. Highly recommend using Theresa at Bark Busters to anyone with a dog with any behavioral concern, and who wish to learn a better way to handle situations.
Amazing trainer already seeing major results, 100% recommend
Our little Bella doesn't like treats, I had no idea how to train her. Theresa has shown us simple things that have made a huge difference. I love that she does this in our home & we did not have to send our baby away for training.
I highly recommend bark busters if you are having behavioral issues with your dog! Theresa was able to educate me so much and it was a relief to see some initial results. The lifetime guarantee for your dog makes this training option a no-brainer.
We have 2 Danes one wants to jump up on people and both like to jump up on you for treats, chewing and digging, dinner time can be challenging unless we crate them. Theresa came out and with 30 minutes of working with both Danes I could see a huge improvement! Needless to say it’s gonna take consistency on our part but we learned a lot in the 3 hours she was here, not just about them but more of what we need to do and not do she is full of knowledge and knows her stuff ! Thank you Theresa
Working with Theresa this afternoon was an amazing experience! She such a great teacher and she is so sweet. Theresa continued to check that I understood the training activities that we were doing and helped with how to properly apply and use the techniques. I’m a huge fan and will be recommending Bark Busters to everyone!!
Theresa has been extremely knowledgeable and helpful with the training of our mini goldendoodles. She fit our needs perfectly by coming to our home to train us.
Theresa with Bark Busters has helped us tremendously. We contacted her to help us with our 8 month old Aussiedoodle, "Daisy" , who was showing signs of food aggression and was aggressive with some people.
Theresa gave us the tools that we needed to help us with Daisy and we feel that she is progressing very nicely. She has been very helpful to us. Responds quickly with any issues we have with Daisy. We recommend Theresa to anyone who needs assistance in training their dog.
Theresa was an excellent trainer. Explained each process of the training that we wanted to learn very thoroughly and had us to practice each part of the training until we were comfortable with the exercise. She was always concerned with our needs and we would recommend any new dog owner to contact Bark Busters and Theresa Nichols for their excellent services.
Theresa and Bark Busters have been a huge help with our new puppy. Training is for both you and your pet which really enhances the experience. Instructions are easy to understand and work into your daily routine. Would definitely recommend to any pet owner.
Theresa came over to my house for training and it was amazing! She went over everything first and made sure all my questions were answered. When we got to the actual exercises, she explained them very well and clearly making sure to answer questions. She explained why we do x,y,z. It was very helpful and, I highly recommend!
We had Theresa come out to get us started in training our German Shepherd Puppy Riley. She was very thorough, knowledgeable, and gave us the tools we need to have our dog trained. Highly recommended Bark Busters of Columbus & Auburn. Definitely worth it's weight in Gold.
Theresa came for our first visit today and it was a great experience. I was extremely nervous because I know there are things I’m doing that are causing the problem, but once I met Theresa all the nervousness went away. She was very understanding and informative. She made sure we were comfortable and understood what our plan was going to be. I have 2 dogs one of which is extremely fearful due to past trauma. Theresa did a great job explaining to us how she was calming that fear through body language. Theresa spent 3 hours working with us and we definitely learned a lot. We are excited to see the improvements she is helping us make in our household.
Theresa is knowledgeable and patient and has given us the skills and ability to gently guide our dog into obedience through consistency using some basic techniques that change behavior.
Theresa is wonderful. She is very patient and knowledgeable. I felt comfortable and excited learning from Theresa. I have never had a dog trainer previously and I was a little apprehensive about this journey. I am so glad that it was Theresa! I’m so glad that I decided to use this company!
Theresa Nichols came out to work with my 15 month old puppy/dog who has recently began having some protective/aggressive behaviors. He was already pretty well trained, but had been defiant and hated walking on the leash. In just the first session he was like a completely different dog. Theresa really knows how to not only teach the dog, but the people too. She is fantastic and I am completely confident in her methods and behavioral modifications. I love the progress I’ve seen in my dog and I have Theresa to thank for that!
Theresa came to see our three pups on Saturday and within a day we already saw a huge improvement. I look forward to continuing to see more positive change with the more we work with Theresa.
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Thank you Laura. Giorgio is a special dog and I am so happy you saved his life. I'll see you soon and see all the progress!
Loved the training. Excited to implement it :) I can already see that it works well and I feel like we understand our puppies so much more

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