Obedience Training at The Bark Academy

Welcome to The Bark Academy
We use only positive and gentle methods that help build mutual trust and strong bonds that last a lifetime between canines and their human friends!


When I was little, I watched my puppy get hit by a car. She died while I helplessly held her. That was so traumatic, the memory is still very vivid in my mind today.. I wish I had known about obedience training. She would have lived that day.”

–Melissa Lunsford, The Bark Academy



The Bark Academy is rated 5 out of 5 stars.

  • I highly recommend to anyone who is willing to put the time and patience into training their animal. I am a heavy believer in positive reenforcement, so Ms. Melissa is perfect. I love the one on one training, so my pup and I get more attention 😁

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    Carrera W
  • The Bark Academy is a fun environment. It makes you wanna keep going to share and learn even when the classes are over. She is a excellent trainer thats going to treat you and your dog like family from day one and so on

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    travis pagan
  • Melissa is a great trainer! She loves dogs, especially pit bulls! She has been awesome with our Kobe the few weeks we have been taking him to see her!

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    Sheldon Hedgpeth
  • Melissa was the absolute best. I’m so thankful I was able to bring Seven there. She sure misses Melissa. You taught me and seven so much. She is a joy and we practice every day. Seven loves to practice she finally rolls over and now she can speak and whisper. She will do about... read more

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    Sandra Nance
  • Absolutely love this place. She is wonder with our puppy Marli. Totally recommend her 100 %..... you won't be sorry.

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    Yolonda Walker
  • Just had my second visit with Melissa. She is wonderful working with Jake my basset hound. He loves going there. And he is learning so much better with her help. Thank you very much.

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    banjo bum
  • Just started 08/17/2020 and my puppy has now started learning things. Also Melissa is great with my basset hound. He really loves seeing her already.

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    banjo bum
  • I can't give a better recommendation than spending my money with someone. Lucy and I had a great experience for our first lesson! Melissa spent some time to assess what Lucy's current level of training was showed us a few new commands and gave us homework to learn and re-inforce. Because of Melissa's great attitude and obvious love of dogs and training them, I signed up... read more

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    Mike Jeris
  • Melissa is great and so patient! Melissa is great and so patient.. She works so well with our dogs , a St Bernard and a Goldendoodle!! I highly recommend her and she’s even local for me!! Plus, she has everything you need for your beloved dog!! She even got Bentley fitted for a harness tonite so now he can’t drag... read more

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    Lisa Spivey LaCount
  • Melissa is Great! Melissa is great. Mabel has learned so much! I highly recommend the Bark Academy for all your training needs

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    Teresa Pigg
  • Gunnar is doing fantastic under the instruction of The Bark Academy! We attended our first private class and are already experiencing progress. Gunnar is doing fantastic under the instruction of The Bark Academy! Although, we have been training at home, we have learned a few new techniques that will reinforce the training that we already have in place. I would definitely recommend them highly, to... read more

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    Christina Rae
  • Melissa is super sweet and I love the set up. Melissa is super sweet and I love the set up. Only 2 weeks into a 6 week class so we will see how our dog does.

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    Rachel Mears
  • We highly recommend her training sessions I have 2 labs who are going through her training and every session is a huge improvement ! she takes her time to work with both of us and both of our dogs. they both have gone a milestone since we started!! we highly recommend her training sessions and the price is very reasonable!!!

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    Leigh Brockman
  • Very calm and precise Melissa is a true professional! Very calm and precise Melissa is a true professional! I look forward to our future sessions.

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    Carles Pettis
  • The Bark Academy is fantastic! I highly recommend it! The Bark Academy is fantastic! I highly recommend it! The classes are very affordable so it does not break the bank to get your dog trained. This is one reason you can see why Melissa truly loves the dogs that she works with. Most places are in it for the money and you do... read more

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    Kaila Marie Letteri
  • Melissa is Great! Melissa is Great! She has really made a difference. Her training style and knowledge is impeccable.

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    Stephen Ciliberti
  • Great instructor and great with dogs

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    Darrenee Nolen