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 Karen

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Best Dog Training in Middle Tennessee!

If you have an unruly dog and want some peace in your household then Bark Busters is your solution! What sets Bark Busters above the other training methods is its humane, simple to learn, and long lasting system. It’s not just making your dog ‘do’ something; it’s allowing your dog to become an enjoyable part of the pack and learning how to be well behaved.

Welcome. I am Karen Montalvo, your Bark Busters Dog Trainer and Dog Behavioral Therapist in Nashville. Bark Busters has been part of my life for more than 13 years. I have had dogs in my life since I can remember and Bark Busters has taught me how to appreciate their value in life even more that I thought before.

Through the years I have experienced all kinds, sizes, breeds, and personalities of dogs and every one of them has responded to Bark Busters’ humane technique. After my initial visit there is always a noticeable difference in their dog’s behavior. Several years ago Ms. Benita said, “Karen was very patient and took the time to practice with us.” I am building a relationship with each of my clients and their dog. It is so important that I make it clear what they need to know to be able to convert their unruly pet to become an integral part of their family.

I especially feel rewarded when a client of mine calls after training and asks me for do a refresher or they have a problem behavior that needs ‘nipping-in-the-bud’. I am their support from the very beginning. Life throws us curve balls and dogs are affected by changes in our lives, so I’m there to help transitions.

I also realize that a dog can be the ‘undoing’ of a family, relationship or marriage! There is no reason for that to happen when Bark Busters is there to help. Oft times owners think their dog is exhibiting strange behavior, when in fact, they are acting just like a canine! I am there to help everyone understand what is expected as a member of the same pack and what their position is in that pack.

I love that teaching each of my clients how to better communicate and understand dog language transforms their relationship with their pet. Teaching and learning in their environment is critical also. After all, that’s “where it’s happening” for all of them. It is so rewarding to see the dogs respond and the owners learning how to communicate more effectively with their dog. Several years ago Miss Jane declared, “If they can work on Charley, they can work on any dog!” And that is very true with Bark Busters.

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What Makes Bark Busters Middle Tennessee 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 Middle Tennessee, 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.

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Middle Tennessee Client Reviews

