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Best Dog Training Greater Tampa Bay

Welcome to Bark Busters Southeast and Greater Tampa Bay

I come to you, to work with you and your dog in your home and neighborhood, because that’s where your dog will learn best. The training is customized to your individual needs and the focus is on you and your priorities.  You will not have to schedule 6 – 8 sessions in your already-busy routine to get your dog to behave better.  Our training methods are easy to learn, and most owners see improvement in their dogs very quicklyWe NEVER use shock collars or prong collars – they are not necessary.   You will not become a treat dispenser for your dog. You will learn how to  build a strong bond with your dog – love is the easy part – but you also want mutual trust and respect.

Bark Buster’s Home Dog Training is ideal for:

  • Nuisance Barking
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Pulling on the leash
  • Jumping up
  • Separation anxiety
  • Toileting in the house
  • Not coming when called
  • Over exuberance
  • Not responding to commands
  • Basic Obedience
  • Chewing and destruction
  • Digging in the yard

…and much more!

Our Lifetime Support Program is a very unique program that only Bark Busters provides.  Not only do we cover issues and unwanted behaviors that your dog has when you first start the program, but unlike other trainers, we also cover any new behaviors or issues your dog develops at any time in the future – you do not pay additional fees, even years later.    Many factors can affect your dog’s behavior over time – age and maturation,  interactions with people and other animals (or lack thereof), adding or losing family members or pets, having a baby, divorce, etc.  With our network of trainers, Bark Busters’ Lifetime Support Program even covers you if you move, so you will have help in your new location if needed.

Have more than one dog?    We do not charge full price for additional dogs, they can be included in the training at a significant discount.  If you are having problems with interactions between your dogs, all dogs must be included.

Have a new puppy? Many people call to ask when they should start training their puppy. My answer is always the same – as soon as you can. Don’t wait and let bad habits develop, or make mistakes you’ll regret later. Our puppy program helps you with:
• House training
• Proper use of the crate
• Play biting
• Jumping
• Chewing
• Basic commands
• Leash manners
• Separation anxiety
• And anything else your puppy is doing.

Bark Busters’ Puppy Management and Training Program is different than most other “puppy classes” in that I work with you through the stages of your puppy’s development. The training for your puppy is not all done within the first few weeks, with a set number of sessions and a pre-set agenda. Sessions are scheduled as needed and are customized according to your puppy’s age and your progress and issues. And with the Lifetime Support Program, you will have assistance, should you need it, into adolescence and adulthood.

See results. Clients are often surprised by how quickly their dog responds – many people see a major improvement after the first session. And with just a little practice and consistency, you can help your dog become a great companion.

“Unbelievable and fast results. We are thrilled with Joanne and Bark Busters. We are happier dog parents and our dog is happier too.”
Maureen & Carl B, Riverview, FL

“I was very impressed with the technique used for training my dog. He responded immediately. The trainer was very well educated and made me feel very confident in how I was to work with my dog. She really understands the dog’s nature.”
Marla J, Riverview, FL

Vet Recommended. Many vet clinics have experienced our techniques and are very comfortable recommending Bark Busters. I have worked with many staff members and their dogs from various facilities over the years. Here’s what some of them say:

“I can not say enough good about Joanne. I have 3 dogs and all 3 seemed to respond to her right away. She gave good, practical tips that have helped my whole family. I have already recommended Joanne twice since using her services. She is amazing!”
Megan L, Quail Hollow Animal Hospital

“Joanne came out to help train our two dogs. We had problems with our dogs jumping, not walking well on leashes, and being distracted on walks. Joanne was very patient and kind during the whole process. She took the time to get to know us, and assess each individual dog to help address all of our concerns. She explained why they did what they and how to go about correcting it. Not only was it training for the dogs but as an owner she “trained” us as well to better improve how we interact with our dogs. In just one session there was a tremendous change in how they were acting as long as we were using all the tools and knowledge Joanne provided to us. We will continue to use Bark Busters and recommend them to anyone in need of a little help!”
Hailey P, Santa Cruz Animal Hospital

“For the longest I’ve raised dogs and clearly I was doing it wrong this whole time!  I need to be in charge and in control of my puppy so he doesn’t walk over me.  I appreciate Joanne so much for teaching me simple things to help my every-day struggles with Goose.  Thank you so much!”

