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 Karina

Dog Trainer in Santa Monica

Best Dog Training Los Angeles, Hollywood, Burbank, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Culver City & Studio City!

Welcome! Meet Karina Gonzalez, your Bark Busters Dog Trainer and Dog Behavioral Therapist in Los Angeles. Karina takes great pride in helping every single dog and family she comes across. While she has a passion for dogs her goal is help you and help make an immediate impact as soon as she enters your home.

About Karina

Karina's passion and love for helping animals has been with her since she was a child. Growing up in Puerto Rico alongside her Miniature Schnauzer, bestowed upon her a love for dogs. She would regularly help feed the street dogs (Sato’s) in Puerto Rico and seeing these dogs in these conditions - homeless, with no food or water - instilled in her a desire to help all animals, especially dogs. Karina moved to the United States from Puerto Rico where she added a second Miniature Schnauzer to her family.

Being part of the most prestigious dog training company in the world, Bark Busters, has given Karina a higher purpose in life. Helping clients to achieve their goals and strengthen their relationship with their dog is her number one priority as soon as she walks in that door. She looks forward to teaching you and your family to "Speak Dog" the Bark Busters way!

Karina wakes up every day with the goal to help every dog owner they meet and pass on the knowledge that they have. You can put your trust in her to help you with any dog related behavioral issues you might have!

Home dog training. We will come into your home for private dog training lessons, developing a one-on-one game plan to address your dog's specific issues. Why your home? Your home is a safe environment for your dog and that is where most of the misbehaviors will occur. Free of unusual distractions, your dog will quickly learn your house rules when it comes to aggression, barking, sibling rivalry, separation anxiety and more. After setting the ground rules indoors, we can then go outdoors to work on socialization and leash pulling.

Passive influence. Our first dog training lesson will take up to 2 to 3 hours. The Bark Busters dog behavioral methods revolve around non-physical, positive training methods.

Dog-friendly methods. We don't believe in shock collars, prong collars or choke collars. Every dog is an individual with their own personalities, temperaments, and experiences. Once we have a plan in place, we can address any lingering issues in the future.

Effective communication. Dogs can't speak 'human', so it's no wonder they can't initially understand our verbal commands. We will teach you how to communicate with your dog in a language he understands. You will learn how to use your body language and voice tones. By consistently reinforcing our dog training techniques for 20 minutes a day, you will soon have a well-mannered and obedient dog.

No limitations. We train any dog, any breed, any size, any age! We assist with everything from puppy training to senior dogs.

Life of the Dog Guarantee. Our Life-of-the-Dog Support Guarantee goes wherever you and your dog go! Bark Busters is the only company with National Support & Unlimited Training options. This guarantee stays with your dog wherever you move.

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What Makes Bark Busters Los Angeles, Hollywood, Santa Monica & Beverly Hills 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 Los Angeles, Hollywood, Santa Monica & Beverly Hills, 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

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.

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Los Angeles, Hollywood, Santa Monica & Beverly Hills Client Reviews

See what our clients have to say

I'm floored with the difference I see with my dog in just a few hours. Karina's a wizard. She's training you as much as she's training your dog, but she truly speaks 'dog' and her methods work, right away. 5 stars
By the time I found Bark Busters, I had spent so much time searching for a solution for my rescue dog's behavior challenges. I was feeling at a loss when Bark Busters truly stepped in and helped us make major changes.

I was skeptical at first due to their philosophy of teaching you to "speak dog," but it seriously works. Before the end of our introductory session with Karina, our pup was already showing signs of changed behavior. In the last 5 weeks, we've kept up with the training as we were directed to and WOW.

I won't say we have a new dog, because our dog is still our fun, energetic, playful dude, but we have a dog with a new behavioral baseline that enables us to live our lives with less stress and more of the good stuff that you hope for when you adopt a dog!

