Your dreams of calm canine cohabitation are out the window, Columbus. Sure, you accepted that happy hour was a thing of the past, sleeping in on Saturdays no longer an option, and shoes must be locked away the instant you walk in the door. But you never dreamed you’d be walking a lunging lunatic at the end of the leash or that you’d be embarrassed by the pooch who pounces on every passerby. We’re Barker Behavior, Inc. and we’ll mend your Mastiff’s manners, free your Frenchie’s fearfulness, and banish your Berner’s barking.
Welcome! I’m Brandi Barker. With my last name, I was destined to work with dogs! A lifelong animal lover, I formally began training dogs in 2001 at the Anti-Cruelty Society. After spending years coaching people and training dogs, I launched Barker Behavior in 2006. I’ve spent the last 16 years training Chicago dogs and the people who love them (3,500 to be exact), and I recently moved back to Columbus, Ohio (my hometown) to be closer to my family.
To assure my training advice is always scientifically-sound, I obtained a Master’s degree from DePaul University, specializing in Developing Behavior Management Practices to Enhance Understanding in Human/Animal Relationships. When I’m not training dogs, I’m writing about dogs for Chronicle of the Dog, Chicagoland Tails, Columbus Examiner, Dogtime, Continental Kennel Club, Dr. Peter Dobias, and fellow dog trainers.
I’m a Certified Pet Dog Trainer, Association of Pet Dog Trainers member, Pet Professional Guild member, and Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. I use this knowledge in conjunction with the active listening, relationship development, and creative problem-solving skills I acquired from a decade in the corporate world to resolve your dog’s troublesome behaviors.
Passionate about helping animals in need, I actively support multiple non-profit organizations by conducting evaluations, giving presentations, teaching classes, and caring for dogs. I said goodbye to my dear, sweet Finnigan (also a Columbus native) in 2013. While Finn will always be missed, honored, and at the heart of everything I do, Gavin is now the four-legged light of my life. Gavin aka Lil’ Big Head adored volunteering with school kids as a Safe Humane Ambassador Dog where he often showed off his snazzy tricks. We’re currently working on the steps so we can volunteer here in Columbus—with hospital patients and school children.
I co-own Bark Pouch—a handy dispenser with high-value, human-grade, small-batch treats created to make training easier for you and your dog. Not only will I come to your home for training but I’m happy to bring pouches to your sessions.
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