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6 Halloween Dog Safety Tips

Calendar Posted on Oct 08, 2014 by tmiltz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scary Good Dog Safety Tips For Pet Owners

 

Halloween can be a scary time for dogs (and not just because of the costumes), and righteously so. Trick-or-treating is their recipe for anxiety. The door bell is constantly ringing, kids are screaming with excitement and strangers are coming into their territory. Dogs may be more inclined to act aggressive because of all the commotion, especially if unknown kids approach them. It’s best to keep your dog in a safe room, far away from the opening front door.

 

Here are our 6 dog safety tips for a howling good Halloween. 

 

 

 

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P.S. At the end of the night, don’t forget to treat your dog with their own, healthy dog treats! Are you celebrating with Halloween with your dog? Comment below with your Halloween dog safety tips!

 

Reasons to Apply for the Veteran Franchise Giveaway

Calendar Posted on Oct 01, 2014 by tmiltz

Top 10 Reasons You Should Apply to FlipFlop Dogs’ Veteran Franchise Giveaway

 

ProfilePictureWhether you are a veteran, or know of a veteran, or just stumbled upon this page, these reasons should give you more of an explanation as to why it would be a terribly mistake to not apply to win a FlipFlop Dogs franchise. Enter to win by October 12th!

 

  1. Dream Up Your Career Success. As a veteran, you have worked incredibly hard to defend your country and keep us all safe at home. Now, it’s time to focus on your homeland career and start living out those wild and crazy dreams of owning your own business. Becoming a franchisee with FlipFlop Dogs means that you are able to have your own business, but not take the complete risk of starting from scratch. You deserve to have the fulfilling, “looking-forward-to-waking-up-on-Monday” career and this giveaway gives you that opportunity.
  2. Enjoying the Slobbery Kisses Throughout the Day. Everyone has seen the articles and studies about how dogs are beneficial to be around. Whether you are a veteran or not, our brains are altered (for the better) when dogs are by your side. Dogs allow us to focus on caring for others and remind us of what really matters. (Plus it’s hard to be sad or angry when there is a dog looking up at you with those adorable puppy eyes). There is really no better customer than a dog. As a FlipFlop Dogs franchisee, you are interacting with customer’s dogs daily, and getting to know their personality while registering them for a vacation. Or you are picking up a dog at their Companion’s home in time to greet their owner with a wagging tail. There are numerous touch points throughout the day where you will smile and realize how much you love your job because there is an adorable dog by your side.
  3. Applicable Experience From Training. Veterans do not have the same background and experience, but what we do know is that you are all extremely hard workers, work well with a team and excel in following a process. These qualities are directly applicable to becoming a successful franchisee. We admire your dedication to our country and value the skills you obtained during your tenure. Your characteristic and traits will greatly help you in becoming a successful FlipFlop Dogs franchisee.
  4. No Experience Required. One of the great benefits about franchising is the opportunity to switch career paths without having any previous industry experience. Although you are coming along with the useful skills you acquired within military training, we do not expect you to know everything about dogs or how to run a FlipFlop franchise. You may be a dog lover, but don’t know how to run a dog business. Whatever it may be, we are fully prepared in training and supporting you throughout the lifetime of your business. There is no better way to start your career as a business owner than having the guidance of the franchisors, and existing franchisees as a network. The FlipFlop Dogs franchise has all of the tools, software, process, etc in place for you already. By winning this Veteran Franchise Giveaway, you will receive all of this free of cost.
  5. Become a Homebody. With the months and years spent away from home, it’s time to kick back and relax. The FlipFlop Dogs franchise is set up to be fully operational from your home. That being said, no customers, Companion Families or other business partners will enter into your home. Franchisees do not have a storefront since they operate by picking up dogs and taking them to their matched Companion Family. Our process is mobile (and paperless) for you to enjoy rolling out of bed in your pajamas as you look over your schedule for the day. Let us know if that doesn’t sound ideal to you and we can figure something out :).
  6. Flexible Equals Happiness. Remember when you had to be some place exactly when someone told you or you would get in trouble? Well, we thought it was time to mix it up. Forget the “9-5” hours as our franchisees operate with a flexible schedule, based on their availability. We do anticipate you working a 40 hour work week, we just feel that people should be able to choose a little based on what hours they operate best on. By entering in the Veteran Franchise Giveaway, you can say goodbye to the demanding boss who wants you in the office, at your desk, at 8AM sharp!
  7. Free! Free! Free! We could go on and on as to why we love the FlipFlop Dogs model or why we believe veterans would make the best franchisees, but this one reason should come with only positive reactions. It’s free! Entering in the contest is free and winning is free. If you can come up with an excuse as to why you shouldn’t enter, then you might want to get your head checked out. You are taking zero risk by applying for this giveaway. If you win, you will have the incredibly opportunity to be given the rights to a branded franchise without the burden of the franchise costs. Seriously, start your application now at the Veteran Franchise Giveaway Page. The application requires basic information to make sure you are a real person and a compelling essay to explain to us why we should pick you as the winner of the $48,000 FlipFlop Dogs Veteran Franchise Giveaway!
  8. There is An “I” In Franchising But….. You will never be alone when you are working as a franchisee in the FlipFlop Dogs network. Franchising is a great way to be in business for yourself, but not by yourself. You will always have a fellow franchisee to turn to if you are having problems, or to your experienced (and dedicated) franchisors. We even have a Social Media/Marketing Guru to help you get your feet off the ground and continue to drive business in, without breaking the bank. You are able to call a number of resources at anytime to gain helpful information and guiding you in the right direction. Failure is not the option.
  9. Becoming Independent. Waiting around for that raise from your boss is so last year, building your own success and profit margins is your future. Owning a FlipFlop franchise means that you are the one bringing in your business and building the brand locally. If you want to make more money, great! We will give you more tools to expand your business. We know how to bring in success and will coach you in explaining our proven methods. As a FlipFlop Dogs franchisee, we will help to keep you on track toward reaching your financial goals with our bi-weekly check-ins.
  10. Once In A Lifetime. The reason we started this is to show our gratitude to our incredible veterans. We would love to be able to give back to you each one of you, but we realize that’s not possible. The reason to act on this Veteran Franchise Giveaway RIGHT NOW, is that this will be the only one we do. We will not be doing this annually, or centennially, this opportunity is happening now and your chance in entering is closing in. Enter by OCTOBER 12TH to be considered in our Veteran Franchise Giveaway and read up on all of the Rules and Regulations. Please contact us at: contest@FlipFlopDogs.com if you have any questions. Now hurry and get your application in before it’s too late!

