Questions to Ask Before Opening a Dog Daycare Franchise

There are many reasons to open your own dog daycare franchise. Being your own boss while doing something you love is the American Dream. But starting your own business can be an uphill battle without the support and reputation of an established franchise. So before you hitch your wagon to any franchise, you first need to do your research. These questions will help you find the dog daycare franchise that is a right fit for you. 

What Sets This Brand Apart?

What training programs does the franchise offer for potential franchise owners? Is it better to own a large franchise or a small one? What does the franchise offer that sets them apart from the competition? These are questions you should ask yourself and research before choosing a franchise. Every company is different and has a different philosophy. Your job is to find the one that speaks to you.

At The Dog Stop, we specialize in the best training courses in the industry. The only way we can be the best is if we have the best franchise owners to represent our brand. That’s we offer a selection of training courses to make sure your franchise and our brand is number one. We train franchise owners in:

  • Employee administration 
  • Financial administration
  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Customer service 
  • Dog care

Is The Franchise’s Culture A Good Fit For Me?

It is important to find a franchise that aligns with your values and goals. Every dog daycare is different and has different approaches to boarding, training, and daycare. How much freedom does the dog have? Do they use cages or kennels? How much social interaction are the dogs allowed to have? How do they train their staff and their dogs? These are questions you should feel comfortable with before diving into any franchise. Being in alignment with the core values of the franchise will only set you up for success. 

What Is The Investment And Expected Return?

It is essential to know how much money you will need to invest before purchasing a franchise, as well as what kind of returns you can expect. The better reputation the franchise has, the better the chances are for you to see a fast return on your investment. Ideally, you want to invest in a franchise that will believe and support you on your journey so you can be set up for success. 

At The Dog Stop, the average franchise investment ranges from $400,000 to $500,000 (depending on the condition of the property and what work needs to be put into it) and a minimum net worth of  $750,000 with at least $150,000 in liquidity. For more information check out our franchise opportunities page

Does The Franchise Offer Support?

What kind of support does the franchise offer new owners? A franchise that does not support the franchisee is not only hurting your business but also the entire franchise. Each franchise is an ambassador for the franchise and reflects its values and ethics. Therefore, the franchise should provide the franchisee with support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These areas of support should include:

  • Training
  • Operations
  • Marketing
  • Customer Service
  • Tech Support

Starting your own business is a huge risk but if you invest in a company that offers support, then you are already set up for success. 

At The Dog Stop, we not only offer training in all aspects of operation, but we also provide:

  • Location Search
  • Site Evaluation
  • Lease Negotiations
  • Design 
  • Construction

What Services Does The Franchise Offer?

You should seriously consider the services the franchise offers. Most dog daycare centers offer boarding, daycare, and grooming. But you should find a franchise that goes above and beyond. At The Dog Stop, we offer more than just the basics, we also offer:

  • Grooming
  • Our own pet supply store
  • In-home services
  • Training services

What’s My Competition?

When considering opening a dog daycare franchise you need to first think about location, location, location. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 38% of American households own dogs. What you need to do is figure out how many dog owners reside in the area you want to open your business and more importantly, what the competition is like. Every town has several independent dog daycare centers that can be as simple as someone’s back yard or basement. But what they don’t have is the advantage of an established franchise.

Invest in The Dog Stop 

If you are seriously considering opening your own dog daycare franchise then you should consider working with The Dog Stop. We have over 20 locally owned and operated franchises in eleven different states around the country. If you want to join our supportive and growing family, then fill out our request form on our site.