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Niki Tudge’s Passion for Animals Leads Her to Find Love and Money

By Stephanie Castellano
January 16th 2009

In spite of the nation’s financial turmoil, the pet industry these days is thriving. With experts projecting an annual growth rate of between 10 percent and 15 percent in pet ownership, and predicting billions of dollars to be spent on care and training, all pet entrepreneurs need is a little doggedness to succeed.

Nikki Tudge is the executive director of the Bay County Humane Society.
Niki Tudge, originally from Cheshire, England, was working for a luxury hotel chain in Hawaii until she decided instead to carve a living out of her passion for animals. She was already working part time doing agility training and canine-behavioral assessments, so her goal became to improve pet-owner relationships using methods she had developed during her years as a certified Pet Dog Trainer. She and her husband bought some property in Washington County near Bonifay and founded the DogSmith, a dog-training and walking franchise that also offers in-home pet care.

Tudge is currently the executive director of the Bay County Humane Society and the vice president and o-founder of the Alaqua Animal Refuge in Freeport. She also operates a Pet Butler franchise, and in 2007 won the Franchisee of the Year Award for developing a system that perfected the merchandise warehouse operation.

850 recently spoke with Tudge about her businesses and how she is one of the lucky few that found both love and money in her lifework.

What do you think makes The DogSmith stand out from other pet training facilities?

Our DogSmith Franchise Owners are trained using methods grounded in scientific learning principles. As a certified people Trainer I have the skills to ensure that all our DogSmith Franchise owners are trained ?effectively and are also certified as “Train the Trainers” – having the skills to teach owners to train their dogs. We are not just good dog? trainers, but effective people trainers. We also have a unique mission, vision, and value system that we focus on every day. Dog Training? and Pet Care is our passion, not just our business, and as such each business? unit gives back hundreds of hours each year to their local animal rescue organizations.

How do you think the pet industry will fare, given the current economic situation?

Pets are part of our families. Pet owners want the? best in terms of pet care service providers. They want to engage the? services of pet care providers that care for their animals’ physical, mental, ?and emotional well-being, be it a dog trainer or an in-home Pet Care?Technician. People work long hours, travel on business, and will continue to ?take weekends away to visit family and friends even in a poor economic ?climate. Pet owners will continue to call on the services of their local ?DogSmith because they trust us to provide affordable pet care.

How did you earn the nomination from Pet Butler for the 2007 Franchisee of the Year Award?

I offered support and coaching for less-experienced business? owners. My business partner and I also invested $70,000 into a fulfillment ?company specifically set up to support the individual franchise business ?units. Through this new company each franchise benefited from bulk? purchasing on operating equipment, marketing supplies and uniforms. This ?immediately reduced the business unit operating costs and instantaneously ?increased their profitability.

When did you decide to back out of hotel management and make pet care and training into a career?

When I was living in Hawaii I finally had time to own a pet, and I really enjoyed training her. I also co-founded the Hawaii Canine Academy with a good friend, and wanted to spend all my time doing this. My husband came home one day and I told him, “I’ve made some life changes.” I had found the perfect property in Washington County, so we moved to Florida four months later and never looked back. I never expected much financial success, but now I’m making more money than I did when I worked in hotels. Many paid professionals these days are leaving their desk jobs for careers they’re more passionate about, and they end up being very successful doing what they love. It frees you of the corporate chains.

To learn more about becoming a DogSmith Dog Training and Pet Care Franchise Owner take The DogSmith Franchise Tour. Watch our short DogSmith webcast here and learn more about this great business opportunity

Why Should You Join The DogSmith – Open Your Own Pet Care Business

The DogSmith, the nation’s only Dog Training, Dog Walking & Pet Care franchise. At The DogSmith we will show you how you can become part of a socially responsible, environmentally friendly, unrivaled dog training and pet care franchise and start building wealth doing what you love.

The DogSmith is unequaled in the Pet industry.  We are the leading example of what a socially responsible company can accomplish while creating an enviable lifestyle for you, the DogSmith owner.  With The DogSmith we have created a business model that provides you with the opportunity for multiple streams of income while giving back to your community through active involvement with animal rescue groups and shelters.  We are ahead of the industry by defining what it means to own your own business in a sustainable, socially conscious and eco-friendly way.

