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 Franchisors, Vicki & Simone Crawley-Prout
From a young child, and leaving school at 17 years of age, Vicki has always been well driven. From, her first fundraising event (aged 9) with her trusted four legged canine companion that hijacked the families backyard and raised much needed funds for the local Children’s Charity, to launching a brand globally, Vicki has maintained an underlying passion for canine companions, loyalty and success. After leaving the Royal Australian Navy as a Petty Officer Writer, to delivering pet food locally in Adelaide to her beloved canine customers. Then steering a promotional products company to the UK, all the while gaining valuable, on the ground, real time and life experiences of business and its diversity. Whilst raising her son and their four legged family of rottweilers and golden retrievers, with many show winning medallions along the way.
Vicki has extensive experience of taking businesses to differing heights, having worked for Cartridge World as its International Development and Marketing Manager prior to starting her own business. During her time there, Cartridge World grew from 436 stores to 1604 stores in 40 countries, including the US and Europe and after this she then launched an international child care business. Before that she worked for a UK franchise and was based there for five years, earning her an impressive contacts list in the British franchise sector.
One of the core principles that underpin Vicki is her commitment to the people who work within her network. “We have a saying that franchising is about growing human agriculture,”. “With a franchise in particular, people buy into the business, so it’s their livelihood that’s on the line. To me that means that we in the sector, have an obligation to make sure we keep it honest, workable and profitable at all levels. As with so much in franchising, it has a lot to do with processes, procedures and attitude – making sure that people are properly trained, ensuring they have the right tools and equipment and seeing if they are a good fit for the business.”
Having previously held the positions as Director of Franchising for several leading companies, she has hands on experience and a wealth of knowledge to draw upon. Having experienced franchising at all levels, she is well versed to the challenges faced in business expansion.
Vicki was voted SA Franchise Women of the Year for a record four years 2006, 2007 2008 and 2010; has held the position of Chair for Women in Franchising and has also been a member of the Franchise Council of Australia SA Chapter Committee. Vicki was accepted into the prestigious Institute of Management Consultants in August 2011.
Vicki is now very enthused, excited and passionate about her next venture and working with everyone at Bark Busters.
I’m Simone and I’ve had a love of animals from a very young age. My first pet in our family home a rabbit called Tina was my first experience of the fluffy in life and my sister and I loved her dearly. Years on with cats, guinea pigs, more rabbits, birds and fish gave me a real true love of animals that I carry today.
From a Duke of Edinburgh award, to volunteering over the years from a teenager, I have always loved being involved with anything to do with animals.
My main background has been 20 years in Investment Banking with major Global Banks across the world, which lead me to travel internationally to deliver training and development courses. This never deterred from my main passion of animals and the world we live in.
In the last three years I have experienced running a company of my own with my wife Vicki as a consultant, which truly was a new experience coming from a corporate background of the safe monthly pay check etc but can honestly say yet another learning experience that I wouldn’t change for the world. Being your own boss and setting the hours that suit your lifestyle but also owning the fact, ‘if I don’t perform I don’t earn’ and more importantly, the harder I work, the bigger and better I can make this for everyone.
For the last eight months I have been fortunate enough to work for Bunnings, which has been a great experience and enabled me to work with one of the toughest audiences, the general public. My role began with the ‘start up’ of a brand new store, through training, fit out and opening, with my role being working on the Trade Desk and building up relationships with our trade customers. I have explored many windows of the workforce and hope to offer many angles of business, expertise and practical ways to run a business going forward.
I volunteer at our local Wildlife Hospital each week whereby we get firsthand experience with the local Vets of seeing how the animals brought in are cared for and seeing their treatment plans and ensuring each day they are fed and watered and looked after in the best way possible, by all the many great volunteers and Staff members.
I am very passionate about animals in every sense and always have been since a child, as my Parents always raised my sister and I with animals and caring for them from a very young age, which I personally feel very thankful for that they did. Being a pommie I grew up from a very young age with David Attenborough Books (not TV like now, which I love by the way).
Vicki and I proudly have a fur and feather baby family made up of two cavoodles, Poppy who is two and a half and daisy who is six months old and the smallest yet noisiest one in the house, Henry a three year old green sheeted Indian parrot, all who we love dearly.
I’m stoked, as I believe you Aussies say : ) to be working with everyone and I truly am very excited about the new journey we’re all about to embark on together. Exciting times.
Best wishes, Simone