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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About Barbara

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Best Dog Training in Dutchess County, NY!

Welcome. My name is Barbara Fassett our Bark Busters Dog Trainer and Dog Behavioral Therapist in Dutchess County. If you are on my website, you must be frustrated or embarrassed by your dog’s behavior. No problem. We can fix any issues in no time.

How do I know? Since becoming a Bark Busters dog trainer in 2006, I have successfully trained hundreds of dogs. I know I can train yours.

Being a Bark Busters trainer means teaching our clients how to effectively communicate with their dogs, to make the dogs happier members of their families and to prevent behavioral problems from resulting in dogs that are abandoned, mistreated, in shelters or even euthanized. This is the most gratifying aspect of what we do.

Being a Bark Busters trainer also means that we are all part of a larger global network of supportive Bark Busters trainers who are there to provide ongoing education, advice and support to each other. When facing a difficult situation, having access to a network of trainers is certainly better than relying solely on the opinions and experience of one person. Being part of that network is an asset to us as trainers but also an asset to each and every one of our clients. Here's a sneak peek at the Bark Busters method:

Communication. Right now you and your dog are speaking two different languages and he doesn’t understand a word you are saying. Remember, dogs are pack animals and they learn to communicate from their Mama. Once they leave their den and are thrust into your household, they will try and establish themselves as the leader of the pack. Their intentions are good – they want to keep you safe. However, this can lead to unnecessary barking, aggression, sibling rivalry and more. We teach you how to communicate with your dogs using voice tones and body language. Your dog in turn will see you as the “Top Dog” and will start responding to your commands. It’s a matter of establishing the pecking order and making sure your requests are consistent and repetitive.

Vet recommended. Not only are we referred by vets throughout the Dutchess County area, but other trainers give us the touch cases to handle such as aggression and sibling rivalry.

Immediate Results. Chances are you have been tolerating these mis-behaviors for far too long. After one lesson with Bark Busters Dutchess County, you will see major changes in your dog’s behavior.

Positive Techniques. We only use humane, natural, positive dog training methods. Prong collars and shock collars could lead to a more aggressive dog. Dogs don’t communicate with each other with treats! In fact, we were drawn to Bark Busters because we never believed in bribing our dogs with treats or being physically forceful with them and our dogs have always been considered members of our family.

Any dog, any issue, any breed. Whether you have an old dog or puppy, a chihuahua or St. Bernard, our dog training techniques work. We customize the training program for each individual dog’s issues, but the techniques are the same.

Lifetime Guarantee. Our guarantee is unprecedented in the industry. Additionally, because our global network is a big as it is, we are the only trainers that can offer guaranteed support to our clients whether they remain in our territories or relocate to some distant place. My clients appreciate that unique aspect of our training community; a feature that no other trainers can offer. If a client moves, they don’t lose their investment in training, they simply switch trainers.

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What Makes Bark Busters Dutchess 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 Dutchess 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’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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Dutchess County Client Reviews

