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Montana Dog Trainer

Bark 4 Joy Dog Training strives to provide high-quality training to new puppy owners and individuals seeking service dog or animal assisted intervention services through cutting-edge programs and proactive training methods.

Montana Dog Trainer

Our Story

Helena Dog Trainer, Montana Dog Trainer

Bark 4 Joy was founded in 2018 as Madie's hobby while she was attending Carroll College. In graduate school, Madie realized that training and owning a business was exactly what she wanted to do. In 2021, Bark 4 Joy became an LLC. All together, the Bark 4 Joy team has 20+ years of experience.

Slowly, Madie has been growing the team to include additional trainers with incredible expertise in other areas of training. Each trainer at Bark 4 Joy has one goal in mind: Help the client achieve their training goals.

Our values



Above all else — Passion. Each of our trainers finds joy in their job, and their passion should shine through! We love what we do!


Just as any other professional, we hold ourselves to high professional standards. Every client should feel that they are cared for every step of the way.

Continuous Learning.

Learning is never over, so each of our trainers continues to further their education through in-person and virtual training.

Collaboration & Partnership.

Bark 4 Joy isn't able to serve every request, so we partner with a lot of other pet professionals to provide you with an all-inclusive experience!

Commitment to Customers.

Each person at Bark 4 Joy is committed to providing the best customer experience. We don't want to be cookie cutter, so we work with the person (and dog) in front of us.

Meet The Team


Madie Brustkern
CEO & Founder


B.A. in Anthrozoology

M.S. in Animal Science

Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA)

Certified Animal Assisted Intervention Specialist (C-AAIS)

Certified Dog Bite Prevention Educator

Fear Free Certified Professional

Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI)

AKC CGC Evaluator

Pet First Aid and CPR Certified

5 years of professional dog training experience

Professional Member with Association of Professional Dog Trainers

Visiting Professor of Anthrozoology Carroll College


Kailey Passon
Board and Train Trainer

B.A. in Anthrozoololgy

AKC CGC Evaluator

Blaine County 4H Instructor

Pet First Aid and CPR Certified

Owner of Hi-Line Canine

4 years of professional dog training experince


Trish Brustkern
Office assistant

Proficient in PowerPoint

Fast on her feet

Professional Backyard Frisbee Catcher


Sherman Brustkern
Field Worker

Assists with training sessions

Certified Good Boy

Will sit on sofa for treats

Support Local!

At Bark 4 Joy, we are dedicated to supporting local. Help support these organizations & businesses that also support us! Click on each icon to learn more.

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