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


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

Meet Omar & Ryanne, Your Certified Dog Trainers

Ryanne and Omar Rubio Twin Cities Dog Trainers and Dog

Home Dog Training in Lakeville, Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Woodbury and Greater Dakota County region

Is your dog driving you bonkers?

This may seem like common sense, but to most people it is not given much thought…

Your dog is not bilingual. They do not speak English, Spanish, German, etc. They speak and understand DOG. Do you? Because if you don’t, you are lost in translation. A lack of communication is often at the root of owner/dog issues. We can help with that!

Let us introduce ourselves, we are Omar & Ryanne Rubio, your local Dog Behavioral Therapists and Trainers! We are passionate about our work with dogs and creating lasting results for our clients! We will take the time to get to know you, your family, and your specific needs when it comes to training your dog.

We help you achieve the pack leader role in your pack/family by incorporating patience and the 4 C’s: Calmness, Confidence, Consistency, and Communication.

For the last several years we've been small business owners working with clients in Lakeville, Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Rosemount, Farmington, Woodbury and throughout the Dakota County region.

Whether you're struggling with severe dog aggression, your dog's separation anxiety, sibling rivalry among pets, or just looking for help with dog obedience or foundational puppy training - we're here to help!

We empower dog owners with simple, effective, time-efficient, and cruelty-free techniques (no shock collars, no prong collars, no physical punishments) that will work alongside our dog’s natural instincts. Our methods (Speaking Dog) are based on how dogs naturally communicate, your dog already understands these methods. You will see significant changes within your dog’s behavioral attitude during your first lesson alone. We can help you develop mutual trust and respect as well as developing/strengthening the bond between you and your dog.

We are trained and certified Dog Trainers and Behavioral Therapists by the best dog trainers in the world. We have completed course work in dog behavior and dog psychology and are continuously learning and growing through our Bark Busters mentorship program. In addition, we are certified through the American Kennel Club (AKC) as Canine Good Citizen Evaluators.

We come directly to your home, where it is a familiar environment for you and your dog. Home is where most behavioral issues occur, and it is where we can obtain the fastest results.

We know we can help you train your dog. Any Breed. Any Age. Any Issue. If you're struggling with your dog's behavior or just looking to build the right foundation for your dog or puppy, contact us today!

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Client Reviews

See what our clients in Greater Dakota County have to say

We had our first session with Ryanne, in our home for our 3 dogs with Bark Busters Dog Training. Our dogs have been barking uncontrollably out of the window at our neighbors, counter surfing, getting into fights with each other, and more! After the first session, we are reclaiming the windows and the kitchen. They are learning to respect our space. We still have work to do to become the leaders in the home that we need to be, but we are off to a great start!
Omar and the entire Bark Busters team is great. Omar spent some time with our new pup Leo. We ended up not being able to work with him long term but he was very professional and accommodating throughout the process and made a stressful situation a positive experience overall!
We struggled for several years with our 3 year old dog rescue dog. She had severe anxiety, barking, and unfocused energy. We had tried obedience training escalating to muzzles and shock collars but these did not work.. We learned about Bark Busters from a local advertisement and after some research found some positive reviews about this service. We reached out to our local Bark Busters for more information and were impressed with the initial conversations. The service came with a notable cost, but the results have been incredible.

Ryanne sat down and really got to know us, our pets, the environment, the issues we were having and connected with us helping us communicate more effectively with our four-legged family members. . She was very knowledgeable about dog behaviors and explained everything to us very clearly about why our dog(s) were acting the way they were. She took a very organized and methodical approach to help train the humans and then focus on the dogs. Using the information and techniques she provided, we saw some significant immediate results even after the first day!

Ryanne provided us a training schedule until the next session and got the next session scheduled right away. We really appreciate the personalized approach she provided, she is super friendly, knowledgeable, as well as approachable. The next session saw even more positive results and our dog’s behavior has really changed for the better from these training sessions, and our continued use of her techniques.