 

 

We look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your interest in the FlipFlop Dogs Veteran Franchise Giveaway!

Our Valuation of a Veteran

Calendar Posted on Sep 09, 2014 by tmiltz

Why We Started the Veteran Franchise Giveaway

FlipFlop Dogs will be giving away a franchise to one honorably discharged veteran, as a small token of our appreciation and gratitude for all they have done for our country.

 

The numbers are astonishing. With more than 21 million veterans in the U.S., there are over 200,00 that are unable to find a job. The statistics are a tragedy and could be considered an embarrassment to our nation. After all our veterans have sacrificed for us, allowing Americans to feel safe at home while they are out there sacrificing their lives; the least we could do is provide them with homeland financial security when they arrive safely home. We are unsure as to how our admirable, dedicated veterans became a staggering statistic of unemployment. At FlipFlop Dogs, we noticed and decided to take action.

 

The number of veterans unemployed or dissatisfied with their careers vastly outweighs our franchises ability to make the largest difference. From a franchisor perspective, we felt that our gratitude would best be served in helping a veteran build a successful business, without having to worry about hardships of acquiring assets for an investment fee. Franchising serves as an appropriate opportunity to allow veterans to learn from our three-day training, be supported along the way, receive any guidance needed, and having less risk than starting a new business.  We are looking for enthusiastic, hard-working, dedicated veterans who aspire to own their own business and willing to put in the time and effort to build their success. These veterans are not hard to find, as they make up the most diligent and preserving men and women of our country. Without them, we wouldn’t be the country we are today. Our mission of providing a veteran with this opportunity to build their success, with an established business model, started with two great men from our family- our fathers.

