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Packing List for the Dogs

Calendar Posted on Jan 21, 2015 by tmiltz

How to Pack for a FlipFlop Doggy Vacation

 

Packing list of the necessary items for your dog’s next FlipFlop vacation

 

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Your bags are packed for your trip, but what about your dog’s? Your dog has their transportation booked, their ‘hotel’ and their Companion Family has mapped out their daily activities based on their normal home-life routine. The only thing that’s left is, packing their FlipFlop bag filled with their daily necessities.  Depending on your packing style, you might be a light packer or a heavy packer (like me), but we want to make sure you pack all of the essentials for their vacation.

 

We’ve seen some crazy things stuffed in a dog’s FlipFlop bag. Every dog needs’ vary based on their breed, activity level and attachment to certain toys, but some items are necessary. This list is here to help guide those new vacationers, those struggling to remember what to pack at the last minute, and anyone in between. Our goal at FlipFlop is to make your life less stressful and more carefree as you travel. Feel free to print this list out so you have it easily accessible for future vacations as well.

 

Packing Checklist:

  • Collar and leash. Provide the collar and leash your dog is used to walking on, and one that would allow their Companion to walk them easily.  If your dog walks by your side with a harness on, but pulls with a regular collar, please pack the harness. Everyone will be happier on the walks this way!
  • Favorite toys. My dog has a Kong each morning. Kong’s make her extremely happy, keep her busy and provide her with a nutritious mid-morning snack. Having their regular toy to play with will keep their routine in sync and keep them busy if they are a little bored.
  • Daily food and treats. This goes without saying, but keeping them well nourished is very important so don’t skimp on packing the correct amount of meals per day for the duration of your trip. My suggestion: pack a couple of extra in case your trip is extended, for any reason. If your dog is a treat lover, provide enough treats for daily tricks and fun activities.
  • Water/Food bowls. Like any trip, your dog will need to have their own food and water bowl while on vacation. It’s highly recommended that you pack these, as their Companion might not have extra on hand. Plus, sharing germs are best when not shared.
  • Waste bags. Help your dog’s Companion out by providing a roll (or two) of waste bags so they can enjoy a hassle-free walk, hike or run with your dog.
  • Comfortable sleeping arrangements. The first night in a new place can be less focused on sleeping, and more on exploring (or listening to the new sounds). Your dog will sleep best if they have their normal sleeping arrangements at their Companion’s home. If your dog sleeps in a crate, break down and pack their crate (providing instructions on how to reassemble is a plus). If they sleep on your bed, that’s not a problem but provide those instructions as well. With their regular sleep environment, all will get a good night’s sleep!

 

Simple and easy doggy vacations is what FlipFlop specializes in. Just be sure to have their bags packed by your scheduled pick-up time and we will take care of the rest. Your dog will be chauffeured, acquainted and playing with their Companion Family before you go through security. Optional items include: seasonal accessories, such as winter booties or jackets, grooming brush, tooth brush and an old sweatshirt that has your scent on it.

 

Ready to book your dog’s first vacation? Start here: Schedule a Doggy Vacation. We look forward to hearing from you and vacationing with your dog! If you have any additional packing suggestions or questions about our doggy vacations, please comment below.

5 Reasons A FlipFlop Franchisee Has More Fun

Calendar Posted on Nov 19, 2014 by tmiltz

Why Being a FlipFlop Franchisee Means You Have More Fun

 

Bring Your Work Week Up to Speed with Your Weekend Life

 

Being a FlipFlop franchisee is not just a career, it’s a lifestyle change that leads you to have a more fulfilling and enjoyable work week. Hate sitting in a desk chair staring at a computer screen all day, but love going home to your  furry best friend? Do you daydream of having a career that provides a flexible schedule and makes you as happy as a puppy licking your face? You are in luck and we are going to tell you how to start loving what you do with our five reasons why a FlipFlop franchisee has more fun than majority of adults.

 

Playing and meeting new dogs happens every day.  If you aren’t a dog lover, this is probably not the franchise right for you. Our  franchisees meet new doggy customers (“sniff” around for potential customers), return happy vacationing dogs and are surrounded by dogs all day. Dogs happen to be the most fun customer and we’ve found that they really love going on vacation. FlipFlop franchisees prosper with doggy kisses, wagging tails and snuggling with the cutest pups!

