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Brett
Brett | larkspur

Luna has been a handful since i adopted her at the age of 2. She was obstinate but loving to my wife and I. SHe just had a strong will of her own. We met Karen in October 23 and Karen was patient ...

Stephanie
Stephanie | Corte Madera

I called Karen after adopting a young border collie mix that immediately began to show resource guarding and growled and barked at visitors and the neighborhood children. I called Bark Busters as I ...

Diedre
Diedre | Mill Valley

I am so relieved and Happy I found barkBusters. A friend of mine recommended Karen as she had used her services a few years ago. I thought her dog was amazing and I wanted Tucker to be just like that...

Steve
Steve | Greenbrae

Karen was great, Jasper is a 3 yr old Aussie Cattledog and came to us thru Milo foundation. In recent years he was getting more and more aggressive towards guests coming to the home post pandemic and...

Valeria C.
Valeria C. | San Rafael, Marin

Before finding Bark Busters, I was so traumatized because of a bad training experience we had in the past with someone else. Honestly I was so excited when I found Bark Busters because I learned that ...

Riley R.
Riley R. | San Francisco, City and County of San Francisco

My partner & I rescued a German Shepherd mix in August of 2021 who is sweet as can be but struggled with severe separation anxiety. We worked with several trainers before meeting Adam and didn’t ...

Kelly S.
Kelly S. | San Francisco, City and County of San Francisco

Karen was very patient and compassionate with us, quickly becoming very attuned to my rescue cattle dog mix with separation anxiety issues. I was very impressed by her reading of our relationship, and...

Cristan P.
Cristan P. | San Rafael, Marin

We are so thankful we called Bark Busters to help our rottie. Rottweilers have a generally bad reputation so we were very relieved to hear they had no issues working with him. We had some ...

Alexa K.
Alexa K. | San Rafael, Marin

Up until a week ago we were chronically stressed by our doggie’s behavior. If we didn’t have a treat available, his counter-surfing, jumping on visitors, and lunging at other dogs was unstoppable....

Pamela H.
Pamela H. | San Francisco

I read the reviews here and figured we had nothing to lose - I adopted an abused puppy from Africa while working there, and he had severe separation anxiety and fear aggression. I was almost at the ...

Karen C.
Karen C. | San Rafael, Marin

Bark Busters saved us. We were at the decision to use a ‘boot camp’ style training facility or locate a home trainer, and Bark Busters/Karen Gaines was the right choice. It didn’t feel right to ...

Daniel K.
Daniel K. | Corte Madera, Marin

I have only glowing, positive comments about Karen! She has helped us with our very rambunctious, energetic 7-month old Pit bull. As he grew from a little, frisky puppy into an enormous 65-lb dog made...

Lisa P.
Lisa P. | San Francisco, City and County of San Francisco

Karen is an incredible dog whisperer! She just has to enter the room and my daughter's puppy turns into a little angel....and stays that way long after she is gone. Karen offers wonderful advice to ...

Susanne C.
Susanne C. | Kentfield, Marin

Karen came to help us with our two dogs. We have an older dog and a puppy and they were not getting along. Our puppy was constantly barking at our older (highly anxious) dog. We were at our wits ...

Kesley T.
Kesley T. | San Francisco, City and County of San Francisco

Adam was amazing! Our dog Bernie was showing signs of resource guarding (spoiled only dog child problems) and being a little brat. He was also getting aggressive with some dogs at the dog park when he...

Lynda G.
Lynda G. | Fairfax

Karen was terrific, hire her! Honestly, Karen is the best dog trainer; she is kind, easy to talk with; her techniques are gentle and easy to learn. Karen walked me through everything I needed to do ...

Kate S.
Kate S. | Sausalito, Marin

As a vet, I am perhaps more concerned about dog behavior issues than the average person since I see the worst case scenarios on a daily basis of what can happen when a challenging situation isn't ...

Walker W.
Walker W. | San Francisco, City and County of San Francisco

We’ve been working with Karen @ Bark Busters for about 3 months now. When we reached out to Karen our puppy Remy was about 6 months old. We had success training her on some basics (potty training, ...