 

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Jack and I’s fathers served in World War II and the Korea War, respectively. Hearing of their struggles as they returned back to civilian life, came with a heavy heart. Both of our fathers were fortunate enough to become successful business owners, and we believe their military training gave them a strong foot forward. Their confidence, persistent attitude and perfecting their business process led them being our role models. We would like to return the favor and recognition by giving their fellow veterans a piece of career achievement., as your experience and skills are very valuable.

 

From all of here at FlipFlop Dogs, we thank you for the sacrifices you made for our country. Whether you enter this Veteran Franchise Giveaway, or find your career in another place, we hope you find happiness, success and security in civilian life. Enter for the giveaway, before September 21st, by visiting our Veteran Giveaway page. Please email us at: contest@FlipFlopDogs.com if you have any questions about how to enter or on your submission.

 

Resource: http://www.globalresearch.ca/shocking-facts-about-us-veterans-1-suicide-every-65-minutes/5351745

VetFran Press Release

Calendar Posted on Aug 12, 2014 by tmiltz

FlipFlop Dogs Announces Veteran Franchise Giveaway

 

Veteran Giveaway

 

International Franchising Association Group, VetFran, Informs of One Honorably Discharged Veteran to Win a FlipFlop Dogs Franchise

 

VetFran.com, August 11th, 2014 It’s no secret that America’s skilled veterans are struggling to transition from their military careers and into the workforce. In fact, there were more than 720,000 unemployed veterans in 2013.

Looking to provide a business opportunity for one of these American heroes, FlipFlop® Dogs, a new franchise concept in the U.S. provides the Alternative to Kenneling®, and will not only be giving a job to an American Veteran, but also the ability to run a business on their own. For anyone who loves dogs, this might be a dream business.

FlipFlop Dogs is proud VetFran member and excited  to announce its Franchise Giveaway Contest which will give military veterans a chance to win their very own FlipFlop Dogs franchise.

Kicking off August 18th, 2014 contestants visiting the Veteran Giveaway Page can enter to win by providing their contact information, along with a 500-word essay explaining why they would make an ideal FlipFlop Dogs franchisee. Following the submission deadline on September 21, 2014, 15 Veterans will be chosen based on quality of submission and invited to submit a video. The Top 10 videos will be chosen and posted to the FlipFlop Dog’s Facebook page, allowing the public to show their support for the contestant they feel is most deserving.

In an effort to reach more veterans, please share this story along with reaching out to the veterans in your network. We believe that all veterans deserve to live out their career dreams in the United States and that they would make ideal FlipFlop Dogs franchisees. Thank you to those who served and the sacrifices you made for our country.

Read More the Full Press Release by clicking here. 

FlipFlop Dogs is a unique franchising opportunity. Offering a market-tested business that allows our franchisees to establish and manage their own successful business. Our franchisees are home-based, mobile (no storefront needed), have a protected territory and are coached by a management team with over 65 years of pet industry experience. The FlipFlop Dogs concept is based on Britain’s Franchise of the Year, Barking Mad. Bringing this concept to the U.S.,  FlipFlop Dogs is the alternative to kenneling your dog. If you love dogs and working from home, being your own boss and controlling your own schedule, a FlipFlop Dogs franchise could be a perfect match for you! Find out more by clicking here: Franchising Information.

FlipFlop Doggy Vacations

Calendar Posted on Aug 11, 2014 by tmiltz

What are FlipFlop Doggy Vacations For?

 

13 Reasons To Go On a FlipFlop Vacation

 

 

1. There’s no reason to be sad on vacation when you get 24 hour one-on-one care with someone who absolutely adores (and spoils) you. Keep smiling!

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2. Who wouldn’t love to have an energetic, fun and happy little person around? Plus, they are of similar size (i.e. no neck cramps from looking up at the regular humans).

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3. Everyone loves to show off to their friends and going on a FlipFlop vacation is the perfect time to do this. Possible Facebook Photo Album Title: “The Grass IS Greener On Vacation”.

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4. No further explanation needed, but yes, you do get your food served on a silver platter.

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5. Test out the fashion trends that you’ve always wanted to but were afraid to. If people love it on vacation, bring the trend home- you Fashion Queen!

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6. And maybe a little fling happens too. Whatever happens on a FlipFlop vacation stays on a FlipFlop vacation.

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7. Ladies love a man with tricks up their sleeves. Plus, you’ll get even more treats from your owner because you will look adorable and smart while showing off the trick!

