Hopefully, you have had the opportunity to meet a Bark Busters behavioral therapist. What you don’t realize is behind every dog trainer stands a remarkable woman whose passion for dogs is unparalleled in the industry. Sylvia Wilson, the COO of Bark Busters International, is not only part of the duo that founded our company (along with her husband, Danny Wilson) but she has been recently nominated for the 2014 Pet Industry Woman of the Year WIPN).
This is quite an honor and not Sylvia’s first. In 2006, she was recognized in BRW’s Top 10 Australian Women’s Entrepreneurs list. In 1998 she won the Testra, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and in 1999 she was inducted into the Australian Business Women’s Hall of Fame. Sylvia was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and immigrated to Australia with her parents when she was only 5-years-old. Sylvia met Danny when he came to Australia at age 26. They met at the RSPCA shelter that Sylvia managed for more than 10 years. In 1989, Bark Busters was formed and is now celebrating its 25th anniversary.
Although the winner will be announced at the Women in the Pet Industry Network (WIPN) conference on August 15, win or lose Sylvia is a winner in our eyes (okay, we may be a little prejudiced). Here’s some important facts you may not know:
- Bark Busters is the largest home dog training company in the world.
- We have locations in 7 countries: the United States, Spain, Canada, Australia, The United Kingdom, Japan and New Zealand.
- We are 350 locations strong.
- Collectively we have trained over 1 million dogs.
As we speak, her newest book – Puppy Love – is coming hot off the presses and is only available through your local Bark Busters dog trainer. She has also authored six other books including: Speaking Dog, The Bark Busters Guide to Dog Behavior and Training, How to Solve Your Dog’s Behavioural Problems, Bite Busters: How to Deal With Dog Attacks, Curing Your Dog’s Bad Habits, Training Dogs The Aussie Way.
Her devotion to dog training stems from the fact that she believes virtually every dog can be trained and should not be mistreated or euthanized for behavioral problems. “Many dog trainers are reluctant to deal with dogs that are aggressive, difficult to train or deemed dangerous and many dog owners surrender their dogs to shelters because they can’t handle their issues. We founded Bark Busters on the principle that the problem lies not with the dogs, but the way people try to communicate with them. You have to teach your dog in a language he/she understands.”
Hence, the bark Busters dog training method was developed as a way to train dogs using the “dog’s method of communication” based on a language the dog can understand. Using voice commands and body gestures, Danny and Sylvia were able to develop a method whereby dog problems could be solved in days versus weeks.
Sylvia and Danny recently moved to the United States, so expect some exciting new products and services being offered in the near future.
Join us in wishing Sylvia good luck!