 

Helping dog owners go away by providing an alternative to kenneling. As a dog owner, going away is hard. The options of kenneling, having a pet sitter or relying on friends and family have proven to not be the best methods. Your dog does not receive the one-on-one desirable attention that you provide, in a comfortable home, while maintaining their home life routine. FlipFlop franchisees provide all of that, and more! FlipFlop franchisees enjoy providing their local dog owners with the ability to go away, without having to worry about their dog receiving proper care and attention.

 

Matching dog lovers with vacationing dogs. A great vacation is all about having fun, being comfortable and relaxing. FlipFlop franchisees place vacationing dogs with certified dog lovers who have similar schedules, live in similar home environments and enjoy the same amount of daily exercise. Meeting dog lovers means talking about dogs. If you love dogs as much as we do, that’s a pretty fun day. Then you get to match those great dogs that you met with the awesome dog lovers, to make for the best vacation for all! This is explained in more detail when you become a FlipFlop franchisee, but we’ve got a full-proof way for you to easily match the dogs with their best Companion. FlipFlop franchisees get to play matchmaker, but with dogs, and more smiles (and virtually no failing relationships).

 

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Not sitting at a desk all day. I don’t know how much you like to sit in uncomfortable, stuffy offices with an impersonal desk and a close, smelly coworker, but it just wasn’t for us. FlipFlop franchisees have a home-base, but spend most days meeting customers, networking with influencers and collaborating with dog organizations at fun events! Yes, going to dog events do help your business and, yes, they are extremely fun. FlipFlop franchisees seek out different tasks each day, which makes work weeks less boring and allows you to look forward to Mondays!

 

Forget the strict schedules and demanding deadlines. As a FlipFlop franchisee, you own your business, which means you have a flexible schedule. You have the liberty of scheduling your appointments, visiting influencers and going to events based on the schedule you create for yourself. Remember your kid’s soccer game you missed or your dog’s obedience training class?As a FlipFlop franchisee, we want you to be able to live your life and enjoy going to work. You create your project deadlines, your monthly and weekly goals and we provide any assistance along the way. Stressful deadlines and strict schedules are not conducive to a positive work relationship. We put significance on work life balance so that our franchisees remain happy because happy business owners are successful business owners!

 

Our FlipFlop franchisees are overall happier regarding their work life because they are able to live out their dreams of working with dogs and enjoy the aspects of owning their own business. If you are a dog lover, start doing what you love and join our FlipFlop team of franchisees. Request franchise information today!

 

 

 

Holiday Travels Without Your Dog

Calendar Posted on Nov 12, 2014 by tmiltz

How to Prepare Yourself to Travel Without Your Dog This Holiday Season

 

The holidays are here, which means that travel plans have caught us between leaving our precious dogs in a cold, concrete kennel or not seeing our extended family and friends. I finally got a dog of my own, and fully empathies with those dog owners who do not want to leave their pup…ever. I don’t want to miss a single part of her life, especially during the holidays! The fact is, we should be with our family during the holidays and it is okay to spend some time apart from your dog. You have several options of where your dog can stay while you are away, but in my opinion, I would only want my dog to stay at a safe, loving (warm) home with a caring family, similar to what she would have with me. Let’s assume you agree with me, which inevitably leads you to booking a FlipFlop vacation. Here are a few ways you can prepare yourself for the dreaded time apart, as your dog enjoys their FlipFlop holiday vacation.

 

Take Holiday Pictures, Before the Holidays. Have your dog pose for pictures in front of a Christmas tree or unwrapping their holiday gifts. You will be able to have the experience of enjoying the holiday with them, just a little earlier than usual. When you are away, you will have the pictures to look back on; almost like they are there. You will also be receiving pictures of your dog relaxing after a long walk, enjoying a delicious (and nutritious) holiday meal with their Companion Family and getting exercise to keep the fit during the holiday chaos. Pictures help in preventing serious sadness (or depression) when you are away from your dog. It’ll make you happy looking at the ones you took and seeing new pictures of how much they are enjoying their holiday! The more pictures you take, the easier your time apart will be.

 

Spend a Weekend Together. Spend some much time with your dog that you will need a break. I get sad when I’m not with my puppy for 30 minutes and soon I’ll be spending over two weeks apart from her. How am I going to cope? By playing, snuggling and spending literally every second together for weeks leading up to the holidays. This might drive both of us a little crazy but it’ll be worth it. Plus, I know that on her FlipFlop vacation, she will be getting 24/7 attention from her Companion Family so she can start getting use to the extra people attention from me.

