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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...

Dogtopia Partners With Leading Pet Brands For Trick Or Doggy Treat Campaign »

October 01, 2014 at 4:13AM PDT | Source: Dogtopia

October 01, 2014 // Franchising.com // Halloween has gone to the dogs this year. Dogtopia, an award-winning, national dog daycare, boarding and spa franchise, announced today they have partnered with BarkBox, Bubba Rose Biscuit Company, Three Dog Bakery and The Honest Kitchen for the Trick or Doggy Treat promotion.
The campaign, which runs from October 1 through October 30, 2014, invites dog owners to enter online for the chance to win prizes that promote a healthy canine lifestyle - such as dog daycare gift certificates, toys and nutritious treats.
"We're so pleased to partner with other leaders in the pet care industry to offer the kind of 'treats' that dog parents want to give their pets this Halloween," said Enid Traub, Vice President of Marketing at Dogtopia...

Christina Russell Joins Camp Bow Wow® As New President »

September 16, 2014 at 12:04PM PDT | Source: Camp Bow Wow

Nation's Largest Pet Care Franchise Strengthens Its Leadership Team For Further Growth
September 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // Broomfield, CO - Camp Bow Wow, the nation's largest pet care franchise and an Inc. 5000 company, this week announced the appointment of Christina Russell as its new President. With an impressive background in Executive Leadership and franchise expansion, Christina brings invaluable experience to the Camp Bow Wow team.
As President of Camp Bow Wow, Ms. Russell will focus on accelerated growth and heightened profitability across the board. Delivering value to customers is an essential component of her mandate, as well as continuing to strengthen relationships with key stakeholders such as franchisees and investors...

Dogtopia Expanding National Growth With New Riverside County, California Regional Developer Agreement »

September 02, 2014 at 7:25AM PDT | Source: Dogtopia

Award Winning Dog Daycare, Spa and Boarding Franchise seeks franchisees and commercial lease space throughout Riverside County in Southern California.
Tysons Corner, VA (PRWEB) August 29, 2014 - Dogtopia, an award winning national dog daycare and recipient of Inc. 500/5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies and Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500, announced today it has signed a regional developer agreement with Gary Whitaker to expand further into Riverside County, California. This agreement is part of Dogtopia’s aggressive growth strategy to open more than 400 locations across the U.S. and Canada over the next several years.
Whitaker, a successful business owner/operator in Southern California, is currently seeking qualified franchisee candidates and commercial space to open about nine Dogtopia locations throughout the region...

Woof Gang Bakery Unleashes A New Pet Retail Store And Grooming Location In Boynton Beach, Florida »

August 06, 2014 at 9:06AM PDT | Source: Woof Gang Bakery

This Growing Breed of Neighborhood Pet Store is the First Location in Boynton Beach and the Company’s Seventh Palm Beach County Location
August 06, 2014 // Franchising.com // ORLANDO, Fla. – Woof Gang Bakery is a leader in the pet industry with franchise locations across the United States. Opening September 6, Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming Boynton Beach is a locally-owned small business; offering full service grooming and a wide selection of pet foods and supplies. The store is located at: 12393 Hagen Ranch Rd, Suite 302, Boynton Beach, FL 33437; phone 561-739-8288.
Animal lovers Ilyse and Jason Schaefer are the franchise owners of Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming Boynton Beach. Jason has been working in the pet industry for the past 15 years and has a degree in Biology and Animal Behavior as well as a certification in dog training...

Camp Bow Wow® Acquired By VCA, Inc. »

August 05, 2014 at 4:25AM PDT | Source: Camp Bow Wow

Purchase of Nation’s Leading Franchisor of Dog Day and Overnight Care Centers; Combines Strengths of Two Major Players in Pet Care
August 05, 2014 // Franchising.com // Broomfield, CO – Camp Bow Wow, the nation’s largest franchisor of dog day and overnight care centers and an Inc. 5000 company, announced today its acquisition by VCA, Inc. (NASDAQ: WOOF), a leading animal healthcare company in the United States and Canada.
Since its founding over 13 years ago, Camp Bow Wow has grown into the market leader in dog daycare and overnight boarding services, with 152 franchises across North America. For Camp Bow Wow, and VCA, the deal represents a genuine opportunity to make a strong company even stronger.
Camp Bow Wow founder, Heidi Ganahl, who will continue as its chief executive officer, said "The sale of Camp Bow Wow to VCA is a testament to the hard work of everyone at the company...

Woof Gang Products And Distribution Launches Private Label Line »

July 15, 2014 at 4:44AM PDT | Source: Woof Gang Bakery

July 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // Orlando, Fla. – Woof Gang Products and Distribution announces a new line of private label products that will be available exclusively at Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming locations in eight states across the U.S., beginning in July.
The Woof Gang product line includes premium quality pet products such as gourmet baked dog treats, antlers and bones that are sourced and packaged in the U.S. Select chews are sourced from the very best suppliers in Brazil and Colombia. Woof Gang Products and Distribution provides hand-picked products designed for optimum health and well-being of pets. Woof Gang Products are natural, free of by-products and do not include fillers such as corn or soy. Most of the products also are wheat-free...