I truly can't recommend Bark Busters enough.
We've been to quite a few trainers and did not get the results that we did with Erind in just 1 session. He is clear, affable, understanding, and I could tell he really processes the information we're giving him about our pups. We are already seeing incredible results and look forward to continued in home training and "tune ups" for years to come.
We've worked with Bark Busters a couple times now and really love their service. Erind is a wonderful trainer. While he has trained our beloved pooch (sit, stay, get in and out of the car, etc) he also teaches us the techniques to keep training her ourselves to reinforce behavior. We're amazed at how much our dog Kumi has learned in less than a month so far. We highly recommend Bark Busters and are so happy we work with them.
Bark busters is amazing! Our dog Noodles was very territorial and definitely had a barking problem. Erind helped us understand the root cause of the issue and provided us with lots of tips and trainings to help Noodles understand that he is not in charge and does not need to be a guard dog. We saw significant improvement within the first week. After the first month, he no longer barks when people come to the door and does not show any signs of aggression. We are still working on helping Noodles with his anxiety and are confident that we can resolve this issue with continued help from Erind. Highly recommend!
Bark busters is amazing! Our dog Noodles was very territorial and definitely had a barking problem. Erind helped us understand the root cause of the issue and provided us with lots of tips and trainings to help Noodles understand that he is not in charge and does not need to be a guard dog. We saw significant improvement within the first week. After the first month, he no longer barks when people come to the door and does not show any signs of aggression. We are still working on helping Noodles with his anxiety and are confident that we can resolve this issue with continued help from Erind. Highly recommend!
I am so happy I decided to go with bark busters to train my two pups! Karina came with enthusiasm and educated me a lot on dog behavior. Within minutes my dogs were listening attentively when we did some work on door manners. Karina then left me with exercises to do daily. I can't wait to see my dogs in two weeks in just two days they are way more behaved!!
Karina was so helpful! I starting seeing results with my dog immediately. Would definitely recommend to any friends looking for a good dog trainer.
Karina was super helpful in our first training session with my dog, Junior. I'm seeing at least a 50% improvement in the things we worked on in just two weeks. I love her company's communication philosophy when it comes to the animal. Karina is knowledgeable, tough, and very friendly. I highly recommend Bark Busters!
Karina was incredible. After just three hours she equipped us with all the insight, exercises, and tools to help our beautiful supermutt rescue feel safe and secure by finally seeing us as the alphas. After months and months of fear aggression, leash pulling, and spotty recall we are so relieved to see such quick progress with Karina's help. It's a night and day difference. We thought we'd already known everything we needed to as owners and would simply have to live with the dead ends and challenges but the Bark Busters philosophy and Karina's understanding of dogs as animals-over-pets completely changed our mindset. We are over the moon!
Aaron is great! he's showed us how to work with our very anxious pitty/boxer mix. The tools he's given us really do work! I recommend Bark Busters to all my friends! worth every penny
My training with Erind and Bark Busters has been fantastic!! From the beginning when I booked the lesson on the phone they were very nice and answered all my questions for me. I feel like The reason Bark Busters works so well is that they TRAIN YOU on how to train your dog. They explained how my dogs needs to respect me and feel safe with me and they helped me do this by showing me leadership in the home and giving me exercises to implement everyday. As long as you are putting in the work and doing what they tell you to do you will have success! My dog was always anxious and scared of everything he came across but now he has become so much more relaxed and is not reacting to every little sound he hears or people and dogs on walks. Thank you so much Erind and Bark Busters you have helped me and my dog Nike so much I am so grateful and would recommend you to anyone who needs help training their dog!
We had our first training session with Karina yesterday and it went very well! Me and my partner have two Aussies and had been struggling a little with a lot of leash pulling and barking from one of my pupperz. She came in and explained everything very thorough. I was amazed to see that our pups responded very well to the training. Karina is awesome and she answered all of our questions and eased our worries. Were excited to see the outcome and me n my partner are committed to helping our pupz be happy n enjoy life
This was our first day of training and we saw immediate results. Erind arrived right on time, was friendly, attentive, and informative. He took time to listen to our concerns and provided different training exercises to deal with the specific issues and made suggestions. He even observed them and brought up items of concern we hadn't even noticed that could be potential issues in the future. Bark Busters is great because it is not treat dependent (because let's face it, I don't always have treats on me. What if I run out? Not to mention, sometimes our dogs are too distracted to be enticed by a treat). They use techniques to show the dogs that you (the owner) are the leader. They use training exercises so the dogs become accustomed to you giving out the orders. With a little time, patience, and practice, I'm 100% sure we will get our babies acting on their best behavior. The key to this type of training is that you (the owner) have to practice with your dog everyday. The repetition helps with your dog's training. And since you're the one giving orders, you have to practice with your dogs to set boundaries and to earn their respect as their pack leader.

