How We Train in California

How We Train

Training Customized to Work for You and Your Dog

We do not believe in one size fits all training; Bark to Basics LLC opened in 2007 and is led by our Certified Behavior Consultant; our toolbox is vast! We understand that each dog, human and lifestyle is different, which means training is customized to meet the needs of you and your pup.  The one-on-one attention of your trainer will ensure you are building a healthy, loving bond with your dog, while learning how to communicate effectively.

In-home training allows us to work with your dog in your home (serving Orange County), the setting in which many behavior problems occur and where dogs learn fastest, but sessions can also be held at other locations if your dog is experiencing issues outside of the home. Consistency is key to training success! We are happy to work with your whole family to ensure everyone is on the same page. You will also be given a written review and homework at the end of each session.


We are here to coach you each step of the way. During our sessions we work with your dog ourselves and then coach you on how to train your dog. Our ultimate goal is to teach YOU how to work with your dog, so you are confidently prepared to address anything that pops up in the future. But of course, we are always happy to help as much as you desire!

We use techniques based on positive reinforcement (treats, toys, praise) and learning theory to teach your dog in a way that is fun and effective, while setting clear expectations and boundaries. We follow LIMA protocol, addressing the basic needs of your dog first and then working in a hierarchy that uses the least intrusive, minimally aversive strategy out of our toolbox of effective techniques.

The number of sessions needed varies based on your goals. Check out my pricing and packages.

The number of sessions needed varies based on your goals. Not sure how much training you need? Contact Melissa at 949-458-BARK (2275) or

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