Mary K.
Mary K. | San Rafael, Marin

Let me start by saying I was not a dog person. I am a cat person. I have two Siamese cats. When my Mom passed away, I promised her I would take her chihuahua which was VERY important to her. ...

Lisa F.
Lisa F. | Daly City, San Mateo

Karen is truly a lifesaver! We used to walk down the street scared of how our dog luke would react with other dogs, he was always such a sweetheart in our house, but on the street, it was a different ...

Allen C.
Allen C. | San Francisco, City and County of San Francisco

Adam is awesome!! We can't say good enough things about him. Before finding Bark Busters, we had used other highly recommended dog training companies and spent so much money on hourly session here and...

Debbie L.
Debbie L. | San Francisco

I vetted and called literally dozens of trainers before settling on Karen. Getting the right trainer is important to me. There are some trainers in the bay area that charge you thousands of dollars to...

Theresa Z.
Theresa Z. | San Francisco, City and County of San Francisco

Adam is a lifesaver! My dog Chase was afraid of everything ... men, dogs, his shadow, and me leaving him. He had horrible separation anxiety. When I would leave, he would almost hurt himself. I was at...

Fran B.
Fran B. | San Francisco

I've had my dog Merlin since he was a puppy. He has always been an absolute sweetheart,or so i thoughtt.. but he had a lot of behavioral problems. My dog was, dog aggressive, would bark at anything ...

Maureen H.
Maureen H. | San Rafael

We called Karen after our dog Elko started showing signs of aggression to other people. We had rescued him just 2 months previously and noticed things about his behavior that concerned us and we ...

Maura H.
Maura H. | Novato

From the moment Karen came to the house it was clear she was evaluating us and our fur babies. 2 generations of guardians and three generations of dogs! She was great! Seems to know exactly what the ...

Dale G.
Dale G. | Novato

My wife and I were very pleased with the training we received to help our dog behave properly. Our instructor Karen was insightful and very knowledgable in the manners of dogs and how to break them of...

Tal M.
Tal M. | Novato

The Barkbusters Training is the most successful and BEST training method we've experienced! And we have tried many!! We really shortchanged ourselves by going to several trainers after thinking ...

Kate M.
Kate M. | Novato

Karen provided a calm productive environment and gave me some effective training tools to establish pack leader mentality to practice with our year old lab mix with a dominant personality. I met with...

Beverly C.
Beverly C. | San Rafael

I/we - cant thank Karen at Bark Busters enough. My mom is probably much older than most of the clients Karen works with, but she assures me she is not. We decided that as a widow, she needed a ...

Kelly P.
Kelly P. | Tiburon

We met with Karen for three hours to help us learn to train our new rescue Daisy. We lost our perfect, nearly 15 year old yellow lab a few months ago, so it has been a while since we have had to do ...

Cynthia M.
Cynthia M. | San Francisco

Karen is amazing! We interviewed countless dog trainers, audited a number of classes and NO ONE compared to her approach and technique. She truly understands the behavior of dogs and 'speaks their ...

Sophie C.
Sophie C. | Woodacre

Karen's friendly training is extremely efficient. Just a few tips and Hugo, still a puppy, is learning fast how to behave in many situations. As a result we enjoy him even more. Thanks Karen!...

Glen G.
Glen G. | Novato

Even though BarkBusters and Karen was highly recommended by an aunt who used her services 2 years ago for her shy little poodle , I was very skeptical. I wasnt expecting alot from this training but I ...

Louise G.
Louise G. | San Rafael

You came to our house about 3 months ago, to assist us in training both Ezra (husky) and Blake (pointer-spaniel), our canine friends. I wish to underline the quality of your work and of your ...

Jaime M.
Jaime M. | San Rafael

Ella responded well and readily to all the training suggestions. The training techniques were "user friendly" and effective. They made sense! Karen made the training fun and interesting for both Ella ...

Julie H.
Julie H. | SAN RAFAEL

my dogs were unused to walking on a leash and being around other dogs when I moved here from out of the state. Karen was great with them and me and I would be happy to recommend her and her methods to...

