Plano Couple in Dog Heaven

Plano Star Courier
January 07, 2005
Written By: A. Lee Graham

Biting and barking no longer interest Holmes and Watson. In just two months, the pugnacious pups have mended their ways and made life easier for Ellen Sells.

Their newfound civility comes courtesy of Bark Busters, a dog training concept sweeping the world. What started in Australia now serves Collin County.

Martin and his wife Linda discovered that approach last November. A television news program profiled the company, perking up human - and canine - ears in the Martin household.

That's because a Houston franchisee demonstrated the Bark Busters method, winning over the Martins and inspiring a Collin County business. What the couple calls "intense" training at the company's U.S. headquarters in Colorado prepared the Martins for their four-footed clientele.

According to Sylvia - former chief of her country's counterpart to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - dogs follow a pack mentality. The instinctive mindset stumbles in most households where owner and animal roles are undefined. By using voice control and body language, owners can show dogs who's boss and become comfortable with their families.

It worked for Sells.

In just three sessions, Sells said the dogs turned docile. No longer do they fight or scurry for the door when guests arrive.

Not only is it possible, said Martin, but it happens every day thanks to intensive training. For three weeks, Martin and his wife learned the ropes. Ten hours a day for six days a week, they discovered what makes dogs tick and, more importantly, how they interact with owners.

Linda credits the program for preventing rampant euthanasia.

Determined to spread that gospel, the Martins sunk 37.5k into training and franchise fees and launched their business. Low overhead - Randy's Ford Excursion serves as home office - and growing clientele have the couple anticipating profitability by year's end.

Reposted with permission from Plano Star Courier, 5/26/05.