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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Meet Vicky, Your Local Professional Dog Trainer

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Home Dog Training in Orland Park, IL!

Welcome. My name is Vicky Harper and I am your dog trainer for not only Orland Park but the Southwest and Southeast suburbs of Chicago, including towns such as Tinley Park, Mokena, New Lenox, Homer Glen, Homewood and Flossmoor and all surrounding towns. I also cover Northwest Indiana (including Hammond, Dyer, Highland and Munster) as well as Beverly and Mount Greenwood in Chicago.

I’m really passionate about dog training and Bark Busters! I am in my 12th year of this wonderful career and have had the privilege of training thousands of dogs.

I am proud to be acknowledged as a true professional expert in the field of dog training. I have worked directly on a national level with The Steve Harvey Show! They came to me and have sought out my advice and help. I’ve worked with them behind the scenes on some of their programs involving dogs and Steve himself gave me a shout out on air during one of the programs. You can imagine my surprise when I got a call from them on a Sunday morning! But how did they find out about me? They simply did their research like you and googled dog trainers in the Chicago area! They looked at the type of techniques that I use and read all of the positive things my clients have said about me online over the years!

I train dogs and their pet parents using our natural communication techniques that dogs understand. I apply the same communication methods - body language and voice control - that dogs instinctively follow. My initial sessions typically last 2-3 hours.

I do in-home, private behavioral and obedience dog training. The training is done in your home because your dog is more relaxed, there are less distractions and it's where most problems occur. I customize the training program according to your dog's issues and your goals. 

I am most proud of the fact that I use natural techniques. I do not believe in using any harsh or physical measures at all. There is no use of any prong, shock or any other type of collar that would cause harm to your dog. I teach you how to communicate with your dog in a simple manner that he/she can understand and that will improve your overall relationship.

In addition to addressing unwanted behaviors, I also teach basic obedience - Come, Sit, Stay, Down, Walking as well as general household manners. With puppies the goal is to train them and raise them properly so that they do not develop behavioral issues. I teach puppy basics such as crate and potty training as well. Some clients hire me the day they bring their dog home so I can guide them through the process from start to finish.

Many of my clients come to me after other types of dog training methods have failed. Please do not give up on your dog without working with me first. Bark Busters Home Dog Trainers have saved thousands of dogs across the country that would have been given up or euthanized without our training.

