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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.

NAVC Conference 2015

Calendar Posted on Jan 14, 2015 by tmiltz

FlipFlop Dogs to Attend NAVC Conference 2015

 

FlipFlop Pro Model Beneficial to Veterinary Practices

 

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FlipFlop Dogs will be attending the NAVC (National American Veterinary Community) Conference for the first time, this year! We’re filled with the anticipation of meeting great veterinarians at this conference and explaining how FlipFlop will enhance and take their practice to the next level.  

 

Offering a premium, complimenting service to their existing practice, veterinarians will benefit by adding the FlipFlop service as it will add an additional revenue stream and make the practice the premier one-stop shop for dog care, without adding office staff or square footage. Adding the FlipFlop service is easy and does not require significant time or manpower because of our efficient training and built out business plan. Our international award-winning business model is designed to be turnkey and completely operational within a few weeks. With the Customer Service Support Center and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system, operations are handled efficiently and professionally, without adding additional staff to answer inquiries and incoming calls. There are numerous advantages to how veterinary practices will enhance their practice with the addition of a FlipFlop partnership. Our FlipFlop representatives will be at the conference to speak more on this exclusive partnership and what is required to fit our criteria to add a FlipFlop service to a veterinarian practice.

 

FlipFlop Dogs is the alternative to kenneling, providing complete peace of mind to dog owners while they are away. Veterinary practices benefit by providing their clients with a needed service, which they normally rely on another business, competitor or an unsatisfying option, such as a family member. FlipFlop is a mobile operation, with only a van needed to transport dogs- meaning no additional square footage is needed in the practice. With this service, dogs stay in a real home, with certified dog lovers, rather than in a cold, concrete floor cage with minimal human contact. Dogs return home happy, healthy and, best of all, normal (just like they were on a vacation)!

 

Want to learn more before the show? Visit our opportunity page and fill out a form. You will be contacted shortly by a FlipFlop representative. At the NAVC Conference, stop by our Marriott booth #3834 to speak with us personally about our exciting opportunities with our FlipFlop Pro Model. If you are not able to make it to the conference, please email us at: info@flipflopdogs.com or give us a call at: (800)-710-1740 x106. 

 

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!

 

 

 

Pet Care Industry: Statistics And Changing Trends

Calendar Posted on Mar 26, 2014 by jhmiltz

Dogs in the park

 

The pet care industry has shown its true colors during the past few years. The industry has not only continued to steadily rise for over 10 years, but has also shown that it is recession proof.  The pet care industry is in a fascinating phase where a multitude of changes are affecting the way pet business trends are leading toward fulfilling pet owners wants and needs. Unknowingly, there has been a gap in what was considered a quality life and what is now considered an even better life for households’ pets, or should we call them, our furry family members.

 

The pet business trends are being fueled by a couple of naming reasons. Society has made a shift to marry at an older age, leaving those single individuals opting to own a pet for the companionship during the time being. Or that young married couples are choosing to wait to start a traditional family with children and, instead adopting a pet to begin their family. The benefits being the happiness elicited from playing with a dog or seeing their wagging tail when you walk in from a long day at the office (no human is ever that happy to see you), and how dogs almost force you to be active by having to provide for their daily exercise needs.  Young adults are not alone.  As baby boomers are becoming the ripe age of retirement and looking to gain the companionship of dogs as well, since their children have moved out. There is no question that Americans are absolutely crazy about their love for their pets, and dogs being the highest among the category. How has this affected the pet care industry and what are the changing trends? Great question!

 

There’s been a growing awareness as to what enables a pet to have the best quality of life, and owners are willing to spend the money to get this. There are boutique pet stores popping up to offer pet luxury items such as, doggy wool sweaters, costumes, or organic protein dried Alligator treats. There’s a sudden need, as GenX (8-30 year olds) becomes pet owners, to have more technology driven pet appliances.  Owners are able to track their dog’s daily health on their smartphone (Tagg) and dispense their food/video chat with them while they are at work with Petzila. Although we hope this trend does not mean spending less time with their pets, as the pets can be cared for by the touch of a button.  Other trends include, veterinarians specializing in specific fields, such as neurology or cardiology, jet setting programs for pets, including airlines flying only pets, pet crematories are on the rise, and products that are “Made In America”.  Pet care related companies are vastly growing in numbers and locations, as pet franchising becomes a popular option in expanding one’s successful business throughout the mass.  There is one trend that is on a downward spiral, retail stores selling pets- thankfully! This is one downward trend we are very happy to see.

 

The steady and healthy growth in the pet care industry will continue its rise for the foreseeable future. Pet industry companies are beginning to match pet owners wants and needs for their furry family member. Ten years ago, dogs were only beginning to wear accessories.  Now pets can match their owners or dress up as a dinosaur on a Saturday. Pets’ quality of life is not considerably different than humans anymore. So whether owners are away from their pet or by their side, pets can maintain a comfortable and happy lifestyle that is fitted for the love and joy they supply us on a daily basis.

 

 

 

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 60 years of pet industry experience. The FlipFlop Dogs concept is based on England’s successful Barking Mad Franchise. 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!

Interested in a FlipFlop Dogs franchise? Contact us to learn more about this amazing opportunity!