The Upbeat K9 Merges with The Dog Wizard
Professional dog training businesses The Dog Wizard and The Upbeat K9 have merged, bringing together 29 franchise locations throughout the United States. Five additional locations are slated to open in the coming months, with plans to grow internationally by next year, according to officials.
The combined businesses run under the name The Dog Wizard, which features a new logo.
“The merger of The Dog Wizard and The Upbeat K9 brings together two businesses taking a leading-edge customized approach to training trainers, dogs and their handlers, and providing exceptional lifelong customer service,” said Gretchen Hollifield, CEO and founder of The Dog Wizard, which is headquartered in Charlotte, N.C. “We look forward to welcoming The Upbeat K9 franchisees and customers to The Dog Wizard family.”
Both companies use the balanced training methodology, doing what is best for each dog and handler’s needs, and utilizing traditional and progressive training techniques for long term fixes, officials said. Mobile and facility-based training is available.
The Dog Wizard will offer new certifications for specialty training, such as scent tracking, tricks and a confidence course. The Dog Wizard will also lead with its proprietary train-the-trainer and train-the-customer programs, officials said.