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Wild Birds Unlimited Presents Live Streaming Barred Owl Cam With Intimate Glimpse Into Nesting Season »

March 26, 2015 at 12:07PM PDT | Source: Wild Birds Unlimited

National Backyard Bird Feeder Asks, ‘Hoo’s the Next Viral Sensation?’
CARMEL, Ind. - March 26, 2015  - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Wild Birds Unlimited, the original and largest franchise system of backyard bird feeding and nature specialty stores, is partnering with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to re-launch its live Barred Owl Nest Cam to help bird enthusiasts connect with nature and learn more about spring nesting season.
“Our annual Barred Owl Nest Cam is a great opportunity for children, teachers and nature lovers to learn about and witness the nesting process of these amazing birds,” said Jim Carpenter, founder and CEO of Wild Birds Unlimited. “We encourage families to make this a learning opportunity, and try to spot specific behaviors they may see on the cam from mom, dad and the owlets...

Pet Supplies Plus Partners With Franchise America Finance To Allocate $15 Million Toward Brand Expansion »

March 26, 2015 at 9:48AM PDT | Source: Pet Supplies Plus
Pet Supplies Plus Opportunities Available

The Nation’s Largest Pet Retail Franchise Offers New Financing Options to Break Down Barriers for Franchisees
LIVONIA, Mich. - March 26, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Pet Supplies Plus, the nation’s largest pet retail franchise with more than 300 locations in 25 Eastern states, is announcing a partnership with Franchise America Finance that will make $15 million available to qualified franchise candidates.
“In addition to this recent partnership, our team has continued to build a strong business model for franchisees including increased support from our corporate headquarters, an optimized distribution process and a prototype designed for maximum unit-level economics”
Franchise America Finance, a full service commercial franchise finance firm specializing in debt and equity placement, will work with qualified Pet Supplies Plus franchise candidates, as well as current franchise owners who are pursuing expansion, to offer a comprehensive solution for financing through a franchise lending program created specifically for the pet supply retailer...

Sydnee’s Pet Grooming Expands »

March 16, 2015 at 3:54AM PDT | Source: Sydnee's Pet Grooming

Southern California grooming business offers franchising in 33 states
March 03, 2015 // Franchising.com // SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – San Marcos-based Sydnee’s Pet Grooming announces its expansion plans to franchise, with approval in 33 states.
Sydnee’s Pet Grooming franchises are available to qualified prospective franchisees in the states of: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
According to the American Pet Products Association, the pet industry is styled for continued growth in 2015, showing an all-time high in consumer spending...

New Pet Butler Franchise Opens In Chicagoland, Offering Pet Waste Removal Services »

March 05, 2015 at 4:48AM PST | Source: Pet Butler

Pet Butler, now in Chicagoland, provides professional pet waste clean-up, removal services, and supplies for individual yards, parks, and multi-family communities.
Naperville, IL (PRWEB) March 05, 2015 - Pet Butler, the nation’s leading pet waste clean-up and removal service, is excited to announce its most recent franchise expansion in the Chicagoland area, servicing the western suburbs including Naperville, Plainfield, Oswego, Lisle, Woodridge, Bolingbrook, and more.
“We are excited to partner with SG Enterprises, the parent company to a locally owned lawn and tree care company. As a family-run company who already provides yard-related services to local neighborhoods and communities, adding a Pet Butler franchise just makes sense,” says Jerrod Sessler, CEO of Pet Butler...

Leading Franchise Of Backyard Bird Feeding And Nature Specialty Stores Recognized As A Top Franchise In 2015 By Franchise Business Review »

March 05, 2015 at 4:01AM PST | Source: Wild Birds Unlimited

Wild Birds Unlimited Ranks Best of the Best in the Retail Category, Earns Hall of Fame Honor
March 05, 2015 // Franchising.com // Carmel, Ind. – For a second consecutive year, Wild Birds Unlimited, the largest franchise system of backyard bird feeding and nature specialty stores, has been recognized as the Best of the Best, No. 1 in the Retail Category, in Franchise Business Review’s annual list of the top franchise opportunities.
The burgeoning retail franchise also ranked No. 7 in Large Class for franchise concepts with more than 250 units, and was honored in the ranking’s inaugural Hall of Fame, which features companies that have appeared on the list for 10 consecutive years.
Franchise Business Review, a national franchise market research firm, annually recognizes franchisors based on its survey of franchisees...