The DogSmith is the unrivaled Dog Training, Dog Walking & Pet Care Franchise in the United States.  With its unique and unparalleled experience and credentials, The DogSmith has established a Dog Training and Pet Care company based on positive learning theory training techniques and systematic behavior change protocols all packaged into a proprietary system that is easy and effective to learn and teach.  You owe it to yourself and your future to see what we can do together.

If you have any immediate questions you can contact me directly at (888) 364-7648 x2.  Or, if you would prefer, simply send an email to csealy@dogsmithfranchise.com.  We look forward to making contact with you soon and discussing The DogSmith with you in more detail.

Here are a few links that really spell out the program and explain how comprehensive it is.  If you have not yet viewed our presentation, click here.  This is about a 5 minute video presentation by our founder Niki Tudge.

To view the DogSmith brochure, click this link… The DogSmith Brochure.

This brochure will give you a lot of the information you will need to help you decide if you would like to take the next steps in becoming a franchisee.

After viewing the materials, if you would like to be considered in becoming a DogSmith Franchisee, the DogSmith Franchise Application needs to be filled out and submitted.  To access the application, click on the following link… The DogSmith Franchise Application after we receive the application I will contact you and explain the process.  If you have any questions please feel free to call me.  I do look forward in working with you.

Below are some compelling reasons you will want to be a DogSmith…

The DogSmith shows you how you can become part of a socially responsible, environmentally friendly, multi-faceted dog training and pet care franchise and start building wealth doing what you love.

Financing available to qualified candidates

The pet industry is booming.  Over 60% of American households have pets.   That’s more than 70 Million pets!  Americans own over 38 million cats and 45 million dogs. And the pet industry has proven to be resilient during economically tough times.  Not only is pet ownership increasing but we are spending more on our pets.

All of these factors are encouraging more and more entrepreneurs to move toward the Pet Industry. The converging trends of today’s economy combined with the “home-based” model afforded to dog training and pet care professionals makes it an unusually effective fit for those looking for a socially responsible, environmentally friendly business opportunity where you can truly love what you do for a living.

Today, DogSmith affiliates are reaping the rewards of being part of this socially responsible pet care franchise.  Why are they so happy? Here is why:

1.                  Real world know how -The DogSmith knows what pet owners need and want and we have developed the most comprehensive selection of pet care services for our customers ensuring client retention and ongoing service reservations.

2.                  Building a business with a purpose -DogSmiths have a fanatic passion for supporting animal rescue through our proprietary ‘Canine Rescue Resources Program.’ As a company we are committed to helping clients ease the burden of pet ownership and ensure a safe and secure home for dogs and cats.  Each DogSmith actively works in the community to minimize the number of homeless pets and provides rescue groups with the resources they need to make shelter animals more adoptable.

3.                  Marketing – The DogSmith knows that attracting and retaining customers is key to your success. We provide a strategic and a proprietary tactical marketing plan, professional marketing collateral, brand standard manuals and the support you need to successfully position your business in your market place.

4.                  DogSmith Tool KitsThe DogSmith has a range of proprietary business tool kits for all aspects of your business, ranging from advanced learning theory, social media training, recruitment, selection and certification of DogSmith Pet Care Technicians to our systematic approach to targeting and changing problematic dog behavior.

5.                  Ongoing training & support from the best in the business -The DogSmith National Training Center offers continual dog training and dog behavior counseling education programs for its franchise owners. There are monthly training webcasts, weekend workshops, teleconferencing, support calls and professional consultations to support client behavior change programs. All DogSmith training is delivered by certified training consultants ensuring what we’ve trained is retained.

6.                  Quality of lifeDoing what you love for a living means you’ll never have to work a day in your life!  DogSmiths enjoy the quality of life that comes with building income in an exploding industry from the comfort of their homes. The business life is both intellectually stimulating and emotionally rewarding while they enjoy a rare degree of freedom and flexibility with their personal lives.

7.                  No dog training experience is necessary! At the DogSmith we believe in “recruit for attitude, train for skills.”  We don’t require any previous dog training experience.  We will train you to become a certified dog trainer and we will provide you with the resources you will need to progress in your business and dog training career with our continuing education program (CEP).  Our CEP helps develop your business and animal training/behavior counseling skills advancing at your own pace through the various stages until you achieve the coveted Master DogSmith title.



