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A Franchise for Dog Lovers

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.

“We made the best choice we could have ever made in our initial decision to join the Camp Bow Wow franchise system. Our experience has been humbling and almost too good to be true.”

-FRANK & TAMARA WETEGROVE, San Antonio, TX

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.

Contact us 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.

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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.

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    “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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    “I feel so good about the level of care we provide people. They aren’t having to take their dogs and lock them up all the time in a kennel or drop them at a daycare ...”

    Jordan Murray
    Camp Bow Wow Franchisee Jordan Murray
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    “Having been a CEO in corporate healthcare for many years, I needed a change. Camp Bow Wow offered me the peace of mind of owning my own destiny with very real ...”

    José Morillo
    Camp Bow Wow Franchisee José Morillo
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    “I truly love what I do, it's my favorite thing in the world. It's all about the dogs and the staff become like family!”

    Scarlett Dalton
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    “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 ...”

    Becky & Tim Simcoe
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    “We felt that in our area there wasn’t a place we fully trusted to bring our dog, and thought, why don’t we do it! The Camp Bow Wow brand came with a lot of great ...”

    Travis & Amber Pensky
    Travis & Amber Pensky
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    “My favorite parts of Camp Bow Wow are the people and the dogs. It is hard to say which comes first. The dogs are great. Camp is their ‘happy place’ and being with so ...”

    Laurie Williams
    Laurie Williams
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    “Purchasing a Camp Bow Wow Franchise was one of the best decisions I have ever made. They joy of owning a business and working with dogs everyday is fulfilling. If ...”

    Nancy Purvis
    Camp Bow Wow Franchisee Nancy Purvis
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    “We made the best choice we could have ever made in our initial decision to join the Camp Bow Wow franchise system. Our experience has been humbling and almost too ...”

    Frank & Tamara Wetegrove
    Camp Bow Wow Franchisees Frank & Tamara Wetegrove
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