Category: Franchising

Things to Consider Before Opening a Dog Daycare Franchise

Last month we discussed everything one needs to know before opening a dog daycare franchise. This month we’ve decided to take it even further. Follow along as we discuss the next steps you need to take and how to go about starting a dog daycare. 

First, let’s recap what we’ve learned. A dog daycare is a facility that houses pet owners’ beloved dogs while they work or go about their busy days. The facility cares for, feeds, loves, and plays with the four-legged canines, offering lots of games and activities throughout the day.

A franchise is a business owned and operated by an individual, referred to as the franchisee, who uses the branding and name of a much larger company like Pizza Hut or your local UPS store. Therefore, when you put them together, you have a dog daycare franchise. And with Americans spending nearly $123.6 billion on their pets every year, dog daycares have become a fast-growing industry.

So what is it about these facilities that are so special to the pet owners and four-legged canines who use them? 

Benefits of Dog DayCare 

Well, for starters, there are tremendous advantages for both dogs and their owners. Let’s begin by discussing the benefits a dog daycare has on pet owners. 

Advantages for Dog Owners

Knowing their beloved Fido is safe in a warm or cool facility, fed, surrounded by other pups, and loved allows the dog owner to go peacefully throughout their day without worrying about their precious canine.

Advantages for Dogs 

One of the biggest benefits for dogs is that they no longer spend their days alone. Dogs are social creatures who typically seek human companionship. Separation anxiety can cause a dog to lash out, break things, ruin furniture and even harm itself. But at a doggie daycare, dogs are kept entertained by playing with the staff and other dogs and receive constant attention. 

Like humans, dogs need exercise to stay strong and healthy, and a lack of movement is never good for a pup’s health. Dogs left at home might inadvertently destroy your home or yard simply by being active. At doggie daycare, pets have access to indoor and outdoor play areas, interactive toys, and trained supervised staff. All of the K9 Resorts locations have outdoor courtyards made from artificial turf where dogs can run and play. 

How to Start a Dog Daycare

Now that we know how valuable dog daycares are, how exactly do you go about starting one?


Finding a location is the first and most critical component of starting a dog daycare. While you can run a doggie daycare out of your home, you will still need to ensure there is enough play area both inside and out and equip your home with the proper supplies and equipment. It’s essential to do your research first and factor in the layout, proximity to competitors, and potential clients. 

Equipment and Supplies

Before opening your new location, you must first ensure you have the proper equipment and supplies needed to be fully functional. The obvious items include:

  • Food and treats
  • Food and water bowls
  • Leashes
  • Toys
  • Refrigerator for cold foods and medicine
  • First aid kits
  • Trash bags and cleaning supplies
  • Blankets and towels

Of course, there are other items you may not have thought about. These include a running sink for washing hands and possibly the dogs, pending what they get into, air fresheners, and office equipment. Like any other business, running a dog daycare takes certain equipment all on its own. These include but are not limited to:

  • Client-based software for client tracking
  • Financial Software
  • Computer
  • Possibly a printer
  • Cash drawer
  • And a working phone number clients can reach you at!


Unless you want to take on the day-to-day operations and care for dogs alone, you will need to hire staff. Not only should your daycare attendants love dogs, but they should be personable, responsible, and compassionate. You want to hire a team who is as engaged as you are at making your daycare a success. 


To be successful, you have to obtain clients. While word of mouth will work in the beginning, in order to grow, you will have to market your business. Marketing consists of many different facets, including print & digital advertising. While some may work better for your geographic location and niche, there are a few things every dog daycare should have:

Financial Investment

A K9 Resorts facility can range from 4,000 square feet to 6,700 square feet, and opening costs average between $1,094,907 and $2,042,840. Other fees include:

  • Franchise fee of $49,500
  • Our royalty fee is 7% of gross sales

Now that you know what it takes to start a dog daycare, it’s time to contact the professionals at K9 Resorts. Our team will help you find and secure a location, negotiate a lease, work with local zoning attorneys and attend local zoning meetings. We also offer help with marketing solutions, including tools for digital marketing, grand opening celebrations, and guidance with branding. 

Contact us to learn more today! 

Everything You Need To Know Before Opening a Dog Daycare Franchise

Are you an entrepreneur who has a passion for dogs? Perhaps owning your own dog daycare franchise is the right path for you. With Americans of all ages spending over $123 billion on their pets annually, pet care is a thriving business. More and more people now see their furry canine friends as an extension of their family and will stop at nothing to ensure they have the proper care and treatment they deserve. 