See what our clients have to say

Night and day difference for my senior dog who has been dealing with a lot of change and attacking our new puppy. He’s never been aggressive before so I was at a loss for what to do and was beginning to think he’d have to wear a muzzle or be in his kennel to keep the puppy safe. Karen came in and taught me how to speak dog and disrupt his aggressive behavior. I feel so positive after seeing the difference already.
I can’t say enough about Karen and Bark Busters!!! She has now worked with two dogs for me. One is a rescue dog who has a lot of issues with anyone outside the home. Karen came in and the dog immediately trusted her which is HUGE for this dog! Within an hour Karen went through a whole series of tests with her and was able to correct a lot of the mistakes I was making. I learned SO much about the best way to work with my dog and do the right things to give her the best chance at a fabulous life. We have plenty more to learn but I have 100% faith in Karen, the training she received from Bark Busters, her experience and her passion to know I picked the right company!! Aspen and I thank you!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Personally I don’t think my experience with Karen could have gone any better…I was told I should see better results rather quickly…that’s an understatement…I’m actually excited watching her progress play out immediately…thanks back to Weezy’s lesson
Karen was a great help with Lily! We were amazed at how much Lily has learned during her first visit. We are continuing to do our homework daily and we look forward to our next visit! We always wanted to learn another language but we never dreamed it would be dog! 🐶
I needed in-home training so that I could be trained to get my dog into a crate when I’m away from home. My trainer Karen got me working on some preliminary tasks, but within the allotted timeframe, my dog was going into his crate! This was a huge load off my mind. I also learned the benefit of a good growl and appropriate praise. It’s best to have the dog learn house manners in your own home.
I would like to tell you how much I enjoyed meeting Karen, Angel’s trainer. She was very professional and ready to solve Angel’s issues. I was amazed at Karen’s ability to connect with Angel and how quickly Angel responded. I desperately need Bark Busters help and have a positive attitude about Karen to be able to answer all of my questions to insure a special relationship between me and Angel.
This was the best training experience I could have asked for. I learned so much and saw immediate changes in my dogs. I’m so excited to continue to see changes and help my dogs get to their full potential!
Karen is wonderful. Great experience with first session. We learned a lot.
I was so impressed with Karen and the lessons we had yesterday. I was nervous because Simon is such a high anxiety dog and knew he would bark and growl for a bit- it subsided quickly and after our session he had stopped barking and sat next to both of us on the couch. We’re putting our lessons and homework first thing during the day and I’m so happy to have found Karen to work with.
I was so impressed with Karen and the lessons we had yesterday. I was nervous because Simon is such a high anxiety dog and knew he would bark and growl for a bit- it subsided quickly and after our session he had stopped barking and sat next to both of us on the couch. We’re putting our lessons and homework first thing during the day and I’m so happy to have found Karen to work with.
Karen came and instantly started treating the dog like family, she was very helpful and had very simple but effective way of training with Alexa, she really helped deal with all the issues that our dog was having and now she is a lot more behaved than she was. It was a very good experience and I would recommend to anyone who wants help with their dog.
She was an amazing trainer! She was extremely patient with my pup and was able to communicate very simply and clearly what we needed to do and how to do it. When we were done I felt that I had learned a ton about how to be a better teacher to my dog in a way that was productive for both her and myself! I would absolutely recommend Karen to anyone that wants to make sure that their dog is well behaved from a trainer that genuinely loves the pups she works with!
Karen was great with my big girl, Alexa. She quickly had Alexa under her spell, and reminded me that I needed to be in charge. I highly and enthusiastically recommend Bark Busters to all!
Karen is absolutely amazing and so personable. Cedar is almost 4 months old and was chewing on hands and her leash, barking, and just generally thinking she was in charge. Karen walked in and within 5 minutes, she had Cedar calmly sitting beside her. I learned more in 15 minutes with Karen than I did in the months I spent researching on how to train a puppy and prevent/correct bad habits. I can’t recommend Karen enough and I am looking forward to the next training session with her.
Karen explained that we needed to learn to speak dog. She showed us how to connect with our pups in a positive way they would understand & how to continue teaching our pups ?. We have continued to see great results that continue to amaze me. I look forward to our next session with Karen.
If Bark Busters can work on Charley, they can work on any dog! Karen seemed very knowledgeable about dogs and aspects of training them. Thank you!
Karen was awesome. The dog barks at every little sound, the TV, fence, mirrors, anything she can see her reflection in etc. Brandy is also very fearful. Our first lesson and I think we made some great progress. Now for the consistency part over the next month implementing “How to speak Dog” I feel like there is hope for our dog!
What can I say about Karen. I feel like she not only helped our dog, she also helped me. I never had a dog before when my sister got her puppy. I instantly fell in love with him. He was a handful though. He was terrified of the leash and the collar. He would go nuts if we put either on him. For some reason I felt like I could change that, so I asked Karen if she could show me a few techniques. I worked with him everyday. Within a week I had the collar on him, then the leash. He was even walking on the leash. The transformation was amazing. I don’t believe that ever would have happened without Karen’s guidance. She was so patient with us and him. She gave us the tools and confidence to build a relationship of love and trust with our new baby. Do yourself and your dog a favor and call Karen. You will not regret it.
My dog was barking on and on and on. I called Bark Busters and Karen came out and helped me learn how to Speak Dog. I was amazed at Flippy's response.
Best decision I have made. Both of my dogs have situational/separation anxiety. They are always on alert and never seem to be able to relax. My vet recommended Barkbusters and I couldn't be happier. Karen came out and gave me tools to help my dogs calm down and rules to teach them to help with their anxiety. Just after three hours of Karen being at my house there was a recognizable difference in their demeanor. I will definitely be recommending Barkbusters to others.
Karen was amazing. I felt I had a team to help me help my adopted mix to learn how to be a good citizen. Karen taught me to watch his body and celebrate the changes from tension to curiosity. She was there anytime I needed her. Beau loved her. Wonderful!
I would like to say "thank you" to Karen Montalvo. Words could never express how much she has helped Brady and I. Brady is a one-yr-old chocolate Lab that my oldest son (who is in the military) asked me to keep for him. Poor Brady was full of so much anxiety when he came to me. He still has an issue with fear and his crate, but he has made amazing strides in just two weeks, thanks to Karen. Karen is such an amazing person and has the ability to just watch Brady and pick up on his needs immediately. I so appreciate the amount of time Karen has spent with Brady and I helping us get through this anxiety issue. Brady was showing signs of improvement during our first session with Karen. Thanks again, Karen...ur the best!!
If Bark Busters can work on Charley, they can work on any dog! Karen seemed very knowledgeable about dogs and aspects of training them. Thank you!
Karen came when I was desperate! I had a 150-lb. Great Dane who was a great house dog but not so great outside. I was afraid to go in the back yard with him with the constant jumping and attacking mode. Karen showed me that part of Vandy's behavior was caused by my lack of confidence with him. With her patient help, Vandy became the dog I knew he could be. At first I thought the methods seemed simplistic; but I assure you they work. Vandy was a joy to live with after three lessons, and I learned a lot too! Karen is great with large dogs, she knows what she is doing, and Larry and I are very appreciative of all she has done for Vandy and us. It is without any hesitation that I recommend Karen.
Karen is the BEST! When my husband and myself brought home our new puppy, Cooper, I freaked. It had been a long time since I had a puppy, and my husband never had one. Karen was willing to work with us when Cooper was only 8-wks old. He and we learned so much from Karen and Bark Busters. The training really was simple and easy to understand. When ever I called or emailed she always respond within 12 hrs. We are moving to Charlotte, and while she said there is another great trainer there, she will always hold a special place in our hearts. Karen you truly are the best. Thank you so much; we are happier and I know Cooper is.
I would like to tell you about Karen; she is my guarding angel. My Mollie and I were in a state of stress. I had lost my hearing, and then somebody told me about Bark Busters. So, I called and spoke with Karen. I knew that dogs could be specially trained to be service dogs, and I wanted my Mollie to become a service dog. I didn't want a replacement dog. . . . Now 3 months later, my Mollie goes with me wherever I go. She has learned how to ride the bus, how to be in a crowed of people at a local mall or doctors. Thank you, Bark Busters . . . and especially thanks Karen.

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