Dog Care Facility Franchise Looks to Expand Nationwide in 2018
The Dog Stop, an all-inclusive dog care facility with locations in four states, plans to expand to more markets across the country.
With 10 locations already open—half of which have opened in the past three years alone—the Pittsburgh-based franchise, which offers daycare, boarding, grooming, obedience training, in-home services, dog walking and a retail store, expects to open 10 to 12 new locations nationwide in 2018 and have as many as 75 total facilities over the next five years.
Franchise deals totaling more than 40 stores have already been signed in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.
“The way Americans view their dogs today has definitely evolved from a time when Fido was relegated to the back yard, perhaps tethered to a chain. Most dog owners view them as part of the family and, as a result, are spending more money than ever on dog-related goods and services,” said CEO Jesse Coslov, who co-founded The Dog Stop with long-time friend, Chris Kane. “As dog owners ourselves, we understand the growing need to keep our dogs healthy, give them lots of love and socialization, and do what's best for them.”
Prior to launching the brand in 2009, Coslov and Kane spent several years researching the pet care industry, surveying the needs of local pet owners, and planning an all-inclusive facility. Their goal was to create a fun and safe environment where dogs would love to come and play, and pet owners would feel 100 percent confident in the care that their dogs were receiving. Although they originally intended for The Dog Stop to serve as a side business, interest from their customers ultimately led them to launch the franchise opportunity in 2014.
The Dog Stop’s first two franchisees were clients of the first store.
Today, The Dog Stop’s clean, safe, 100 percent climate controlled facilities feature premium boarding accommodations, social and interactive daycare experiences, spa-like grooming retreats, in-home services, and a retail store featuring premium dog food, treats, toys and accessories. Other features include separate and secure play areas for dogs of all sizes and energy levels, including outdoor space with special anti-microbial turf "grass.”
The Dog Stop charges a flat standard fee, no matter the breed or size of the dogs. However, for those owners who prefer a more tailored experience for their dogs, the “Dog Stop Delights Program” offers extra activities such as cuddle time, one-on-one play, leash walks, training sessions and puzzle time.
“Our facilities cater to letting dogs do what they do—running around, socializing with friends or just lounging around,” Kane said. “Pups who enjoy daily playtime and physical activity are better adjusted, less stressed, healthier and happier— so we focus on lots of exercise and playtime for every pup.”
To augment the company’s growth, Coslov and Kane are seeking dog lovers with a disciplined entrepreneurial spirit and interest in capitalizing on the nearly $70 billion pet industry. Including a franchise fee of $47,000, the total investment to open a single franchise can range from $254,350 to $488,300. Area development agreements and area representative agreements are also available for qualified candidates, but there is no pressure for anyone to develop more than one store.