But how does one go about opening a doggie daycare? And does becoming a franchisee of daycare for dogs even make sense for you? Read on as we break down the ins and outs of owning a franchise and what you need to know before you make the ultimate decision. 

What Is a Dog Daycare Franchise?

A dog daycare franchise allows entrepreneurs to build upon their passions with a ready-made business that already has branding and processes in place. It is owned and operated by an individual franchisee, but branded and overseen by a much larger company known as the franchisor. The franchisee typically pays initial and royalty fees to own the company’s branding, trademark, and business model rights. 

So how do you know if owning a dog daycare franchise is right for you? It’s important to consider several factors, including investment costs, overall time commitment, benefits, the support offered, and potential profitability. And lastly, do you even have what it takes to run a franchise? Let’s take a look at each, and then you can decide.

What Does It Cost To Run a Dog Daycare Franchise?

There are certain fees and investments required when starting this type of franchise. Typically, these fees range from $400,000 to 1 million and include: 

  • Initial start-up fee
  • Royalty fees
  • Marketing
  • Training
  • Renewal fees

At K9 Resorts, the minimum financial requirements are $1 million personal net worth, $400k in liquid capital, and the ability to maintain your lifestyle while growing your business. Outside of this, other additional costs include:

Property and facility costs 

Before opening a dog daycare, you need a place to house the dogs. While your home might be ideal for one or two dogs, eventually, you will need a larger space.


You will need to purchase a gated area for outdoor play and bathroom business. Other types of equipment might include an outside washing area and activities area.

Licenses and Permits 

The state or county in which you live may require permits and licenses to run a dog-related business. We recommend checking with a local attorney. 


To run a successful dog daycare, you will need to purchase the right supplies and equipment. This includes, but is not limited to a running sink, towels, blankets, food, first aid kits, toys, leashes, and more. All these items cost money and need to be replenished, so it’s important to factor them into your budget. 


Another area to consider is staffing. If you plan to take on more dogs than you can handle, you will need to hire other staff members. And if you employ anyone with a bit more experience in dog care, you will have to pay a higher hourly wage. 

Benefits of Opening a Dog Daycare Franchise

If all of this sounds like a lot of work, it is. Franchising is not for everyone. But it sure does have its rewards. The biggest perk is that you get to work with dogs every day. If you’re a dog lover, how can you beat that? Here are a few of the other benefits you can enjoy when working with a franchise:

  • Help with location selection
  • Financing
  • Brand awareness
  • Traditional and digital marketing 
  • Industry-leading training
  • Use of industry software
  • So much more!

What Is the Profitability of a Dog Daycare?

Like any other business, the harder you work, and the more you put in, the more you get out of it. When owning a dog daycare franchise, profit is a pretty simple equation. The amount of profit equals revenue minus variable costs minus fixed costs. Variable costs are those items, such as dog food or toys that vary from week to week. Fixed costs are items such as rent and insurance that never change. And of course, you also have to factor in other things such as your geographic location, the need for such a service in your area, and the amount of competition. 

K9 Resorts were created to help potential franchisees become their region’s premier dog boarding facility. In 2021, our franchised locations grossed average sales of $1,452,623. And while we can’t guarantee you will make that much immediately, we will certainly do everything we can to help get you there. 

Do You Have What It Takes To Be a Franchisee?

We believe a successful dog daycare franchise starts with the individual. Are you business-minded? Do you have a passion for caring for dogs? Do you have the ability to establish relationships with others? Then you are on the right track. But these are not the only qualities and traits needed to be a good franchisee. Other personality traits and skills that are helpful include:

  • Time-management skills
  • Leadership abilities
  • Positive can-do attitude
  • Risk-taker
  • Motivated by results
  • Good hiring skills
  • Excellent communication skills

Think You Have What it Takes to Run a Dog Daycare Franchise?

Think you have what it takes? Why not find out more? K9 Resorts takes care of its franchisees. We care about our franchise family and want you to be as successful as we are. We offer 24-hour support for anything you need, including online support, public relations, help to find the right location, local attorneys, and the use of our high-tech software. We apply the same level of passion, integrity, and care to our franchisees that we do to our own locations.  With over 16 years of success, we offer a structured model of success. 

Contact us today to learn more about this valuable opportunity. 


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Fact or Fiction? Looking at the Myths of Dog Daycare Franchising

It’s no surprise that the dog daycare industry has grown every year for the past 20 years, and at an average rate of 5.4%. More than six out of ten American households own at least one pet, and American pet parents spend an average of $250 per year in boarding fees. Total annual expenditure on pet care exceeds $1000 per pet household. Statistics like these make dog daycare franchise opportunities attractive and lucrative for the right investor or entrepreneur.