 

Gronk and I this past weekend.

Gronk and I this past weekend.

 

 

Packing A Little Extra. Not being there for the holidays doesn’t mean that your dog won’t receive the same love and care that you would provide for them, but it won’t be from you. I want my puppy to know that I’m thinking of her, which is why I will be providing her Companion Family with some presents (aka wrapped treats and toys). Pack some things your dog can eat on Thanksgiving Day (such as homemade pumpkin treats) or open on Christmas day (such as that new bully stick she loves). I know I’ll be sending several Tupperware containers full of homemade treats and a new toy that I know she will love to play with (and one that will keep her occupied during her holiday stay). Don’t be afraid to stuff their FlipFlop overnight bag full of presents!

 

Thinking of the Positivity. Although I’m extremely sad to be leaving our puppy (Gronk) behind, I know that she will be providing her Companion Family with happiness, laughter and joy during the holidays. FlipFlop Companions host vacationing dogs because they simply love and enjoy the company of a visiting dog, without the full time commitment. They will be overjoyed to have our little puppy (who is now housebroken), running around their house. Thinking about Gronk’s matched Companion Family, who is an actively retired couple and does not have a dog of their own, makes going away for the holidays okay!

 

If you haven’t done so already, book your dog’s stay with your local FlipFlop franchise so they too can enjoy their holiday with a loving family! 

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Finding the Right Dog Leash

Calendar Posted on Oct 29, 2014 by tmiltz

Using a Leash to Lead Your Dog

Different Options to Help You Decide on the Right Dog Leash 

 

One of the most important materials you can own as a dog owner, is a leash. Unless you have bountiful acres of land, you need a way of giving them exercise, taking them out to the bathroom and for those lazy walks around the block. Dog leashes are especially important when you live in a city or near busy roadways. Protecting your dog from dangerous streets, other dogs and from wandering away, there’s no escaping the need for a safe leash. What defines a safe leash for your dog and what are the benefits of the different types of dog leashes? Each dog and owner are different in their preferences of what makes the perfect leash, but here are uses for different types leashes which might help to make up your mind.

 

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The three main types of dog leashes are the retractable leash, slip leads and the basic six-foot lead. While there are dual leashes and specific dog leashes for training purposes, these are the three main styles of leashes that are most common. Different breeds and sizes of dogs may determine the most appropriate leash as well.

 

Retractable Leashes: Does your dog like to wander and has the safety to do so? The retractable leash allows your dog to wander far away, while having a thin line back to you. You are able to stop the lead by pushing down on the button on the handle. The disadvantages of this leash are that your dog can wander too far away and you are unable to simply pull them back; the cords are often thin and could easily break (especially with a strong dog); and your dog could wander off and injure themselves. If you are in an active area, your dog can get tangled into a runner or bicyclist and injure everyone involved. One of the biggest concerns is that you have to keep a watchful eye. Your dog could easily wander into the street or chase after an animal and run into traffic. This leash is not ideal for those who are starting to train their dog how to walk on a leash or for those who live in a busy area, such as a city.

Slip Leads: Always in a hurry while running your dog out to go potty? The slip lead is the perfect leash for the quick, on-the-go run, but may not be ideal for long term uses. Slip leads are designed to slip directly over the dog’s head and choke up based on how much the dog is pulling. The major plus to this leash is that you don’t need a collar. If your dog is an easy-going, non-pulling walker, this leash is fine for short to medium length walks, but we don’t recommend it for extensive periods of time. Why? Slip leads tighten up when your dog is pulling and you are unable to control exactly how tight the leash gets around their neck. This is not ideal for those learning how to walk on a leash, but is useful when you need a quick leash to grab going out the door, or to have in your car for any emergency situations.

Basic Six-Foot Leash: You can make this ‘basic’ leash as fancy or as simple as you’d like, but the actual leash has the same mechanics and means of attaching directly to the collar and has a 6-foot lead. The options are plentiful from leather, nylon to designs matching your dogs collar; there is no shortage of basic leash styles. This leash is replicated so many times because it is the widely used leash. A sturdy metal clip hooks easily to the collar and has a loop at the end for your hand. The length is great for those looking to train their dog to walking on a leash and can be used throughout the lifetime of your dog. The disadvantages are that your dog is not able to wander and explore the area as much as with some of the longer leashes, and can be straining to use if your dog pulls a ton.

