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 Jared, Your Local Professional Dog Trainer

Jared Levenson Bark Busters Dog Trainer in San Mateo

Home Dog Training in San Mateo County, CA!

I am Jared Levenson, your Bark Busters Dog Trainer and Dog Behavioral Therapist here in Greater San Mateo. Growing up in a farmhouse in the rolling foothills of Sacramento, my childhood was enveloped in a world where animals were not just pets, but family. From the gentle purrs of our cats to the playful antics of our goats, and even a dog whose memory is as fleeting as the wind—our home was a haven for creatures great and small. This early immersion in the animal kingdom instilled in me a deep respect and love for all living beings, shaping the core of who I am today.

I pursued an education that would allow me to understand behavior not just in animals, but in people too. Earning my Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University was a pivotal step in my journey. One of the most transformative experiences came while working as a counselor at a mental health center in Half Moon Bay. Witnessing the sheer joy and healing that 'pet therapy' brought to our clients—be it through horseback riding or a visiting dog—opened my eyes to the powerful role animals play in our lives. 

As I step into the role of a Bark Busters Dog Trainer in San Mateo County, I bring with me not just my professional background in counseling and behavioral training, but a lifelong passion for animals and a genuine desire to make a difference. Whether you're navigating the challenges of severe dog aggression, dealing with separation anxiety, sibling rivalry among pets, or seeking guidance on obedience or puppy training, I'm here for you.

What excites me most about the Bark Busters method is its foundation in natural canine communication. It's not about changing who your dog is, but rather bringing out the best in them by understanding their behaviors, needs, and triggers. By learning how to communicate more effectively, we can ensure that an understood dog is indeed a happy dog.

I've witnessed countless families on the brink of surrendering their dogs find hope and happiness again through our training methods. By employing effective, simple, time-efficient, and cruelty-free techniques, we've been able to address severe dog behaviors, allowing families to keep their beloved pets and live a happier life together.

Seeing aggressive dogs transform into content, well-adjusted family members from the very first lesson has been incredibly fulfilling. Our goal isn't to "fix" dogs but to understand them and improve everyday life for everyone in the household.

Now, calling San Mateo County home, I'm blessed daily with the opportunity to help dogs and their owners discover new levels of companionship, loyalty, respect, fun, and love. My mission is to help you live the life you've always wanted with your best friends. It's an honor and a pleasure to be part of your journey.

