RUFF START: CQ Bark Busters’ Val Barker was inspired to join the organisation after they helped win over her dog, Sarge.
RUFF START: CQ Bark Busters’ Val Barker was inspired to join the organisation after they helped win over her dog, Sarge. Allan Reinikka Rokabark

Barker busting barks in Central Queensland neighbourhoods

WHEN your dog is barking through the neighbourhood, who you gonna call? Bark Busters!

Now CQ Bark Busters has a new trainer in Rockhampton's Val Barker, who joined the franchise after they saved her relationship with beloved dog, Sarge.

"I called in Bark Busters, I was having problems with my dog and I didn't want to lose him," Ms Barker said.

"He's my mate, and a good family member. It saved our family and put it back together."

Bark Busters is an international company that brings in professional trainers to teach pet owners how to handle problematic dogs.

CQ's franchisee at the time told Ms Barker she was a "natural" trainer, and offered her the franchise when they decided to move towns.

Ms Barker said she jumped at the opportunity, and now is thrilled with her job.

"I love it. I enjoy meeting new people, going into people's homes and showing them skills they can use," she said.

Bark Busters Australian and New Zealand director Val Edwards was in town this week to help Ms Barker settle in.

She said the company was also launching a new WaggTagg system to aid in the location of lost dogs.

Ms Edwards said she hoped the service would help get dogs and their owners back together as soon as possible.

Doggy dos and dont's

Val's tips for a happy canine and happy family:

  • Leadership: Dogs are pack animals; there is always a leader to the pack. Teaching people to be a good, strong leader makes all the difference. Try making sure you enter through doors first, not trailing behind them.
  • Diet: What we feed our animals is very important. Dogs are omnivores, so they require meats, vegetables and grains.
     


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