Thursday, December 15, 2016

The 3 "Must Haves" for All Pet Resort Owners

So you’ve decided to start your own pet resort - that’s great news! Being a business owner is an exciting and challenging adventure, and providing a service such as pet boarding is something that you will indeed find fulfilling.

Before diving in, here are a few of the qualities that you must possess in order to be successful in your business:

1. Must love animals: This one probably goes without saying, but you can’t own a pet-centered business if you aren’t an animal lover yourself! If you are someone who is ready to love others’ animals as if they were your own, a pet resort could be the perfect business for you! These animals will require your time, attention, patience, and love, and the proper care of your client’s animals will lead to a lot of returning business!

2. Must love people: This one might not be as obvious, but it’s just as important. Although you’ll be boarding their pets, the pet owners are the real root of this business. After all, it’s the committed pet owners who are entrusting you with their beloved furry-family members! With that being said, in order to have a successful pet resort business, you must love people and be confident that you are able to bring them the best in customer service in addition to caring for their pets.

3. Must be committed to training: We mean training in a few different senses - training of your staff to ensure that they all understand the different roles of their positions and are able to perform effectively and efficiently; training for yourself and any other upper management to appropriately lead your staff; and training for the animals at your facility who will require monitoring and instruction in order to have fun and stay safe at your pet resort.

Think owning a pet resort is the right business move for you? Contact us to learn more about how to get started!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Tips for Buying a Franchise - Part 5

The experts we mentioned in our last blog post - accountants and attorneys - can also help you to determine the proper business structure for your franchise, which is the focus of our final tip in this series of posts.

Tip #5: Determine a Formal Business Structure

Depending on the route you decide to take, and the specifications laid out by your franchise company, the structure you select for your business can affect tax treatment as it pertains to your business and personal taxes. Defining a formal business structure is an important part of separating your personal assets from your business, and while it can be complicated to make these kinds of decisions, doing so will better serve you as an individual and business owner over time.

We hope that you’ve enjoyed our 5-part series on tips for buying a franchise! Feel free to contact our corporate office for more information on purchasing your own All American Pet Resorts franchise!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Tips for Buying a Franchise - Part 4

Purchasing a franchise is an exciting experience, but it can also be stressful and overwhelming to go through on your own! While you may be determined to accomplish all steps, processes and procedures by yourself, there are a number of professionals who can work with you to ensure that you’re making the best business decision possible.

Tip #4: Consult the Professionals

The tax rules and contracts specific to franchises can be difficult to understand, no matter how business savvy you are. It’s a good idea to a consult a franchise law attorney who can review your franchise agreement and make you aware of anything within the documents that they feel will not be beneficial to you in the long run.

Additionally, an accountant may be able to better explain the costs associated with purchasing and operating your business over the course of several years, as well as take a closer look at the tax considerations of your investment. Given the magnitude of the investment you are making, you want to make sure that the agreement you are entering into with your franchise company is one that is mutually beneficial and will not come back to harm you or your personal assets.

We have one final tip coming your way! Check back next month for our last tip on buying a franchise!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Tips for Buying a Franchise - Part 3

Bringing customers into your shop is one thing, getting your customers to continue coming back is another! When buying and starting your franchise business, make sure that you stay client-focused to ensure customer retention and the means to grow your business!

Tip #3: Focus on Service

As a franchise owner, you have the benefit of learning from other successful franchisees to see how best to market and run your business. While this guidance will prove to be insurmountable, it’s still your responsibility to define and manage your customers’ experience.

As you are well aware from your own customer service experiences, both positive and negative, the way a business treats its customers can really make or break the company. Great customer service all starts with the right team members, so ensure that you hire friendly, customer-centric staff to help you run the day-to-day operations of your business. If you’re lacking management experience, make sure that you hire a professional and experienced manager to help run your team and office, or take steps to receive the proper training to be able to do so yourself.

We’ll be back next month with another tip for you on buying a franchise - stay tuned!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Tips for Buying a Franchise - Part 2

You’ve made the decision to purchase a franchise, and now comes the burning question - where will you open your business?

