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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Meet Erin, Your Local Certified Dog Trainer

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Professional Home Dog Training Services in the Greater Grand Rapids area!

Welcome. I am Erin Miller, your Bark Busters Dog Trainer and Dog Behavioral Therapist in Grand Rapids. Animals of all kinds, but most notably, dogs and horses, have been an integral part of my life since childhood. Starting with Dalmatians, Dobermans, Airedale Terriers, and my immediate family's dogs including English Labrador Retrievers, Irish Terriers and Dachshunds. My exposure and experience with so many different breeds of dogs not only comes from family dogs, but working with clients dogs every day and through years of attending dog shows. 

For the past two decades I have personally raised, trained and shown my own Champion and Grand Champion Rottweilers in countless American Kennel Club (AKC) and United Kennel Club (UKC) competitions, finishing and titling my dogs in conformation, obedience and rally to name a few.

A few years ago I became a Bark Busters franchise owner and have been working with clients and their dogs in the greater Grand Rapids area including Byron Center, Caledonia, Cedar Springs, Rockford, Kentwood, Wyoming, Grandville, Northview, Forest Hills, Belmont, Cedar Springs, Cuttlerville, Walker, Ada, and more cities and towns throughout the area. 

Many families struggle with dog behavior that becomes untenable, which causes stress for everyone in the home. I help with issues such as aggression, separation anxiety, barking, jumping, leash reactivity and pulling, window and door reactivity, door manners, toileting, sibling rivalry to name a few. I also help clients in preparing to bring a new baby home as well as preparing for and training a new puppy. Using the Bark Busters methods, I can help you see significant improvement in your dog’s behavior in our first training session, improvements that will only strengthen over the weeks.

I train both you and the dog. Dogs learn how to communicate with each other when they are first born. Their Moms teach them how to get along with the rest of the pack using voice commands and body gestures. Pup Moms don’t use treats, or shock or prong collars to get their pups to listen. Neither does Bark Busters. We teach you how to communicate with your dog the way dogs naturally communicate. 

You will see immediate results. Not only will I get to the “root” of why your dog is misbehaving, but I will give you the tactics to change your relationship right from the start. During our first three-hour training lesson you will see your dog’s behavior start to transform. If you keep practicing the methods 10 – 15 minutes/day, you’ll be on your way to a well-behaved dog.

You will learn to be the leader your dog wants and needs. All dogs need their basic needs to be met. Bad dog behavior is often a result of poor leadership. Dogs need safety and security and are looking for you to help guide them to make the best possible choices for your family. I enjoy seeing positive results with my clients and their dog(s) on a daily basis. Once they understand how to better communicate with their dogs they see how quickly the dogs will respond. Over time they will develop a stronger bond and trust with their dog(s) resulting in better behavior, happiness and calm. The relationship every dog owner wants to have with their dog(s).

Any Breed. Any Age. Any Issue. The beauty of the Bark Busters dog training is it can be applied to any dog, big or small, young or old. Your dog is never too old to be trained. In fact, other trainers often recommend our services because Bark Busters can handle the tough issues like sibling rivalry, separation anxiety, and aggression.

My goal is to help you and your family develop the relationship with your dog that you have always wanted filled with trust, respect, joy and love. If you feel the Bark Busters approach to dog training is a good fit for you and your dog, it would be my pleasure to assist you and your family with your dog training needs. 

Bark Busters is the worldwide leader in home dog training. For more than 30 years, we have successfully trained millions of dogs.

Please reach out to me today to learn more!