Let’s examine some of the dog daycare information available to potential investors. We’ll take a peek at the industry’s details, dispel some myths about perceived barriers to franchising, and answer some of the most common questions we receive.

Dog Daycare Industry Facts

Pet ownership has risen sharply over the last decade, resulting in a corresponding boom in the pet grooming and boarding industry. Pet grooming and boarding is now a booming industry. American households with pets spend $90 billion on their pets annually, and the trend shows no sign of weakening.

Fully 75% of 30-somethings own a dog. And 40% or more of dog care customers come from the 30-49 year old demographic. While dog ownership is extremely common and popular in the elderly age groups, this rising young customer base speaks volumes about the potential for continued growth in the decades to come.

Myths and Misconceptions

Despite this growth, myths and misconceptions about the industry may persist.

Myth: Kennels and dog sitters have saturated the dog daycare market.

Don’t confuse growth with saturation. Starbucks franchising growth had an expansion impact on the coffee shop industry, not a saturation effect. Similar impacts are happening in the dog daycare portion of the pet grooming and boarding industry.

The continuing trends of increased dog ownership, higher pet spending, and healthy consumer attitudes about pet health and wellbeing mean this market is nowhere near saturated. Competition is an excellent sign for continued growth, not a warning of a crowded field.

Myth: You must be a dog expert to succeed in dog daycare franchise ownership.

The most important personal assets for dog daycare franchise success are vision, resiliency, and work ethic. You wouldn’t be reading this if you were not interested in dogs.

K9 Resorts franchising comes with training and access to our original owners – the real experts. You provide the hard work, vision, and grit.

Myth: I cannot buy in because I don’t have the full franchise fee in cash.

Franchisees often finance their franchise fees. Most franchise opportunities include assistance with securing financing. K9 Resorts has relationships with lenders who help our franchisees get started.

Misconception: Dog daycare franchise purchase requires immense wealth for entry.

Investors in any franchise opportunity, such as K9 Resorts, must have a minimum amount of liquid capital and net worth. These numbers, however, can be easily misunderstood.

Liquid capital includes readily convertible assets such as investments, savings, or other financial instruments. xLiquid capital of $200,000 does not necessarily mean a bank account balance of that amount. Net worth includes everything you own minus your debts. For most people, this includes houses, automobiles, investments, savings, business assets, etc.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Here’s a look at the answers to the most popular questions about owning a dog daycare franchise.

What does the franchise fee cover?

Franchise fees pay for licensing and other support such as initial training, site selection assistance, and initial marketing.

What are royalties?

Royalties are paid to the parent company as a percentage of gross revenue and cover ongoing support to franchisees such as regional and national marketing campaigns, periodic training, new product development, and much more.

Do I need an outside yard or field to operate a dog daycare?

Some form of outdoor area for the dogs and staff is excellent. But successful dog daycare’s around the country make annual profits without access to grass and trees. It’s not a requirement.

This industry is still growing, and there’s no end in sight. Find out if the K9 Resorts dog daycare franchise opportunity is a good fit for you.

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The Differences Between Owning a Dog Daycare and a Pet Retail Store

To Play With Pups or Provide for Pets?

It’s no secret that the pet care industry is booming. Just in the past decade the industry has grown by billions in revenue and shows no sign of slowing down. However, there are specific sectors within the industry which include retail and care operations. If you’re thinking of opening a pet-related business, it’s important to understand the differences between the two. Should you go into pet care retail or consider opening a dog daycare? Both have their benefits but the decision really depends on what you’re looking for out of a business and career.

Hands On or Off?

Diving into the pet industry to open a business means that you have the opportunity to decide how hands on or hands off you really want to be. Options like a dog daycare franchise tend to mean that you’d like a more involved role in the daily operation of your business while a pet supplies retail location gives you the opportunity to be more absent. Either is a fine path for owning your own business, but it really depends on what you’re looking for out of your career.

Those that consider opening a dog daycare franchise typically have a deep-seated love for animals and want to be around them more frequently. As a dog daycare franchise owner, you have the opportunity to be very hands on with your team and your four-legged clients! That isn’t to say you have to be overwhelmed by work or be tied to your location. When you partner with a premier franchise, like K9 Resorts, you get the kind of support you need to find and train staff so you can truly trust your team to handle the bulk of daily operations. But you’ll still get to play with pooches! It’s a win-win for those interested in spending more time with pups.