Miranda B, Animal Health Clinic Land ‘O Lakes

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About me:

  • Bark Busters Master Trainer –  16+ years experience
  • Bark Busters Trainer of the Year
  • Bark Busters Office of the Year Runner-up
  • Angie’s List A rating based on customer feedback.
  • CCPDT-KA – Certified by the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers
  • Certified Fear Free Trainer
  •  Aggression in Dogs certification
  • Hillsborough County, FL Trainer Certified – Registered, licensed and background checked


Best Dog Training Greater Tampa Bay

Bark Busters

Training Types

Behavior Therapy

Behavior Therapy

Jumping up, pulling on the lead, biting, mouthing, nipping, inappropriate toileting, aggression towards dogs, food aggression.

Puppy Training

Puppy Training

Our customised puppy management program includes fast track housebreaking and toilet training, general obedience, walking to heel, sit / stay.

Obedience Training

Obedience Training

Full obedience training for dogs of all ages and breeds; sit, down, stay, loose lead walking, attentiveness, distance control and recall training.

Bark Busters


Lifetime Support Guarantee

Lifetime Support Guarantee

The Bark Busters worldwide dog behaviour training support guarantee is unique in the industry. It is designed to help owners resolve their dog behaviour issues and dog obedience issues and to provide our customers with ongoing peace of mind. It provides for the following:

  • Written: Clients receive a written, signed copy of the dog training guarantee on their Bark Busters receipt which is an official Bark Busters Australia document and outlines all the training methods which must be adopted to resolve your dog’s behaviour problems.
  • Backed Up: The Bark Busters guarantee is backed up by the world’s largest dog training company. Copies of all guarantee receipts are retained at Bark Busters’ Australia & New Zealand Head Office.
  • Service Guarantee: The Bark Busters guarantee simply states that if the owner continues to carry out all of the training instructions provided by the therapist at the training lessons, the Bark Busters therapist will continue to work with the owner, to achieve the desired results, for either one year, or the life of the dog (depending on the service obtained) at no additional charge. Most clients prefer the lifetime support guarantee because they receive peace of mind for very little additional cost.
  • All Problems Covered: The guarantee provides for ongoing, free assistance no matter if the same problems recur, or if new problems arise. There is never an additional charge when your trainer returns, except for transportation costs if agreed in advance in certain areas falling outside the geographical area covered by your trainer.
  • Guarantee Moves With The Dog: If for any reason the dog needs to be re-homed, the remaining term of the guarantee passes to the new owner for a nominal fee. In the case of the lifetime support guarantee, the new owner will be trained and will receive the benefits of the guarantee for the life of the dog. The one-year guarantee applies if the re-housing is done within the first year. Clients can upgrade to the lifetime support guarantee for an additional charge.
  • Guarantee Moves With The Owner: If the owner moves to another location, the guarantee continues to be valid, either for the life of the dog, or one year from the date of the first lesson, depending on the service. If there is a Bark Busters therapist reasonably close by, services will be provided at no charge. If a trainer is not close by, Bark Busters will provide assistance by phone and email. People who move to parts of the world where Bark Busters has offices, ongoing assistance is also covered at no additional charge.
  • Limitations of Cover: The guarantee may not be transferred to another dog. The guarantee is not a money back guarantee. If the dog is euthanised or the dog dies the guarantee is rendered null and void. All training advice must be adopted by the owner in order for the guarantee to remain valid. If the owner adopts an alternative form of training without prior discussion with their therapist this will render the guarantee null and void.
  • Over 27 Years of History: Bark Busters has grown to be the largest dog training company in the world, with over 1 million dogs trained. The guarantee has been part of the company since 1989 when company founders, Danny and Sylvia Wilson, decided that it would help to significantly reduce the number of dogs that were being euthanised and provide customers peace of mind for many years. The company is expanding rapidly internationally and can be counted upon to fully honour its guarantee.


We Service

Apollo Beach, Brandon, Carrollwood (33624), Dade City, Durant, Gibsonton, Land O'Lakes, Lithia, Lutz, Mango, Northdale, Plant City, Riverview, Ruskin, Saint Leo, San Antonio, Seffner, Sun City, Sun City Center, New Tampa, Temple Terrace, Thonotosassa, Valrico, Wesley Chapel, Wimauma and Zephyrhills.