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8. With one-on-one attention from your Companion Family, you will be! On some occasions, you might have two-on-one, but we did say Companion Family right? You will have the love of a whole family while on vacation.

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9. Playing all day can be exhausting. We’ll schedule in an afternoon nap followed by some doggy ice cream.  

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10. I mean who could blame either one when they are looking so adorable! Treats all around!

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11. New places are fun to explore in learning more about the world.. You become a World Traveler! #BraggingRights

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12.  It’s never too late (or too soon) to start slimming down for the next season. You’ll come back looking beautiful and fit!

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13. There’s a reason why your owner won’t let you up on their furniture, but it’s about time that you get to feel the comfort and enjoyment of a huge couch. Dog beds are way too small, couches are much more your size. Oh and your Companion Families bed? Just look cute and ask nicely :). 11

 

 

 

If these reasons aren’t enough to go on a FlipFlop doggy vacation, email us at: info@FlipFlopDogs.com so we can explain even more about the benefits of a FlipFlop vacation. You’ll dog will love it and our Companion Families love spoiling our doggy customers!

 

What is your dog’s favorite FlipFlop vacation memory?

 

 

 

Does your summer consists of vacations? No worries- we’ve got your dog covered with their summer vacation too! FlipFlop Dogs is the alternative to traditional dog kenneling. Rather than having your dog stay on a cold concrete floor, your dog will vacation in the home of one of our loving Companion Families. We alleviate the stress of going away by picking up your dog at your home to take them to the Companion Family’s home, and drop them off at your home after you arrive. Our Companion Families are background checked, and home inspected before a paw steps in their doorway. Our Companion Families do not work, or do not work outside the home (providing 24/7 care and attention). We match your dog with a Companion Family that fits their daily needs and will maintain their routine down to a tee. Lastly, we always have an emergency and back-up plan if anything were to happen so you can have full peace of mind while you are away. Book your dog’s vacation today!

Summer Dog Safety Tips: Part 2

Calendar Posted on Jul 31, 2014 by tmiltz

Dog Safety For the Summer Heat

Unfortunately, summer is winding down. Although you still have a full month to make the summer of 2014 unforgettable, FlipFlop Dogs is here to remind you how to keep your dog safe in the last frenzy of summer vacations and last minute activities.

 

While our first Summer Dog Safety post was focused on dog safety at the beach, this time around, we’re focusing on things that happen at home. Whether you are squeezing in your beach trip over Labor Day or hanging out at home (lounging on beach chairs like Charlie), please remember how dangerous summer can be for your furry loved one.

 

Heating Up: Everyone has seen the posts on the dangers of leaving your dog in a parked car during the summer. Just. Don’t. Do. It. Leave your dog at home, with the air condition on, where they are safe from the dreaded heat in the middle of the day. Fans are not enough when it comes to cooling down a dog, as they are different than how humans cool off. Especially when you will be gone for hours (or the whole day), air condition is definitely the safer bet in knowing your dog will not be overheated. Adding a few ice cubes to their water bowl will ensure the water stays cooler longer too.

 

Screen First: If the temperature is cool enough to open the windows and doors, always have a screen (without any rips or holes) in. Screens will prevent dogs from being able to jump out the window or running out the door. This may sound silly, but if your dog sees a squirrel and the window is big enough, they may try and jump out to get it. Screens also prevent any bugs/insects from getting in to bite your family members/dog.

 

Summer Doggy Vacations with FlipFlop Dogs

Summer Doggy Vacations with FlipFlop Dogs

 

Staying Up-to-Date: The summer brings out animals and insects, which means that it is especially important for your dog to have their vaccinations up-to-date, including rabies. Rabies are most often found in bats, raccoons, foxes and skunks, as well as, other wild animals. Rabies can be deadly as soon as symptoms start to occur, but can be full prevented by having the vaccine. If your dog is not vaccinated, keep them inside as much as possible and walk them on a leash when you do go outside. For extra preventative measures in keeping strange animals wondering your yard, do not feed your dog outside and keep your trash closed so animals are not able to dig through it. Dogs are also prone to mosquito, bee and wasp bites. If you see that your pup has been bitten, remove the stinger and notice if they develop an allergic reaction. Be prepared to take your dog to the vet if they swell up in the area or if you notice other allergic symptoms. Lastly, as we approach fall (gasp!), we have to watch for ticks and fleas. Check with your vet to get any needed vaccinations before going on a trail hike.