Woof Gang Bakery Brings The Very Best In Pet Care To Savannah »

March 03, 2015 at 4:05AM PST | Source: Woof Gang Bakery

Opening First Three Savannah Stores
March 03, 2015 // Franchising.com // Orlando, Fla. – Woof Gang Bakery is opening three new stores in Savannah, Georgia within the next three months. The Savannah stores will be the company’s first corporate-owned stores, which is an indicator of the company’s confidence in the market and the commitment to the Savannah community.
The first Woof Gang Bakery Savannah store will open on March 10, in the historic downtown City Market. The store, located at 202 W. Saint Julian Street, will feature treats, chews and pet accessories.
"Savannah is such a dynamic place and we are excited to be a part of the community and culture of this vibrant and hospitable city." said Paul Allen, CEO of Woof Gang Bakery...

Petland Hires Former Walmart VP »

March 02, 2015 at 7:17AM PST | Source: Petland

Tony Samples to serve as Vice President of Corporate Stores
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio - March 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Petland, Inc. is proud to announce the hiring of Tony Samples as Vice President of Corporate Stores. Samples will lead Petland's retail store division and oversee the company's merchandising and marketing efforts.
"Tony brings extensive retail experience to Petland at a time when Petland is expanding its retail footprint," said Petland President and CEO Joe Watson.
Samples, a native of Cedartown, Georgia, has more than 30 years of retail experience. As Vice President in Retail Operations at Wal-Mart, he had a proven record of producing bottom-line results, operational process improvement, and rapidly growing market share...

Wild Birds Unlimited Ranks No. 15 On List Of Top 100 Franchises For 2015 »

February 25, 2015 at 6:03AM PST | Source: Wild Birds Unlimited

Franchise Gator Recognizes Specialty Retail Franchise for Financial Stability, Growth, Transparency, Engagement, Continuity and Sustainability 
CARMEL, IN - February 25, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ - Wild Birds Unlimited, the original and largest franchise system of backyard bird feeding and nature specialty stores in North America ranks No. 15 on Franchise Gator's list of Top 100 Franchises for 2015.
By taking into account hundreds of Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDD), The Franchise Gator Top 100 Franchises of 2015 is designed to measure the quality of a franchise system over time, taking the following factors into account: financial stability, growth, transparency, engagement, continuity and sustainability. Wild Birds Unlimited is recognized for being relatively low-risk in relation to investment range for prospective franchisees...

Woof Gang Bakery Opening First Corporate Stores »

February 18, 2015 at 3:41AM PST | Source: Woof Gang Bakery

Three Savannah locations and two Key West stores mark the company's expansion into corporate-owned stores.
February 18, 2015 // Franchising.com // Orlando, Fla. – Woof Gang Bakery is opening its first corporate-owned stores, with five locations open by summer 2015. These five new corporate stores will join 20 new franchise locations opening this year. The corporate stores located in Savannah, Georgia and Key West, Florida will serve as support centers for franchises in those regions.
The first corporate store will open in March in Savannah's historic downtown City Market. The second corporate store opening in Savannah will be a Woof Gang Bakery, Grooming & Wellness Center in the city's downtown. In addition to pet supplies and grooming, this location will include a pet wellness center offering vaccinations, dental cleaning and other pet wellness services...

Veteran Receives Service Dog From Three Dog Bakery Veteran's Day Promotion »

February 17, 2015 at 6:49AM PST | Source: Three Dog Bakery

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Feb. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - U.S. Army Veteran Brandon Garrison has an important newcomer in his life – Taz, a service dog specifically trained for Garrison's needs. The two met for the first time at Three Dog Bakery's Kansas City store just before Valentine's Day.
Garrison, 28, was an automatic logistical specialist and was deployed to Afghanistan between 2006 and 2007. He suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), significant hearing loss and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Taz, a two-year-old Austrian Shepherd, was trained to provide Garrison with both daily assistance and companionship upon command.
"I met Paul Chapa, the founder of F.I.S.H. and we started talking about what F.I.S.H. does for returning veterans," Garrison says...