Tip #2: Location, Location, Location! 

When it comes to starting a business, location is everything. Your franchise company will likely have some helpful information and statistics to assist you in deciding on the best place to start your business, but ultimately the decision is yours to make. Consider your target demographic when selecting areas to begin your search for the perfect space. Consider details like traffic patterns, parking, nearby stores, and check with the franchisor if you’ll be guaranteed protected territory, meaning that no other franchisee will be able to open shop within a certain distance from yours.

It also never hurts to ask local friends and family what areas of town they enjoy spending time in. Talk to them about what they consider to be good neighborhoods, and where they find themselves gravitating towards when running errands, going out to dinner, etc.

Interested in more tips for buying a franchise? Make sure that you check our blog next month for our next tip!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Tips for Buying a Franchise - Part 1

Have you always dreamed of becoming a business owner, but aren’t sure where to start? Purchasing a franchise can be a great way own your own business, and far less risky than starting a business on your own. Over the next few months, we’ll be bringing you information on 5 tips for buying a franchise.

Tip #1: Do Your Research! 

First and foremost, ensure that you’re purchasing a franchise whose company mission and goals align with yours. If you’re an animal lover, a pet resort and spa franchise like All American Pet Resorts could be the perfect option for you! Additionally, you’ll want to make sure that you are familiar with the important details about the franchise company, litigation and bankruptcy history, as well as your initial fees, investment, and obligations. All of this information can be found in the Franchise Disclosure Document, or FDD. If you have any questions about anything you discover about the franchise company, make sure that those questions are properly addressed before you sign or commit to anything.

One of your best resources in navigating this process will be the existing franchisees. Make sure that you secure their contact information and ask for their honest answers to questions like, “If you could start all over, would you purchase this franchise again?” If the franchisor is hesitant to provide you with the contact information of established franchisees, that should be an immediate red flag!

Stay tuned for more tips on purchasing a franchise in our upcoming blogs!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Take Your Dog to Work Day: Friday June 24th

From the beginning, man's best friend has been working alongside us: hunting, tracking, and protecting our homes and property. Nowadays, life is busy with the corporate hustle and bustle and our furry friends are left at home.

There were a reported 5000 companies in 2003 participating in Take Your Dog to Work Day. Is your company allowing your furry friend at the office on Friday?

If so, tell us where you work - even post a picture of your pet at the office! If your office is not already participating, maybe you can organize it; it just might bond co-workers and help keep the office atmosphere positive and fun!

Of course, if you cannot bring your pet to work on Friday and they are lonely at home, we know of a fun, loving, playful place they can go to... you guessed it: All American Pet Resorts!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month

National Pet First Aid Awareness Month is an effort by the American Red Cross to bring attention to knowing pet first aid. Did you know you can attend a first aid course for your pet? You can learn CPR and other helpful life saving skills about seizures, choking, splinting an injury and much, much more.

One thing that you may not have considered before is creating a pet-specific first aid kit for your car or your backpack when out on nature walks or hiking trips.

Here are some important items that you should consider including in your pet's first aid kit:
  1. A typed out paper with important numbers for your pet: your vet, an emergency vet, and poison control are good places to start
  2. Vaccination records and a picture of you and your pet with your contact information in a waterproof zip lock bag
  3. An extra nylon leash
  4. Self-cling bandages you can purchase from a pet store
  5. Muzzle or strips of cloth to prevent biting (should not be used if your dog vomiting, coughing or having breathing issues)
  6. Gauze pads
  7. Tape
  8. Antiseptic wipes for you and your pet
  9. Hydrogen peroxide
  10. Disposable gloves
  11. Small tube of Vaseline for thermometer lubrication
  12. Rectal Thermometer (remember that your pet's temp should never rise above 103˚F or below 100˚F)
  13. Scissors
  14. Tweezers
  15. Pillow case (this can safely confine a cat if necessary)
  16. Ear Cleaning Solution
  17. Benadryl for allergic reactions or bug bites (make sure you ask your vet for specific dosages ahead of time)

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

How Did You Celebrate National Puppy Day?