 

Keeping the Hair Long: While this may seem counter intuitive, keeping your dogs hair long actually helps to keep them cool during the summer. Your dog’s coat is adapted to regulate them during all seasons. During the summer, their coat prevents them from overheating and from getting sunburnt. Do not shave their hair, but you can trim it, if needed. If your dog’s hair is already thin and light colored, apply baby or dog sunscreen to the exposed areas while they are in the sun. With any type of coat, brushing and cleaning the hair is especially important in the summer to keep their circulation healthy and rid them of the shedding hair. Rather than keeping them in their wool sweater, brushing takes off the unwanted hair and puts them in a light “summery” t-shirt.

 

Enthusiastic Swimmers Only: Spending your last summer weekend at the beach or by the pool? Be mindful that some dogs, but not all dogs, like to swim. Let your dog warm up to the idea of swimming by starting in shallow water or by using a ramp. Call them into the water, but never force them in. Once your dog is in the water, keep a watchful eye on them and notice when they start to get tired. Swimming is a great exercise and perfect to cool off during the summer, but using all their muscles and keeping their head afloat can tire them out quickly. We also recommend using a doggy life preserver until your dog gets a hang of the “doggy paddle”. Never throw your dog in to the water, as it could scare them, injure them or worse. If you are planning a day by the water, always have a shaded area where your dog can lay so they do not overheat or become too exposed to the sun. They don’t need to be tan!

 

With these summer dog safety tips in mind, enjoy the last full month of your summer and have fun outside with your pup. Try not to play outside in the heat of the day, but summer is the time to enjoy the great outdoors before it gets cold again. Now we want to hear from you….What was the best activity you and your pup did together this summer? Comment below! 

 

Does your summer consists of vacations? No worries- we’ve got your dog covered with their summer vacation too! FlipFlop Dogs is the alternative to traditional dog kenneling. Rather than having your dog stay on a cold concrete floor, your dog will vacation in the home of one of our loving Companion Families. We alleviate the stress of going away by picking up your dog at your home to take them to the Companion Family’s home, and drop them off at your home after you arrive. Our Companion Families are background checked, and home inspected before a paw steps in their doorway. Our Companion Families do not work, or do not work outside the home (providing 24/7 care and attention). We match your dog with a Companion Family that fits their daily needs and will maintain their routine down to a tee. Lastly, we always have an emergency and back-up plan if anything were to happen so you can have full peace of mind while you are away. Book your dog’s vacation today!

Summer Dog Treats

Calendar Posted on Jul 16, 2014 by tmiltz

Homemade Recipes for Summer Dog Treats

 

 

Feeling the summer heat makes us think of one thing, how can we cool off? More importantly, how can our dogs cool off? I don’t know about you all, but our dogs love to lay in the summer warmth. We can’t blame them but we can help to cool the pups off with these delicious (and healthy) summer treats.

 

FlipFlop Dogs Reece

 

 

 

 Ingredients

  • Water
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup Chopped Fruit (I used strawberries)
  • 2 tablespoons Flax seeds

Directions

  • Blend the peanut butter and water and pour into the bundt or cake pan.
  • Add chopped fruit and flax seeds.
  • Allow to freeze for 4 to 6 hours before placing in the grass for your pups

 

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 24 – 32 oz. plain yogurt
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions

  • Blend or mix all ingredients together until you have a consistent texture throughout.
  • Pour into ice cube trays, cupcake tins or any small container that will yield a treat appropriately sized for your dog.
  • Garnish (optional). Dog bones, grated cheese, fruits or veggies work great and look cute too.
  • Freeze over night and serve.

See the full list of summer dog treats here. 