When it comes to owning a pet retail location, you still likely have an undying love for animals but maybe would rather either be less involved in daily operations or simply want to provide a different type of service to the community. Pet retail franchises also provide a much-needed service to our beloved animals but are less hands-on when it comes to pet interaction. While most pet stores allow our furry friends inside, it’s only for a brief visit. However, retail locations do benefit from the industry resilience that all pet care businesses enjoy. No matter what the economy is doing, our animals still have to eat, be groomed, and be entertained.

Thinking about opening a dog daycare franchise? Learn where to start, and how K9 helps:

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Growth Opportunity

Is your goal to open multiple locations? Or would you rather make one location your focus? Either are fine business paths but whichever you desire may make a difference in your choice to open a dog daycare franchise or a retail location. Pet care retail franchises are “easier” to scale up, meaning you can open multiple locations of the same franchise relatively quickly as long as you have the capital.

When it comes to something like opening a dog daycare, there’s a little bit more that goes into it. Dog daycares require very detailed specifics for location and you may have to build from the ground up to meet them while retail locations can simply settle into an already existing development with ease. Training is much more detailed when it comes to a dog daycare franchise than a retail location, so finding and educating your staff can be a longer process. With a dog daycare franchise like K9 Resorts, you’ll get help training your staff to make the process smoother and more effective.
Both businesses have the opportunity to grow, especially when the industry is expanding so rapidly, but it’s just a matter of how quickly you want to expand your empire.


That brings us to location. As noted, finding the perfect location for a dog daycare franchise can take a little bit more work than nailing down a retail spot. Pet retail locations can be found in all sorts of places including any strip mall in Everywhere, USA. This makes finding and securing a location for a retail store relatively simple and quick. There are limited restrictions or requirements when it comes to pet retail.

If you’re thinking about opening a dog daycare, finding a location could be more of a challenge. Dog daycares require a significant amount of square footage for dog play areas as well as separate boarding areas and offices. Often finding the appropriate lot with good traffic is difficult. However, when you partner with a dog daycare franchise like K9 Resorts, you get location-finding assistance which can be invaluable in your business journey.

If you’re interested in opening a dog daycare and are thinking of going the franchise route, reach out! We’re excited to partner with dedicated animal lovers who are eager to serve the pet care community and want to build their own business.

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Why Pet Care is an Emotional & Financially Friendly Industry

It’s certain that any business has the potential to be financially rewarding, but how many of those are truly emotionally fulfilling as well? The pet care industry is one of the most emotionally rewarding and financially stable industries in the country today. From dog daycare and boarding to grooming and even personalized nutrition, the market for pet services is expansive. If you love animals, it’s no wonder why you are interested in working in the pet care industry! Not only is this rewarding industry a dream job for animal lovers, it’s a financially stable place to build your own lucrative business. Blending your love of animals and desire to be your own boss can be an ultimately rewarding career decision. And in today’s economy, it makes good sense to invest in an industry that sees no sign of slowing.

Industry Strength

The pet care industry is one of the fastest growing in the business world. Just over the past decade the pet care and service industry has seen a revenue increase of nearly $20 billion. People are continuing to dedicate a portion of their income to ensuring that their pets are healthy, happy, and well taken care of. Pets today are treated as true members of the family and enjoy a wide range of perks. They’re often referred to as furbabies or furchildren and their owners are eager to buy the newest and best products to give them happy lives. Nearly two-thirds of American homes have pets that reside in them. That means that the majority of households in the U.S. are spending money within the pet care industry. It’s been noted that nearly 80% of those pet owners spend discretionary income on grooming and services for their pets. Additionally, people spend more money in the pet care industry than the toy and baby industries combined. That’s a lot of revenue to be hand when it comes to running a successful business!

The pet industry is as strong as ever, and shows no signs of slowing down. Learn more about the business opportunities it presents!

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Emotional Reward

The emotional reward of working in the pet care industry is unmatched for animal lovers. Being able to spend your days with four-legged friends and receiving ample wet-nose kisses and happy tail wags makes for a truly fulfilling way to spend your time with the bonus of getting paid for it! Knowing that pet parents trust you to take care of their beloved furry family members is rewarding as well. Providing pet care services to your customers makes you extended members of the family. You build connections with pets and pet parents alike that can last a lifetime. Leaving your beloved pet in the care of someone else can be scary, but being able to connect with a pet parent and their pet makes the experience rewarding on a variety of levels. The pet care industry is certainly an emotional one that benefits those who are caring and committed to animals.

