Welcome to Bark Tutor!

Bark Tutor is a Bradley Phifer Dog Training facility located in Broad Ripple. Our program is designed for companion dogs to learn basic obedience commands and life skills. We use positive reinforcement techniques to train the family dog. 

Bark Tutor instructors provide your dog a solid foundation of training commands and life skills. You and your family will learn how to implement the training at home during your weekly lessons.  

We believe dogs learn best in a clean, peaceful environment, so we strive to keep our facility clean and keep a low dog-to-trainer ratio, allowing your dog to receive proper attention and training.

Our program is not designed to help dogs who exhibit fears, phobias, aggressive behavior, or reactivity towards people or other animals work through a behavior modification plan. Contact Bark Tutor prior to registration if you are unsure if your dog will be well served through the Bark Tutor program. 

Bradley Phifer CBCC-KA CCPDT-KSA

Bradley Phifer


Bradley is a dog trainer and behavior consultant who has helped countless dog owners improve relationships with their dogs. With 17 years of experience, he has successfully trained dogs of all breed types and temperaments.

In addition to his experience, Bradley is certified as a trainer by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), the leading credentialing organization for the dog training profession, where he serves as Executive Director. He is also a member of the Ibizan Hound Club of the United States, the Affenpinscher Club of America, and the Basenji Club of America.

Bradley’s passion is to provide dog owners with long-lasting solutions to dog-related challenges. He and his team focus on providing owners with training that features winning techniques and tested animal behavior science to foster healthy dog-and-owner relationships and result in well-mannered dogs.

Mark Blessing

Kayla Ansted


Mark Blessing

Certified Trainer

Mark has had a love for animals since he was young. He began his journey in the animal care field when he joined the Bloomington Veterinary Hospital.

After moving to Indianapolis, Mark joined the team at Bark Tutor. His strong work ethic and natural ability to engage with the dogs made him a natural fit to join the training team. He earned his CPDT-KA credential from the CCPDT in October 2022.

He enjoys educating clients and their puppies, setting them up for a lifetime of success.

Kayla Ansted

Certified Trainer

Kayla has spent her life caring for animals. As with most people, her first connection can be traced back to her childhood dog. From there she shared her love of animals and animal education at the Toledo and Indianapolis Zoos for 16 years.

After trading the sloths for puppies, Kayla earned her CPDT-KA credentials from the CCPDT in November 2021.

Her goal is to cultivate a happy home and encourage connections between owners and their canine companions.


Each trainer at Bark Tutor works under Bradley’s expertise and is either certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) or is working toward their certification.