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


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

About Joshua, Your Local Certified Dog Training Professional

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Best Dog Training in South Orange County!

I have been working with dogs since I was 6 years old. My family bred Boxer’s for AKC and Show. Over the time we were breeding we began spending more time training for show! This is where I got my first start, walking dogs and teaching the basics. My mother spent a lot of time teaching me how to show and pose a dog. By the time I was 9 years old I had my first Boxer, Diamond, ready for show! He did place in the top 5 and his bloodline was considered finished!

I continued working with dogs up into my early teens and twenties. I have 3 dogs - Nala, Caine, and Pongo. All three of our rescue dogs have been saved from multiple different shelters. Caine was considered aggressive and was to be an "only-dog". I worked with him over the first couple months of having him and helped transform him to the fun, dog loving Pitbull he is today. Nala is my Yellow Lab-mix, and Pongo a Beagle Pointer mix.

I have now trained hundreds of dogs, and in 2022 I received the award for top single-owner Bark Busters business operator. I have also received awards for receiving the most reviews in a year - a testament to my clients and our relationship. 

With hundreds of dogs trained that means I have also taught hundreds of clients how to train and communicate with their dogs, and ultimately to live a much happier life together. I truly love what I do and enjoy teaching and working with people! I hope to have the opportunity to work with and help you!

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South Orange County Client Reviews

See what our clients have to say

We had our first session 4 days ago and I think I learned more than my pup!! I have a miniature bull terrier (Jorgie) and we are trying to get him to be less reactive to dogs and other sounds. Just in the past 4 days doing the daily homework of just 15-30 mins that Joshua gave us I have already seen a huge improvement. We have already seen his confidence improve to push past some mental barriers Jorgie has at since he broke his leg. But the biggest thing that we can't thank Joshua enough for is his ability to focus on us during walks and not react as much when he sees other dogs.

I definitely recommend Bark Busters to anyone looking to help their dog live a more stress-free, anxiety-free, and all-around happier life. They make it so easy to understand dog psychology and give you exercises that help you start seeing results immediately. Also, they give you a lifetime guarantee for your dog's life, so even if in the future you need help with anything you know that they are there for you!

Thank you so much Josh for all your help, we are excited for you to see how much improvement Jorgie has made in his next session!!
Josh from Bark Busters was great!
He observed my 2 dogs, Cooper 10 years and Micah 9 months for a few minutes when he arrived. He got to see them in full action😬 Then we talked about what was happening with them.
I had a contractor over at the same time and he was amazed that in 10 minutes Cooper and Micah were different dogs!
We have a very active home with lots of people in and out and each person that has seen them have all said the same thing, ”Who are these pups and what did you do with Cooper and Micah”?
Now the key is to use the tools I have been given consistently. It will be a much calmer household for sure.
I highly recommend Bar Busters!
Thank you Joshua!!
I rescued a Miniature Pinscher and German Shepherd mix that had developed some reactivity and aggression with other family dogs and strangers. I also really wanted to get him some help with managing those behaviors and building confidence with him. After hearing from a different company who wanted to use negative reinforcements such as prong and shock collars for my dog, I was able to find BarkBusters and work one on one with Joshua, shock collars, prongs, or anything to inflict more fear were even advised against. I immediately saw a boost in confidence with my dog after our first session and since then our daily exercises have been mostly stress- free for the both of us, and my dog can continue to enjoy the outdoors. There is still a lot more work to be done, but Joshua does great and I have no doubt he will help us reach those goals.
Excellent!! Joshua is very knowledgeable, great trainer! Luma's behavior instantly improved. Very impressive!! Thank you, Joshua!
Josh listened to all of our concerns and addressed them. I have more confidence in training my Cavapoo!
Josh was able to address our concern with Kenai's separation anxiety and other behaviors our dog was having as well as explained why our dog was exhibiting these behaviors. We have seen improvement already!
Significant improvement just in one session, I am completely happy with the training program, and felt even more confident moving forward.
Falling back to basics and reinforcing trust in our dogs. This is a program is simple and requires us to put in the effort to accomplish our goals.
Explanations of each step, very thorough and easy to understand and repeat. Quick results with the tools used. Reinforcement is important, also learned how to deescalate stressful situations and to calm him down.
Very professional, asked questions, addressed issues. Great with Jessie outside with the trainer's dog Nala- Very easy to understand Josh's directions. Reexplained and reminded me when necessary. Extremely knowledgeable, NOT COCKY - Kind! Impressive organization.
Mt session was very straight forward and easy to pick up. My dog showed great progress on our first session!
Very knowledgeable. Great drills & training homework.
It was very productive. There was already a result with our dogs to stop barking, stop stealing food, also addressed leash pulling.
Lots of material! A great start. Appreciate the detail and reinforcement.
Joshua was attentive and thorough in addressing my concerns with Leila. He communicates very clearly and provides concreate tools.
Josh was awesome! My wife and I feel much more confident after today and are excited about training our puppy knowing that we have learned the right things to do!
The guidance needed for my 14# rescue dog that has proven to be an alpha. The aggression shown by my dog has been minimized with today's three-hour session and wit the additional training I will be doing.
Josh came by and immediately got to work. He focused on our needs and separation anxiety. The guidance was accurate and immediately implemented.
Lots of great info and saw some immediate improvements. Both of us got a chance to try each exercise and work on commands and work through issues!
Amazing how much progress was made in just one session today! Love all the information provided, so we can have it for later recall!
We saw immediate progress and change in her behavior. Josh was direct, but super informative and supportive!
Very professional, working with our trainer. Dogs seem to take to the training impressively quickly! Very happy with the outcome!
The trainer helped/trained me to solve my problems.
Very informative and impressive training! Happy with the depth of knowledge of the trainer!
Amazing! Joshua is incredible and patient. Very helpful and structed, and easy to follow!
Wonderful! Life saver! Thank you, Josh, for helping us to know and be able to connect with Bunny!