Did you do anything for National Puppy Day? We would love to hear if you celebrate this day and what you do.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

National Poison Prevention Week

National Poison Prevention Week is March 16-22nd.

What follows are the top 10 poisons that are reported to the Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) every year.

  1. Human Prescription Medications. More then 20% reported were pets getting into medicine cabinets or on top of bedside tables. This is the seventh year in a row that prescription medications has been at the top of the list.
  2. Over-the-Counter Medications. Over 25,000 reports came in with pets ingesting herbal and other natural supplements; over 6,000 different products were reported.
  3. Insecticides. 10% of the cases reported were that of backyard/open-space products being used. Following the directions on the label is so important or look for more natural fertilizers.
  4. Household Products. This list is large and includes anything from cosmetic products, cleaning supplies, paint and laundry detergent. The same rule should apply for pets as we would do for young children in the house. Store all household chemicals up on shelves.
  5. Human Foods. We are reminded of the foods that are toxic to pets: chocolate, onions, raisins, alcohol, etc.
  6. Veterinary Medications. Believe it or not, 7% of pets will ingest the entire bottle of their own medication if not kept out of reach, especially if they know what is in that bottle also means a piece of cheese or yummy treat goes along with it. 
  7. Chocolate. As listed above, more then 30 calls a day come in with pets that have ingested chocolate. Remember: the darker the chocolate the more dangerous it is to your dog. 
  8. Plants. This is more focused to our cat loving families: cats will taste any household plant.
  9. Rodent Products. Approximately 7,000 calls came in about pets ingesting chemicals used to kill mice, rats, ants, and all the pesky vermin we try to keep out of our homes.
  10. Gardening Products. Keep gardening spray and lawn sprays up and out of harm's way.
With spring cleaning around the corner, this is a good time to organize medications and put all household items that could harm our beloved pets up on shelves. If you think your pet has come in contact with a poison please call: the Animal Poison Control Center's 24 hour hotline at (888) 426-4435.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Dog Anxiety

Some dogs develop anxiety as they grow older, especially in reaction to high winds and thunderstorms. They can start by just wanting to settle on your lap for comfort, but soon, owners are finding their pups tucked away in a T.V. nitch or trying to wedge themselves behind the sofa.

There are plenty of options out there for dogs with anxiety, from as little to simply holding them for comfort, to Thunder Shirts, to medication to help keep them calm. It's all about what works for your dog. If you need help figuring out how to help your anxious dog, check with your vet - they should be able to give you a few recommendations.

Monday, February 1, 2016

February is Pet Dental Health Month

Dental health is very important for our pet's overall health. The bacteria from periodontal disease can spread to other organs and cause illnesses. Pet stores sell toothbrushes made especially for dogs, but if you can't find one, even a soft-bristled child's toothbrush would work.

If you aren't comfortable brushing your dog's teeth, make an appointment with your vet to get those teeth clean!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

What Would You Do? Abandoned Dog Poop...

What would you do in this scenario that one of our team members related to us recently?

I came home from the store the other day and I noticed a gal walking two dogs in the greenbelt behind my home with her son. One of the dogs did his business and as the young son pointed it out to his mother, she gave the leash a tug and said, "Let's go."  I stood there a moment - shocked - and then realized I should say something. I went outside on my deck and proceeded to yell after this woman, "I can get you a poop bag! there is a pet station around the corner! I hope you come back to pick up your dog's poop!" 
By now she was down around the corner as I yelled my last comment to her: "Responsible pet owners clean up after their dogs." To my knowledge, she never came back to clean it up. 
The neighborhood kids play in this greenbelt and we've all read about the nasty things in animal poop. But what gets me the most is that she wasn't showing her son the responsibility you must have to own a pet. The poop is still there, I am sure she will not walk this way again. I eventually will go clean it up to keep the neighborhood clean. What would you have done?