The DogSmith Franchise Owner is

1.                  Passionate about helping pets and their owners develop and maintain loving relationships.

2.                  Enjoys helping people, coaching and championing them to achieve their goals

3.                  Ethical, reliable and socially responsible

Outstanding Package – The DogSmith offers an outstanding package including:

1.                  Extensive training in all critical dimensions of your business, operational skills, the delivery of  your pet care and training service supported by finance and marketing training.

2.                  The DogSmith tactical marketing program which provides you with marketing support integrated with our business management software.

3.                  A start up business package of training equipment, pet care supplies and marketing collateral to get you up and running immediately.

4.                  Preferred vendor partnerships with industry leading professional organizations providing you access to health and business insurance, wholesale pet care products, training equipment and marketing supplies.

5.                  Website, including zip code driven Individual web pages and online customer signup, the DogSmith vanity toll free number, cooperative advertising agreements and a state-of-the-art internet based business management program.

It’s the Right Decision

In today’s economy, owning your own DogSmith business may be the best investment you can make.  Take it from the likes of J. Paul Getty (who said the only way to make a great deal of money is to own one’s own business) and Warren Buffet (who prefers owning a business to passive investments). We believe that you can be successful in just about any business if you are willing to work hard enough but because of our mission, vision, ethics and values, and our unique DogSmith pledge you will be proud to be a DogSmith. The DogSmith is synonymous with quality and expertise in the pet care industry. We help pets become family! ®

The DogSmith Sales & Marketing Team Expands!

News Release

Contact:                Rick Ingram

DogSmith Franchise Services


1-888-Dog-Smith (364-7648)

The DogSmith Sales & Marketing Team Expands!

Charles Sealy has joined the DogSmith national franchise team as Franchise Director responsible for Sales and Marketing.

Washington County, Florida, June 28, 2010 – The DogSmith has entered into a collaborative agreement with Mr. Charles Sealy who will serve as Franchise Director for the national Dog Training and Pet Care franchise company.   Mr. Sealy joins the DogSmith with significant experience in sales and marketing including two years as the President of Spy Charters, Inc. and over six years as the President of Paradigm Boats, Inc., both Florida Corporations.  In addition, Mr. Sealy has served in a variety of executive franchise development positions.
“We’re very excited to welcome Chuck as part of the DogSmith team,” said Niki Tudge, President and founder of The DogSmith.  “He brings a wealth of franchising industry knowledge with him and he has vast experience and understanding of business and marketing operations. His proven track record of success will be a key factor in our plans for growth.”

Sealy will be involved in all aspects of The DogSmith’s Sales and Marketing program.  “I’m very excited about joining the DogSmith and working with a staff that is so passionate about what they do,” said Sealy.  The DogSmith is the nation’s only Pet Dog Training and Pet Care franchise.


About The DogSmith – The DogSmith Franchise Services Inc. is a Florida based company whose mission is to enhance the lives of pets and their owners by improving their relationship, and the quality of the life they share, through providing professional support and training to pet dog owners, supporting and assisting animal shelters and rescue organizations to minimize the number of unwanted animals and offering affordable and professional care to family pets so that pet ownership is never a burden. To learn more about The DogSmith or to become a DogSmith Dog Trainer, visit www.DogSmithFranchise.com or call 1-888-364-7648.

Whispering is not Enough, Learn to Talk Dog – They will love you for it!

All behaviors that dogs exhibit are designed to either access pleasurable situations or avoid and escape unpleasant situations.  A dog’s communication systems are much ritualized and designed to avoid or cutoff conflict. This has made dogs as a species very successful in terms of their numbers and their variety. Things go awry when we humans misread the signals dogs send us leaving them helpless to effectively communicate their feelings to us. We cannot know or understand what dogs think and vice-versa. What we can do is understand canine body language, observe them as we interact with them and then respond appropriately.  ‘Talking dog’ is simple if you remember a few important rules and it will make interacting with dogs fun and safe.  The dogs you come into contact with will really appreciate it.

The types of social behaviors dogs demonstrate can be broadly grouped into either distance decreasing or distance increasing.  A dog uses distance decreasing behaviors to promote approach, play and continued interaction.   A lumbering soft gait, relaxed body and a relaxed face indicate the dog is encouraging interaction. Dogs who want to engage in play will demonstrate the ‘play bow,’ a posture where the dog bows the front of his/her body so that the front legs are parallel to the ground while the hindquarters remain in the standing position, the dog may offer you a paw, lean into you or rub against you.