Today we were able to maintain space and set boundaries so the dogs waited by the kitchen door while I rattled treats and tempted them to run in. It's dangerous for them to follow me around while cooking since I don't want anything hot to accidentally spill on them. We also dropped treats on the floor, and they did not pick them up until we invited them. They stopped barking at the door and also learned to stop jumping on us. This was all accomplished on day one, which lasts about 3-4 hours. We were pleasantly surprised how quickly the dogs picked everything up and how attentive they were. Even after Erind left, we continued to correct them. They both stayed by the kitchen door while I rattled their after dinner treat. And adorably and obediently, they then waited and received their well deserved morsel.

Walking will be a challenge for us since we have a 6 month pup that is super alpha and our 4 year old is having to relearn. But we are hopeful. With their special collars we've already seen a difference. Buddy our 4 year old is already staying by my side. Though he's not a puller. He's a very curious, stimulated dog, so he loves walking ahead. Bella our baby loves to pull and tug. She could drag a body up the street with her strength. However, with today's corrections she followed and was more attentive.

The first day is intense, can be confusing to your pups, can be confusing and overwhelming for you, and it doesn't help I was also timid in practicing the exercises. I'm horribly shy... However, it was a very informative and an enjoyable experience. We can't wait until our next session to level up with these pups. I'll update once that time comes. But until then, we will be practicing these exercises everyday in hopes of being able to walk theses kids off leash without any issues. Because honestly, there's nothing more wonderful than seeing your dogs feel happy and carefree, tongue hanging out, ears flapping through the air, without a harness or leash (while being able to call them right back to you).

*Pricing: It's a one time fee for lifetime support. There is only one plan and one fee. So don't bother haggling. No matter if it's one or two dogs or three or ten. You just list the names of the dogs. The training is transferable to any city or state Bark Busters is available in case you move. All of the training is good for all the dogs to learn so they are on the same page. Once again, you're the leader of your wolf pack. So even if you think your one pup may be pretty well behaved, there's always something you can work on and it's best for all of them to understand what you are communicating. I thought the pricing was expensive at first, but with lifetime support, it's a no brainer. At minimum $200 a session per dog with just an independent trainer, it adds up.
*Scheduling: Booking the first appointment was easy. They called right back when I left a message. They also texted my number. Be sure to label their number. At first it went straight to SPAM and was blocked. The Bark Busters number goes to a call center where they book according to availability. For the 2nd appointment, it's suggested you take 2-4 weeks to practice exercises first. Erind gave us his cell number and left a contact card as well as information on each exercise we learned, a calendar to check off the exercises each day, as well as a whole folder of wonderful information. He also reiterated if we forget something he would gladly walk us through the exercises again and he's just a phone call away.

I really can't fully express how great today's experience was. I am extremely hopeful our pups will be the face of model doggos.
Very informative, easy to follow, and insightful.
Helpful context to various exercises and speaking dog. The background into the exercises was meaningful and will help us reinforce the exercises at home and on walks.
Winston is very stubborn and he had Winston not running to the door and not jumping up. He also had Winston walking without pulling and staying right to my side.
We loved our experience with our training session. Erind was super helpful, answered our questions, and made us feel at ease with the training process. We are excited to keep working on our pups training.
Karina gave us great feedback and homework. It's reassuring to have a game plan. We're hopeful for the training to come!
Super thorough and very easy to understand. Everything makes total sense and Karina was such a pleasure to work with. She was very sweet, caring, knowledgeable, and patient. We strongly recommend Karina and Bark Busters! You will see a noticeable difference.
Thor listened so quickly, almost made a liar out of me about his naughty behavior. Fantastic training advice, highly recommend!
Karina is awesome! So funny and GREAT with Thor. We're looking forward to working with her more to learn all about training our pup.
Very clear and concise training tips; very friendly and great dog trainer.
Karina is very thorough and understanding. She makes you feel welcomed and clears up any questions. I can't wait to apply what I've learned so far. Max Stone is already receptive on day one.
After so much research, calling, and waiting, I can honestly say I feel as I made the right choice in choosing Bark Busters as my dogs' trainer.

I was extremely nervous about it, but after Erind came to my apartment, and got to know my golden retriever he made me feel at ease. He was extremely informative and clear, and the exercises were very straightforward and easy to remember.

All my questions were answered, and he didn't leave until I felt 100% comfortable.

My puppy & I are eager to practice the exercises moving forward!
Today was epic, stoked about it all!

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