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The Camp Bow WowSuccess Story

The Original Vision: In with Camps & Out with Kennels

The impetus for Camp Bow Wow comes from our founder’s personal experience. Heidi Ganahl didn’t want to leave her dogs in a kennel when she and her husband had to travel. A traditional kennel has dogs locked in cages for most of the day. The dog is let out two or three times a day for bathroom breaks. If they get play time, it can be just as stressful as being caged — either the dog is put into a dog run by itself, or the already-stressed pooch is put with other dogs in an environment that lacks consistent human supervision, which can be dangerous.

“My husband and I traveled a lot and I could not find a place that was good enough for my animals, so I came up with this really cool idea.”

Heidi Ganahl holding puppy Ganahl’s idea was a summer camp for dogs — the kind of place a dog might design for himself if he could. A boarder gets a comfortable Cabin with a cot, a fleece and room for his dog-mates if he’s from a multi-canine home. He gets all-day play – indoors and out – with other dogs his size and temperament. Most importantly, they’re under constant supervision. At night, in Camp Bow Wow’s temperature-controlled environment, soothing music is piped in to help tired pups get to sleep. She designed a space that was good enough for her dogs — and for millions of others, too, as it turned out. Customers fell in love with the concept as soon as it debuted in 2000. Entrepreneurs fell in love when franchising began in 2003.

Call (870) 600-2713 to learn more about our groundbreaking dog care business opportunity and how we’re marking our place in the doggy boarding and day care industry.

  • Unleash Your Passion

    "At the end of the day it is good to do something you love but it is still a business. I love that I come to work and I have the freedom of being my own boss and also being outside. We're not sitting down, we're running around all day."

    – Tony & Gina Paradiso, Franchise Owners (Father/Daughter Team)
  • Unleash Your Passion

    “It’s a fun business, it’s all about the dogs! Obviously, there is a business component to it but it’s really marrying that strong ROI investment component with something we’re just really passionate about”

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A Dream Come True for Dog LovingBusiness Owners

Multi-unit owner Jordan Murray of Pittsburgh describes himself as “your average, casual dog owner” while wife and franchise co-owner Barbara is the more dog-obsessed of the two. They’d been shopping for franchise opportunities in the early 2000s when they came across Camp Bow Wow.

Jordan and Barbara Murray

  • “We had two dogs at the time and had been leaving them with her parents, who were getting into their 70s. We never trusted a typical kennel,” he said. When the Murrays saw how Camp Bow Wow treated dogs — like the beloved family members they are rather than just animals — they were impressed. Not only did they love the sustainability and earnings potential, they knew they’d found the right solution for their dogs. “They had webcams and all-day play. We finally felt we’d found a place where we’d feel comfortable leaving our dogs.”

Camp Bow Wow History

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Hear from Our Happy Pet Parents

  • “Great staff, professional, friendly and welcoming. Immaculate environment and expert care for your Camper.”

    - Joanne C.

  • “I love how comfortable the staff made us feel leaving our Duke there for the first time!! Everyone is so friendly, I know he's in great care when at Camp Bow Wow!! Duke is always excited now before we even get into the parking lot!! I also LOVE the pet cameras!! They really are addicting to watch, but it's so fun seeing him running around and having fun!! We love Camp Bow Wow & can't wait to come back!”

    - Kelly R.

  • “A very kind and caring staff! I always feel secure knowing that the staff truly love my dog and that they will make sure he is happy and comfortable during his stay. They are the best!”

    - Su-Kim C.

  • “I absolutely love this place. They take incredible care of my dog. They make her welcome and I feel comfortable knowing she is well taken care of. Recommend to anyone who has a dog.”

    - Kimberly S.

  • “Staff is always very friendly and knows my dog, facilities are always clean, the webcams allow us to check our dog's activity, and hours cover my work day. Most importantly, my dog LOVES going to Camp! When she hears us on the phone making reservations for play, or hears us say "Camp", she grabs her leash with such excitement she moves furniture in her path as she heads for the door!”

    - Terri S.

  • “Super friendly team of staff! Very kind, caring, accommodating, flexible. They loved my dog and treated her like their own. I will be back!”

    - Holly H.

  • “The staff is always helpful and kind. I know when I leave my dogs at Camp Bow Wow they will be taken care of, have a great time and come home worn out from playing all day. I love the Camper Cams so I can check in on them!”

    - Hayley L.

  • “Camp Bow Wow is fabulous...they are passionate about their work, always happy to see our pup, and take great care of her...be it for day Camp or overnight. We love Camp Bow Wow!”

    - Angelica M.

  • “We know our dogs are in trusted hands at Camp Bow Wow. They always have fun playing with their "friends" and we love being able to check in on them throughout the day”

    - Nicole J.

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