Distance increasing signals vary and can be easily misread. The distance increasing signals we all seem to ‘get’ are when a dog stands upright making  each part of their body appear as large as possible, weight on the front legs, upright tail, upright ears, piloerection (the hair on their back stands up), and the dog will bark or growl. We seem to instinctively react to these signals and take them as the warning they are.

The distance increasing signals that we commonly misinterpret are the more appeasing behaviors dogs demonstrate.  Dogs use these appeasement behaviors to make friendly encounters more reliable and to help them pacify what they anticipate to be a hostile encounter if escape is impossible for them. These behaviors are a nonaggressive way to ‘cut off’ conflict. When a dog displays these behaviors we have to recognize that this is the dog’s way of showing us that they are unsure and a little scared.

You may see appeasement signals in one of two ways.  Passive appeasement behaviors are easily misunderstood and are often labeled as ‘submissive.’  Dogs displaying passive appeasement will present themselves in a recumbent position exposing the underside of their body.  The dog’s ears are typically back and down against the head and the tail is often tucked between the upper legs.  Sometimes the dog will expel a small amount of urine while it waits for the attention to cease. The active appeasement dog is often incorrectly labeled as ‘excited’ or ‘overly friendly.’  They will often approach you with the whole rear-end wagging in a “U” shape allowing both its face and genital area to be inspected and they may be desperate to jump up and ‘get in your face’.

For humans then, it is important when meeting and greeting dogs to be able to recognize if a dog is friendly and wanting to greet you or if the dog is experiencing stress or fear. A conflicted dog will want to approach but is too scared or unsure of the outcome. Their body language will vacillate between displays of distance decreasing behaviors and distance increasing behaviors. Interacting with a dog that is conflicted can be risky. If you make a wrong move and the dog cannot avoid the approach then they may become aggressive.  This is often the case with a fear biter.  If a dog is demonstrating ambivalent, mixed signals then it is advisable to avoid sudden movements, and to allow the dog an escape route. Don’t force the meet and greet by moving toward the dog or having the dogs’ owner manipulate the dog toward you.

In general when you meet and greet a dog make sure you have a relaxed posture. Let the dog approach you, turn slightly to the side as this is less threatening for the dog than you standing in a full frontal position leaning over them.  Always ask permission from the dog’s owner to pet their dog. Talk gently to the dog without making eye contact.  It helps to crouch down and keep your hands by your side without making any sudden movements. When you have determined the dog is not showing any signs of stress or fear and their body language is relaxed and happy then you can slowly move your hand under their chin to stroke them. If the dog is showing passive appeasement signals, as described above, then step away, give them space and allow them to approach you on their terms and in their preferred timing.

It is important that we recognize a dog’s “cut off’ behaviors.  ‘Cut off’ behaviors are designed to cut off the social contact. If, when greeting a dog, you don’t recognize that the dog is  scared or stressed or you choose to ignore the dog’s communication and push forward with your approach you  are unfairly pushing the dog into a situation where it may only be left with one option and not a favorable option to either dog or human.

Dogs will typically give plenty of warning if they are uncomfortable with something that another dog or a person is doing.   These warning signs may include a direct stare, a rigid body, a growl and showing “whale eye” (flashing the whites of their eyes). The dog’s ears will be flat against the head and they may have a closed tense mouth, if you see any of these signals then stop what you are doing immediately and allow the dog to slowly back away.

Dogs are wonderful animals that love and need to be a part of our social lives.  But, like people, their personalities range from being social butterflies to wallflowers. Tailor your approach and greeting style based on the communication they are giving you. Dogs are very clear with their intentions and emotions and respond appropriately to ours.  Remember our body language and approach speaks louder than our words to a dog.

Niki Tudge is the owner and founder of The DogSmith, America’s Dog Training, Dog Walking and Pet Care Franchise.

Niki Tudge CPDT-KA, E-Nadoi, CBC, AABP- PDT, DIP. ABT,

Pet Care Services CPCT, CAPCT,

AKC “CGC” Evaluator

You can reach Niki via email at NikiTudge@DogSmith.com or www.DogSmith.com

To learn more about joining the DogSmith visit http://www.DogSmithFranchise.com

So You Want To Be A Dog Trainer?