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Grand Rapids Client Reviews

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Erin helped me so much with my pup! He pulled on the leash, barked at everything, and peed in the house. She gave me the knowledge and tools to fix it all.
Erin was wonderful. She gave us a ton of tools and information. We have been working hard on implementing the training. We are already noticing a difference in our dogs since we started. Thank you Erin.
Erin was so patient with me and my baby girls, I have a 1-1/2 yr and 2-1/2 year old rotweiller females who knew they were running the show, now I feel a little more in control of my girls in just a few days by putting her tips and training into practice! Highly recommended
After the 1st session with Erin and our first day going thru all of the exercises with our dogs, we have seen a big difference. We can not wait to see what the future holds for our family with these two amazing pups. We are more responsible and the dogs are more relaxed. Seems like is was an us problem, not the dogs. Thank you Erin!
After the 1st session with Erin and our first day going thru all of the exercises with our dogs, we have seen a big difference. We can not wait to see what the future holds for our family with these two amazing pups. We are more responsible and the dogs are more relaxed. Seems like is was an us problem, not the dogs. Thank you Erin!
Had a great experience in the lesson with Erin! Her training had amazing almost immediate effect on a poodle with bad habits. Highly recommend if you are struggling with disobedience.
Learned so much in just a few hours and already seeing improvement in behavior. Erin is definitely an expert in speaking “dog”. Looking forward to our next session.
Erin helped me so much with my pup! He pulled on the leash, barked at everything, and peed in the house. She gave me the knowledge and tools to fix it all.
We had a very positive experience with Erin. Our problem is with aggression in a 2 year shepherd we adopted. She spent a lot of time with us on our first visit. Over and above what we expected. The first day after his first session and he’s already catching on. It turns out what we originally thought we were supposed to be doing only encouraged his aggressive behavior. Erin is very knowledgeable and obviously very passionate about her business. Highly Recommend!
We had a very positive experience with Erin. Our problem is with aggression in a 2 year shepherd we adopted. She spent a lot of time with us on our first visit. Over and above what we expected. The first day after his first session and he’s already catching on. It turns out what we originally thought we were supposed to be doing only encouraged his aggressive behavior. Erin is very knowledgeable and obviously very passionate about her business. Highly Recommend!
I have never seen such a quick improvement in my dog! Erin has really helped us get our dog under control and manage his anxiety. Immediately after our first appointment, we saw a huge change in our dogs behavior- he was more calm and less aggressive. With practice and time he has already significantly improved. A big concern for us was his reactivity and Erin has given us all the tips and tricks for a happy, confident and well behaved puppy. I cannot recommend anyone other than Erin! Truly worth the time and the money. She knows her stuff and it’s clear to see through the results.
Erin was fantastic with my dog! From the moment she arrived we got to see what Bark Busters is all about. She gave me so much information and all the tips and tricks that make training my dog a breeze. Since Bark Busters is based on more natural training, my dog even listens without the need for treats (but he still gets plenty of them). No more jumping on house guests, no more leash pulling and no more excessive barking from my puppy. The walking collar and leash are really nice too! I recommend getting an appointment ASAP because Bark Busters will change the way you interact with all dogs for the better.
Wow! I thought I had good dog knowledge from watching videos online and following dog accounts on social media but I was blown away by the advice and expertise of Erin. The session was customized to our dogs needs and everything made so much sense! The lessons are based in natural roots and we were already seeing results with our dog, Teddy, before the end of the session. The training comes with a bunch of tools and tricks that are humane and effective. The additional support following the initial appointment is the cherry on top. I would recommend Erin to help with any dog new or old.
Erin, was fantastic. Full of knowledge. And the tools that she gave us are just amazing how well they work. The difference of our German shepherd is like night and day. We are very, very grateful for Bark Busters.
Erin at Bark Busters has the experience and knowledge to help anyone with their everyday training problems. Like teaching your dog to safely wait to go out an open door or walk on a loose lead safely in my neighborhood. Her advice on being a strong pack leader for my dogs has helped me get control of my large breed dogs. That she comes into your home to give you one on one training with your dog and the entire family is something I haven’t found other trainers offering. I would and will refer her to others wanting better trained, happy dogs. Thank you Erin for your help and continued availability and advice on training my dogs.
