How We Started:
In the spring of 1994, my husband Bion and I put the finishing touches on a dog business plan that represented our dream of owning a dog franchise together and our wish to create a happier place for dogs to stay for the day or night. The thought of leaving our furry "kids" in a kennel just wouldn't suffice, so we created a plan for a fun and safe Camp version of the traditional dog kennel.
Soon after we began our search for the first Camp Bow Wow® location, Bion died tragically in a plane crash. I never gave up on our dream and I eventually opened the first Camp Bow Wow® in 2000. Since then, Camp Bow Wow® has grown into the country's premier dog day care and boarding establishment with over 116 current locations and another 50 Camps under development in the U.S. and Canada.
While maintaining a mom-and-pop feel, we have advanced and standardized our concept into the most sophisticated doggy day care and overnight operation in the country. Utilizing technology, state-of-the-art facility design, and intensive employee training, Camp Bow Wows® are operationally the best run and safest environments for dogs to play, romp, and receive lots of love and attention.
In 2009, we launched our newest pet care concept, Home Buddies by Camp Bow Wow! This in-home pet sitting service leverages our years of experience leading the dog services industry and channels these efforts into a new opportunity targeting a rapidly growing market. In addition to operating your Camp, you will manage a team of devoted pet lovers who cater to a unique segment of the population who demand the highest levels of quality and service. Home Buddies will offer dog walking, pet sitting for dogs, cats, birds, fish, small mammals and reptiles, shuttle service to and from vet offices and Camp, grooming and Behavior Buddies™ training services,, care for special needs pets, pet food delivery and pet waste clean-up services.
Camp Bow Wow® , Home Buddies, and Behavior Buddies is the largest pet care franchise in the US offering many significant competitive advantages over traditional kennels and large corporations. As you explore our system of franchising, our 3-1 brand will allow you to provide several options to your customers to meet their pet care needs. We hope you will agree that Camp Bow Wow® is simply THE best place for pets and you! -- -- Heidi Ganahl, Top Dog & Founder
What Can You Expect As A Camp Bow Wow® Franchisee?
Opening a new business is a significant investment. Protect yourself and reduce your risk by leveraging our years of experience developing the very best business practices. Camp Bow Wow® has designed and refined an innovative operational model to provide you with a competitive long-term business plan and a demonstrable return-on-investment.
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The estimated start-up costs for a Camp Bow Wow® will vary based upon the size and location of your facility. We require our franchise applicants to possess a minimum $150,000 in liquid capital (cash, stock, mutual funds, etc.) and typically the majority of
this cash injection will be applied to the franchise fee. Most of our
franchisees secure loans through the SBA for the balance of their
The current franchise fee is $50,000 which helps cover the cost of providing you with business opening assistance, initial training, and other support and franchise development services. In addition to the franchise fee, your total investment would include the cost of equipment, computer hardware and software, leasehold improvements, site service fees, deposits, site plans, permits, legal fees, signage, supplies, dog training, grand opening and marketing activities, and other general expenses.
Camp Bow Wow is currently accepting inquiries from the following states: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Wyoming.
Interested parties should have at least $150,000 in liquid capital to invest.