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Orland Park Client Reviews

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Vicky is a wonderful trainer! She is great with our pups, patient and provides good feedback and materials for us to help our pups grow into healthy and happy dogs. Thank you!!
My family found Bark Busters Orland Park very helpful in showing us how to train our family's first dog. A Yorkie-Poo named Charlie.
Our trainer was Vicky Harper.We found Vicky very knowledgeable and very personable.
I appreciated how she related her personal dog stories into what we were going through.
Vicky gave us much encouragement as we worked on developing various skill sets that we and Charlie would need.
We would practice different aspects of Charlie's care daily and then Vicky always made herself available to return and assess our techniques and provide feedback and encouragement accordingly.
Personally, i found this demonstration and return demonstration in real time very helpful in helping us to learn the proper techniques.Vicky was always available to answer our questions.And to reassure us that with time and practice Charlie and we will master the techniques that she taught us.
And know what? She was right!
Vicky Harper is such a blessing.She was very knowledgeable and personable.She was truly interested and devoted to helping our family to train our new puppy.She would provide us with training exercises for us to use in training.She always gave us the opportunity to return demonstrate the technique in ensure that we were doing it correctly.Vicky always provided us with encouragement.Vicky always found the time to return for follow up training.
I can't say enough wonderful things about this dog training experience. Vicki is a natural! We saw results immediately and continue to grow and build upon what we learned in just one session. I never imagined I would be able to have the well trained dog I always wished to have but here we are well on our way.
Vicky is THE BEST. This was a follow up call about a reoccuring potty problem with my rescue Havanese. She was clear and concise and led me, again, through the steps to get my little man to understand. (and me, too, I'm afraid) :)
I love Vicky! She is a wealth of information and provides great applied hands-on training. She is warm, flexible, and professional. She is an amazing teacher! My puppy and I were very pleased!
We’re so glad we called Vicky. She is helping us to be sure our puppy will grow up to be well mannered and a great family dog. We can finally enjoy walking our dog thanks to Vicky!
Vicky came to help me and my family, after my local township declared my puppy Grizzly dangerous. She squeezed us into her busy day and helped relieve the stress of my situation and evaluated him, by observing and interacting with him. She came to the conclusion that he isn't dangerous. She was more than helpful, and extremely informative. She even gave us some tips, on how to positively correct him, and gave him a toy. She also showed me how to call him back to us, should he ever get loose. Professional and polite, would highly recommend.
Thanks Vicky
Very effective training with a friendly trainer, Vicky. All training is done humanely and with voice commands and we saw immediate results.
We were having a problem with our golden retriever Wrigley barking uncontrollably. We read the reviews of Bark Busters and decided to give them a try. After the first 3 hour visit there was a noticeable difference in her behavior regarding the barking. We felt more in control because we now had a strategy in place. We are continually working on things from the program with Wrigley to make her a better dog and member of our family. Vicky is very knowledgeable about the program and dogs in general. We feel very comfortable with her. She is easy to reach for any questions you may have. Vicky is always prompt and professional. We are extremely happy and satisfied with Bark Busters.
Vicky is extremely good at what she does. Our initial training session this past weekend was very productive and I look forward to seeing continued results with the strategies she taught us. 10/10 would reccomend her service to anyone looking for dog training. Thanks!
I called Bark Busters because my dog is aggressive towards other dogs and I’m unable to take her on walks. On my first appointment with Vicky, she taught me the foundation skills to help me help my dog. I noticed an immediate improvement when we took my dog outside for a walk . She is very knowledgeable and I look forward to continuing my lessons with her! Thanks
We had been agonizing over our pit/lab mix and her anxiety issues when the decision to call Bark Busters was made. Vicky has came in showing us how to help Gracie get through these issues. There has been a noticeable difference after only 2 sessions. Great job Vicky!!
Vicky was excellent very knowledgeable and great to work with. Definitely recommend her for future clients!
Vicky's training has been a huge blessing to our family. We are a very busy household with 2 little ones and when we got a puppy I worried we may be in over our head. From the first visit, Vicky was patient, caring and extremely knowledgeable. She is clearly a master of her craft. Our puppy, Arrow, immediately respected her and allowed her to instruct. Vicky provided us with the tools and the confidence to enjoy the wonderful puppy we have! We now get compliments all the time on how well-behaved our 7 month old puppy is! I would highly recommend Vicky's services to anyone that is in the market for training. We are forever grateful!
Vicky came to my house last week to evaluate my Bischon. She is the nicest lady! Doing dog training, she is certainly in her element! I didn't realize that my dog is more than just a "tad" demanding--she kind of "had Me trained!" She uses very simple corrective techniques. My dog "got it" when a correction was delivered and responded appropriately. She is much more calmed down. We have other issues to work on, but I was VERY impressed with her knowledge and ability to work with dogs. It is a pleasure to know her and she would DEFINITELY be at the top of my list to recommend to any dog owner needing help!
Vicky and the Bark Busters program are wonderful! She is caring and very encouraging of both dog and human. You can really tell she enjoys helping dogs and their people form a lasting bond. Bark Buster techniques are effective and easy to learn. You cannot go wrong!
As new puppy owners, we were so glad to find Bark Busters. Vicky has helped us with all aspects of puppy training as well as giving us guidance on promoting optimal health. She is clearly very experienced and our puppy respected her from day one. She gives lots of positive reinforcement to both pet and owner to ensure you are successful. This is not the typical treat-driven training you find at the big box pet stores. It's much better! Vicky genuinely cares for the puppies she works with. Highly recommend!
Our Sheltie is a new dog thanks to Vicky! We are the 3rd owners of this wonderful dog and she came to us with a lot of love and fears (though we didn't know her behaviors were caused by fear until Vicky enlightened us). It was almost impossible to walk our dog without her barking and lunging at cars, people walking by and anything moving. The techniques of Bark Busters worked immediately. We know Shelties are very smart dogs, and learn quickly, but knowing how to communicate with our girl was the key. We are grateful for Vicky's expertise and guidance, and we highly recommend Bark Busters!
Thank you
Just finished 2nd training session with Vicky. Have two dogs who are who pullers when walking. Vicky introduced me to the no pull harness by Bark Busters. Saw a change in dogs instantly while walking them. Vicky gives great advice and demonstrated the correct techniques needed to help change this problem. Now just need to put time in with the training. Vicky has been a great help in learning to train my dogs
Vicky Harper is a great trainer! She is very kind to our dog when she visits! You can tell she loves dogs! She has helped us immensely and it's only been 2 visits so far! We're so pleased!
Bark Busters was recommended to us by our vet for our Rottweiler. We have Vicky as our trainer and shes the best. She is very knowledgeable, kind, and overall amazing at what she does. If you have a dog that needs any sort of training, I recommend Bark Busters and Vicky. The price is reasonable, and you fully get what you pay for. Our dogs love when she comes by, and they have changed so much (for the better)! Her methods work way better than anywhere we've been before. I highly recommend Vicky!
Vicky has been a life saver for us! Our dog Zeus is very high energy and had little to no manners. After the very first visit with Vicky, his behavior did a 180. He was completely off the furniture within the first 48 hours (unless invited), is following commands easily, and finally understands and actually appreciates that we run the show, not him! Vicky not only trained Zeus, she trained us! We highly recommend her for anyone looking for a well behaved best friend!
I met with Vicky today for first time. She made me feel very confident that I could accomplish what I want with my dog Oliver. I already saw improvement with some of his “issues”!
Vicky Harper is absolutely amazing!! I loved her within the first 5 minutes of meeting her. She is very personable and passionate about what she does!! She made me and my Westie feel comfortable and assured us this journey was going to be worth it and fun! She’s very knowledgeable, I learned a lot! I can tell she loves what she does, she’s not just doing her job. She’s doing what she loves!! So sweet and full of knowledge! I will definitely be recommending her to all my family and friends!! Excited for our progress with her!
We have a 6 month old German Shepherd puppy. When we first got her around 5 months old she would NOT listen to us for anything! She was jumping, biting, and eating things. My boyfriend and I were at our wits end. We had Vicky Harper come to our house and within her first visit, Nola did a complete 180! Vicky not only
trains your dog, she trains us as owners how to communicate with our animals. After 24 hours of us doing the lessons/training with Nola, she no longer bites or eats anything. She is still a big puppy so we will continue to learn new lessons from Vicky as Nola continues to grow. I have told all of my friends and family about Vicky. She is the real deal, and best of all, she genuinely loves all the dogs she meets. I highly recommend her for ANY of your dog troubles!! Thank you Vicky for everything you are doing for us!

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What Makes Bark Busters Orland Park 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 Orland Park, 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

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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.

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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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