About Bark Busters Home Dog Training
The Bark Busters Story
Bark Busters Home Dog Training was founded in Australia in 1989 by renowned dog behaviour experts Sylvia and Danny Wilson. Sylvia spent ten years as a shelter manager for the RSPCA and became tired of dogs being surrendered due to behavioural problems. They worked at developing a training system based on their observations of the way dogs communicate and learn. As part of their studies it became apparent that some dogs suffer from stress when taken out of their own environment and that this hampered the learning process for both dog and owner. Based on this knowledge they developed a unique home dog training system where dogs could learn in a familiar, stress free environment. The Bark Busters system they created is known as the "Motivational Communication Method".
Today Sylvia and Danny are both still running the international company and constantly work to improve the welfare of dogs wherever they may be. Our Bark Busters dog trainers have touched the lives of over 1 million dogs worldwide. Bark Busters has grown in to the largest dog training company in the world. Our trained therapists help dogs in the UK, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Japan, Spain and of course, here in Australia. Bark Busters now has over 350 offices around the world and is to expand throughout Europe, Asia and South America.
Bark Busters' mission is to promote clear and open communication between owners and their dogs using simple and effective training methods that appeal to the way dogs act and think.
Bark Busters therapists use techniques to encourage the dog to use his brain and, at the same time, to satisfy the dog's need for pack leadership. In the wild, dogs have a pecking order determined by their dominance in the group. When dogs perceive themselves to be higher up the pecking order than the owner(s), it usually results in a dysfunctional pack. The result can be stressful for both owner and dog.
What We Do
Bark Busters behavioural therapists put you back in control. We coach you using quick and easy to learn methods that your dog will respond to.
Our behavioural therapists come to your home. This is where your dog spends in excess of 90% of his time, where he is most relaxed and open to learning. We teach you how to train your dog through effective use of your voice tones and body language.
Of course, where you are experiencing problems outside the home such as pulling on the lead or dog aggression, we will set up controlled training situations in the park or wherever is most practical.
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 and New Zealand".
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 work place 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.