Why dog daycare and boarding?

Dog daycare and boarding takes up a large portion of the pet care industry and for good reason. Pet parents understand the importance of giving dogs a social environment. However, our increasingly busy lives tend to leave most of us unable to spend as much quality time with our pets as we want and that’s where dog daycare and boarding comes in. Having a place where pet parents can trust that their furfamily is having a wonderful time and being cared for while they’re away is crucial. They’re willing to spend the extra money on a world-class facility to ensure their four-legged friends are healthy, happy, and safe. Quality dog daycare and boarding can be hard to come by, but franchises like K9 Resorts understand what it takes to create an ideal environment for dogs. With a range of boarding options and state-of-the-art technology and systems, luxury facilities like K9 Resorts are providing world-class pet service.

Has this helped you answer the question “why are you interested in working in the pet care industry?” If so, and you want to learn more about K9 Resorts franchise opportunities, contact us today!

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4 Benefits of Franchising

Why Getting Help Owning Your Own Business is Best

Deciding to open your own business is an exciting step in any ambitious entrepreneur’s life but figuring out which route to take can be difficult. If you’ve always dreamed of owning your own business and have made the decision to take the leap, you’ve liked considered the benefits of franchising. As opposed to going it alone, franchising offers a world of benefits when it comes to starting your own business. From the built-in support to the brand recognition, there are lots of positives when it comes to franchising. When you opt to buy a franchise, you’re getting so much more than a name that the public may already recognize, you’re inheriting a community. So, what are the main benefits of franchising? Let’s take a look.

Lower Risk

Getting into business is risky. There’s no real way around that. You put in the money and the hard work and hope that you reap the profits. However, one of the benefits of franchising is that it comes with reduced overall risk. Of course, there’s always still the possibility of failure, but when you buy into a franchise you have a built-in network of those that have come before you and succeeded. That means you have access to a wealth of knowledge and support. Additionally, you gain a lot when you decide to open a franchise. Most franchises offer a proven method for success. You may have help with location scouting, securing financing, training, marketing, and much more. When you buy into a franchise, they want you to succeed as much as you do because their brand name is on the line, so inherently there’s less risk when it comes to opening your own business if you go the franchise route.

Still not sure why franchising is more beneficial over opening a business independently? Read more here:

Why Franchise When I Can Open a Dog Daycare Independently?

Built-In Startup Support

One of the other great benefits of franchising is the built-in startup support you get. Getting a new business off the ground can be tricky but with franchising you have a solid support system that helps you with training, process, customer experience, and marketing. You’re not taking shots in the dark to see what works because the franchise has already proven that that particular business model can be successful. Instead of having to figure out what process works best for your business, you’ll have a proven model of success. Take for example the K9 Resorts franchise – our luxury dog daycare and boarding business is a successful franchise because we’ve focused our business model and processes on the health and happiness of both pets and pet parents. Every single thing we do is for our customers and we know that it works, which is why all of our franchises are successful and growing!

Brand Recognition

Think about opening your own new and delicious fast food restaurant in comparison to opening a McDonald’s – which do you think has a better chance of success? You’d likely pick McDonald’s based on their track record alone. Consumers know exactly what to expect when they walk into any McDonald’s across the country. Brand recognition is a powerful thing. People like to know what they’re getting when they choose to spend their hard-earned money. One of the benefits to opening a franchise is that you already have a name that people recognize for your business, which can lead to revenue without even doing anything! It’s hard to build a brand all on your own, though that isn’t to say it’s impossible. Savvy entrepreneurs, like those at K9 Resorts, who have turned one business into a franchise know all about how much work it takes to build a successful brand!


Last but not least on a list of what are the benefits of franchising brings us to community. When you buy into a franchise you buy into a greater community of business owners who know exactly what you have and will experience on this journey of business ownership. It can be a helpful network of people who understand your experience and that you can go to with questions that pop up along the way. Nothing is better than having someone who’s been where you are to lend some sound advice when you’re jumping into owning your own business.

If you’re interested in opening a franchise with K9 Resorts, we can’t wait to talk to you! Our proven business model is the perfect option for dog lovers who want to own their own business. build a future with us, and stand out among the competition.

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Steps to Take Before Investing in a Dog Care Franchise

What You Should Know Before Taking the Leap

If you’re trying to figure out how to start a dog daycare business, franchising might be an option on your list and with good reason. Dog daycare franchises are one of the most popular businesses in the pet care industry today. Pet owners understand that their furry friends are social creatures and dropping them off to play with friends all day is a better choice than leaving them home alone while at work or away. If you’re a dog lover and want to open your own business, investing in a dog care franchise is a great idea! However, there’s some legwork that needs to be done before jumping into an agreement to ensure that the fit is right for your vision and goals. Not all franchises are created equal and reading the fine print can save you from a risky endeavor in the long run. Here are some important steps to take before investing in a dog care franchise of your own.