If you are thinking of becoming a pet care professional or opening your own pet care and dog training business it is important that you have a solid theoretical background and practical experience in a variety of subjects from learning theory to business practices. You will need many hours of hands-on skill training for both dogs and humans and you will need to align yourself with an organization which supports your continued growth and has an investment in your success. And if your plans include starting your own business, a strong business mentor is a huge asset. You will also need the business skills to support your operational skills. Marketing is a critical skill so you can strategically position your business and deliver your products and services to your clients. The best service business won’t succeed unless it is marketed effectively.  You will also need a basic understanding of business finances so you will be equipped to make sound financial decisions.

Initially, one of the most important questions you must answer is whether you want to be a dog trainer, a behavior counselor, a pet care provider or a pet care expert who can offer a wide number of services across all three disciplines.  As an  individual thinking of moving into the pet care business this is a critical question since a huge number of your clients will need dog training expertise and behavior counseling knowledge.

Dog Trainers focus on helping their clients build dog obedience behavior repertoires. The training involves teaching a dog new skills such as ‘sit/stay’ to prevent the dog from begging at the table or teaching the dog to ‘come’ when the owner wants the dog to return to them.  On the other hand behavior counseling involves working with a client to change an existing problematic behavior often requiring that you teach the dog an alternative response to a set of circumstances.

The results of a survey conducted by Goodloe and Borchelt showed that from a pool of 2018 dogs,: 38% said their dogs showed some fear toward loud noises, 22% reported fear toward unfamiliar adults, 33% were fearful toward unfamiliar children and 14% exhibited fear toward unfamiliar and non threatening dog. Because of this if you are considering a career in dog training you need to look at options that educate you and support your growth as a dog trainer and a behavior counselor. Your clients will appreciate it and your bottom line will benefit.

Talk Softly and Carry a Carrot or a Big Stick?

Talk Softly and Carry a Carrot or a Big Stick?
By Jean Donaldson, Director of The SF/SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers

Dog training is a divided profession. We are not like plumbers, orthodontists or termite exterminators who, if you put six in a room, will pretty much agree on how to do their jobs. Dog training camps are more like Republicans and Democrats, all agreeing that the job needs to be done but wildly differing on how to do it.

The big watershed in dog training is whether or not to include pain and fear as means of motivation. In the last twenty years the pendulum swing has been toward methods that use minimal pain, fear or intimidation – or none at all.

The force-free movement has been partly driven by improved communication from the top. Applied behaviorists, those with advanced degrees in behavior, and veterinary behaviorists, veterinarians who have completed residencies specializing in behavior problems are in greater abundance than in previous decades, and there is much more collaboration between these fields and trainers on the front lines. These two professions are quite unified on the point that the use of physical confrontation and pain is unnecessary, often detrimental and, importantly, unsafe.

On a more grassroots level, trainers have found more benign and sophisticated tools by boning up on applied behavior science themselves. Seminal books like marine mammal trainer Karen Pryor’s Don’t Shoot the Dog made the case that training and behavior modification can be achieved without any force whatsoever.

But dog training is currently an unregulated profession: there are no laws governing practices. Prosecutions under general anti-cruelty statutes are occasionally successful but greatly hampered by the absence of legal standards pertaining specifically to training practices. Provided it’s in the name of training, someone with no formal education or certification can strangle your dog quite literally to death and conceivably get off scot-free.

It’s not a complete wilderness: three sets of dog training guidelines exist, one in the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) Mission Statement, one published by the Delta Society and one by the American Humane Association (AHA). All state that less invasive (i.e. without pain or force) techniques must be competently tried and exhausted before more invasive techniques attempted. Such guidelines are not yet mandatory but they’re a start.

And so the current professional climate is one laden with some remaining fierce debate. There’s an ever-expanding group of trainers that train force-free (ad. literature will be some variation on the theme of “dog-friendly” or “pain-free”), trainers that still train primarily with force (ad literature: “no-nonsense” or “common sense”) and trainers that employ liberal use of both force and rewards (ad literature: “balanced” or “eclectic”). From a consumer’s standpoint, the choice in methods is wide. You can hire a professional to train your dog pretty much any way that suits your fancy and it’s all legal.

