The Case of the Unruly Boston Terriers

Meet Nelson, Dottie, and Cash! These adorable little creatures were giving their mom a run for the money with their barking, jumping, and door rushing. I taught her how to "speak dog" and within minutes they calmed down and were responding to her body language and tone of voice. See for yourself how their front door manners changed right within minutes!

The Case of the Zigger and Zagger

I recently adopted Dixie, a 1 1/2 year old female Boston Terrier. She came to me very unsocialized, really having no exposure to the outside world. She’s a confident dog, so she’s not afraid of anything, but she would lose her mind with excitement in public and around any kind of distraction. She was a huge puller on the leash and would zig and zag all over with the slightest of distractions. This video shows and describes some of the awesome progress she’s made since I adopted her.

The Case of the Crazy Puller

Meet Axel, an 8 month old, intact male German Shepherd who lives in the heart of the Bronx. This video shows his progress during a session on leash walking.

The Case of the Deaf Rescue Pup

This is the story of my rescue pup Dobby’s transformation. The first part of the video was how he arrived to his foster home in the U.S. He was born completely deaf, and his first owner had made the huge mistake of trying to train him with a laser pointer, which caused him to obsessively bark, dig, and chase lights and shadows (canine compulsive disorder, which is like OCD in humans). He also developed separation anxiety and was eventually moved out of their house into a yard where he barked and circled constantly, like you see in the video. His owner surrendered him when neighbors took him to court about the barking, and the owner was being told to have the dog’s vocal cords removed. Dobby was in the care of a wonderful foster mom with Northeast Boston Terrier Rescue, and when I heard his story, I fell in love. When I adopted him, he came to me with all those issues and food aggression.... and he wasn’t a big fan of crates. Take a look at how he’s transformed into a happy, relaxed boy. I love him so much, and it is such a blessing to have him in my life and to be able to learn from him on a daily basis!! Dobby is living proof that with proper training, leadership, and structure, and of course love, rescue dogs can overcome years of poor treatment and grow to lead happy, wonderful lives. His deafness does not slow him down or impact him in any way. I have learned so much from him, and I am happy to be able to use that knowledge to help my clients who have dogs that are deaf, or have other complicated issues. I hope his story gives you hope!

Introduction to Bark Busters Home Dog Training

Welcome! And thanks for visiting my page! I created this video to give people like you a little background about the types of behavioral issues and concerns that I can help with, my training philosophy, what to expect if you work with me, and what some of the great benefits of this method are. If you'd like to learn more, please visit me at or give me a call at 877-500-BARK.

How Remote or Virtual Dog Training Can Work for You

Due to the various "stay at home" and social distancing orders, I am offering a variety of great, remote/virtual training options to get you started at working on your dog's behavior. Remote training is highly effective and an awesome way to spend some of the extra time you may have now at home with your dog. Training is important both to ensure that you have a quiet environment for working at home or conducting home schooling of your children, as well as to guard against separation anxiety and other behavioral issues that may crop up as the pandemic subsides and you prepare to go back to work and your "normal" routine. This video will give you an overview of what remote training with me will be like and some of the great benefits of it.

Lucy and Ethel Take a Stroll

In this video, rescue sisters Lucy and Ethel are fine tuning their walking skills. They've progressed from walking one at a time with their owner in low distraction areas to what you see here, both dogs on nice, relaxed loose leashes in an area with distractions and street noise. Great job girls!! If your dog needs help with walking - either pulling on the leash or leash reactivity, make sure to give me a call or contact me through my website at I look forward to helping you!

Walking! Starring pups from the Bronx and Westchester

This is a compilation of nice loose leash walking successes to give you a feel for the diversity of the dogs I work with and the environments I work in. From Chihuahuas to a Cane Corso... from young pups to senior dogs... from a quiet street in the suburbs to a busy street in the heart of White Plains or the Bronx, I can help with ANY age, ANY breed, ANY issue. Some of the dogs you'll watch are rescues; others are from breeders. They came to be with a variety of issues (some started with basic puppy manners; others needed help with more severe issues like aggression), but they all needed help with leash pulling and/or reactivity, and as you can see, they are all doing well! If you need help with your dog, call me or contact me through my website: I look forward to helping you!

The Case of the Bucking Bronco

Marshall is a young, playful, strong, and powerful dog! When I first met him, everything was a game, and he wanted to be the one in control of his owners, especially on the walk. Watch him transform from pulling, jumping all over his owners, nipping, biting the leash, and trying to control to walk to contentedly walking on a loose leash by his owners' sides. Leash pulling, jumping, nipping, and biting are just a few of the many issues I can help with. Call me today to set up your first session - or reach out through my website!

The Case of the Leash Reactive Rescue

When I first met Luna, she was a recent rescue, and her owner was having difficulty with her pulling and reacting on the leash. This video shows the beginning of her transformation during a typical leash walking session. Notice how initially she is highly distracted, pulling, lunging, barking, and racing to get ahead of us. After we started to work with her, you'll notice she slows down and isn't quite as intent on racing into the lead. And toward the end of the session, you see her walking at our sides on a nice loose, relaxed leash, much more attentive to us than she was at the beginning. Leash work takes time and practice, but the reward of having a great canine companion to walk with without dealing with pulling, lunging, and barking is GREAT! If you need help with leash pulling or reactivity, give me a call or reach out through my website

A Pitbull and His Pop

Tre and his dad have a great relationship, but Tre is a big, powerful dog, and anytime you have a big, powerful dog, it is important to have him under good control on the leash. Before we started to work together, he was doing a bit of pulling, getting distracted by things in the environment, and occasionally getting riled up and nipping at his dad. He just needed a little fine tuning. Watch what happens when we slow him down and get him to focus and pay better attention to his dad, allowing dad to lead the walk. Another success story! Does your dog need a little fine tuning? Or a lot?! Call me!! Or reach out through my website

Getting Started on the Right Paw

What is better than a puppy?! Nothing that I can think of! This video shows the "before" and "after" from a typical puppy lesson with Marley, where I helped his owners address his fear of going down steps, typical puppy nipping/mouthing, and his rushing out the front door every time they tried to open it to let a visitor in. As you can see, he's a sweet and smart puppy, and he took to the techniques right away! If you have a new puppy, my training methods are ideal to get your pup started out on the right "paw." I can help with all the typical puppy misbehavior and also with housebreaking, and your puppy will respond great, because you'll be continuing the education started by his very own mom. If you need help teaching your puppy some rules and boundaries of the house, give me a call or reach out directly through my website

The Case of the Fiesty Frenchies

When I first arrived at their home, Winston, Lila, and Jack started barking and carrying on before I even got within their sight or knocked on the door! As you'll see, they were a handful - barking, rushing the door, jumping, and even leashing out and snapping at each other in the frenzy. They also had a lot of typical behaviors that we wanted to address: jumping on people and on the couch, pulling and high distraction on the leash, rushing in and out of the front door on the leash. The most amazing thing about this type of training is how fast dogs respond to it, because we are "speaking dog" and communicating with them in a way that they instinctively understand. Watch how much better they are at the end of the session... on the leash (walking on a nice, loose leash beside or behind the owner), going in the front door, and especially receiving visitors at the front door. It takes practice. This is not a quick fix; it is always up the owners to continue to implement the program and to practice daily, but motivation is high to keep practicing when you see your dog respond like this! Do you have multiple dogs creating a chaotic environment in your home? Let me teach you how to "speak dog" and to start communicating better with then. You will ALL be happier and more relaxed as a result! Call me or reach out through my website

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