Read the FDD

The first step in determining whether a franchise is right for you is to review the Franchise Disclosure Document or FDD. This document contains 23 items that review the specific franchise’s information as well as the standard franchise agreement. Every franchise company is required to provide you a copy of this document in order to comply with FTC rules. You should take enough time to thoroughly review the document and ask questions if you have them.

The FDD includes the following information about the franchise you’re considering investing in:

  • An overview of the executive team and experience.
  • Info on partners and affiliates or predecessors.
  • Any bankruptcy filings.
  • The franchise’s litigation history.
  • The franchise fee.
  • Estimated total investment.
  • Additional costs for things like training, permits, travel, etc.
  • Vendor restrictions.
  • Trademarks, patents, copyrights, and proprietary info.
  • Restricted territories.
  • Goods and services you’ll be allowed to offer as a franchisee.
  • Previous financial performance of the franchise as well as current financial status and statements.
  • Legal contracts.
  • List of all current and former franchisees and reasons any former franchisees are no longer affiliated with the franchise.
  • Acknowledgement of receipt.

If there are things you don’t agree with in the FDD, you do have the option to address them with the franchise, though changes aren’t typically done. But, by carefully reviewing the FDD, you’ll know whether or not you’re interested in investing in that particular franchise. This is a crucial step in any exploratory phase of franchising as you’ll be required to sign the FDD if you choose to pursue opening your own location.

A franchise’s FDD is very important when going through the franchise buying process. Click to learn more about it, and why it is so crucial:

The Importance of a Franchise’s FDD

Visit a Location

Before investing in any franchise, you’ll want to visit an actual location. You’ll want to get familiar with the operations and get a sense of if the vibe is right for you. Additionally, set up a Discovery Day with your desired franchise. Participating in a Discovery Day provides a lot more background information and face-to-face interaction than just reviewing the FDD. K9 Resorts offers a Discovery Day to its potential franchisees that allows them to visit the company’s corporate office in Fanwood, NJ. During this meeting you’ll interact with senior management and staff, view the operation, and learn more about their vision for continuing to be a best-in-class dog care franchise. Getting to know the brains behind the franchise you’ll be investing in is key to ensure that you’re comfortable with the operation and processes as well as the business practices and vision for the future.

Talk to Owners

Another important step in figuring out how to start a dog daycare business and whether a franchise is right for you is to talk to people who’ve already done it. Seek out some owners of the particular franchise that you’re interested in pursuing to get a sense of what’s required, what you can expect, and what they may do different if they had to do it over again. Nothing provides more information than actually talking to those who have gone through the process and opened a successful dog care franchise of their own.

K9 Resorts offers an award-winning dog daycare and boarding franchise that provides you with proven processes, state-of-the-art technology, and continued support so that you can provide best-in-class dog care service. Investing in any business can be scary, but partnering with a proven model like K9 Resorts is a smart business move for those who love dogs and want to run their own business.

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3 Common Challenges New Franchisees Might Face

Owning your own business can be incredibly rewarding, especially if it centers around something that you love. For example, if you’re a pet lover, running a dog daycare and boarding franchise can make for a lucrative and fulfilling career. However, there are some common franchise challenges that you should be on the lookout for when it comes to ensuring that your business remains successful. Any business, whether a franchise or not, is susceptible to challenges. Knowing what to keep an eye on and prepare your business for can make all the difference in whether your endeavor will be fruitful or a flop.

Cash Flow

One of the biggest challenges for any business revolves around money. Finding enough funding to get started and then maintaining appropriate cash flow during the first year to continue operations and build success can be a challenge for many business owners. Inexperienced business owners sometimes take on more than they can realistically afford when it comes to location, size of operation, and expenses. That puts them behind from the start and managing appropriate cash flow becomes a lost cause. Understanding what’s within your budget before you jump into a new business venture is key. Working with a quality franchise, like K9 Resorts, sets you up for success from the beginning by helping you through the process. The K9 Resorts team helps franchisees secure a site, negotiate a lease, find a builder, and more in order to get the business open on time and within budget to set you up for success.


