Do You Love Pets? – Wait, Read then Watch a Short Webcast. Call Us Today!

If you love dogs and get slightly excited about the thought of opening and operating your own Dog Training and Pet Care Franchise then stop, take five minutes and watch a short webcast about how this could become more than a thought!. It’s the right time, at the right cost. Affordable, feasible and realistic.

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Franchise Business Financing FAQ’s

Franchise Business Financing FAQ

How many franchises operate in the U.S.?
It is estimated that up to 6,000 franchises operate in the U.S. These franchises account for 750,000 franchised businesses and nearly 50% of all retail sales in the United States. In fact, 1 in every 12 businesses is a franchise. Over 300 franchises are sold every week, which works out to about one every 8 minutes.

What is the average initial investment needed to purchase a franchise?
Excluding real estate, the initial investment for approximately 8 out of 10 franchises is less than $250,000.
What can a franchise owner expect to make each year from the franchise?
The median gross annual income of franchisees was in the $75,000 to $124,000 before taxes in 2000. Over 30% of the franchisees earned over $150,000 per year.

How many different types of franchises are there?
The selection of franchises is quite extensive as 75 different industries use franchising to distribute goods and services to consumers.

What is the survival rate for a franchise?

  • A study conducted by the United States Chamber of Commerce in 1999 found that 86% of franchises opened within the last five years were still under the same ownership and 97% of them were still open for business.
  • According to a 1971 to 1997 U.S. Department of Commerce study less than 5% of franchise businesses were closed each year.

Pet Care Business Franchise, Revenue Generation Areas

Pet Care Franchise – DogSmith Revenue Generation

There are many ways to generate revenue with a pet care franchise. Below we list the five main areas of revenue generation for your pet care franchise with The DogSmith.

FranchiseDogSmith Dog Training
–   Private Lessons
–   Group Lessons
–   Retail Sales – toys, training aids and apparel

FranchiseDogSmith Dog Walking
–   Private Walks
–   Dog Park Romps

FranchiseDogSmith Pet Sitting
–   Home Alone Visits
–   Lunch and Dinner Breaks
–   Canine Slumber Parties

FranchiseDogSmith Pet Nutrition Partnership
–   Dog and Cat Food
–   Treats
–   Supplements

FranchiseDogSmith Pet Waste Cleanup
–   Residential Accounts
–   Commercial Accounts
–   Retail Pet Waste Stations and Supplies

Independence Day! How Independant Are You?

I always considered myself an independent individual until i left the corporate world and became a pet care business owner.  Learning to become a dog trainer and opening my own business finally gave me the  freedom i had only been able to dream about. Finally independence from the corporate world and the chains of a job.

There are so many benefits to becoming independent and opening your own business.These are not in any priority or order of importance.

  1. No more commuting and this saved time can be spent exercising and training my dogs before I go to my office.
  2. Talking about going to the office, my commute time is about 2 minutes and I can wear whatever I like.
  3. I never have business appointments before 8am unless I choose to schedule one
  4. I can work when my brain functions best and do not have to conform to a corporate time clock schedule.
  5. I never have to worry about office politics, I can make well thought out decisions without worrying about the internal gossip group.
  6. Domestic chores are easier as you can schedule appointments and tasks when everybody else is at work.
  7. My office environment is fun; I can play music and be comfortable making my time far more productive.
  8. I benefit directly from my work input
  9. I get to do what I love, every single day
  10. There are many tax advantages to working from home and having your own business
  11. I spend more time with my family
  12. There are no more Sunday evening blues
  13. I no longer have a dry cleaning bill each month
  14. Each day I can have a positive impact on the lives of dogs and cats
  15. My work day is extremely varied, at times I am balancing a bank account and then I am making creative decisions about a marketing campaign
  16. I am doing what so many other people can only dream about doing.
  17. I cannot be fired and have the ultimate in job security.

Think about it, are you ready to open your own business, do you dream of working with animals, becoming an animal trainer and being able to positively impact the lives of dogs and cats each day, sometimes guaranteeing them safety and security.

Take the tour, watch a short webcast about how you can claim your Independence. Never work another day.

Do you Have a Dog and Need a Translator?

“We don’t whisper, we translate” claims The DogSmith founder, Niki Tudge.  “Simply put, The DogSmith believes in positive, effective, efficient, humane dog training that creates a common language for us to share with our pet.”

“We do not believe in the harsh methods practiced by some. No shock collars, prong collars or compulsion methods. We only use ‘corrections’ that are instructional and only after the dog has shown that they have learned the skill we are teaching. Feedback to our dogs is clear and concise and informs the dog what we would like them to do, rather than punishing them for things we don’t wish them to do,” Tudge says, clearly showing her passion for dogs and the dog human relationship.