The force-free movement gains momentum every year and a sure sign of this is that many trainers in the other camps resort to murkier and murkier euphemisms to disguise their more violent practices and retain their market share. Stressed dogs aren’t “shut down,” they’re “calm.” It’s not strangling, it’s “leading.” As a committed devotee of the “dog-friendly” camp, I am therefore, along with my colleagues here at The San Francisco SPCA, somewhat agog at the stunning success of “The Dog Whisperer”. This is pretty ferocious stuff by anybody’s standards. The National Geographic Channel even runs a disclaimer banner at the bottom of the screen admonishing people to “not try this at home,” a warning notably absent on home improvement shows or “Nanny 911”. Many have suggested that the cloaking of corporal punishments and hazing in mystical language, promise of instant results, high octane telegenicity of Cesar Milan and lucky connections with Los Angeles celebrity clients are sufficient explanation for the Dog Whisperer phenomenon. The one with the best buzz words wins. But I don’t know.

Janis Bradley, my colleague here at The SPCA, sagely points out that the positive reinforcement trend has become a big enough juggernaut to warrant a backlash and Milan represents exactly that. Like the frazzled Los Angelinos in the film “Crash” (which, notably, took Best Picture honors at The Academy Awards last year), people are fed up with having to be politically correct in a chronically frustrating and disconnected world. Couldn’t we just “get real” and stop being kind and tolerant all the time?

And here we positive-reinforcement oriented dog trainers are now telling everyone they have to be nice and politically correct to the dog? Well, yes.
(Jean Donaldson’s article was first published in The Woofer Times, September 2006)

Posted with permission as original article link no longer works

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The Mercedes-Benz of The Dog Training & Pet Care Industry

Florida, February 2010  – The DogSmith, a national Dog Training, Dog Walking and Pet Care Franchise operating out of Florida, is  offering deferred franchise fees on select Franchise Territories in Florida.

Niki Tudge, the founder of The DogSmith, explains the motivation for this unprecedented Franchise offering.  “If we can increase the share of the pet adoption market by a mere 3% by educating qualified dog trainers committed to assisting rescue groups and shelters with training and socializing more dogs and cats thus making them more appealing to the adopting public, we can stop the killing of millions of animals each year.  That is the mission of The DogSmith. “I developed the DogSmith training methodology because of the huge disconnect between the millions of dollars we as pet owners spend each year at groomers, dog boutiques and pet stores yet millions of adoptable dogs and cats are sentenced to death each year for behaviors and quirks that could be easily resolved with a couple of hundred dollars invested in training.  So many animals are surrendered to shelters and rescue groups every year because of problem behaviors that could be remedied with just some basic training.”

As a professional dog trainer and dog behavior analyst Niki witnessed firsthand the paradox in the number of pets coming into our homes nationwide versus the number of dogs abandoned at shelters available for adoption.  Families bring more dogs and cats into their homes than there are adoptable animals in shelters (more dogs and cats are brought into homes every year from breeders and “puppy mills” than are waiting for adoption through shelters and rescue groups).

When asked why The DogSmith is offering franchises to qualified persons on such attractive terms,  the source of information explains that “there is a lack of affordable, humane, efficient and effective dog trainers and an even bigger shortage of dog trainers willing to give their time and services to local rescue groups.  I am passionate about helping the “The Rescue Industry”.  My dream is to train enough DogSmith Dog Trainers and Pet Care experts to make a difference in the way we live with our pet animals.”

One of The DogSmith’s primary missions, and a requirement to attain DogSmith certification, is for each DogSmith franchise owner to partner with local rescue groups and help animal facilities by supporting training and behavioral change programs for animals searching for new homes

“DogSmith Trainers can play an integral role in each step of this process but I cannot do this alone” says Niki, “I need likeminded people to join me in making this dream a reality.  We have the resources, the passion and the energy and we invite others who share these goals to join us. We are so confident in our system as a viable business plan and as the best way to make a difference in our relationship with our pet animals that we are prepared to make this unprecedented offer”.

Potential DogSmith’s will go through a rigorous interview process to ensure they are correctly aligned with The DogSmith Mission, Vision and Values. We consider ourselves the Mercedes-Benz of The Pet Care Business



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