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Dog Showing Aggression

Are You Struggling with Dog Aggression?

Aggression, 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 South Orange County we firmly believe that no dog is beyond help.

Understand the Root of Dog Aggression

If your dog exhibits aggressive behavior, for any reason, it’s critical to get the help of a professional dog trainer. Our South Orange County team is available to help you assess the root cause of your dog’s aggression and help you implement strategies to resolve these issues and reduce the stress it causes while training, learning, and growing.

There are many different types of dog aggression, including:

  • Aggression with other dogs or other animals
  • Aggression towards humans
  • Food aggression
  • Possessive aggression
  • Territorial aggression

Bark Busters South Orange County has successfully dealt with an array of dog aggression issues with many of our clients. Resource guarding is one of the most common forms of aggression we see in South Orange County. This is when a dog becomes aggressive when protecting a high-value item. We are here to help, and have extensive experience with resource guarding, human aggression, and dog-on-dog aggression.

The most important thing you can do to help your aggressive dog is to prevent situations that may lead to danger. Manage your dog’s exposure to problem situations. Prevention is always the best precaution.

If you’re struggling with dog aggression in any form, please let Bark Busters South Orange County help.

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Stop Unwanted Barking

Barking is one of the most common complaints we hear from dog owners in South Orange County.

While some consider barking to be normal dog behavior, excessive barking is both a behavioral problem and often a sign of stress, and nuisance barking is just that – a big nuisance, not just for dog owners but for South Orange County neighbors and the community!

Preventing Nuisance Dog Barking

Bark Busters South Orange County helps clients to solve both excessive barking and nuisance barking. We teach you how to communicate with your dog in a way your dog understands. Most importantly, we help you get to the root of why your dog is barking to help both you and your dog!

Dogs bark in a variety of situations:

  • Owners arrive or leave home
  • Visitors arrive, including deliveries, mail, vendors or friends and family
  • Hear other dogs barking
  • Playing
  • Demanding attention
  • Signal a need, like wanting to go outside, or wanting to be fed
  • Scared or startled
  • Showing aggression, or fighting
  • At passersby or animals outside
  • …or for no obvious reason at all!

Sometimes, dogs bark to communicate. As pet parent and dog owner, it’s your job to understand what your dog is trying to tell you. It's never too late to teach your dog to stop barking!

Bark Busters South Orange County is here to help! We help you to teach and guide your dog, directing them to make the right choices in various situations. We help you resolve your dog’s barking issues while building a stronger bond with your dog through leadership, trust, and love.

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Dog Showing Separation Anxiety

Addressing Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Dogs can develop a strong attachment to their families, expecting their constant presence. However, when they're suddenly left alone more often, confusion arises, leading to Separation Anxiety— a complex behavioral issue with negative consequences. Early intervention, however, can save pooches and their owners a lot distress.

Separation Anxiety Varies from Dog to Dog

Assessing a dog's behavior in its home environment is crucial due to its individual nature. Separation Anxiety can materialize differently in different dogs and in different situations, but may include:

  • Excessive vocalization (howling, barking)
  • Inappropriate toileting
  • Destructive behavior (chewing, digging)
  • Excessive panting
  • Pacing and drooling

At Bark Busters Orange County Southwest, we specialize in addressing separation anxiety, especially as owners return to offices post remote work. This issue not only stresses dogs but also burdens owners. With over 35 years of collective experience, our team is adept at resolving this concern.

General Tips to Help Manage Separation Anxiety

  • Ensure basic needs for food, shelter, and entertainment are met.
  • Gradually create space from your dog to accustom them to separation.
  • Establish boundaries with your dog and stick to them
  • Stay calm when returning home after a short separation
  • Seek Professional Help

If your dog exhibits anxiety upon your departure, professional intervention is vital. Call us at 877-500-2275. Out team provides tailored solutions to alleviate separation anxiety and offer guidance to resolve your specific issues.

Get the help you need today!

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What Makes Bark Busters South Orange County 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 South Orange County, 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: Aliso Viejo, Capistrano Beach, Corona Del Mar, Dana Point, East Irvine, El Toro, Foothill Ranch, Irvine, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Newport Coast, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Silverado, Trabuco Canyon

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