 

With all of these leash options, you should accompany your dog’s regular walking leash with a night-time safe leash that provides reflective or LED glowing material to maintain a safe walk. I’d also like to stress that dogs are completely different on what leash is best and enables him or her to walk safely with their owner. Dog leashes are designed to allow your dog to walk, run and play outside without negotiating their safety. Please remember to leash your dog when you are walking them outside.

 

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How Dogs Help You Socialize

Calendar Posted on Oct 22, 2014 by tmiltz

The Social Aspect of Being a Companion Family

 

Become a Companion Family to Gain the Social Benefits of Having a Dog During the Winter

 

As the cold weather is creeping in, dogs are a friendly reminder that you don’t have to lose your social life, even when the weather is cold. Having a dog by your side means staying in is less lonely, but also reminds you to get outside since they have to go outside for exercise and to use the bathroom. Pet owners gain health benefits year round from having their furry best friend by their side, and in winter this is especially true. With seasonal depression, less outdoor activities and motivation to go out with friends, we could all use a little wet nose nudge to get us out the door. Becoming a Companion Family allows you to get the same benefits as a dog owner, without the commitment of having a full-time dog. Here are a couple of reasons on how  becoming a Companion Family helps you become more social with a visiting dog!

 

Dogs have the ability to strike up conversation anywhere. Whether you are at the dog park, in the elevator or walking around the block, people are naturally attracted to others walking a dog. Your odds of meeting someone are greatly increased when you have a dog because they act as an ice breaker in conversation. In the winter people are hibernating to stay warm, so casual interactions are less common. However, with a dog, you’ll still have the casual re-ins at the dog park or people wandering up to you on the street. Dogs are your go-to social butterflies, without having to say a word.

 

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Dogs listen. Rather than walking (or swimming) away like other pets, dogs love having the human interaction and conversations when you get home. With eye contact and turn their head, dogs engage with you while making conversations easy and allowing you to speak your mind . When loneliness is setting in, dogs are the perfect companion to sit by your side and talk to. In a University of Chicago study, dog owners reported less loneliness than that of other pet owners. The strong connection and interaction is all it takes to make the winter breeze by, even when the days are shorter and the snow is higher.

 

If you already have a dog, consider becoming a Companion Family for your dog’s benefit. If your dog is dog-friendly, adding a dog for a few days at a time can help with socializing your dog in providing them with a dog to play with. In the winter,  a playmate can help with keeping them healthy and less rambunctious, as they can burn off the energy that they usually do while playing outside.  Another reason is that dogs playing with other dogs is different than with humans.  Playing with other dogs will teach them to be less aggressive and to share their food and toys (like a human baby).  As long as your dog is ready for another playmate, becoming a Companion Family can be a great way to keep your dog entertained and happy during the colder months where less time is spent outdoors. You can also benefit by getting to know a different breed or enjoying the cuteness of a puppy again!

 

 

Becoming a Companion Family is a fun way to enjoy the holiday season with an adorable dog, and spark new conservations with friendly neighbors. This winter make an effort to be more social, and happy, by joining our Companion Family network. We also have Companion Family gatherings so you can meet other dog lovers in your community. Sign up to become a Companion Family for your local franchise today! 

 

 

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2560896/How-mans-best-friend-help-make-friends-Owning-dog-makes-sociable.html

Mission Main Street Grants, Vote FlipFlop Dogs

Calendar Posted on Oct 14, 2014 by tmiltz

 

Help FlipFlop Dogs Grow

 

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FlipFlop Needs Your Vote for Chase’s Mission Main Street Grant for Small Businesses

 

FlipFlop Dogs is entered into the Small Business Grant for Chase, but needs your vote to get them to the 250 votes for the next round. With the Mission Main Street Grant, FlipFlop Dogs would be able to provide more dog owners with the solution of an alternative to kenneling when they are away. All it takes is a click of a button and 30 seconds to vote!

Here are the quick steps:

  1. Go to: FlipFlop Dogs Mission Main Street Page  
  2. Click on the “Vote Now” blue button on the right hand side. You will have to be signed into Facebook, but they will not post on your behalf.
  3. That’s it! If you would like to share the voting page on your social media profiles, you can do so right after you vote.

 

Thank you so much in advance! Your one vote really contributes to us reaching our goal in proceeding to the second round for the Mission Main Street Grant. 

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!

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!

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.