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Client Reviews

See what our clients in San Mateo County have to say

Jared thoroughly and easily explained their training process and I walked away feeling confident that I want to continue and already feel like my dog is better trained. Thank you so much!
Let me start by saying I love this training style. It's all about communicating effectively with your dog (no shock collars or prong collars AND no excessive treats). I grew up with chronically misbehaving dogs and had parents default to prong collars, so I was a little uncertain about this training style actually working, but I already notice improvements!
Overall, Jared was helpful, thoughtful, and thorough. We covered a ton of information during the first session. We focused on leashed walks, attentiveness, jumping, barking, personal space, and general manners (not crowding while we eat, stealing shoes, staying away from the door while we enter/ exit, etc.). We even went over diet. We gave us a lot of material to review and ways to track progress over weeks so it wasn't overwhelming and it's easier to stay consistent. He was well-prepared for the session and even brought a stuffed dog!
He helped my two dogs (11 year old rescue and 5 month old German shepherd) as well as my boyfriend's dog (5 year old pitbull mix rescue). There was noticeable improvement with the puppy before the end of the first session. Thank you, Jared!
... helped get an adopted pup to become more responsive, stop jumping, stop barking, and learn respect ...
Jared at Bark Busters did an amazing job working with my dog and keeping her prey drive under control. Watching him in action was amazing, he broke her attention away from a squirrel multiple times and was very quick on rewarding her. He explained everything as he did it, so I could work with her whenever the opportunity arrived in the future. This is the most important part with training from my experience, the knowledge to replicate the training so we as pet parents can reinforce it throughout our dogs lives.
My daughter found Bark Busters to help with our 2 family dogs who have anxiety, and some aggressive behaviors. I was a little skeptical with this training, since we have tried other trainers to help our dogs. Meeting Jared was the best things that happened for our dogs. Even though we are not at 100% trained, we have the tools and basic resources to incorporate in our dogs lives. It all started with the “door” training. It makes them both less anxious and they understand that they must wait and be calm before they can come in and out of the house! We still are in the middle of our trainings, but you will be happy with the results, and you will see results on Day 1! If you live in San Mateo, Ca please request Jared! He is the BEST!
Our family was desperate to find a company who can assist our 2 English Bulldog’s who suffer from anxiety, aggression with toys and food, and who are very over protective of us. Cody, who is our special Bulldog is a work in progress. He is so loving, but when it comes to meeting new people who always has his guard up and needs to be the protector of the family! After meeting Jared, he shared some quick tips on how to assist him with his aggression. I can easily say that although Cody is not at 100%, he has made significant progress inside the home and outside as well. Jared is so patient and understanding and without his help, I don’t know what we would have done or where we would be! If I could give 10 stars I would! Jared is by far the BEST trainer in San Mateo, Ca!! If you are looking for a trainer, please reach out to Bark Busters if you are in the San Mateo County!
Jared is AWESOME! My husband and I have two dogs (7 year old 100lb, and 3 year old 40lb) and a baby, and needed help calming the dogs' energy before going out the back door (along with a couple other things). We tried many training approaches unsuccessfully, which is what eventually led us to seek out a trainer. While at work, both sets of grandparents watch the dogs and baby, so we needed to include them in training. Jared worked with all of us during individual visits, and tailored coaching to all of our unique needs. He was VERY patient and encouraging to all of us. After just one visit we noticed a change in our dogs. I would recommend Jared for anyone needing help to get through to their dogs. Any age. Any breed. Any owner.
I'm shocked by the effectiveness of some simple concepts applied. I have a lifetime of dog ownership (mostly poodles) and now a 7-month old Yorkshire puppy who was a challenge. I saw the behavioral changes before my eyes in the first training! Let's be clear tho....the training is for the human not the dog. It was what I did (not the dog) that completely reset our relationship and as a result turned a wild puppy into a well obeyed puppy who actually looks at me and listens! Jared is the best! And he came back to check on me (not the dog) to see if I was practicing and was having a good experience. I bought the "for life" package and could not be happier.
I've worked with Bark Busters since 2021 when I first adopted my dog, Obi. He had some behavioral and anxiety issues that we needed to get under control. I shopped around for a few different trainers that were a bit cheaper but the training just didn't work well with my dog. I came across Bark Busters and was a little hesitant because of the pricing, but I felt that their methods of communication made so much sense. I first worked with Dalila and was stunned by her passion and commitment to this program. I had such an amazing experience with her and we were able to manage Obi's leash manners and home anxiety. As time went on, we reached back out to Bark Busters since Obi was beginning to act up again around other dogs. Because of that lifetime guarantee, we were able to work with Jared at no additional cost. Jared was very lovely and personable. He gave us great tips and a little refresher course. I would highly recommend working with Bark Busters because you can tell they genuinely care about their clients and want the best for your family!
These guys are amazing. I got Randy and Jared, and they were both equally as amazing. After the first visit with Randy, 75% of all issues were taken care of. After Jared came a few weeks later the remaining 25% of problems we were dealing with were fixed. Since they left me with all the tools to continue practicing good behavior with my dog, none of the problems have resurfaced. The things they helped fix was: jumping on the people and on or doors, eating our other dog's food, recall, and walks. Getting my dog to go on walks was super important because she was terrified of leaving the driveway and I had no idea what to do about it. On the first visit Randy helped to get her more comfortable with being on the leash and being in front of the house. After the second visit with Jared she venturing out on walks with full confidence. Bark Busters really is incredible and they have amazing being working for them. I do recommend Bark Busters.
Let me start by saying I love this training style. It’s all about communicating effectively with your dog (no shock collars or prong collars AND no excessive treats). I grew up with chronically misbehaving dogs and had parents default to prong collars, so I was a little uncertain about this training style actually working, but I already notice improvements!