We are very impressed with Ryanne, Omar, and the Bark Busters team and would hands-down recommend this service!
We’ve been working with Ryanne for 6 weeks. During that short time she showed us how to communicate with our rescue. He’s a 1 year old Aussie border collie mix. We’re his 4th and forever home. He is a high energy and very intelligent dog. We knew we needed help. Ryanne came to our home and worked with us for 3 sessions over the last 6 weeks. She showed us how to immediately and effectively communicate with our dog. We can now take him to the park and play fetch. He walk's calmly by our side and ignores distractions. He only focuses on us. Before we could barely walk him without being pulled to the ground. If you’re thinking about using a trainer I highly recommend the Bark Buster program. Thank you Ryanne!
Omar was amazing. He taught us how to truly communicate with our dog. And learning better communication with our dog we're getting the behavior changes we desired Omar. Our trainer was well spoken very clear and concise. He was an excellent instructor. I highly recommend Barker Busters to anyone who wants to get rid of chaotic anxious behavior in a dog. The written materials that Barker Busters leaves behind as well as emails electronically are very helpful. we look forward to learning more from Omar at our next appointment. The in-home training also is a huge benefit because it allows the trainer and the owners to concentrate on each other without interruption by others or other dogs.
Our mixed breed rescue (JoJo) was experiencing EXTREME fear reactivity after having been attacked and injured by another dog. If within 100 yards of another dog, she would demonstrate over-the-top fear and stress. Although we’ve always had dogs, we were at a loss on how to help her. After discussing “re-homing” her to a safer environment, we called Bark Busters in a last effort to see if we could find a way to help JoJo feel safe and have a less stressful life. From our first meeting with Omar, he demonstrated a calming, knowledgeable and insightful understanding of our situation. He offered strategies that we could start using immediately and, above all, he was patient - both with JoJo AND with us. It has been a journey, and Omar has guided our every step. While JoJo is still reactive, it is FAR less than previously, and she allows us to calm her much more quickly. We are confident that with Omar’s continued coaching, we will get to the place we want to be, for JoJo and for us.
We had our first session with Ryanne, in our home for our 3 dogs with Bark Busters Dog Training. Our dogs have been barking uncontrollably out of the window at our neighbors, counter surfing, getting into fights with each other, and more! After the first session, we are reclaiming the windows and the kitchen. They are learning to respect our space. We still have work to do to become the leaders in the home that we need to be, but we are off to a great start!
2 new dogs
Thank you to Ryanne for doing such a wonderful job of training us and our dogs.
We have 2 dogs a 7 year old with bad habits (our fault) and a new puppy that is a lot bigger than we expected. With the bigger size the puppy days are difficult as Bruno is just to much at times.
With Ryanne’s help not only is the new puppy Bruno a brand new dog but so is Leo.
The night and day changes with the dogs have created a brand new attitude in our house for the dogs.
Literally it’s like having 2 perfectly trained dogs and it happened with in a few hours.
I would absolutely recommend Ryanne to help train your dogs.
It is worth every penny!
Thank you for a new outlook on being dog owners.
We love love love our new dogs!
Our experience with Bark Busters has been great! Our dog Molly has issues meeting unfamiliar people and was a nightmare to take on walks. Since working with Ryanne, we’ve worked on multiple techniques when introducing her to new people, and we’ve been able to take easier, stress free walks around the neighborhood again. Can’t say enough good things!
I was very skeptical at first but the first visit went great! It’s been 2 days and we’ve already seen improvements in our dogs! They even send an email with everything they went over. The dogs responded very well with the training and we are very happy with the results ❤️
Great experience working with Omar for training our 2 corgis. Our dogs seem to be picking up and responding effectively quickly after our first session! We are very hopeful that by utilizing the knowledge and approach taught to us that we will continue to see improvement. Very happy with our experience and would highly recommend.
Bark Busters training was some of the best money I've ever spent. I recently took in my mothers cat after her passing and needed to take my daughters dog (Maddie) as she is soon to have her first baby. We were having numerous problems getting cat and dog to live peacefully together in our home, as well as issues on walks due to her reactivity to cars and people. Maddie lacked confidence and was a very fearful and over-protective dog. Upon Omar's (bark busters) arrival she was extremely agitated and barked and snarled pretty severely. Within less than 20 minutes, Omar had taught US to 'speak dog' and we had Maddie calmly laying at our feet under the kitchen table. AMAZING!! The tension in our household dropped enormously after the training Omar did with us and I finally had hope that we could really make this work. The cat and dog are still learning to live together, but as we practice the techniques we learned the incidents have dropped to very few. As we continue to work with Bark Busters I am highly confident we can have a peaceful home and many good years together. So glad I called them.
We have been training with Ryanne for a couple of months now. We are very happy with the results and behavior changes with our puppy Nellie. Ryanne has been so helpful and has been willing to do whatever is necessary to train our dog! I would definitely recommend Ryanne and Bark Busters.
My 16 month old Irishdoodle, Winston, is extremely high energy and despite traditional training I have used for all of my other dogs in the past, I needed help for the jumping, barking that I was not able to keep in check. After my first session with Ryanne, I am so totally impressed with the new respect I am getting from Winston. The kind humane approach to changing these unwanted behaviors, “speaking dog,” is truly incredible! I am less than 24 hours into Bark Busters training and am so excited to continue to see the change in Winston’s behavior.