Woof Gang Bakery Expanding In 2014, Opening 20 New Stores In New And Existing U.S. Markets »

July 09, 2014 at 7:57AM PDT | Source: Woof Gang Bakery

Orlando, FL - July 09, 2014 - (PR.com) - This year, Woof Gang Bakery will open the company’s first franchise locations in the states of Kansas and Virginia – in Overland Park, a suburb of Kansas City, and Richmond, Virginia, respectively. The company also is expanding with 18 additional franchise stores opening throughout Florida, North Carolina, New Jersey, Nevada and Texas.
Since the first Woof Gang Bakery opened in 2007, the company has expanded across nine states. The company’s recent accolades include achieving best overall multi-unit retailer by Pet Business Media and ranking among the nation’s Top 15 pet food retailers by Pet Business Magazine. Woof Gang Bakery, a leader in the pet industry, continues to seek opportunities across the United States for future locations to provide quality products and services to the local communities each store serves...

Dogtopia Announces Grand Opening Of Newest Location In Santa Ana, California »

June 18, 2014 at 10:28AM PDT | Source: Dogtopia

Award-winning dog daycare, spa and boarding facility opens flagship location in Orange County region.
Santa Ana, CA (PRWEB) June 18, 2014 - Dogtopia, a leading national dog daycare, boarding and spa franchise, announced today the grand opening of its Orange County flagship store, located at 3203 South Harbor Boulevard in Santa Ana. Owned by local entrepreneur Jan Folk, the new location provides Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, Tustin and Fountain Valley residents a place to take their beloved dogs for fun and supervised open play. Jan Folk is furthering her entrepreneurial spirit and love for dogs by bringing this unique business to the community.
A grand opening celebration will take place at Dogtopia of South Coast in Santa Ana on Saturday, June 21 from 10 a...

Dogtopia And Paws With A Cause Team Up For 10th Annual "Dogtopia Charity Dog Wash" To Benefit Veterans And Assistance Dogs »

May 28, 2014 at 10:18AM PDT | Source: Dogtopia

Celebrating 10 years of raising money by supporting veterans and the beloved dogs that change their lives.
Tysons Corner, VA (PRWEB) May 28, 2014 - Dogtopia, an award-winning, national dog daycare, boarding and spa franchise, announced today they have partnered with Paws With A Cause®, a non-profit organization that provides assistance dogs to veterans and people with disabilities for its 10th annual Dogtopia Charity Dog Wash. On Sunday, June 22, Dogtopia locations across the country will host the 10th Annual Dogtopia Charity Dog Wash. Proceeds will benefit Paws With A Cause veteran’s programs and support efforts that provide veterans, service members and their families with dogs to assist with physical disabilities — enhancing their quality of life, helping with healing/recovery and often providing a new outlook on life...

Woof Gang Bakery National Pet Adoption Event Provided Warm Homes To Cold Noses With 66 Rescue Dogs And Cats Re-homed »

May 28, 2014 at 4:04AM PDT | Source: Woof Gang Bakery

May 28, 2014 // Franchising.com // ORLANDO, Fla – Dozens of dogs and cats found their "fur-ever" homes during Woof Gang Bakery’s first company-wide Adopt-a-Thon event held on May 10. The event, held in collaboration with more than 70 local animal adoption groups, was hosted at Woof Gang Bakery stores across the United States. The results were "pawsitively" successful with 66 dogs and cats placed in new homes, with another 26 adoption applications in progress.
Participating animal rescue organization received donations, including nearly 1,800 total pounds of pet food, $5,800 in other donations such as treats, toys and accessories, and $600 in grooming services. In addition, several thousand dollars of pet food, products and veterinary services by Woof Gang Bakery customers, Dog for Dog and other local businesses were donated...

FETCH! Pet Care® Of Memorial-West Houston Expands Territory »

May 09, 2014 at 7:33AM PDT | Source: FETCH! Pet Care

Now Covering Royal Oaks, Westchase, Galleria and Midtown
Nation's Leading Name in Professional At-Home Pet Care Now Servicing More Pet Owners from Downtown Houston to the Far West side
Houston, TX (PRWEB) May 09, 2014 - Fetch! Pet Care, Inc., the nation's largest franchise provider of professional dog walking and pet sitting services, today announced that its Memorial-West Houston franchise location has expanded its service area and now offers unsurpassed pet care to residents throughout Royal Oaks, Westchase, Galleria and Midtown. As North America's largest and most trusted pet care brand, Fetch! Pet Care now services active clients in more than 30 states across the U.S. from coast to coast.
Originally established in 2008 and since used by hundreds of pet owners in Houston, Fetch! Pet Care of Memorial-West Houston now also provides pet owners throughout Royal Oaks, Westchase, Galleria and Midtown with a range of services that meet every need and budget, including private dog walks, pet fitness/exercise regimes, overnight sitting or daily visits in the client's home, boarding in the sitter's home, and miscellaneous home care...

