Fetch! Pet Care vs Central Bark Franchise Comparison

Below is an in-depth analysis and side-by-side comparison of Fetch! Pet Care vs Central Bark including start-up costs and fees, business experience requirements, training & support and financing options.

Start-Up Costs and Fees

Fetch! Pet Care Franchise
Central Bark Franchise
Investment $64,467 - $83,667$520,063 - $874,556
Franchise Fee $59,500$45,000
Royalty Fee 5%6%
Advertising Fee 1.5%2%
Year Founded 2002-
Year Franchised 2003-
Term Of Agreement 10 years-
Term Of Agreement 10 years-
Renewal Fee --

Business Experience Requirements

Fetch! Pet Care Franchise
Central Bark Franchise
  • General business experience
  • -

    Financing Options

    Fetch! Pet Care Franchise
    Central Bark Franchise
      In-House/3rd PartyIn-House/3rd Party
    Franchise Fees No/Yes-/-
    Start-up Costs No/Yes-/-
    Equipment No/Yes-/-
    Inventory No/Yes-/-
    Receivables No/Yes-/-
    Payroll No/Yes-/-

    Training & Support

    Fetch! Pet Care Franchise
    Central Bark Franchise
    Training --
    Support Newsletter, Toll-free phone line, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Purchasing cooperatives-
    Marketing Ad slicks, National media, Regional advertising-
    Operations Franchise can be run from home.

    24% of all franchisees own more than one unit

    Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 1

    Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators)


    Expansion Plans

    Fetch! Pet Care Franchise
    Central Bark Franchise
    US Expansion --
    Canada Expansion No-
    International Expansion No-

    Company Overviews

    About Fetch! Pet Care

    The Fetch! Pet Care way Fetch! Pet Care offers a franchise opportunity with a thriving future that gives you incredible freedom, and a career that offers long-term growth and income potential. Fetch! Pet Care is America's largest pet sitting and dog walking franchise, servicing more than 1,800 cities and towns nationwide and growing all the time. Our large national partners such as AAA and Blue Cross Blue Shield market us to over 115,000,000 members, customers, employees and associates across the country. Talk about getting the word out and delivering business directly to you! Last year we were voted among one hundred of the nation's lowest risk, lowest cost franchises by Entrepreneur magazine, and this year we were ranked in Entrepreneur magazine's coveted Franchise 500 list, named as one of 20 boom businesses to get into by Small Business Opportunities magazine, and listed by Entrepreneur magazine as one of 7 hot businesses that can make you rich! We've been featured on The View, CNN, Wall Street Journal, Good Morning America and MSNBC, to name just a few - ok, now we're just showing off - and you can show off with us. You'll truly work in a fun-loving business - who else will be able to say that they give belly rubbing and ear scratching at no extra cost. And, best of all you'll have flexibility each day to enjoy life. Regardless of your previous experience, our systematic approach to training, pet care, office management and developing your customer base will give you the confidence to succeed with your own pet care service franchise.

    About Central Bark

    Central Bark Doggy Day Care is focused on expanding our network of doggy day care franchise opportunities in communities across the nation. We believe that a focusing on markets we are currently in while opening in additional states and markets will allow us to continue providing a superior level of support to our existing franchisees while at the same time building and enhancing our brand.

    Each new and existing market represents a tremendous opportunity. There is unlimited potential with a pool of over 83 million American dogs out there that have yet to have the opportunity to experience Central Bark.

    As the only UnKennel™, Central Bark® has a unique advantage and point of differentiation from the clutter of traditional kennel, home sitting, dog walking and dog boarding concepts available to consumers. Our one day per week commitment helps to create the safest possible environment for a socially centered program, it also provides the revenue consistency that makes for a more predictable business model! Today’s pet owners are more savvy and demand the very best for their four legged companions.

    Over the past 17 years, pet industry sales have grown from $23 billion in 1998 to an estimated $69 billion in 2015 and eventually rising to $75 billion by 2017. The pet industry is on track to continue to grow at least 4% each year through 2018.

    There are three major factors that are contributing to the ongoing pet industry growth upswing:

     Increase in pet ownership A stable economy The ongoing trend of pet humanization

    Our vision and focus on socialization, the dog and overall doggy wholeness, positions Central Bark as the leader in specialty pet services area. According to the IBSWorld Report, this segment will continue to grow as more pet owners consider their animals to be valued members of the family….and, that’s just how we like it at Central Bark.