Prepare to be amazed! We recently added a 7-month-old, 50-pound, puppy to our home who had been living on a farm and had limited (if any) training. Even though we were experienced dog owners and had trained previous dogs, this situation was different. As we read up on BarkBusters, we decided to give it a try! We liked the customized, in-home training and the lifetime approach, rather than one-off training classes. Ryanne to the rescue! She listened to our needs and built a custom plan for us to follow (practice and homework are essential), focusing on what we deemed the highest priorities. The plan evolved over time as we built skills and achieved success in one area before turning our attention to the next thing. In the first session with Ryanne we saw results, including setting a temporary boundary in the kitchen for our puppy! Now that’s amazing! BarkBusters is different in that it is based on pack leadership, dog behaviors, and learning to “speak dog.” It isn’t obedience training, per se, but rather the foundation on which you build everything else. Ryanne is responsive and a terrific resource. It is reassuring that Ryanne is a call/text away if we need her! We highly recommend BarkBusters!
Bark Busters is an excellent service for training your dog. After just four visits with a trainer our two dogs are night and day different than they were before they were trained. We have a 5-year-old Lab/Pit Bull mix and a one and a half year old American Staffordshire Terrier. I highly recommend you use Bark Busters for dog training.
We would highly recommend Bark Busters! They have exceeded our expectations. Ryanne has given us the training and the tools to be better dog owners. Our dogs have not only improved their problematic behaviors but they are now secure and confident in their environment. Ryanne has helped us work through dog to dog aggression, resource guarding, jumping, mouthing, passive manipulation and introducing a new puppy to the home and resident dog. Ryanne is very knowledgeable, professional and a pleasure to work with. Her follow up and follow through is top notch! Excellent value and we are so happy with the results.
Our dog Henry is a great dog (yellow lab, 5 years old) and he listened so well when we first got him (1 1/2 year old) Over time he started ignoring us more. Or did things on his time, when he wanted too. He was definitely running our home! (he was alfa!)
Soon he became more and more aggressive!
To the point we all (dog included) didn’t trust each other anymore!
We love our dog so much, We ignored all the signs! (frankly, we just didn’t know what our next steps should be or how he would react if we continued this way!)
We made the decision to write to Bark Busters!
They were very attentive, answer back quickly, very friendly and understanding!!
They treat every family/dog in their home (where it’s comfortable!) even in unique situations! (like ours!)
Ryanne (who came to our home) has set us in the right direction to building back our trust with our dog!
It was awkward at first but we trusted and followed the process!!
AND after 6 weeks we have seen such amazing progress! (dog and us included!)
Sometimes having a loving, healthy relationship with your dog looks a little different then what we expect. (or from our previous dogs)
We are learning our dog needs a little more attention BUT in the right direction by his trusted owners!
We are learning to trust him and for him to trust us back!
This was a change made for the better!!
We highly recommend!!
We would do this all over again!!
We are all happier because of Ryanne and Bark Busters!! ?
Ryanne has been a such a gift to me and my 2 year old adopted Shitzu, Ollie. Until we met, Ollie was not housebroken, jumped on me and everyone he met, nipped like crazy, pulled and ran all over when on leash, escaped through the front door, and although being a very affectionate dog, was a terror. I was exhausted and questioning what I was thinking by adopting a dog! I tried other, less expensive, forms of training and nothing was working. Then I found Ryanne and Bark Busters. Her training has been worth every penny, and more. In 5 weeks my dog is now housebroken, walks beside me beautifully, doesn’t nip, jump, run through doors, sits, stays, and is a very well behaved little dog!! Ryanne has taught me the tools to correct my dog when needed and I couldn’t be happier! Ryanne is a real pleasure to work with, is responsive, somehow knows what Ollie is thinking, and our favorite Alpha!! Thank you, Ryanne!!!
I’ve been trying to figure out how to give more than 5 stars but Google seems pretty particular. Suffice it to say Bark Busters, and Omar in particular, are MIRACLE WORKERS. 3 year old CUJO dog that is now calm cool and collected. After TWO MEETINGS. We were skeptical as it sounds too good to be true but our dog is living furry proof.
The change over three sessions has been incredible. Ryanne has been a joy to work with. Still more work to do...mostly on changing the humans.
I highly recommend training with Bark Busters. Ryanne has helped us tremendously with our two year old dog. He was definitely acting as “leader of the pack” around our house. The methods Ryanne is teaching us to improve our dog’s behavior is so effective you won’t believe it until you try it.
Ryanne and Omar have 100% changed my life! Before Bark Busters I was told that I would have to put my dog down or give him away because of his aggression. Now he’s happy and everyone else in my family is happy!
We have a large (50+ lbs.) 7-month-old German Shephard. Big dog but he is still a puppy (Teddy). After an initial consultation with Ryanne to discuss the behavioral issues that we were having, she was quickly able to help us establish ourselves as leaders for Teddy. After we learned to speak dog, Teddy began to respond immediately during the first session. We are continuing to practice with him and progress is moving along just fine. We would have never thought of a way to communicate with Teddy without using treats and discipline.
After just one session I noticed a huge change in my dogs behavior and felt like I had a variety of tools to support my dog. Ryanne is knowledgeable and friendly. She makes herself available for support between sessions and it’s clear she is truly passionate about what she does. I would highly recommend Ryanne and the Bark Busters model to anyone who wants support in having a happy and healthy dog.
I cannot say enough good things about Ryanne and Bark Busters! The training, support and guidance that Ryanne has provided for us and our dog Coco has truly changed our family! Our rescue dog Coco was struggling with her behavior when guests came over and encounters with other dogs, from the first session we saw immediate changes with Coco. We have a truly happier dog and everyone is beyond impressed with the changes. Ryanne is always willing to help and goes above and beyond - we cannot recommend Bark Busters enough!
Dog resource guarding a bone