 

Sources: http://www.buzzfeed.com/samimain/treats-you-can-make-for-your-dog
http://doggydessertchef.com/2013/07/10/pb-j-ice/
http://www.desertlivingtoday.com/2012/06/08/diy-friday-homemade-dog-treats/

Top 5 Reasons to Join an Emerging Franchise

Calendar Posted on Jul 08, 2014 by tmiltz

Why Becoming a Part of a Young Franchise is Beneficial

 

Investing in any franchise is a risk. You’re counting on franchisors for guidance; other franchisees for support and you’re investing a ton of money to build your business. Now add the risk factor of investing in an emerging franchise, a franchise with only a few franchisees. Does it add risk? Maybe, but there are far more benefits of investing in an emerging franchise that the little added risk, is a fleeting concern. Your voice is not only heard by the franchisors, but it’s also helping to make positive changes for future franchisees.  Take a extremely large franchise such as, McDonalds or Hilton. Can you imagine a franchisee picking up the phone to call the President of the company to share an idea they had on how to make franchisees daily operations more efficient? In an emerging franchise, you are able to have a close relationship with the corporate team behind the concept and your ideas will be taken seriously. They believe in you as much as you believe in them. Here are five more reasons to join an emerging franchise:

  1.  Make the Difference. When a franchise is starting out, they rely heavily on their few franchisees because they are looking to perfect and develop their model. Franchisors seek advice and look for solutions during this time so it’s a fun opportunity to voice your opinion. If you continue to be a strong franchisee, you’ll see your ideas transpire to other franchisees. Consider stepping up to the challenge of voicing your opinions when you have an idea, and you’ll be rewarded as a crucial part of their team.
  2. Seeing the Growth. The risk-reward benefit is a balancing act when choosing to invest in an emerging franchise. Once you find a concept that you truly believe in, the reward will undoubtedly outweigh the risk.  Investing early allows you to be an integral part of the growth throughout the lifetime of the franchise. When new franchisees come on board, you would be an essential part of explaining your daily operations and validation through your success. You don’t just see your business grow, but you proudly see the franchise’s network of similar minded entrepreneurs grow too.
  3. Expansion Opportunity. Emerging franchises should have territories mapped out, but they most likely will not be filled. If you start as part of their first few franchisees, you will have room to grow and expand your territory. Show your strengths and capabilities and you could earn your surrounding territories. Once the territories are taken, you will not have this opportunity.
  4. The Excitement. Rather than investing in a large, mundane franchise, an emerging franchise is new and exciting. Although brand recognition will be a work in progress, you get to do the gratifying part of educating consumers and seeing their reaction of how cool your business is. Having an emerging franchise allows you to be a true entrepreneur of owning your business, educating consumers and being the brand image. With an emerging franchise, you help to create and shape the brand.
  5. Importance in the Team. In a franchise, the franchisors are the coaches, the veteran franchisees are the captains and the others are the players. Franchises are a team that makes up a network of individuals with similar mindsets of believing in the franchise concept. With a cluster of 150+ franchises having a close franchisee to turn to, is hard. When you start with an emerging franchise, you will be among few franchisees enabling you to get close with the others. Your team will be a close-knit group. You’ll feel comfortable calling someone who you’ve known from the ground up and have had similar experiences.  As a note, be kind and incorporate new franchisees in when the network gets large- they’ll appreciate it as much as you did!

 

 

While looking at potential franchise opportunities, consider these 5 benefits of joining an emerging franchise. Above all, ensure that you believe in the concept before investing to become a franchisee.  Are you looking for an opportunity with an emerging franchise?

FlipFlop Dogs is a unique franchising opportunity. Offering a market-tested business that allows our franchisees to establish and manage their own successful business. Our franchisees are home-based, mobile (no storefront needed), have a protected territory and are coached by a management team with over 65 years of pet industry experience. The FlipFlop Dogs concept is based on Britain’s Franchise of the Year, Barking Mad. Bringing this concept to the U.S.,  FlipFlop Dogs is the alternative to kenneling your dog. If you love dogs and working from home, being your own boss and controlling your own schedule, a FlipFlop Dogs franchise could be a perfect match for you! Find out more by clicking here: Franchising Information.

Fourth of July Dog Safety

Calendar Posted on Jun 24, 2014 by tmiltz

FlipFlop Dogs July 4th

 

Happy July 4th to our FlipFlop family!

 

Before the parties and barbecues begin on Friday, ensure the safety of your dogs for a happy celebration. While we, humans, find enjoyment in July 4th festivities, our furry loved ones do not.  Whether you are having a party at your house or going to the neighbors, your dog’s safety should be in consideration. Below are our tips for your dog’s safety before, during and after the fireworks and parties.