We had our first meeting with Erin and she covered a lot of things. She gave us at home exercises to do with our 15 month old female German Shepherd. 2 days into our at home training with Skye she is changing and listening to the entire family, husband, wife, daughter and son, like we never thought possible. I am really completely amazed by how such subtle easy changes into our daily routine that we were completely oblivious too could change our dogs attitude almost immediately. I do understand that we have a lot more work to do but without any question we are headed in the right direction faster than originally thought possible. Erin's knowledge of dog behavior speaks for itself, she knows their language and the proof is in her work, she is amazing at what she does, more importantly how Erin explains the dogs behavior to the family as a whole. Very pleased with the service and glad we made the investment.
Erin did an amazing job and presented herself confidently with my dog. She did a great job explaining how a dog thinks and why dogs do what they do and where their misbehavior stems from. She then got into the techniques used to stop bad behavior and I was extremely impressed with how well these techniques worked when Erin presented them to me. They seemed to work almost instantly. I am confident that with Erin’s techniques, guidance, and my consistency with training on my own I will have an extremely well behaved dog. Thank you Erin and thank you Bark Busters!!!
I highly recommend Bark Busters!!!! Their training was effective immediately. I have used other "trainers" and methods and this gave us the quickest change in behavior and understanding. My dogs bad habit(s) changed instantly when I began using the "tools/strategies/tips" that were taught. The corrections are easy and only require consistency from us. I also really appreciated that one piece of the training was solely focused on "understanding" your dog(s) and why they behave in certain ways. This helped us so much!!!! Also, Erin was So GREAT! She is highly knowledgeable, caring, patient and so easy to work with. You can tell she has a ton of experience and understands dogs and dogs within family structures. If you are willing to be consistent you will have well behaved dogs both inside and outside the home. Thanks Erin....Rory & Gigi Thank you too!!
Excellent!!!! Erin is highly trained, easy to work and understands dogs and dogs within family structures. The training is easy to understand and highly effective. We saw changes immediately and have a much, much better behaved pup!!!!
So grateful for Erin Miller and Bark Busters. We love Sophie….but she can be a lot - especially being a big dog. She could make company uncomfortable because of her size and behavior. Erin took the time to get to know Sophie and her “opportunities” and worked to address her aggressive door behavior and jumping on the couch. Erin spent over 3 hours with us - really getting to know Sophie and helping us to understand the whys behind her behavior. She then thoroughly explained the Bark Busters’ tools and how they will address her behavior and ultimately make her a more relaxed dog. These tools really made a difference. Practice is key, and Sophie continues to make improvements. We are very grateful to Erin and Bark Busters.
Erin was great to work with! We look forward to continuing our training with her!
Chris is great!!!, I have a barking dog and although I love him....he needed some work, Chris came over, he did good but then I got a bit lazy and called Chris again for a refresher, she came over, we worked again with Tucker and he is now doing better!!!, what I really appreciate about this program, not just Chris, but also I can call and have her come over and continue to work on specific issues...Thanks Chris from Tucker and me (and I am sure the neighbors).
We have had a pack of 3 to 5 dogs on our farm for over 30 years and never thought we needed a dog trainer. Boy were we wrong. The recent death of one of our Jack Russells combined with the adoption of two puppies created chaos. Chris taught us how to change our behavior to put us back in charge. The entire pack settled down within a week. The puppies were housebroken, learned dog doors, crates, and invisible fence perimeters all within a month. We won’t hesitate to call Chris again.
Chris and the Bark Busters training method have been amazing! My girlfriend and I were having trouble with our dogs displaying a lot of sibling rivalry behavior. It got to the point where we had to lock ourselves in a separate room so that the dogs wouldn't jump on us constantly. Within our first training session Chris showed us how to "speak dog" and take control of the situation. We saw IMMEDIATE results and have peace and quiet just from the first session. I would recommend Bark Busters to anyone!
Chris and the Bark Busters training method have been amazing! My girlfriend and I were having trouble with our dogs displaying a lot of sibling rivalry behavior. It got to the point where we had to lock ourselves in a separate room so that the dogs wouldn't jump on us constantly. Within our first training session Chris showed us how to "speak dog" and take control of the situation. We saw IMMEDIATE results and have peace and quiet just from the first session. I would recommend Bark Busters to anyone!
Worked like an absolute charm! So thankful to have had an expert helping!

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What Makes Bark Busters Grand Rapids 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 Grand Rapids, 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.

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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.

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Servicing: Ada, Alto, Baldwin, Belding, Belmont, Big Rapids, Bitely, Branch, Byron Center, Caledonia, Cannonsburg, Casnovia, Cedar Springs, Chase, Clarksville, Comstock Park, Conklin, Coral, Dorr, Gowen, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Greenville, Hopkins, Howard City, Idlewild, Ionia, Kent City, Lake Odessa, Lakeview, Lowell, Marne, Middleville, Morley, Orleans, Paris, Pierson, Portland, Rockford, Sand Lake, Saranac, Shelbyville, Sparta, Stanwood, Sunfield, Trufant, Wayland, White Cloud, Wyoming

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