April is National Pet Month!

Central Bark® Doggy Day Care Offers the Following Tips and Advice to Pet Owners

March 26, 2014 // Franchising.com // WEST ALLIS, WI – Central Bark® Doggy Day Care, a pioneer of the doggy day care industry and creator of the "UnKennel" concept, celebrates April’s National Pet Month. In honor of this month, Central Bark® focuses on the benefits of pet ownership and promotes responsible pet ownership. Today, dog owners truly consider their pets as a member of the family. It has been noted that the overall pet care industry’s average growth (since 2008) is attributed to an increase in the number of pet owners, as well as the fact that our pets are now considered just another member of the family.

Central Bark® first opened its doors in 1997 to support the growing number of people who realized that dogs are not just pets -- years ahead of its time, when the idea of a "day care for dogs" was still new. It was during this time that pet owners were just beginning to understand the benefits of socializing dogs and how this relates to the dog’s and owner’s overall behavior and happiness. Central Bark Doggy Day Care provides a safe, clean, healthy, fun and nurturing environment for dogs focusing on exercise, socialization and training, which from day one set the standard for excellence in canine care.

The following Pet Care industry statistics are staggering! A recent survey states that "almost half of pet owners say they pamper their pets more than they do themselves and the people in their households," according to poll conducted by vouchercloud.net (New York Post; March 2, 2014).

  • Additional Pet Care Industry Statistics:
    According to the 2013-2014 American Pet Products Association (APPA) National Pet Owners Survey, 68% of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 82.5 million homes. In 1988, the first year the survey was conducted, 56% of U.S. households owned a pet.
  • Total U.S. Pet Industry Expenditures:

    Year       Billion

    2013      $55.53 Estimate
    2008      $43.2 billion
    1996      $21
    1994      $17

  • In 2013, the number of U.S. Households that own a dog (millions) - 56.7
  • In 2013, the total number of dogs owned in the U.S. (millions) – 83.3

Doggy Day Care keeps dogs happy, healthy, and stimulated all day long so you have a happier, healthier, better-behaved dog!

Consider the benefits:

  • Exercise throughout the day in structured, safe play environments
  • Your dog will be around other dogs learning appropriate socialization under a watched eye.
  • Gentle training reminders or training is given by the dog handlers, when needed.
  • Your pet will receive lots of TLC!

Here’s what the experts are saying about how to choose the appropriate doggy day care facility:

The Dog Gurus, Robin Bennett and Susan Briggs, best-selling authors and advocates for the safe interactions between dogs and people, as well as between dogs and other dogs, offer the following tips on choosing the appropriate doggy day care facility for your dog:

  1. Cleanliness. There should be minimal offensive odor and immediate clean-up of accidents, and the other dogs should be healthy-looking.
  2. Playtime and rest times are provided. Dogs should be allowed to play, but should also be provided with time to rest. Providing a two-hour "naptime" is common. Others will alternate playing and resting periods throughout the day.
  3. Adequate supervision. Staff members should be physically in the rooms with the dogs at all times; supervising through a window or a gate is not enough.
  4. Safe staffing levels. A good daycare facility maintains an approximate staffing goal of one person for every 10 to 15 dogs depending on the size of the dogs and the experience of the staff.
  5. Safety arrangements. Small dogs and large dogs should be segregated and new dogs should be acclimated to the groups slowly to assessment suitability for daycare.
  6. Size of the facility appropriate for the number of dogs. Ideally, each dog needs approximately 70 to 100 square feet of space for safe off-leash play.
  7. Appropriate control measures, including interrupting the dogs by calling them away from a potential conflict, giving short (2-3 minute) time out periods, or redirecting the dogs to more appropriate behaviors. Avoid daycares where the staff controls the dogs by routinely punishing, yelling, or physically manipulating them.
  8. Dog safety should be the number one priority, as well as ongoing staff enrichment, including consistency, responsibility and repeat training, as well as understanding safe handling techniques and canine body language to ensure the safety of all involved in the dog daycare industry.

Recently, The Dog Gurus recognized Central Bark Doggy Day Care as the leading franchise in staff safety training, as well as for setting the standard for excellence in canine care. Central Bark is the first franchise in the industry to fully incorporate a systematic program on canine body language, technical dog knowledge and dog handling skills training into their already existing formal system-wide staff training program.

About Central Bark Doggy Day Care

The Central Bark Doggy Day Care franchise system created in 2003 recently celebrated its 10 year anniversary. The system currently has 27 locations in six states, with Gurnee, IL having just opened in September and Atlanta, GA and Falls Township, PA opening in the coming months. Co-Founders Jackie Jordan and Chris Gaba created the system based on a foundation of best practices to provide personalized pet care in an environment that is clean, safe and fun, and, as an alternative to kennel boarding. The company pioneered the doggy day care concept coining the phrase "the UnKennel" and set the standard of excellence in canine care that helps dogs become better canine citizens, improve the quality of dogs’ lives and enhance canine/parent relationships.

The company is a VetFran participant, the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) veteran program, and offers a 50 percent discount off the franchise fee for those qualifying veterans. Central Bark is also an IFA MinorityFran participant. For franchise information, please log onto http://www.centralbarkusa.com/franchising or call 866-799-2275.

SOURCE Central Bark Doggy Day Care

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