Bark Busters - A better way to a better dog

Welcome to Dog Training Des Moines, Iowa

Deb Boswell

meet your specialist trainer Deb Boswell

Properly trained, a man can be dog's best friend. ~Corey Ford

If you are in need of more than simple "obedience training" you've come to the right place! Holistic in approach, Bark Busters Home Dog Training is about the relationship you have with your dog! Dog training should be simple and fun for both of you! No prong collars, shock collars or physical force is used. Body language and voice tone allows you to be the "dog whisperer"! Bark Busters is REAL world training that not only fits your schedule but it saves you money over enrolling in a 6 or 8-week class held at a facility or hiring someone to train your dog. Let's face it - if you're reading this there is a good chance you would like to change some of your dog's behaviors. Most likely these are behaviors beyond the basic commands. Sure, I cover all of the basic commands but the vast majority of issues my clients have with their dogs occur around the home and neighborhood. It only makes sense to have the training happen where the behavior happens. That can be in your home, neighborhood, dog park, vehicle, and other public places. I do not train your dog for you and you don't want that either -- I teach YOU how to communicate with you dog in a natural way without clickers and treats! I empower you to be able to read your dog and communicate with him in a canine way. Regardless of the issues you have with your dog, I will set you on the path to an enhanced relationship with your dog based on trust, bond and respect!

Welcome to Bark Busters Home Dog Training of Greater Des Moines! My name is Deb Boswell and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of the Bark Busters global network of dog trainers! I love helping dog owners understand how to help their dogs to be the well-behaved dog they hoped to have. Having trained over 1,000 dogs in the Central Iowa area, there isn't much I haven't experienced! By having me come to your home, the lessons are less stressful for your dog AND for you! 100% of lesson time is spent with a focus on YOUR dog.

What to expect as a Bark Busters client

The first dog training session is 2-3 hours in length with follow up lessons approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. If your dog reacts as most dogs, you will likely see positive changes in his behavior during the first lesson. Have a wish list ready when I arrive and we’ll make sure every issue is addressed. Or you can take our online behavior quiz now to rate your dog’s behavior! I will give you a workable foundation to understanding your dog’s view of his world and coach you in ways to give him what he needs on the canine level. Without yelling, screaming, bribing or use of physical force, you will learn how to tap into your dog’s canine psych.

So, why Bark Busters Des Moines?

Our approach to dog obedience training is about more than basic training. By coming to your home, I can see how your dog acts there and will assess the “big picture”. My approach is based on your goals, your dog’s temperament and environmental factors. I work with any age, any breed and any issue. From puppies to aggressive dogs, from small dogs to large dogs, I am here to help prevent re-homing or relinquishing to a shelter. As a member of the world’s largest dog training company, I am backed by the knowledge base of our global network that has trained over 1 million dogs worldwide! I am the only dog trainer in central Iowa certified in this unique, dog-friendly training method. Bark Busters Des Moines never uses force or punishment– no shock collars or coercive measures!

Dog training isn’t something you do to your dog – training is something you do with your dog to strengthen and nurture a strong loving relationship.

Continuing education is important and I never pass up a chance to better my knowledge base by keeping on top of the latest dog training tips. I have completed advanced dog training and am a master-level trainer with Bark Busters.

I had my own struggles with my dog before Bark Busters!! So, I totally understand how it is to love your dog and yet feel frustrated. My Lucy. Darling Lucy - unless we happened to see another living creature on our walks. Sure, she was all of about 15 lbs. but when I tried to control her antics, she resorted to walking down the sidewalk on her hind legs BARKING. I was embarrassed. So, we walked after dark…and I spent hundreds of dollars on dog training lessons – she passed the Canine Good Citizen test but STILL, I struggled with her lunging unexpectedly on her leash and I feared falling on ice. I considered various harnesses and collars designed to force the dog not to pull but I didn’t want that for her. I wanted her to walk nicely of her own free will. Enter Bark Busters. Within 20 minutes, she was walking by my side on a loose leash – amazing! It took continued commitment and consistency on my part but I now take HER for a walk not the other way around. We even go in the daylight! ;-)

Could this be YOU?

You know your dog is a good dog – even a GREAT dog most of the time but possibly it is that 5% that seems to make him a challenge. Possibly he exhibits:

  • AGGRESSION - toward family, strangers, resident or unfamiliar dogs
  • BARKING - at people, dogs, everyday sounds – you name it…
  • PULLING ON LEASH – dragging you down the street
  • STEALS FOOD – from counters, tables or even the kids
  • FOOD AGGRESSION – toward humans or dogs
  • POSSESSIVE - of toys, people, objects
  • FEARFUL - of people, noises, situations
  • CHARGES & BARKS AT THE FRONT DOOR when visitors arrive
  • JUMPS UP ON PEOPLE or is exuberant to a fault
  • NIPS or BITES - at hands, ankles, clothing
  • LACK OF FOCUS – doesn’t listen or only obeys on his terms
  • DESTRUCTIVE - Digs in the yard or chews on the furniture
  • TOILETS IN THE HOUSE - whether as a puppy or an adult
  • SEPARATION ANXIETY – destructive or barks when left alone

Bark Busters has fixed the above dog behavior issues for hundreds of clients in the central Iowa area!

I help dog owners like you regain peace in their home. I work with aggressive dogs, deaf dogs, rescue dogs and breeds/temperaments refused by other dog behavior trainers. Yorkies to Mastiffs, Pit Bulls/Mixes, and lovable labs – all respond to the Bark Busters obedience methods. Through Bark Busters Greater Des Moines, I have helped hundreds of dog owners to overcome virtually every conceivable dog behavior problem.

Even if other dog training has failed, call Bark Busters Home Dog Training!

Rate your dog

QuizTry our dog behavior quiz and see how your dog rates! Is your dog an angel or a rebel? Click here to complete a quick quiz. The results will be e-mailed to you.


Lifetime support guarantee

guarantee-smallThe Bark Busters worldwide dog behavior training support guarantee is unique in the industry. It is designed to help owners resolve their dog behavior issues and dog obedience issues and to provide our customers with ongoing peace of mind.

Deb has been WONDERFUL!! What she has done for my family and our Griffin is priceless. We started using the methods and we saw a difference right away. It is easy to do, all of my kids take part which makes it consistent. We just met for loose leash walking and I am literally walking him with my mouth open in amazement. I can not thank her enough. I recommend Deb and Bark Busters to anyone. We were trying to solve certain problems with Griffin and we actually corrected so many more. Thank you!
Stacey, West Des Moines, Iowa
Debra Boswell came by and she did a great job. I learned a lot about my dog and why he acts the way he does and how to correct it.

I am noticing changes already, and exactly like she described. We have done the training now for two days, and it is going well. I emailed her tonight with a question, and she got right back to me. I had one dog trainer before, and I was not satisfied. I have had a great experience with Debra and Bark Busters so far.
Heidi K, Johnston, Iowa

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For further information about how you can find help for your Des Moines, Iowa dog

Call Deb at 1-877-500-BARK (2275) or e-mail Deb directly

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