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.

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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 Kevin

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Best Dog Training in Gainesville, Ocala!

Welcome. I am Kevin Bard, your Bark Busters Dog Trainer and Dog Behavioral Therapist in Gainsville-Ocala. Dogs have always been a part of my family. I grew up with several coonhounds as well as a Lab mix at home. Every day after school, they were always there to greet us and play for as long as we were able. Their constant enthusiastic companionship and the comfort they provided in low times was an anchor for me during my childhood.

As an adult, I understand and appreciate the impact that our furry friends have on their families and their homes. During high school, I adopted my first dog, Sadie, from a local shelter. Raising her not only deepened my love for dogs, it clarified how a loving owner can transform a dog’s life. During her time with us, Sadie’s behavior and personality changed significantly for the better. Through my relationship with Sadie and my time working in dog shelter helping rehabilitate aggressive dogs, I began to understand how proper handling and training can transform a traumatized dog. I also started to understand how environment, proper nutrition, and other factors contribute to a dog’s development.

When Sadie passed, it impacted me heavily. I felt empty without her, and it crystalized the importance of our relationships with our dogs. They are far more than pets, they are a special kind of family member offering a unique kind of unconditional love.

Shortly after Sadie passing, I met a Bark Buster who shared his experience in building a career around dogs. Seeing the joy it brought Marc and his wife, Karen, made me realize that I want to spend my days helping dogs and their owners. My goal is to teach dog owners how to help their dogs become happy well-mannered family members.

The Bark Busters training system is second to none and can help you change your life and your dog’s life for the better. We have successfully trained thousands of dogs throughout our area with a wide assortment of problems and have helped pet owners to lead happy lives with their dogs. 

We train dog owners and dogs. Most people think the main focus of our training is on the dog. Actually, it’s on the dog owner. Your dog doesn’t listen to you because he doesn’t understand what you are saying. Believe it or not, he wants to please you – he just doesn’t know how. When puppies are born, they communicate with their Moms through body language and verbal communications. The pup Moms don’t use treats, shock collars or any electrical devices and they don’t speak English. That’s why Bark Busters teaches you how to communicate with your dog through voice tones and body language – the way dogs naturally communicate.

Establish a positive relationship! By their nature, dogs will vie with you for control. Bark Busters teaches you how to lead your dog so your dog knows you are in control and will keep your family - human and canine - safe. You will establish a new relationship with your dog based on trust, love and respect. Additionally, your dog will be more relaxed having all need met.

You will see immediate results. Once we help you get to the root of your dog’s behavior, you will notice immediate changes in your dog. Continue practicing the exercises 10 – 15 minutes/day and you will have an well behaved dog in no time.

Our methods often succeed where other training methods fail. Our dog training services are often recommended by veterinarians and other trainers, because Bark Busters is able to tackle the tough issues – sibling rivalry, separation anxiety, biting and more.

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What Makes Bark Busters Gainesville-Ocala 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 Gainesville-Ocala, 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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Gainesville-Ocala Client Reviews

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Kevin Bard was amazing! He helped my dog so much. He was my third dog trainer I have tried for my reactive dog. He came out to see us as soon as he could, answered my MANY questions I had during in home training and while texting him outside of in home training, and always checked in on us. I definitely see the training methods working on my dog. He has improved so much and I feel like I can definitely communicate with him much more efficiently. My dog was such a struggle for training, but Kevin was always patient and was so kind and helpful. I would recommend him for anyone looking to help their dogs. He gave me so many useful techniques for training and my dog's reactivity that I cannot thank him enough. He was so responsive and I truly felt like his training changed my dog for the better. 10/10 recommend Kevin Bard with Bark Busters.
Kevin is knowledgeable, polite and professional. He clearly loves what he is doing and the results from his training are visible immediately. As a professional dog trainer, I highly recommend Kevin!
So much improvement with just the first session. Definitely recommend this approach for anyone who wants to learn how to communicate differently with their pet right away.
I think the training was very informative. We learned a lot and both dogs responded very well. Great experience for us.
Was very informative, and gave us a plan going forward. A few simple things seemed to make a big difference. We are excited to try these techniques. Hopefully we will solve our dogs anxiety.
Jack is obsessive over cats and is a danger to them. Today was the 1st visit and we have the basic understanding of what to do to start control thanks to Kevin.
Very educational regarding behavior and communication with our dog. Taught a more effective way to express desired/undesirable behavior to the dog in a way he understood.
He was very clear in how to train the dogs. The dogs responded to commands well. He covered all the issues we are having + more.
Fantastic. Learned a different effective training regimen. Impressive learning experience for us and the dogs.
We had barking issues with our dogs always going to the windows & with other dogs or people walking by. Our 2 dogs walking on a leash by our side.
I feel like Kevin was very patient and knowledgeable about our dogs and their specific situation. I feel like we have been given some good tools to help our dogs.
The dogs responded to kevin right away. Im excited to start working with them. It was amazing how well the dogs acted while Kevin was here. He did a great job.
Our trainer Kevin was very insightful in his ability to teach you dog behaviors. His approach to training and relating dog behaviors to people behaviors was impactful in our learning
We actively saw changes in our dogs attitude towards us while implementing new rules. Gave us alot of hope
In the first training session we learnt how to communicate with our dog and correct barking, charging the door when company arrives, and how to establish behavior control. We used the technique effectively to correct misbehavior.
We thought Tigra was "untrainable" Kevin helped us so much. Great experience
Kevin was very Knowledgeable, calm and helpful. I felt more confident as the lesson progressed. Very happy with his presentation and help.
What great information and transformation our dogs showed today. Kevin should be cloned and every client given a copy.
The change in Bear’s behavior was immediate. We were provided clear representation of what our behavior and actions should look like to continue this change on Bear’s behavior
We saw immediate change in his behavior. One main goal was to be able to take him on walks. We both successfully walked him and were able to give correction.
Before Rooster got training, nobody other than his humans could get remotely close. We were able to have 30 plus people walk by with no barking, lunging or growling.
Rudi and Duncan started immediately listening.
Kevin is kind and educated. He gave us a better understanding of the way dogs communicate. We found the process understandable and easy to implement. We were given physical and mental tools to work with. Thank you, the Hick family
Amazed by how fast the dogs responded to the corrections.
Training went very well. Trainer is very knowledgeable and made the process easy and understandable. We began seein immediate feedback from the dogs with proper posture and vocals.

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