Ardelle P.
Ardelle P. | San Anselmo

We have nothing but the highest praise for Karen. We have only had two sessions with her and already our puppy is learning to be such a good dog. We especially had trouble with her jumping on ...

Ardelle P.
Ardelle P. | San Anselmo

We have nothing but the highest praise for Karen. We have only had two sessions with her and already our puppy is learning to be such a good dog. We especially had trouble with her jumping on ...

Luke M.
Luke M. | Mill valley

I rescued bodi when he was 6 mos old from Sonora. I had no idea what to do with a puppy and I was lucky enough to meet Karen at bark busters. She made me understand that consistency and leadership ...

Wendy M.
Wendy M. | San Rafael

Absolutely fantastic. Without a doubt - makes so much sense and easy to understand why Bark Busters methods work, My dog Archie responded not only to Karen but to me as well. Karen's approach was in ...

Larry & Susan F.
Larry & Susan F. | San Francisco

I contacted Bark Busters and it could not have been soon enough. Karen Gaines was great. She took the time to get to know all our issues and we addressed them all one by one. Bark Busters methods are...

COMMON BEHAVIOR

IN DOGS

Most behavioral issues are learned based on both experiences and environment. That’s why in home dog training is so effective because this is where most behavioral issues occur and it’s where your dog feels the safest. Because your dog can’t speak English and you can’t “speak dog” many miscommunications occur. At Bark Busters, we can teach you how to communicate with your dog in a language he understands.

Does your dog bark constantly when it’s not appropriate?

Does your dog get stressed when you leave?

Does your dog chew and dig out of boredom or otherwise?

Toilet training your puppy should start as soon as the puppy is home with you.

Does your dog continuously repeat certain behaviors more than normal?

Is your dog aggressive toward humans or other dogs?.

Does your dog pull on his leash during a walk and try to walk you?

Areas

We Service

Albany, Belvedere Tiburon, Bolinas, Boyes Hot Springs, Corte Madera, Crockett, Dillon Beach, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, El Verano, Fairfax, Forest Knolls, Greenbrae, Hercules, Inverness, Kentfield, Lagunitas, Larkspur, Mill Valley, Napa, Nicasio, Novato, Olema, Petaluma, Pinole, Point Reyes Station, Port Costa, Richmond, Rodeo, Ross, San Anselmo, San Francisco, San Geronimo, San Pablo, San Quentin, San Rafael, Sausalito, Stinson Beach, Tomales, Vallejo, Vineburg, Woodacre 94005, 94014, 94015, 94025, 94027, 94030, 94044, 94062, 94080, 94089, 94101, 94102, 94103, 94103, 94104, 94105, 94106, 94107, 94107, 94108, 94110, 94111, 94112, 94114, 94115, 94116, 94117, 94118, 94119, 94120, 94121, 94123, 94124, 94125, 94126, 94127, 94129, 93131, 94133, 94135, 94136, 94137, 94138, 94139, 94140, 94141, 94142, 94143, 94144, 94145, 94146, 94147, 94150, 94151, 94152, 94153, 94154, 94155, 94156, 94157, 94158, 94159, 95160, 94161, 94162, 94163, 94164, 94165, 94166, 94167, 94169, 94169, 94170, 94171, 94172, 94175, 94177, 94188, 94199, 94403, 94525, 94530, 94558, 94559, 94564, 94569, 94581, 94589, 94599, 94706, 94801, 94802, 94803, 94804, 94805, 94806, 94807, 94808, 94820, 94901, 94903, 94904, 94912, 94903, 94914, 94914, 94915, 94920, 94924, 94925, 94929, 94930, 94933, 94937, 94938, 94939, 94940, 94941, 94942, 94945, 94946, 94947, 94948.

The GameChanger® is the revolutionary new dog toy that will keep your dog busy for hours. Simply open up (easy for humans - hard for dogs) the GameChanger® and fill with his favorite treats. He will be happily occupied working out how to make the GameChanger® spill out its treats.

Make pulling on the lead a thing of the past. This one-of-a-kind harness is easy to use and needs little effort to get your dog walking by your side using it's patented, revolutionary communication system.