The Bark Busters story
Bark Busters at-home dog training was founded in Australia in 1989 and has quickly spread throughout the world. Bark Busters has more than 300 franchise locations worldwide. Bark Busters Dog Behavioural Therapists have trained over 1 million dogs worldwide, making Bark Busters the global leader in dog training.
No matter what country they live in, all Bark Busters therapists share the same passion and mission; to help families enjoy their pet dogs by providing dog behavioural therapy and training using natural, holistic and humane techniques in the family's home.
We invite you to discover why dog owners around the world have come to understand and value Bark Busters' successful methods of "training dogs the Aussie way"!
About Bark Busters founders Sylvia & Danny Wilson
Bark Busters was founded in Australia over 30 years ago by Sylvia and Danny Wilson, both expert dog trainers. During her 10 years managing an RSPCA shelter, Sylvia would observe and analyse the behaviour and communication methods of the hundreds of dogs that came into the shelter. Saddened that so many dogs were abandoned or euthanised for behavioural issues, Sylvia knew these problems stemmed from a lack of consistent leadership. She also knew that she could help resolve them.
Thus the Bark Busters method was born. This highly effective method is based on unique, natural, dog-friendly training techniques, as described in Sylvia and Danny's numerous books including Bark Busters: The Guide to Dog Behaviour and Training, a practical guide for dog owners.
Bark Busters teaches dog owners about the canine psyche and how to train dogs using voice control and body language, with the goal of putting the owner in control through effective leadership.
Today, the Bark Busters training method has been used to train more dogs worldwide than any other method - and hence has saved countless dogs' lives.
What we do is simple, natural and dog-friendly
What makes us different? Developed in Australia, our simple, natural and dog-friendly training techniques use the same communication methods - body language and voice control - that dogs follow in their instinctive pack mentality.
With training taking place in your home, you'll see amazing results with your dog in as little as two hours (not weeks or months offered by other methods). Plus, you'll see continued improvements in your dog's behaviour with practice and time.
A Bark Busters Dog Behavioural Therapist will come to your home where your dog is more open to learning and where he exhibits most of his problem behaviours. We teach you how to train your dog through effective use of your voice tones and body language. Our technique puts you in control using non-physical, quick and easy methods that dogs and puppies need to feel comfortable and secure.
Your Bark Busters trainer will help you to better understand and manage your dog's behaviour, yielding an enhanced relationship that is more relaxed and enjoyable for you, your family and your dog.
As a world leader in dog training, Bark Busters' mission is to promote clear communications between owners and their dogs using simple, effective, and natural training methods that appeal to the canine psyche. Through the professionalism and commitment of our network of dog behavioural therapists, we work to enhance the human-canine bond thereby reducing the possibility of maltreatment, abandonment and euthanasia of companion dogs.
Master Franchisee, Val Edwards
Val Edwards is the Master Franchise owner of Bark Busters Australia and New Zealand. She is one of Bark Busters' most experienced trainers and has won numerous awards for her work. Val has attained the title of Grand Master Trainer and has rehabilitated thousands of dogs. Her Team trains and supports all Australian and New Zealand therapists.
Val is the classic case of always looking for new challenges and is now saying to people, "I loved the Company so much I bought the master franchise for Australia".
Val took over the Australian and New Zealand Master Franchise in January 2006 and has forged ahead building the business beyond her expectations. This has now allowed Sylvia and Danny to concentrate on expanding Bark Busters to the rest of the world. Her passion is as contagious today as it was the day she joined the Bark Busters family. Her dedicated passion about the welfare of dogs is awe inspiring. She enjoys working long hours to rehabilitate dogs and to help their owners with all kinds of problems, but especially the dogs that many others give up on.
Val joined Bark Busters in 1999 when the Illawarra and Southern Highlands area came up for sale. She jumped at the chance for a new lifestyle and joined the Bark Busters family. Educating people to get their dogs using their brain by talking to them in 'dog language', using voice tones and body language to achieve immediate results without using harsh or physical methods PLUS the satisfaction of helping lots of frustrated dog owners was perfect for her.
She was the highest achiever within Bark Busters Australia winning many major awards within the very first year of operating, and never looked back. She had found her passion, working with dogs.
What soon followed was not only helping clients with their dogs but also helping Danny and Sylvia Wilson at Head Office train new Bark Busters from all over the world. She watched Bark Busters grow with excitement as it rapidly turned into an International Company. Bark Busters has now trained well over 1 million dogs worldwide.
All Bark Busters therapists follow Val's example of giving their time freely to animal shelters wherever they may be to help save dogs from euthanasia. Bark Busters people are always available to any animal shelter to assist with the rehabilitation of any dog. Val is a big believer in early education for children in the subject of dog safety and so encourages all of her therapists to attend primary schools to help educate children how to behave around dogs and how not get bitten. Bark Busters Australia also conducts Stand Rite No Bite® courses for adults in the corporate world in workplace safety.
Val's lectures on dog behaviour and dog psychology are well sought after by charities, local focus groups as well as many network organisations.