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


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

Meet Miguel, Your Local Professional Dog Trainer

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Home Dog Training in Portland Southwest!

Welcome. I am Miguel Munoz, your Bark Busters Dog Trainer and Dog Behavioral Therapist. If you are in the Tualatin, Beaverton, Lake Oswego, Wilsonville, Sherwood, Hillsboro and Portland Metro area looking for private dog training, look no further.

Bark Busters is the worldwide leader of in-home dog training. Over the past 30 years, we have trained more than 1 million dogs and their pet parents using our natural communication techniques that dogs understand. 

As a dog owner much of my adult life, I know the challenges you face in getting your dog to be the loving, obedient, and well-socialized. Don't tolerate your dog's misbehaviors and disobedience - it will only frustrate you, your family, and your dog!

Just like young children, dogs need structure, discipline and a path to establish positive habits and routines. There is no such thing as a 'bad' dog - there are just dogs that misunderstand the signals that you're sending them.

My mission as a Bark Buster is to train dog owners to train their own dogs to overcome any behavioral and obedience issues. My services are all in the comfort of your own home, where you and your dog are most comfortable, and will learn quickly and most effectively.

In addition to basic obedience, I have experience resolving the most challenging dog behavior issues, especially separation anxiety and sibling rivalry. If you are dealing with unwanted behaviors such as nuisance barking, digging, jumping, leash pulling, territory marking and whining, contact me today to find a solution.

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Veteran Owned Bark Busters Home Dog Training

What Makes Bark Busters Southwest Portland 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 Southwest Portland, 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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Southwest Portland Client Reviews

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We were at our wit's end with our energetic 8-month-old Golden Retriever, Rufus. Jumping, pulling on walks, destructive behavior and ignoring commands – it felt overwhelming. Then we found Miguel, and it was a game-changer!
Miguel's positive, patient, and knowledgeable approach led to immediate results and is helping us have the confidence to be better leaders for Rufus. Miguel’s training methods are clear and effective. He is sensitive to the needs and barriers of our household and able to offer helpful suggestions tailored to our unique circumstances.
In just a short time, Rufus has become a calmer and more obedient pup. We can finally enjoy walks and time playing or relaxing at home together.
We can't recommend Miguel highly enough! If you're looking for a trainer who will not only train your dog but also empower you as an owner, look no further than Miguel!
We had Miguel come in today to get our crazy barker under control. He dove straight into the lesson, asserting his techniques, and quickly got Roger under control! He then taught us how to implement those, to have effective communication with my dog. Now I have total control over him. Completely amazed, and highly recommended!
Miguel is awesome! We are a CA transplant and Miguel has been so good to us. His communication is wonderful, he's professional, and so good with Lou, my mini golden doodle. Every time he leaves, I have more confidence and direction of what to do and how best to help Lou. Thanks Miguel!
Just as listed, Miguel spent a couple hours with us on the first meeting, observing the dogs (my dog and wife's dog. Discussing what we wanted and observing the dog's interactions with each other and and ours with them as well as discussing what we wanted to accomplish. He gave us quite a lot of written information as well as spoken to base our training program on. We couldn't have ask for a better trainer. He taught us by both spoken word as well as example what to do and how to do it to accomplish our goals for the our dog. He has come back for our last two meeting to teach further as well as check the degree of success we have had implementing his teaching instructions. We marvel how much we have learned from him in the short of time and how much progress our dog has made. We Highly recommend him without any reservation to anyone desiring a home trainer,
Miguel is fantastic! We appreciate how he took the time to get to know us and our dog, Lola. And customized things to fit our situation. He also made the ‘homework’ easy to add to our routine while still having plenty of time to play or snuggle with our girl. Lola quickly dropped some bad habits and now knows we will be her protector. She doesn’t need to protect us. We are more confident taking her anywhere now too. We highly recommend Miguel!
What a difference a lesson can make in your life and the life of your dog! I didn't realize how much I was allowing the dog to control our household until Miguel came over. Now that the tables have turned, what a great dynamic we all have! No more barking, growling at other dogs on leash and ignoring my commands. Oh and the door manners -- it's like night and day. If your waiting to train your dog, don't.
Wow! what an amazing trainer. Miguel was able to turn my crazy, out of control Lab into a sweet, calm, gentle dog. I know this will take practice and time on my end to keep this going, however I'm already blown away with how well these methods work.
If you are in need of a great dog/people trainer, I would call Miguel and Bark Busters immediately, you won’t regret it. Thanks Miguel for everything .
Miguel provided a great session. I have an older dog which I thought I’d have to deal with a few issues for the rest of the dogs lifetime. However, Miguel was able to help me improve his walking, actions at the door around visitors and also my communication with my dog. Looking forward to getting my dog from a few issues to none. Looks like the old dog is learning new stuff and quite easily. I also really like the style of communication over treat training.
Dick Messenger did an amazing job of providing us with the tools we needed to train our Staffordshire Terrier successfully!
We are so happy with Bark Busters and Dick Messenger!