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We have a one and a half year old Boxer puppy and quickly realized we were going to need some help! Our issues with Chugga - the constant jumping on visitors, leash walking and “stay”. We have never used a trainer before but Barbara is fantastic, Chugga responded to her training methods on the first visit! She took time to explain the training process to us as well as demonstrate. (we were being trained as well as Chugga) We have been working with him and there has been a big improvement. We are very happy with the results. It is reassuring that Barbara will be always be available to help us with Chugga if any other behavior changes arise as he grows older. We are very pleased with Bark Busters and especially our trainer Barbara. We highly recommend this service to anyone.
I give 6 stars if I could. Barbara came to our house to help with our very cute but very misbehaved corgi named Luna. After she helped us it was like we had a different dog. Luna was calmer, happier, not nipping at us anymore. All in all just a happier better adjusted dog. I couldn't recommend Barbara and Bark Busters enough.
Barbara is an amazing trainer! I recommend her to anyone who needs help with their doggies.
My family and I rescued our pup Rocco in January 2023. Rocco was nippy with my son and I mostly, barked most of the time, struggled to obey basic commands like stay, and he was tough on the leash when small children, other dogs, or bikes would go by our house. Our first visit was informative and opened our eyes to different ways to handle our Rocco without food/treats or those prong collars. Roccos training has all been verbal and what a difference Barbara has made!! Rocco has responded wonderfully and we are now able to walk outside peacefully while people/dogs/bikes go by, he waits for us to tell him its ok to come out of his crate, knows to stay when exiting a door or when the front door bell rings . Rocco has also stopped nipping. What difference 3 sessions as made. I highly recommend Barbara. She is a pleasure to have had in our home and Rocco also really enjoyed her being here always bringing her his toys lol
Barbara and Bark Busters training is top notch and would be the only training I would recommend. Thank you Barbara, for all you have helped us with
We have a one and a half year old Boxer puppy and quickly realized we were going to need some help! Our issues with Chugga - the constant jumping on visitors, leash walking and “stay”.
We have never used a trainer before but Barbara is fantastic, Chugga responded to her training methods on the first visit! She took time to explain the training process to us as well as demonstrate. (we were being trained as well as Chugga)
We have been working with him and there has been a big improvement. We are very happy with the results.
It is reassuring that Barbara will be always be available to help us with Chugga if any other behavior changes arise as he grows older.
We are very pleased with Bark Busters and especially our trainer Barbara. We highly recommend this service to anyone.
Our family was in desperate need of skills to make our home happy for humans and canines. We were frustrated over our two dogs constant barking, jumping on people, territorial concerns, and pulling on their leashes. When Barbara first came to the house, I think there was a lot of skepticism all around in how this would work considering we have had these issues for so long. She explained canine behaviors and gave us techniques to practice that made sense. Barbara's knowledge and patience was just what our family needed. After 2.5 months of training, there has been a noticeable change in both dogs. We are so much happier with our dogs and our dogs seem happier, too. Thank you Barbara for all your support.
Barbara was a great help with training Antonio! She listened to all the things I felt my dog needed to work on and assured me that we could work through the issues. She explained all the techniques and tools very clearly, as well as walking me through how to use them efficiently. I can happily say after just a little training I'm already seeing improvement. Barbara is very knowledgeable and I would highly recommend her to anyone in need of dog training.
Was a wonderful experience. We saw results after the first lesson. Barbara is a dream come true. Definitely recommend.
Was a wonderful experience. We saw results after the first lesson. Barbara is a dream come true. Definitely recommend.
We adopted "Bella Rose" when she was 5 months old. She had been through a lot in those first five months and it was negatively reflected in her behaviors. We found Barbara's business via an internet search, and am very happy we did. Barbara's extensive knowledge helped us realize what training Bella needed. The training tools Barbara provided (both written and physical) were very useful/helpful in obtaining our goals with Bella. Barbara is a great listener which helped alleviate some of our stress just by voicing it to her. It's comforting to know, Barbara will always be there for us throughout Bella's lifetime - thank you Barbara!!!
Barbara Fassett is an amazing trainer! From the very beginning we saw positive changes through the use of the Bark Busters' methods. At 9 months, our pup is continuing to make progress (as are we) with this stellar program.
Barbara Fassett was excellent! She took the time to explain all of the processes and the reasons behind our dog's behaviors. She addressed all our questions, was responsive, and her directions helped our boy immensely! He was extremely nervous and resourced managed me. I am so happy with the process and the results! We also had a big move thrown into the mix, and Barbara gave us tips to make it easier on him, and he traveled and adjusted great! The change in him is amazing - not only is he less nervous, but he is also less reactive to other dogs, he listens better, eats more regularly, and he is more affectionate!
I'm happy to give an entirely positive review to Barbara Fassett: Our new rescue dog Elly came home with us, only to start chasing our two cats. This after the the shelter had said they'd tested her with a cat. (It's quite possible that this chasing behavior might not have manifested itself until she arrived home with us.) When Barbara came, she explained her training philosophy and then started to put us through our paces.