Is Your Dog Aggressively Resource Guarding?

Resource guarding is one of the most common forms of aggression we see in Dakota County, Lakeville & Woodbury. This is when a dog becomes aggressive, or sometimes called protective or territorial, when guarding a high-value item. Basically, your dog is attempting to assert their ownership over something important to them - toy, bed, treat, food, water, or even a favorite human.

Aggression, of any kind, whether directed towards humans or other animals is not a personality type, it’s a learned behavior. Most often aggression is caused by fear, which mixed with adrenaline and inappropriate education can be a recipe for danger. At Bark Busters Dakota County, Lakeville & Woodbury we firmly believe that no dog is beyond help.

If your dog exhibits any form of aggressive behavior, like resource guarding, it’s important to get the help of a professional. We can help you assess the root cause of your dog’s behavior and help you implement strategies to resolve the issues.

And, in the meantime, the most important thing you can do to help your dog is to prevent situations that may lead to aggressive behavior. Make sure your dog's basic needs are being met. Manage your dog’s exposure to problem situations. Prevention is always the best precaution.

If you’re struggling with your dog’s resource guarding, we're here to help! We have extensive experience working with dog owners to help resolve their dog's resource guarding. 

Contact us today!

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Does My New Puppy Need Training?

Puppies need guidance to learn good manners and develop a pleasant nature – after all, they are very similar to infants and toddlers. They require more time and attention for housetraining, socialization, feeding, and entertainment than adult dogs – not a commitment to be taken lightly.

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution when training your new puppy, but Bark Busters Dakota County, Lakeville & Woodbury can help build a basic foundation of trust and respect in a safe and nurturing environment, including crate training, potty training, and leash training your puppy.

Bark Busters Dakota County, Lakeville & Woodbury gives you everything you need to successfully train your puppy at home, including how best to deal with the many common problems that occur in the first six months like:

  • Chewing
  • Playful Biting
  • Barking
  • Food Stealing
  • Digging
  • Potty Training
  • Separation Anxiety

Training can start a few days after your puppy has settled into their new home. Early, consistent training means establishing leadership traits that are key to managing your dog’s behavior. Ready to get started?

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What Makes Bark Busters Dakota County, Lakeville & Woodbury 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 Dakota County, Lakeville & Woodbury, 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 is 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 to 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

Tips & Advice

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.

Professional Dog Training Near You!

Servicing: Afton, Apple Valley, Bay City, Beldenville, Burnsville, Byron, Cannon Falls, Castle Rock, Cottage Grove, Dennison, Dundas, Eagan, Elko New Market, Ellendale, Ellsworth, Faribault, Farmington, Goodhue, Hager City, Hampton, Hastings, Hudson, Inver Grove Heights, Kenyon, Lakeland, Lakeville, Lonsdale, Medford, Mendota, Nerstrand, Newport, Northfield, Oakdale, Oronoco, Owatonna, Pine Island, Prescott, Randolph, Red Wing, River Falls, Rochester, Rosemount, Saint Paul, Saint Paul Park, South Saint Paul, Vermillion, Wanamingo, Waseca, Webster, Welch, West St. Paul, Woodbury, Zumbrota

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