Camp Bow Wow/Home Buddies vs Central Bark Franchise Comparison

Below is an in-depth analysis and side-by-side comparison of Camp Bow Wow/Home Buddies vs Central Bark including start-up costs and fees, business experience requirements, training & support and financing options.

Start-Up Costs and Fees

Camp Bow Wow/Home Buddies Franchise
Central Bark Franchise
Investment $718,500 - $1,457,500$520,063 - $874,556
Franchise Fee $50,000$45,000
Royalty Fee 7%6%
Advertising Fee 1%2%
Year Founded 2000-
Year Franchised 2003-
Term Of Agreement 10 years-
Term Of Agreement 10 years-
Renewal Fee $5K-

Business Experience Requirements

Camp Bow Wow/Home Buddies Franchise
Central Bark Franchise
  • General business experience
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    Financing Options

    Camp Bow Wow/Home Buddies 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

    Camp Bow Wow/Home Buddies Franchise
    Central Bark Franchise
    Training Unlike other business opportunities, becoming a Camp Bow Wow franchisee provides you with the most comprehensive and applicable training program available in the dog care industry. You will gain immediate knowledge on how to operate your Camp efficiently, as well as learn the emerging science of dog behavior, group play dynamics, sanitation, pet first aid and safety. Joining Camp Bow Wow will dramatically reduce your investment risk and put you on the right path to success! On-The-Job Training: 36 hours Classroom Training: 40 hours Additional Training: Home study: 1 week; online training Absentee Ownership Allowed -
    Support Our turn-key franchising program does not end when you open your doors for business. When you join our pack, you become our most important asset and we are committed to providing you with the marketing, training, operations and systems support necessary to help you succeed. Whether you are our most profitable Camp or are a Camp in need of some help, our goal is to work with you to proactively identify areas to improve, innovate and become better than ever. Purchasing Co-ops Newsletter Meetings/Conventions Toll-Free Line Grand Opening Online Support Security/Safety Procedures Field Operations Site Selection Proprietary Software Franchisee Intranet Platform-
    Marketing Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, National media, Regional advertising-

    Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 8 - 20

    Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed. (80% of current franchisees are owner/operators)


    Expansion Plans

    Camp Bow Wow/Home Buddies Franchise
    Central Bark Franchise
    US Expansion Yes-
    Canada Expansion Yes-
    International Expansion No-

    Company Overviews

    About Camp Bow Wow/Home Buddies

    In the spring of 1994, my husband Bion and I put the finishing touches on a dog business plan that represented our dream of owning a dog franchise together and our wish to create a happier place for dogs to stay for the day or night. The thought of leaving our furry "kids" in a kennel just wouldn't suffice, so we created a plan for a fun and safe Camp version of the traditional dog kennel. Soon after we began our search for the first Camp Bow Wow location, Bion died tragically in a plane crash. I never gave up on our dream and I eventually opened the first Camp Bow Wow in 2000. Since then, Camp Bow Wow has grown into the country's premier dog day care and boarding establishment with over 90 current locations and another 115 Camps under development in the U.S. and Canada. While maintaining a mom-and-pop feel, we have advanced and standardized our concept into the most sophisticated doggy day care and overnight operation in the country. Utilizing technology, state-of-the-art facility design, and intensive employee training,
    Camp Bow Wows are operationally the best run and safest environments for dogs to play, romp, and receive lots of love and attention. In early 2009, we launched our newest pet care concept, Home Buddies by Camp Bow Wow! This in-home pet sitting service leverages our years of experience leading the dog services industry and channels these efforts into a new opportunity targeting a rapidly growing market. As a Home Buddies franchisee you will manage a team of devoted pet lovers who cater to a unique segment of the population who demand the highest levels of quality and service. Home Buddies will offer dog walking, pet sitting for dogs, cats, birds, fish, small mammals and reptiles, shuttle service to and from vet offices and Camp, grooming and training services, care for special needs pets, pet food delivery and pet waste clean-up services.
    Veteran Incentives  10% off franchise fee
    #248 in Franchise 500 for 2020.
    #172 in Franchise 500 for 2021.

    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.