Dick is a dynamic, educational and empowering teacher/trainer.

He most certainly respects and honors the Bark Busters methodology …..

….. and the results of our dog’s training are amazing!
WOW! We highly recommend Bark Busters training with Dick Messenger. After trying all sorts of other training techniques that didn't work, from day one after our first training session at home with Dick, our little Lexi was a changed dog. Lexi is relaxed, happy and obedient, and the nuisance barking has stopped. She is a pleasure to take on walks, and training is actually fun! We will continue to reap the positive rewards for years to come.
Dick obviously knew what he was doing from the moment we started. He trained us on how to train our dogs. We now walk our dogs with ease, set our own schedule (instead of scheduling around them!), and they are not jumping on us or our friends. Whatever dog problems we have he has the answer for, we recommend him highly!!
I cannot say enough great things about experience with Dick and his training our puppy Duke. He was thorough, sincere and easy to follow. We learned so much in those couple of hours, I am amazed at Duke's progress already. We decided to include our 9 year old in the training and Dick was patient and kind, and so easy to work with. My daughter is doing such a great job, and we can only thank Dick for that. Dick helped us come up with a plan on how to proceed with our puppy and we're excited to complete our daily trainings with Duke as he gets better with every day.
Mr Messenger was a very intelligent and professional trainer - but still very personable. He showed the perfect combination of firm and care. With the few things I worried about (ie. greeting Boomer as soon as I return from work), he was able to explain the reasoning behind the preferred actions. I was very pleased with the immediate progress and am excited for future sessions to see what they produce. C.J. Smith.
We have a 4 month old Wirehaired Pointing Griffon puppy who was suffering from some separation anxiety and nipping at our 4 year old son. We called Dick very desperate for some help. Before Dick even came to our house or met our family, he offered us some tools over the phone. He was very compassionate and willing to help with our sleepless nights we were suffering due to our anxious little puppy! After the first session with Dick we already noticed some positive changes in Major's behavior. He was more confident and within 24 hours had completely stopped nipping at our son. He also stopped chewing on all of our shoes/furniture/clothes/etc. He is now walking on a leash better than some more mature dogs we know and he is listening better too!