Through years of experience and research, The DogSmith has developed its own, unique method of dog training, termed ARRF™, a training methodology that is both humane, compassionate and, most importantly, highly effective and efficient for the Pet Dog Owner. “ARRF™ shows you how to truly communicate with your beloved pet,” says Tudge.

But their methods aren’t simply a bunch of empty, ‘feel good’ promises. ARRF™ is comprised of learning principles based upon and supported by decades of empirical scientific research. And their methods are revolutionizing the dog training world by systematically studying the most current scientific breakthroughs from the field of Learning Theory and specifically applying them to Pet Dog

Training. ARRF™ was developed to ensure that your dog’s learning will be humane, effective, reliable, fun and easy.  Certified DogSmith Trainers are skilled at developing objective learning criteria, applying positive reinforcement and establishing training guidelines to make sure skills are frequently practiced in a variety of situations, for both dog and owner.

Equally important, ARRF™ ensures that the dog owner is trained so effective communication is created between owner and dog. “We believe that pet dogs deserve the best; the best methods, the best trainers and the best results,” says Tudge.  “We view your dog the same way you do, as an important member of your family and due all the respect and consideration that your family members deserve. Unless you’re in the habit of teaching your children with choke collars, we bet you feel the same way.  Furthermore, all modern scientific psychological studies, for both humans and canines, clearly show that rewarding a desired behavior is a far more effective training method than punishing for mistakes which can cause unanticipated damage,” Tudge continues.

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So You Want To Be A Dog Trainer?

If you are thinking of becoming a pet care professional or opening your own pet care and dog training business it is important that you have a solid theoretical background and practical experience in a variety of subjects from learning theory to business practices. You will need many hours of hands-on skill training for both dogs and humans and you will need to align yourself with an organization which supports your continued growth and has an investment in your success. And if your plans include starting your own business, a strong business mentor is a huge asset. You will also need the business skills to support your operational skills. Marketing is a critical skill so you can strategically position your business and deliver your products and services to your clients. The best service business won’t succeed unless it is marketed effectively.  You will also need a basic understanding of business finances so you will be equipped to make sound financial decisions.

Initially, one of the most important questions you must answer is whether you want to be a dog trainer, a behavior counselor, a pet care provider or a pet care expert who can offer a wide number of services across all three disciplines.  As an  individual thinking of moving into the pet care business this is a critical question since a huge number of your clients will need dog training expertise and behavior counseling knowledge.

Dog Trainers focus on helping their clients build dog obedience behavior repertoires. The training involves teaching a dog new skills such as ‘sit/stay’ to prevent the dog from begging at the table or teaching the dog to ‘come’ when the owner wants the dog to return to them.  On the other hand behavior counseling involves working with a client to change an existing problematic behavior often requiring that you teach the dog an alternative response to a set of circumstances.

The results of a survey conducted by Goodloe and Borchelt showed that from a pool of 2018 dogs,: 38% said their dogs showed some fear toward loud noises, 22% reported fear toward unfamiliar adults, 33% were fearful toward unfamiliar children and 14% exhibited fear toward unfamiliar and non threatening dog. Because of this if you are considering a career in dog training you need to look at options that educate you and support your growth as a dog trainer and a behavior counselor. Your clients will appreciate it and your bottom line will benefit.

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Trends and Facts About Pet Franchises

Trends and Facts About Pet Franchises

1. The pet business is a growth industry, with Americans spending a lot on their favorite animals. Business Week Magazine reports that 62 percent of US households own at least one pet.

2. According to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA), cats are the most numerous, though there are more households with dogs. Small animals, such as gerbils or hamsters, are third, followed by fish, birds, and reptiles.

3. The consumer market for pets, including different services, care and products, exceeds 71 million US households. The pet industry has doubled from a decade ago, and is expected to keep growing.

4. The APPMA reports that in 2007, US consumers spent $45.4 billion on pets, which is up from 2008’s spending of $43.2 billion.

5. Pet food is expected to reach $17.4 billion in sales, followed by veterinary care at 12.2 billion. Pet supplies and over-the-counter medication, such as flea treatments, will amount to $10.2 billion.

6. People will spend about $2.2 billion to actually buy pets, and then $3.4 billion on grooming and boarding them.

7. According to the US Census bureau, the average establishment in the pet industry is a small business, with nine or less employees, providing pet services. Veterinary services had the biggest share of this market. Pet and pet supply stores employed one fifth of the industry’s workers.

8. A wide variety of different pet franchises and businesses that have come into existence to cater to pet owners. These range from traditional pet and pet supply retail stores, to specialized boarding facilities, to professional grooming, and even poop disposal.

9. For those who want to own a pet-related business, there are many options to choose from and a high success rate, especially for franchise businesses, because Americans love their pets and will continue to spend money for all types of services and products to make their animals happy and healthy.

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