Overall, Jared was helpful, thoughtful, and thorough. We covered a ton of information during the first session. We focused on leashed walks, attentiveness, jumping, barking, personal space, and general manners (not crowding while we eat, stealing shoes, staying away from the door while we enter/ exit, etc.). We even went over diet. We gave us a lot of material to review and ways to track progress over weeks so it wasn’t overwhelming and it’s easier to stay consistent. He was well-prepared for the session and even brought a stuffed dog!
He helped my two dogs (11 year old rescue and 5 month old German shepherd) as well as my boyfriend’s dog (5 year old pitbull mix rescue). There was noticeable improvement with the puppy before the end of the first session. Thank you, Jared!
From our very first session with Ryan, it was evident that we had found a gem in the world of dog training. Ryan's patience was remarkable, providing a sense of calm that helped both us and our excitable pup feel at ease. His kindness was not just a professional courtesy, but a genuine attribute that resonated in all his interactions with us and our dog.

Ryan's knowledge about dog behavior and training techniques was truly impressive. He seemed to have an endless array of strategies and insights that were perfectly suited to our dog's distinct personality. As an educator, Ryan was exceptional, breaking down complex training methods into simple, digestible lessons. His teaching style was engaging and easy to follow, empowering us to be effective trainers in our own right.

One of the most refreshing aspects of working with Ryan was his non-pushy demeanor. He was completely respectful of our learning curve and was always understanding of our training goals. We never felt judged or discouraged; on the contrary, Ryan's encouragement and positive reinforcement made every training session a joy.
Jared is so good with bear he’s very patient when he pulls the leash and barks at dogs and he hardly jumps on me and my parents when we walk through the door his recall has been so much better while working with Jared bear is always excited when he comes a trains him cant wait to continue training with him
I can't recommend Ryan highly enough. The difference in my dog before and after our session was like night and day. Petie was having a hard time with aggression, both on leash and off. I was afraid I was going to have to give him up, because I had tried other trainers, but the behavior never trained. Treat training, shock collars, you name it. Then Ryan showed me that it was ME. The way I was not stepping up to the plate as the pack leader. Boy once I did, Petie no longer felt the need to take charge or dominate. Thanks so much Ryan -- your training was life changing.
Bark Busters has been a major help to us. We rescued 2 puppies and did not know where to begin training. As it turned out we needed to be trained first. The first thing I learned is dogs can pick up on your anxiety. I had to learn to speak calmly so I would not confuse the dogs.
The basic training for the dogs took about a week and now we are moving on to more advanced commands.
Impressed with the quick results that I saw on day one. I had my rescue dog Pixel for four months. He was extremely timid and would hide from everyone including me. He would also snap at my girlfriend when she would try to approach him. So we called Bark Busters and booked an appointment right away. It was very convenient to have a dog trainer come to my place of residence. The trainer explained the reasons behind his aggression and came up with a lesson plan tailored to his temperament and personality. After some patience and learning how to speak dog, he finally came out of his shell and learning how to be a dog again.
After trying numerous training programs and methods with varying degrees of success, we decided to invest in Bark Busters and could not be happier with the results. At our very first home visit, Dalila gave us tools and guidance to help stop of our puppy's bad behaviors and encourage positive ones. The results were immediate and we're on our way to happier, calmer pup -- and the ability to eat dinner without her begging for scraps! Thank you, Dalila. You've made such a difference in how we care for our dog!
I am very pleased with the training that Dalila provided. It was a fun learning experience for me and my dog. I learned how to better communicate with my dog using her own natural language. So impressed that my dog responded so well to me. Thank you Dalila!
My dog is very reactive and gets startled at any little noise in my house, especially with the mail man or anyone coming near the door. She also gets triggered by certain people and other dogs outside on walks. Dalila taught me so much about my dog, most importantly, how to read her body language and get her attention when she gets distracted. Training has definitely been a work in progress but I now feel a lot better handling her indoors and more equipped to deal with stressful situations outdoors. Thank you Dalila!!!