BEFORE

  1. Identification please. Up-to-date tags/identification, microchip and fitted collars are critical. Dogs get extremely scared from all of the commotion and fireworks that they are more prone to run away. According to the Pet Amber Alert, more pets go missing during July 4th-6th than any other time of the year. Updated identification greatly increases your risk of finding your dog, if something were to happen.
  2. Calming products. There’s not shame in turning to other products when fireworks are just too stressful for your pooch. There are a number of great (and safe) products that really help in decreasing anxiety. Our recommendations would be the Thundershirt, dog appeasing pheromone products or ProQuiet. Always ask your vet before using any of these products.
  3. Prepare the room. Play calming jazz music or have the TV on in a room filled with their favorite toys and bed/blanket to provide a relaxing atmosphere. Closing all of the blinds and curtains help in lessening the bright lights from the fireworks. This room should be set up with tranquility and serenity in mind.
  4. Plenty of exercise. A well-exercised dog is a calm and happy dog. Don’t skimp on giving your pup a long walk or run on the morning of 4th of July.

DURING

  1. Closed quarters. Putting #3 to use, keep your house doors closed and your dog in the calming room. Your dog is easily able to run out of an open door when guests are coming in and out of the house. Having your dog locked in a safe, quiet room will lessen the risk of them accidently escaping. Also, remind your guests that you have a dog and to always close the door behind them.
  2. Use a crate. We recommend using one if your dog is more likely to become destructive during stressful times, or if they feel more comfortable in their crate.
  3. Their best friend. Sometimes all you need is to be comforted. Your dog might feel best if you stay by their side when times are stressful. Just make sure to stay in the house with them and not outside. Curl up on the couch, pop in a movie and enjoy the night with your pup.
  4. No show. Do not, do not, do not bring your dog to a firework show. Circling back to #1, having your dog outside when they are scared is a bad idea, especially when you are closer to the fireworks.
  5. Dog food only. If you’re having people over, give them a friendly reminder that your dog eats plenty of their own food and does not need any human food. Whether your dog is allergic to the food, or not, it’s safer to avoid the situation all together. Providing a bowl of healthy dog treats will give your guests an option to feed your dog, if they would like.
  6.  Act natural. Acting nervous or anxious around your dog will only make them more scared.

AFTER

  1. Reward. Give them treats for being calm and a good dog during the fireworks. July 4th is a lot for dogs. Give them extra love, praise and healthy treats to reinforce their positive behavior of staying calm.
  2. Cleaning up. If you had a party at your house, don’t let your dog be the clean up crew. Dogs will eat any of the food left behind, including the scrapes from the grill. Food and alcohol remnants can lead to disrupting their digestive system, or worse. Keep them in a room until you are done cleaning up.
  3. For next year. Notice what worked and what didn’t in helping to calm your dog during the fireworks. If your dog did not handle the loud noises well, (despite all the distractions you provided) talk to your vet so you know how to handle the situation better for next year!

 

 

Enjoy your festivities and check out our Facebook page for more dog safety tips leading up to July 4th, as well as, homemade dog treat recipes. If you are going away for July 4th and need a safe, loving home for your dog to stay in, book their vacation with FlipFlop Dogs today! We match your dog with a Companion Family that meets their home-life routine and provides 24/7 one-on-one care while you are away. Peace of mind guaranteed!

Bloomberg Interview with FlipFlop Dogs

Calendar Posted on Jun 19, 2014 by tmiltz

Bloomberg TV’s Segment, “Taking Stock with Pimm Fox”,  Featuring the FlipFlop Dogs Franchise

 

On Monday, June 16th, President and Co-Founder of FlipFlop Dogs, Taffy, interviewed with Pimm Fox in discussing the FlipFlop concept in the U.S. Coined as an alternative  for “dogs that don’t like kennels”, the FlipFlop Dogs franchise provides peace of mind to dog owners while they are away as their dog stays in a safe, loving home environment. Capitalizing on the ever-growing pet industry, the FlipFlop franchise gives dog lovers an opportunity to own their own business with a successful business model, which is then adapted to their territory.

 

Watch the video below to see the full interview of Taffy and Pimm Fox from Bloomberg TV.