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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).

 

Customer Dog Return

 

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!

 

 

 

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.