Opening a new business can be stressful and scary – especially for first-time entrepreneurs. A lack of confidence is one of the common franchise challenges though it may not be discussed frequently. Doubting your choice to become a business owner is common and even expected, but cultivating your confidence is crucial to your business’s success. Partnering with a trusted franchise like K9 Resorts gives you access to a wide range of resources and continuing support that can build your confidence as a business owner as well as your experience as an entrepreneur. The team at K9 Resorts begins their support from the minute you sign a franchise agreement. From help with location selection and real estate to a comprehensive training program and proprietary systems that are proven to be best in class, you’re set up for success as a business owner from the beginning. Having support is invaluable when you strike out on your own and partnering with a quality franchise can make all the difference.

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Right Employees

Your business is only as successful as your employees. One of the top franchise challenges is finding, training, and retaining the right employees for your business. Your staff is the face of your business and in a customer-service heavy industry like dog daycare and boarding, you have to find people who can please both pet parents and pets alike. High turnover can hurt a new business, so focusing on finding the right employees from the start is crucial to your success. One of the most beneficial parts of partnering with a franchise like K9 Resorts is that they provide quality training programs that help your employees gain the required skills necessary for your business’s success. Keeping your customers happy is key and having a staff that’s engaged and takes pride in their work can help you achieve that goal. The training the K9 Resorts offers is on par with that received by employees of some of the most customer-focused businesses in the world, like Disney. Having confidence in your staff and providing ongoing training to help them succeed is critical for success. You can’t run a business without satisfied customers and your employees are at the heart of making that happen every day.

If you’re interested in opening your own dog daycare and boarding franchise, learn more about the K9 Resorts process. We’re focused on helping you avoid franchise challenges and fostering a successful and long-term business relationship.

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The Importance of a Franchise’s FDD

What It Is and What You Should Know

Opening any kind of business obviously comes with a significant amount of paperwork and franchises are no different. However, much of the paperwork associated with buying a franchise is for your benefit as a franchisee. Take for example the franchise disclosure document. This potentially lengthy document offers a lot of valuable information about the franchise that you’re interested in purchasing. Carefully reviewing the FDD can point out a variety of points that you either didn’t realize or may not have thought about when you decided you wanted to open your own franchise business. So, why is an FDD so important? Let’s find out.

What Is an FDD?

In simple terms, a franchise disclosure document (FDD) is a legal document which is given to franchisees by the franchise they wish to purchase in the pre-sale disclosure process. It typically contains information that is essential for potential franchisees to know about before making such a significant investment in the franchise. The FDD used to be called the uniform franchise offering circular before the Federal Trade Commission revised it in 2007. In 1979, the FTC created a rule called The Franchise Rule. This rule notes who has to prepare the FDD for the franchise, who has to give it to potential franchisees, how franchisees receive it, and how long franchisees have to review the disclosures and request any changes to the standard franchise agreement. Under this rule, the franchisee must have at least 14 days once they receive the FDD to review it before they’re asked to finalize a contract or pay any money to the franchise. Because the FDD is very detailed and contains a lot of information, you must be sure to review it carefully before finalizing your franchise contract.

What Should It Include?

While the FDD provides a lot of information, there are things that are typically included for the franchisee to review. From general information about the franchise and any partners, predecessors, or affiliates it has to the franchise’s history of litigation, there’s lots to review. Here’s what you’ll typically find in an FDD which can prove to be valuable information:

  • An overview of the executive team and experience.
  • Info on partners and affiliates or predecessors.
  • Any bankruptcy filings.
  • The franchise’s litigation history.
  • The franchise fee.
  • Estimated total investment.
  • Additional costs for things like training, permits, travel, etc.
  • Vendor restrictions.
  • Trademarks, patents, copyrights, and proprietary info.
  • Restricted territories.
  • Goods and services you’ll be allowed to offer as a franchisee.
  • Previous financial performance of the franchise as well as current financial status and statements.
  • Legal contracts.
  • List of all current and former franchisees and reasons any former franchisees are no longer affiliated with the franchise.
  • Acknowledgement of receipt.

Making sure to review and accept all the information provided in the franchise disclosure document is key to moving the process forward. If there are things you don’t agree with, you do have the option to address them with the franchise, but it isn’t guaranteed that any changes would be made. This document ensures that everyone is on the same page before any agreements are signed. As an example, the K9 Resorts FDD is made up of 23 items and the standard franchise agreement which you are required to review and sign before proceeding with the franchise process.

What Should You Look For?

