Camp Bow Wow

2015 Franchise 500
At a Glance

Products & Services: Dog daycare, boarding, training, grooming; in-home pet care

Number of Locations: 182

Total Investment: $356.6K - $1M

Founded: 2000

Began Franchising: 2003

About Camp Bow Wow

Heidi Ganahl opened the first Camp Bow Wow in 2000 and began franchising in 2003. All Camp Bow Wow locations offer doggy day care services as well as overnight boarding, with live webcams that allow customers to check in on their dogs. Some locations offer additional services such as grooming, training, and branded retail items. Ganahl later started Home Buddies to offer in-home care services such as pet-sitting, dog walking, pet food delivery, pet waste cleanup, grooming and training for both dogs and other pets unable to come to day care.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2015 177 1 0 4
2014 162 1 0 4
2013 146 1 0 1
2012 156 1 0 2
2011 139 1 0 0
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $356,624 - $1,000,651
Franchise Fee: $50,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 7%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 10 years, renewable
Veteran Incentives: 10% off franchise fee
Financial Requirements
Net Worth: $500,000
Liquid Cash Available: $150,000
17% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 8 - 12. Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed. (80% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
Financing Type In-House Third Party
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How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters: 2 weeks. At franchisee's location: 1 week. Home study: 1 week; online training
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives, Lease Negotiation
Marketing Support: Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, National media, Regional advertising,

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #410 (2015), #458 (2014), #214 (2013), #422 (2012), #394 (2011),
Fastest-Growing: #72 (2011),
Low-Cost: #88 (2011),
America's Top Global: #173 (2013),

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