Bark Busters Offers Invaluable Tips On National Pet Owners Month »

February 11, 2015 at 4:57AM PST | Source: Bark Busters Home Dog Training

Being a responsible pet owner is more than just providing the basics. Bark Busters provides some invaluable tips so you and your dog can be best buds!
San Diego, CA - February 11, 2015 - (PR.com) - Being a good, safe, responsible dog owner takes a time and financial commitment. It’s more than just providing your dog with food and shelter. With February being Responsible Pet Owner Month, Bark Busters wanted to give you some tips for being the best dog owner you can be. Remember that depending on the breed, your dog may be with you for the next 10 – 15 years!
"Too many dogs are abandoned to shelters because their owners have problems with their behaviors," said Sylvia Wilson, CEO of Bark Busters. "With training and consistency, virtually all of these misbehaviors can be overcome...

Growing Popularity Of Bird Watching Leads To Successful Year For National Backyard Bird Feeding Franchise »

February 10, 2015 at 12:11PM PST | Source: Wild Birds Unlimited

Wild Birds Unlimited Experiences Increase in Same Store Sales for Fifth Consecutive Year
February 10, 2015 // Franchising.com // Carmel, Ind. – The growth of bird watching as an outdoor recreational activity has paved the way for another successful year for Wild Birds Unlimited, North America’s original and largest franchise system of backyard bird feeding and nature specialty stores.
With nearly 300 locations throughout the United States and Canada, Wild Birds Unlimited closed out 2014 having opened nearly 10 additional stores and plans to open 15 in 2015. With a 3.79 percent increase in same store sales, 2014 marks the fifth consecutive year that Wild Birds Unlimited experienced an increase in same store sales.
"North America’s passion for birds and nature has presented our brand with the phenomenal opportunity to strengthen our market share across the country," said Paul Pickett, VP of Franchise Development at Wild Birds Unlimited...

Splash And Dash Groomerie & Boutique Inks Over 14 Franchise Deals Within Six Month Period »

February 03, 2015 at 10:27AM PST | Source: Splash and Dash for Dogs

Premiere Pet Groomerie and Boutique Expands As It Offers Aspiring Entrepreneurs and Franchisees Opportunities in Branding, Marketing, and Training
February 03, 2015 // Franchising.com // St. Petersburg, FL - With the pet industry bringing in upwards of $60 BILLION per year in revenue, Splash and Dash for Dogs (http://splashanddashfordogs.com), one of America’s go-to sources for all things pet-related, has inked over 14 franchises since their initial launch in June of 2014. Splash and Dash for Dogs has also inked six Master Franchise Development agreements for a total of 500 locations over the next 5 years.
At a three-year growth rate of over 2119% annually, Splash and Dash for Dogs is featured as one of Inc. 500’s America’s Fastest Growing Companies for 2014...

Petland Recognized As Top-Ranked Franchise By Entrepreneur Magazine »

January 22, 2015 at 6:49AM PST | Source: Petland

Climbs 29 spots this year on Franchise 500 list.
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio - Jan. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Petland is honored to once again be ranked among top-ranked franchises in the United States.
Petland climbed 29 spots this year, ranking 442 overall in the Entrepreneur® Magazine's 36th Annual Franchise 500®. According to Entrepreneur.com, there are more than 3,000 active franchisors in North America.
"It is an honor to once again be recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top 500 franchise concepts in the United States," said Petland, Inc. President and CEO Joe Watson. "This recognition is a testament to the relevance of the Petland brand and our proprietary operating model."
Petland, Inc.'s Director of Communication Elizabeth Kunzelman added, "The strength of the Petland franchise system lies within the dedication of our Petland franchisees located around the world...

Dogtopia® Launches New Brand Identity Across All Locations »

January 20, 2015 at 4:00AM PST | Source: Dogtopia

Rebrand reflects commitment to providing top quality pet services.
January 20, 2015 // Franchising.com // TYSONS CORNER, Va. – Dogtopia®, an award-winning, dog daycare, boarding and spa franchise, announced today the company will adopt a new brand identity, including a new logo, signage, facility design and marketing collateral. The rebrand will be rolled out to Dogtopia's 31 owned and franchise locations, as well as 15 new locations which are scheduled to open in 2015. The full conversion is expected to be complete by the end of the year.
Dogtopia's new brand identity reinforces the company's leadership position in the pet services sector — one of the fastest growing segments in the pet industry. The American Pet Products Association (APPA) reports that pet services (boarding, grooming) accounted for $4...

