Imagine Changing Lives: That's what Bark Busters Franchise partners do every singe day

Make a difference to a dog's life.

There are so many dogs out there living with behaviour problems. These problems cause stress, anxiety, and sometimes physical illness. As a Bark Busters, you will learn to solve these issues in less than three hours and leave the dog visibly happier and more content.

Make a difference to the people who love them.

Behaviour problems cause frustration and stress among humans as well. All too frequently, this frustration negatively impacts their relationship with their dog. In many cases, the issue gets so out of hand that owners are ready to give their dog away or have it put down. This is where Bark Busters comes in. You will be able to solve the problems, see the frustration disappear, and watch a family fall back in love with their dog. There is no better feeling than seeing this happen and knowing you are the one responsible.

Imagine your own life changing.

Our franchise owners come from vastly varied backgrounds, but they all have in common is a passion for helping dogs and a desire to help the humans who love them. They want a greater sense of fulfillment in what they do. They all want to live a more balanced lifestyle. Bark Busters provides this unique opportunity. We give people the chance to do what they love. And, when you do what you love, you know you will be successful. Are you ready to change?

From Down Under.

Bark Busters was founded in 1989 by renowned behaviour therapists Sylvia and Danny Wilson in Wollongong, Australia. They set out to save as many dogs as possible from being surrendered to shelters or being euthanized because of seemingly incurable behaviour problems. From humble beginnings, Bark Busters grew to over 250 franchise owners in 7 countries. Our Bark Busters team has helped over one million dogs overcome behaviour problems and live better lives.

To the Great White North.

Jeff and Barb Cooke are the Master franchisors for Bark Busters Canada. With 20 years experience, they are two of the most experienced and successful trainers in Bark Busters worldwide. Jeff is the President. In addition to his dog training credentials, Jeff has his MBA and 10 years experience as a marketing manager with large multi-national corporations.

Barb, our Director of Training, is one of the best dog trainers in the country. She trains all new Canadian and American franchise owners and is always working on supporting all our Bark Busters knowledge and skill enhancement. Her excellent communication skills, insatiable love of animals, and experience training the toughest of dogs, make her a great therapist, a great teacher, and a great person to have on your team.

Bark Busters launched in Canada in November 2003, and today we are the only truly national dog training company. We currently have 20 dedicated franchise team members and have filled 75% of the available territories, but there are still some great opportunities remaining for the right people.

Our training and support is your competitive advantage.

Our unique methods are a huge advantage. The intensive and customized way in which we teach you is also a huge advantage for you. It is designed for people who have no previous formal dog behaviour training. We prefer to work with a clean slate and build from there.

Your career in dog training begins with a 23-day intensive training program held at our head office in Squamish, BC. This is not correspondence or internet-based self learning. This is hands-on, face to face intensive education with a maximum of 4 people per class. Your success and Bark Busters’ reputation depends on the quality of your training, so we place great importance in ensuring your skills meet our high standards. A quick look at the vast number of 5 star google reviews is evidence of how well trained our franchise owners are.

Throughout the training you will study dog behaviour theory, develop practical dog handling skills, observe training sessions, participate in training sessions, and finally conduct complete sessions from start to finish with our guidance.

You will also practice the selling and presentation skills necessary to run a profitable business. We will go over the business administration systems with you. We have developed a successful business model for you to follow so you don’t have to learn the hard way.

Ongoing support, training and guidance keeps you at the front of the pack.

On an ongoing basis, head office and other franchisees are only a phone call away to answer questions and share knowledge. We have yearly training updates and annual national conferences where all the franchisees in Canada get together, share information, have fun, and learn new skills.

Investment: Ranges from $44,000 to $60,000. The Franchise Fee for an exclusive territory ranges from $24,000 to $33,000 depending on the territory.. In addition, there is a $15,000 Training and Pre-paid Expenses fee. This covers the cost of your training (excluding travel and living expenses). In most cases, you will also need to budget between $5000 and $12,000 in additional start-up expenses (car signage, office set up, uniforms etc.). Ongoing, Royalties are 11% of gross sales. There is also a 2% National Marketing fund contribution.

There are many organisations that train trainers, but not many can make there training a viable source of income. Bark Busters has a proven business model and the ongoing support and economies of scale that allow the select group in our team the ability to do what they love and earn a good living doing it.