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Bark Busters Celebrates 100th U.S. Franchise; Home Dog Training Company with Unique, Holistic Approach Continues Its Meteoric Growth since Coming to the U.S. in 2000.

DENVER -- Bark Busters, the world's largest dog training company, today announced it has reached the 100-franchise milestone in the U.S. As one of the fastest-growing franchise communities in the United States, Bark Busters' network of dog behavioral therapists provides a highly successful, holistic training system based on dogs' instinctual communications methods. Bark Busters USA offers affordable, home-based franchise opportunities, ideal for dog lovers with a strong business sense who are seeking an exciting and satisfying career in the $34.3 billion pet industry.

"Bark Busters' remarkable growth stems from both the strong market demand for our services and our commitment to helping people achieve the flexibility and freedom to control their lives through business ownership," said Andrew Brooke, CEO of Bark Busters USA. "We invite others to learn more about the rapidly growing Bark Busters community as we continue our triple-digit growth in the U.S. market."

The company attributes its growth to two primary factors: First is the remarkable market opportunity created by Americans' on-going love affair with their dogs. Over one-third of all U.S. households are dog owners. This has created a large and growing multiple-billion dollar opportunity for the Bark Busters' family of franchise owners who are focused on a common goal -- to build successful and satisfying businesses that help others experience the joy of companion dog ownership. Second is Bark Busters' business approach, which includes a proven home training system, coupled with increasing brand awareness, large protected territories, comprehensive training, and on-going support for its franchise owners.

The 100th franchise was purchased by Randy Robinson in the Phoenix-Scottsdale area. "I was looking for a business opportunity that would benefit from my prior experience and would also offer rewarding work and a flexible lifestyle," explained Robinson. "After extensive research of many possibilities, I chose Bark Busters because it's a very hot concept and was a good fit for the goals I have set for my new venture. I'm honored to be the 100th franchise owner. Bark Busters is a readily recognizable brand with an excellent business support system. I'm looking forward to the pleasure of improving dog behavior and creating 'Happy Dogs and Happy Families' in my community."

"Dog-loving entrepreneurs are immediately attracted to our positive approach to dog training, and to the idea that we have no large competitors," added Brooke. "Our call center phones field over 3000 calls per month, many from frustrated dog owners seeking a simple and immediate way to address their dogs' behavioral problems. They call us for hope, and we deliver that hope -- right to their home."

Bark Busters' training system can successfully train any dog, even puppies. The company's natural and holistic training technique leverages the same communications methods -- body language and voice control -- that dogs follow as part of their instinctual pack mentality. All training takes place right in the home where the problems generally occur. And Bark Busters' training is the only service of its kind that is guaranteed for the life of the dog. In every market where Bark Busters is established, a majority of veterinarians familiar with the technique recommend the company's services. In addition, about 80 percent of Bark Buster clients require only one two-hour home visit from a licensed dog behavioral therapist, if they continue with just 10 to 15 minutes a day follow-up exercises for four to five weeks.

Bark Busters was founded in 1989 by Sylvia and Danny Wilson in Wollongong, Australia. Today, Bark Busters is a successful, international company with a proprietary, holistic, and natural dog training system. Bark Busters therapists have successfully trained more than 250,000 dogs with 180 franchised offices in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, with the U.S. experiencing the most rapid expansion.

Bark Busters expansion plan includes an additional 80 to 100 franchises in the U.S. in the next 12 months. New franchise owners receive three weeks of comprehensive dog training, along with on-going marketing and business development support, to successfully launch and grow their business. Formal experience of working with dogs is not necessary. Operating the business requires no rent and little inventory. Plus, franchise owners virtually set their own schedules, allowing for a highly desirable flexible lifestyle.

For more information about Bark Busters' training approach and franchise opportunities in all 50 states, call 877-280-7100 or visit www.barkbusters.com.

About Bark Busters

Bark Busters started in Australia in 1989 and came to the United States in 2000. Since inception, over 250,000 dogs have been trained worldwide. Now with 100 franchised offices in 30 states and a total of 180 offices in six countries, Bark Busters is continuing its mission to build a global network of dog behavioral therapists to enhance responsible dog ownership and reduce the possibility of maltreatment, abandonment, and euthanasia of companion dogs. Bark Busters is the only international dog training company that offers a lifetime guarantee. Therapists will provide future sessions free of charge if problem behaviors recur. Bark Busters USA is ranked by Entrepreneur Magazine as #278 of the top 500 franchises, #137 of the top 200 global American franchises, #75 of the top 101 home-based franchises, and #73 of the top 140 low-cost franchises. Bark Busters USA is based in Denver, Colorado. For more information, call 877-280-7100 or visit www.barkbusters.com, where dog owners can complete a Dog Behavioral Quiz to rate their dogs' behavior.
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