Pet Supplies Plus Signs Steady Stream Of New Franchise Deals With Eager Entrepreneurs »

January 09, 2015 at 11:05AM PST | Source: Pet Supplies Plus
Pet Supplies Plus Opportunities Available

Domestic Pet Product Boom Accelerates Growth of Pet Retail Franchise
LIVONIA, Mich. - January 09, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - From organic food to dog toiletries to the $5 billion Americans spend on pet-oriented holiday gifts, the number of new pet products being brought to market continues to skyrocket each year. As limited aisle space prevents traditional big box retailers from fulfilling the non-stop demand of pet owners, entrepreneurs eager to gain access to the growing $58 billion pet industry are flocking to specialty pet stores to sign franchise deals.
Capitalizing on the burgeoning opportunity is Pet Supplies Plus, the largest pet retail franchise in the country. In 2014, the 26-year-old pet retailer with more than 300 stores in 24 states opened a total of 10 franchise and 20 corporate stores...

Live Dog Demos Highlight The World’s Largest Dog Training Company’s Annual Conference & 25th Anniversary Celebration In San Diego »

November 10, 2014 at 6:05AM PST | Source: Bark Busters Home Dog Training

Bark Busters celebrated its 25th anniversary with trainers from all over the world, including special training, demonstrations and a charitable event for "The Rescued Dog."
November 10, 2014 - (PR.com) - Danny & Sylvia Wilson, Founders of Bark Busters, the World’s largest in-home dog training company wrapped up their 25th Anniversary celebration during the company’s annual conference that took place on October 29 & 30 in San Diego. Nearly 200 International Bark Busters dog behavioral therapists & trainers attended the event from the U.S., England, Canada, Spain, New Zealand and Australia.
Sylvia Wilson who co-founded Bark Busters with her husband Danny in Australia in 1989 said, “In 25 years this network of dog behavior therapists have trained over 1 million dogs...

Tame Halloween Fright With Bark Busters' Safety Tips For Families With Dogs »

October 27, 2014 at 6:48AM PDT | Source: Bark Busters Home Dog Training

Halloween can be a fun holiday for children, but a spooky time for dogs. here's how to ensure both you and your dog stay safe.
Escondido, CA, October 26, 2014 - (PR.com) - Bark Busters, the world's largest dog training company, offers tips to keep dogs safe on Halloween. Based on the expertise of Bark Busters' network of dog behavioral therapists, these guidelines for dog owners help ensure the safety of pets during fright night.
"We hear about more dogs dying or straying during Halloween than any other holiday," said Danny & Sylvia Wilson who founded Bark Busters in Australia in 1989. "Halloween is intended to scare and startle us - making it a spooky holiday for dogs, too. By being more sensitive to dogs' fear-driven 'fight or flight' instincts, we can help keep our furry friends safe this Halloween...

Local Pet-Owner Wants To Bring Indoor Dog Park To New Hampshire »

October 24, 2014 at 6:09AM PDT | Source: Zoom Room

Rochester, NH (PRWEB) October 24, 2014 - One day Jenn Grassi decided to look for an indoor play area for her dog. She searched for several hours and couldn't find one anywhere in the state.
"I found this shocking because the weather here in New Hampshire can be very unpredictable," Grassi said. "We have long, cold, snowy winters and some of the summer days are hot and humid. I need a place where my dog can run around."
The solution is Zoom Room, a franchise that operates in 21 cities around the country. Zoom Room facilities provide dog-owners with an indoor hangout for their pets as well pet training and a retail shop that carries the latest eco-friendly training products. It's also a place where dog-owners can socialize.
Grassi would very much like to bring a Zoom Room franchise to New Hampshire...

The World's Largest Dog Training Company Helps You & Your Pooch Enjoy "National Walk Your Dog Week" »

October 02, 2014 at 4:49AM PDT | Source: Bark Busters Home Dog Training

With October 1 - 7 being National Walk Your Dog Week, Bark Busters Home Dog Training is celebrating exercising with some great tips.
Escondido, CA, October 02, 2014 - (PR.com) - October 1 - 7, 2014 is recognized as 'National Walk Your Dog Week'. While walking your dog should be practiced on a regular, daily basis, National Walk Your Dog Week provides an opportunity to stress the many physical, emotional, behavioral and health benefits of getting out to exercise with your best four-legged friend.
The benefits of walking your dog are numerous and include providing your dog with exercise, which can help decrease your dog's chances of becoming overweight, reduce boredom and destructive behavior, diminish stress and anxiety and help you bond with your pet...



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