Obviously, you’ll want to read through the entire franchise disclosure document, but there are a few things you’ll need to pay very close attention to. While they might be in varying order throughout the FDD, depending on the specific franchise, the things you want to find and review carefully are:

  • The outline of the franchise fees, initial investment, and other deposits. This part is potentially the most important to potential franchisees because it lays out true financial expectations and gives a full picture of how much it’s going to cost you upfront and later in the business.
  • Current or past litigation and bankruptcy. Carefully review any information provided in this section as it could raise a red flag. Information here can alert you to problems with the company’s overall systems or with the franchisor and franchisees.
  • Background, structure, and industry overview. The information in this section of the FDD will give you a general view of how the franchise has grown, how it’s organized, and what the values of it are.
  • The list of current and former franchisees. In this section you’ll get details about franchise growth and turnover. You also may have the ability to contact current franchisees to talk about their experience and accurately vet the franchise. Additionally, a high turnover rate or lack of growth may be reasons for pause.

The amount of information in a franchise disclosure document can be overwhelming and the document itself might be an intimidating step to owning a franchise, but it’s crucial that you explore it thoroughly. With a good FDD, you can make an informed decision on whether or not you want to buy into a specific franchise.

K9 Resorts is a proven franchise. Our cutting-edge processes and dedication to the care of pets puts us above others in the field. We’ve taken the time to focus on what works best for pets and pet parents and ensures a quality experience every time. This includes proprietary systems, best-in-class training, and top-quality facilities. If you’ve always dreamed of owning your own pet care business, now’s the time to contact us to find out more about our FDD and franchising process.

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What Makes a Great Luxury Pet Hotel Franchise

K9 Resorts Sets Itself Apart from the Rest

When you think of top pet franchises, what comes to mind? Most likely it’s the service, the quality of the product, and how happy your pets seem after visiting. These qualities and more are what go into making K9 Resorts a luxury pet franchise. Not all dog daycare and boarding facilities are created equal. Many people who get into the business of pet care think that all they need is a love of animals and a location, however, actually providing best-in-class care requires a lot more than a few pats on the head. K9 Resorts has zeroed in on what makes a true luxury pet care facility and puts itself above the competition on a daily basis.


Technology plays a big role in the smooth operation of any pet resort franchise. From ensuring reservations are secured to sanitization to keeping your pets occupied if they love TV, K9 Resorts focuses on the importance of technology in doggie daycare and boarding. Our systems set us apart from the competition and truly make us a luxury pet care franchise. Our proprietary technology platform, K9 Connect, allows us to integrate all of our business systems including client relations, invoicing, employee management, financial management, marketing, gift certificates, loyalty program, online booking, and our mobile app. This provides for a seamless customer experience at every single interaction and location.

What exactly is a “Luxury Dog Boarding?” Check it out:

What Does It Mean to be “Luxury Dog Boarding?”


The quality of top pet franchises can be found in their facilities. That’s why we take care to ensure that each of our facilities outperforms any other doggie daycare and boarding business you’ll find. We feature a state-of-the-art PetAirapy UV air purification system that includes a specially designed ventilation system so that each of our locations smells great and has the healthiest air for your pets to breathe. Our cutting-edge flooring systems with Microban built in provide a sanitary surface that also keeps air quality in check. We’re also focused on safe design within our facilities. Every location is carefully designed for optimum boarding safety and satisfaction by being split into separate zones to reduce the number of guests occupying one area. This is a more expensive way to build a dog daycare and boarding facility but it’s the right way and reduces pets’ stress levels while they’re here. Our outdoor “pet-safe” courtyard feature revolutionary artificial turf and K9 Grass with “Alphasan” antimicrobial agents which creates a safer and cleaner environment for all of the dogs to play. In addition, each of our locations is fitted with HD TVs that are constantly tuned to the Animal Planet, so even if Fido is away from home, he can watch his shows!

K9 Resorts in unlike any other pet care franchise. Don’t believe us? Look for yourself:

K9 Resorts vs. The Competition


Another thing that truly makes our pet resort franchise a luxury experience is our service. We’re dedicated to a stress-free stay for your pet and a seamless process for you as a pet parent. We understand how nerve-wracking it is to leave your beloved furry family member in another’s care. That’s why we ensure they’ll enjoy their stay and be well cared for while they’re here. K9 Resorts staff receive ongoing training to make sure they stay up to date on the best practices for caring for your pets! When they’re here, they’re not just being watched but being engaged in the social activity they crave as pack animals. We pride ourselves on flawless customer service and want every interaction to be five-star. While you could open any sort of dog daycare and boarding business, investing in one of the top pet franchises like K9 Resorts will set you apart from the competition.

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