December 02, 2013 // Franchising.com // CLEVELAND – Sometimes the most stressful part of going on vacation is not the choice of where to stay, but rather the choice of what to do with your dog. Now, thanks to FlipFlop Dogs, a new franchise that touts itself as the alternative to kenneling, pet owners can go on vacation knowing their four-legged friends are being cared for in a safe, loving home environment while they are away.
Already allowing hundreds of pet owners in Mentor, Ohio and Buford, Georgia to relax and travel with peace of mind, FlipFlop Dogs is looking to further capitalize on the growing demand for more compassionate boarding options and expand its national footprint through a unique pet franchise opportunity.
Company plans call for adding 8-12 new locations in 2014 and having as many as 25 franchises operating nationwide by the end of 2015 and 100 locations in the next five years.
"Even if you take your dog on vacation or you have a supportive network of family and friends who can watch your dog when you are out of town, most dog owners eventually run into a situation where they have to seek out a boarding kennel for their dog," said Taffy Miltz, Co-Founder and President of FlipFlop Dogs. "Leaving your dog in the care of a kennel can be uncomfortable for dog owners, but leaving them with one of our companion families can help make boarding your dog a stress-free situation for everyone."
Created in 2011, FlipFlop Dogs’ intent is to give dogs a joyful vacation experience while providing peace of mind for their owners that their canine is being cared for in a safe, loving home environment. Dogs stay with carefully screened and selected companions who are home during the day to ensure one-on-one, around the clock care is always provided, especially where puppies, dogs on regular medication and senior canines are concerned.
Some companion families are actively retired people who have had dogs all of their lives, but now enjoy the freedom and flexibility of caring for dogs on a short-term basis. Others are younger, often with a family at home, where the addition of a visiting dog is great fun for all.
"The common thread, without exception, is all our companion families are absolutely crazy about dogs," Miltz added.
FlipFlop Dogs’ service also includes door-to-door, chauffeur driven transportation in order to eliminate the anxiety caused to dogs when left behind by their owners.
To augment the company’s growth, FlipFlop Dogs is seeking pet enthusiasts interested in a market-tested, home-based business opportunity in the more than $55 billion pet care industry. With a one-time franchise fee of $37,500, the estimated total investment to open a FlipFlop Dogs franchise is $52,800-$110,500.
In addition to an exclusive territory, FlipFlop Dogs franchisees are given access to the company’s customized Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system that is available anywhere, anytime by using a tablet or smartphone. The other key to FlipFlop Dogs’ success is its state-of-the-art Customer Call Center, which answers phone and email inquiries, and schedules appointments, allowing franchisees the freedom to operate their business knowing that their customer inquiries are answered quickly and accurately.
"The best businesses are born from a market need, and FlipFlop Dogs is no exception," said Miltz, noting that U.S. consumers spend nearly $5 billion annually on pet services, including boarding. "The FlipFlop Dogs franchise opportunity is a perfect match for anyone who loves dogs and working from home, being your own boss and controlling your own schedule."
For more information about the FlipFlop Dogs franchise opportunity, visit http://flipflopdogs.com/franchising/.
Founded in 2011 and franchising since 2013, FlipFlop Dogs is the alternative to kenneling that specializes in matching its furry customers with "Companion Families" who maintain the dog’s day-to-day routine. The company’s mission is to give dogs a joyful vacation experience while providing peace of mind for their owners that their canine is being cared for in a safe, loving home environment while they are away. For more information, visit www.flipflopdogs.com.
SOURCE FlipFlop® Dogs