It was our job to do our homework, and we started to see Elly respond to our corrections fairly quickly. Now, a month and half later, we have plenty of pictures of Elly next to the two cats; she and they are calmly going about their business. Yes, when she's excited - meal times, for sure - she'll dart after them. But she seems to correct herself once she get close a cat. And they're no longer fearful of her. Good job all around!
I am so happy with Barbara Fassett from Bark Busters!!! She was so knowledgeable, friendly, patient and always punctual. She did a wonderful job training Scooter (and me )! Prior to Scooter, I'd trained or had a dog trained before so I had no idea what to expect or how long it would take for him to do the few things I need him to do (sit, stay, come, and walk without dragging me behind him on a leash). After our initial discussion, she come to my home (kindly accommodating my work hours) and we had a more in-depth discussion and Scooter's first training session. Let me tell you, not only was that discussion incredibly informative, but by the time she left that night, Scooter would come to me when called!!!! That blew my mind; I was not expecting that at all. And things progressed like that at every appointment thereafter; whatever it was we worked on Scooter would do it for me by the end of that session. Our homework was always to continue to work on those commands to really solidify it for him and she would give me helpful pointers to make me a more effective "pack leader". She would explain the training every step of the way, and not just what to do, but the why behind everything (which helped me better understand how to effectively work with my dog). It only took 4 lessons with Barbara to get Scooter to a point where he knows all the commands I need him to know. And I love that there's a lifetime guarantee; which means if I need her in the future, she'll be there for me and if I have questions at any point, I can just reach out to her for some guidance. If you're looking for a trainer, she is the person you want to work with. Trust me, you will not be disappointed. This was money well spent!
Bark busters has been invaluable in shifting our puppy from over exuberant to well mannered. Jumping, nipping, pulling through doors, cruising and stealing have all been curbed.

The puppy had been a little too rough with my preschooler. That’s also been checked.

The tools are simple, the instructions thoughtful and easy to understand. With a bit of “homework” in the form of repetition, we were able to make the lessons stick.

If your dog is giving you grief, don’t hesitate to use Bark Busters. It’s made our house a happier home for us and for our dog.
Barbara was the absolute best when it came to training our newly adopted 5 month old Golden Retriever. She helped us correct and overcome his behavioral issues and stubbornness (resource guarding, basic commands, and manors) without any physical force or food reward! I highly recommend Barbara for any level of training needs you may have.
August 2020 - Barbara is an amazing trainer and wonderful person. She has been great help to us with our pug Charlie since 2009. She is reliable, professional and very responsive. Highly recommend!
Barbara was wonderful. She taught us techniques that were essential to our coexistence with our new rescue Bobbie. We actually had no idea what we were doing. Barbara made it fun, because we were seeing progress, but in reality, it involved work and patience. She certainly has a way with animals. That was quite obvious. I would recommend her to anyone that has a challenging situation with their pet, and needs guidance.
Barbara and Bark Busters have been a tremendous help in getting our dogs on the right track. She makes herself available to help whenever the need arises and provides professional and sound direction on eliminating and managing issues with your pooch.
Barbara was extremely helpful in training Polly.
Ranger is a pleasure to walk now, he would take me for a walk constantly pulling, now i can take him for a walk and he stays right at my side, the change in his behavior is amazing
Barbara did a great job of helping diagnosis Alice’s behavior and coming up with a plan to help us connect with and foster a structured environment to help her develop during her puppy training. Barbara was always available to answer questions we had and provided additional exercises for her to work through with Alice. Alice is doing well and it’s because of Barbara’s guidance and and training program. We’re very grateful to have brought her on board with Alice’s development.
So very pleased that we chose Bark Busters! Barbara is terrific ~ she was quick to respond to our first call looking for information, and more than that we felt an immediate sense that this is someone with a passion for what she does.
Today was our first day of training, and it was an overall great experience. We all learned so much, and now we're ready to practice and implement the behaviors that will help all of us get along better together.
After our first meeting we have a great deal of information to help us better understand how to bring about the changes in our dog's behavior. We had some great "hands on" training with Barbara, opportunity to ask questions, and it was a supportive and very positive experience for all of us.
Our experience with Barbara far exceeded any expectation we might have had. The service is very well priced, and very professional. Top notch!!!
Barbara was fabulous. She gave us some very practical tools to use with our dog, and he responded pretty quickly to them. She did not use food to bribe good behavior, or a lot of words. It was simple and clear. Started practicing today, we call it "going to school," and he's responding very positively. I feel really grateful to Barbara, and my dog really loved her!
Barbara is the very best !! She helped the whole family to communicate better with Willie and helped me to be the leader of him (not the other way around).
I have two dogs. One is hyper and anxious, the other is a diva. We wanted to give Bark Busters a try since we were at the end of our rope. I read all the positive reviews and decided to send an email. Barbara called within a day and gave me a lot of information over the phone. We set up an appointment and after 10 minutes of training, I already saw progress! It's been about a week, and both dogs are doing well. Barbara is super knowledgeable, patient, and kind. We can email/text/call with questions anytime and Barbara is there for us. Training is quick and easy and the resources available to us are wonderful!

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