Dick changed the way we communicate with our dog and restored order back into our household! One thing we really appreciated is he spends time training you instead of your dog. He gives you the tools to be successful even after your sessions are over. We are looking forward to watching our puppy grow up into a well behaved, loving and fun pet - thanks to Dick!
The positive impact of the training started to show immediately! it was about 4 days before we saw any testing by Billy. There are challenging days, but there is a real underlying change in his behavior that is really great for us and for Billy. The training Dick provides really works!
Dick was a great trainer! His professionalism and commitment to our dog, Benji, was a key component of Benji’s success. We rescued Benji from a meat farm in Korea and he has needed a lot of socialization. We have made tremendous progress in just a few weeks with Dick’s training! We can’t wait to keep working with him and help Benji continue to grow.
Oh My Gosh what a change in my puppy. When Dick started with us our little 15# 8/month old Bear was totally out of control: barking, jumping up on everyone and everything, chewing up whatever he could get in his mouth, digging and nipping at us for attention and never standing still long enough to catch him. Now, 4 weeks later he is a different puppy. He walks/heels on leash, has stopped aggrrssive behavior toward us, obeys commands to stop jumping up and barking. Dick Messenger is such a good trainer and Bear is progressing better than any of us could imagine. I highly recommend that you give him a call.
Were were having control issues with our 18 mo old yellow lab. He had major surgery at 9 mos & could do nothing for 6 mos. He forgot all his puppy training and was a 72 lb difficult to control big baby. Dick came to the rescue & trained us to train him. It is a big commitment but it also has big payoffs. You have to be willing to train your dog for 20 min every day. Dick was a huge help to us & is still available to help whenever we need him. I highly recommend Bark Busters & especially Dick, he was wonderful.
After our 13 year old female died, our 2 year old male started showing signs of aggression. Walks became volatile and nerve wracking and I knew we needed help. Dick came to our house and taught us what to do. I loved this technique because he had us do everything. He never touched our dog or the leash, he simply taught us what to do. The results were immediate. We had no idea how many subtle things we were doing that sent the wrong message to our dog. Dick gave us clear instructions and explained everything he asked us to do. Consistency is key, change can be challenging, but it's SO WORTH IT. We're just beginning this process but the change is already significant. Our dog is happy and calm, our walks are lovely outings, better than ever, and we owe it all to Dick Messenger.
Having trouble training your dog? I assure you that Dick Messenger has the answers you've been wanting and looking for. Dick Messenger's professionalism and experience was evident from the moment he greeted our 4-month old chocolate lab puppy Mora and us. His light-hearted and humorous approach made us feel at ease in knowing that we were not alone with the challenges we were facing while raising a puppy, and most importantly, that they are trainable behaviors. When we first got our puppy we had enrolled in a group Puppy 101 class at a local facility and found ourselves in an overcrowded room with a training that was extremely subpar, at that point, we knew we had to find a better alternative. We are so pleased that we found Dick as a dog trainer and made the commitment to Bark Busters, it started with a thorough phone call with him in preparation for an incredible training session in person, since then, we have seen profound progress in our puppy and can confidently say that the value is there, especially considering that this Dick's support and Bark Busters commitment to our dog's success stays with her for the rest of her life. From our experience we highly recommend Dick Messenger to anyone looking for the magic answer on how to best train a dog, we have already spread the word to our friends and family! It's a game changer, what are you waiting for?
Best dog training experience I've ever had. Dick Messenger taught my girlfriend and I how to train our dog properly and effectively. Hes very professional, personable and clearly very good with dogs. If you listen to him, you'll see the results you're looking for. Would recommend his guidance every time. My little (65 lbs.) 9 month old Catahoula/Lab mix is very energetic and with his help, shes been a lot more well behaved when we want her to be.
Great all around. Pennie is a completely different dog!
Dick was patient and thoroughly explained the Bark Busters methodology. Our dogs responded to their first and second sessions - positive, educational experience.
We are so glad we went with Dick Messenger at Bark Busters to help tame our wild, fun loving Bull Terrier mix Coach K! We are nearly 4 weeks into our training program and are already happy with the results we are seeing!
Dick makes everything super easy to understand, he is great at explaining what we are doing and why and he always gets back to me within a few hours any time I reach out to him! Seeing the progress we've made in just the first few weeks, I'm super excited to see where we are in a few more weeks!
I love the Bark Busters method (I have also been a vet tech for 14 years)-I love not having to carry around a treat pouch or try and time a clicker just right-and their training aids are so great and helpful!
I am very pleased with the method of training and the instructor is very friendly, caring and easy to work with. I would highly recommend Bark Busters to others looking for well behaved dogs.

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