Petland Expands Payment Options With NewComLink Financing Platform »

May 08, 2014 at 11:43AM PDT | Source: Petland

Financing Allows More Pets to be Matched with the Right Family
Chillicothe, OH (PRWEB) May 08, 2014 - Petland, a leader in the retail pet industry, today announced expanded in-store customer financing options via a revolving line of credit through the NewComLink financing platform.
"Petland believes that pets make life better," said Joe Watson, Petland, Inc.’s President. "In addition to matching the right pet to the right family, we can now offer families the right financing option they need to take home a new family member."
NewComLink simplifies consumer financing, matching the retailers’ customers to the best financing option. A single integration of the NewComLink financing platform provides retailers the ability to offer multiple financing products from different lenders using a variety of devices at the point of sale...

Camp Bow Wow Spotlights Dog Bite Prevention In Month Of May »

May 06, 2014 at 11:08AM PDT | Source: Camp Bow Wow

Nation's Largest Pet Care Franchise Educates Consumers on Dog Bite Prevention
NEW YORK - May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Camp Bow Wow, the nation's largest pet care franchise and an Inc. 5000 company, will enhance the dialogue on dog bite prevention during the month of May via corporate engagement and educational activities across the country.
"Camp Bow Wow's mission is to inform families about dog bite prevention and proper handling in a fun, interesting and creative manner, as there are more than 4.7 million dog bites each year," says Heidi Ganahl, CEO and Founder of Camp Bow Wow. "Dogs are part of our everyday lives, so it is critical that we educate as many people as possible how to prevent dog bites."
In support of dog bite prevention, Camp Bow Wow will be executing the following national programs throughout the month:

Webinar with Dog Behavior Specialists Laura Roach and Nick Fisher

Date: Tuesday, May 20th at 5pm MST
Topics: Importance of education to prevent dog bites; dog bite statistics; proper interaction between children and dogs; signs for avoiding dog bites, Q&A
Register here [https://cc...

Central Bark Doggy Day Care Celebrates National Bite Prevention Week With "Bite Prevention" Curriculum »

May 02, 2014 at 9:57AM PDT | Source: Central Bark

"Bite Prevention" Curriculum Geared for Elementary School-Age Children
West Allis, WI (PRWEB) May 02, 2014 - Central Bark Doggy Day Care, a pioneer of the doggy day care industry and creator of the "UnKennel" concept, celebrates May's National Bite Prevention Week with the franchise's "Dog Safety and Bite Prevention" curriculum developed for elementary school age children. Program objectives include helping reduce the preventable public health problem of dog bites; educating children on dog behavior and how dogs communicate; educating children on how to approach dogs; and educating children on what to do if they are approached by a stray or loose dog.
Central Bark's "Dog Safety and Bite Prevention" curriculum includes a classroom training session completely geared towards younger children, as well as an interactive activity coloring fact sheet – also handed out in all of the Central Bark locations throughout the country for the month of May...

HomeTask Offers $5000 Discount To Veterans Towards New Franchise »

May 01, 2014 at 5:23AM PDT | Source: HomeTask Handyman Service, Inc.

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) April 30, 2014 - An enjoyable piece of success in business is the ability to turn around and care for others. HomeTask announces a significant discount ($5,000) off of the initial franchise fee.
Founder and CEO, Jerrod Sessler noted the purpose for this discount in a recent press conference. "I pushed for this internally for multiple reasons. First, I wanted to honor veterans for who they are and what they have done. In addition, and equally as important, I wanted to be part of the solution for many of our veterans that are working through their transition from their time in service to a successful position where they can serve and support their families and lives. I do not want to see our military veterans coming home to simple, low pay positions, doing menial tasks when they are trained and able to do so much more...

Service Industry Thrives Again  »

April 30, 2014 at 6:42AM PDT | Source: HomeTask Handyman Service, Inc.

Here is an opportunity to talk with a top CEO of a service industry company with his finger on the pulse of the past, current and future of the service sector.
April 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // Volume in the service industry Q1 of 2014 exceeds that of pre-recession numbers according to multi-brand franchisor HomeTask.
After nearly 40% of the professionals left the service industry during the great recession between 2008-2012, the sector is now vacuuming talent due to rising demand. Service requirements for the home and small business segments now exceeds that of the pre-recession volumes according to HomeTask CEO, Jerrod Sessler, "Prior to 2008, we used to see normal demand curves starting low early in the year and rising steadily through late summer with slower growth in the fall and then radical drops in early winter with repeats each year...



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