I've had a few training sessions with Dalila and experienced so much progress under her direction. My pup has had a lot of trouble with fear and reactivity to outside stimulus. Dalila was able to work backwards from the identified issues and create bite sized instructions/ exercises that worked seamlessly into my day so I could train my pup consistently. My pup gets super anxious with humans she is not familiar with and just after 1 session with Dalila she already felt so comfortable with her. Dalila makes training fun and my pup was even sad to see her leave after our session; she really gave us the tools we needed to make life easier for both me and my dog.
Hi I just want to say that Delila Ortiz is amazing. I'm so thankful I found her. I recently adopted an incredible dog who unfortunately also exhibited some aggression under certain circumstances. I was scared that there wasn't a path forward with him. Within literally minutes of coming to my house, Delila pinpointed the issue (fear and insecurity) and had me run through some exercises. My dog transformed before my eyes, it was awesome. She is passionate about what she does and helping both dogs and humans live their best lives together. I absolutely recommend Bark Busters they are great!
Dalila at Bark Busters has been such a a big help in understanding our dogs tendencies and bad behavior. We came to her in a time of need where one of our dogs was bullying and attacking our other dog and we couldn't find the cause of what was triggering our aggressive dog. After our first session with Dalila, we went through some exercises to establish ground rules in the house and both of our dogs responded right away. I highly recommend Dalila to any dog owner that needs help with dog on dog aggression, basic obedience and having an understanding of how to properly communicate with your dog.
I can't begin to say how much I recommend Bark Busters! Dalila was amazing, She came to my home and helped transform Leah my 2 yr old pug. My issues were constant barking and rushing at the front door when visitors would come over.
Dalila gave us exercises to start immediately and within the first week we saw a significant difference, by the end of week two our home has become peaceful and we can walk out the door without her rushing us.
We recently had guest come over and they commented on what a difference it was being in my house!
Dalila answered all my questions and was super sweet and professional. I highly recommend!!
I was so grateful that Dalila was able to come to my house and help me with managing my new puppy. I loved all her helpful tips and tricks to keep her happy, exercised and feeling safe. I can't wait to keep learning more and look forward to being able teach my baby how to be a well rounded pup.
Very pleased with Bark busters training results in just one week. My dog Bear now looks to me for guidance when the door bells rings. He used to jump on everyone that came in the house, now that I know how to communicate properly with him he is responding with much better behavior. Thank you Dalila for showing me a different way of interacting with my best friend.
Our fur baby Precious had really bad door manners. Anytime visitors would come to the house, she would bark non stop and be very anxious. This made having anyone over such a production. Dalila came to our home and showed us how to claim our space and gave us a more effective way to communicate what we wanted to our pup. Very impressed with what we have achieved within the first week! No more incessant barking at visitors! Thank you Dalila for all your help and guidance.
I recently adopted my 3 year old Labrador Mix, Dalia, and she was very reactive and pulled my leash so much! It was really embarassing and I needed some help. Dalila is such an amazing trainer! She not only talked me through the exercises and training but she also explained in detail Dalia's body language and why she was acting the way she was. It really helped me understand and build my relationship with Dalia. Additionally, Dalila is always there to help! I am able to text/call her if I am struggling with certain training exercises and she will come again to help me through it. Dalila makes me feel supported and relieved as Dalia and I work through our trainings together.

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What Makes Bark Busters San Mateo 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 San Mateo 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.

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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

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

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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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