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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


Four Reasons To Become a Pet Industry Entrepreneur

If you have reached the stage in your career where you’re earning a comfortable living as an executive or someone with skills honed over many years in business. Its time to open your own business and benefit directly from your own skills, passion and effort.

Here are four reasons why starting a business may better serve your long-term financial goals:

  • Experience – Few companies hire at a senior level and expect people to come aboard in an entry- or mid-level role. In your own business, you’re immediately at the top of the heap, both in earning power and in the decision-making process.
  • Location – The job you want may not exist in the city where you live, which either forces you to relocate or else downgrade your desires. Starting a business allows you to work wherever you wish.
  • Security – While it’s true that new businesses can fail, there are no guarantees these days that a 50-year-old company will still exist next year, either. By starting a business, at least you have it within your personal power to be successful. If you’re just another cog in the wheel, most of your own financial future is in the hands of others.
  • Personality – The corporate world forces people to conform to a particular mindset. Not all of us are cut out to operate in this manner, but having a maverick-type personality is oftentimes a dead-ender when working for others. This is, however, the exact trait that makes a terrific entrepreneur.

Learn about a great pet business opportunity.

Read more about The DogSmith and the services we provide to our clients

 


The Most Progressive Dog Training and Pet Care Pet Business Opportunity in America –

The Most Progressive Dog Training and Pet Care Pet Business Opportunity in America – Schedule a call with The DogSmith Founder Today!

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 our communities through active commitment to 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.

It’s the Right Decision – learn about our Franchise Model

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 stands alone as the only national franchise that offers both positive, learning-theory based dog training services coupled with professional pet-sitting and dog-walking services.

Have you always dreamed of a career in dog training or owning your own dog training franchise? Are you looking for a Dog Training School that offers hands-on dog training experience to support a complete academic animal behavior curriculum? If you answered yes to these questions, then please contact us for more information.

DogSmith Franchise owners receive extensive hands-on training at The DogSmith Training Center for Dog Trainers and have the opportunity to immediately apply theory to practical use.

We look forward to hearing from you

Regards

Niki Tudge

President & Founder

DogSmith® Franchise Services Inc

Dog Training, Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, Pet Waste Cleanup & Pet Nutrition

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Do You Love Pets? – Wait, Read then Watch a Short Webcast. Call Us Today!

If you love dogs and get slightly excited about the thought of opening and operating your own Dog Training and Pet Care Franchise then stop, take five minutes and watch a short webcast about how this could become more than a thought!. It’s the right time, at the right cost. Affordable, feasible and realistic.

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The DogSmith 1-888-Dog-Smith (364-7648) Direct line to The DogSmth National Training Center 1-850 547-4033

Visit The DogSmith Franchise Corporate Website and learn more about our Franchise business model

Visit The DogSmith Website and learn more about our products, services and rescue dog programs.


Pet Care Business Franchise, Revenue Generation Areas

Pet Care Franchise – DogSmith Revenue Generation

There are many ways to generate revenue with a pet care franchise. Below we list the five main areas of revenue generation for your pet care franchise with The DogSmith.

FranchiseDogSmith Dog Training
–   Private Lessons
–   Group Lessons
–   Retail Sales – toys, training aids and apparel

FranchiseDogSmith Dog Walking
–   Private Walks
–   Dog Park Romps

FranchiseDogSmith Pet Sitting
–   Home Alone Visits
–   Lunch and Dinner Breaks
–   Canine Slumber Parties

FranchiseDogSmith Pet Nutrition Partnership
–   Dog and Cat Food
–   Treats
–   Supplements

FranchiseDogSmith Pet Waste Cleanup
–   Residential Accounts
–   Commercial Accounts
–   Retail Pet Waste Stations and Supplies


The Most Progressive Dog Training and Pet Care Pet Business Opportunity in America

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 our communities through active commitment to 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.

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Established by Niki Tudge, a Master DogSmith Dog Trainer and Dog Behaviorist, she has combined her “people” teaching and dog training skills with her commitment to animal rescue and substantial business knowledge to create a proprietary system of education known as ARRF® supported by an operational implementation process called MTR®. Blessed with an amazing ability to teach others to teach Niki is equipped with a unique combination of business experience, dog training and dog behavior expertise, a background in exceptional customer service, certification as a trainer of trainers and many years consulting to animal rescue groups. She has combined these essential skills and experience to create an unrivaled business opportunity that is designed to provide pet owners with the absolutely most effective method to train and care for their pets while giving back to the community in real and measurable ways while providing a dream life for DogSmith business owners.

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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! ® www.DogSmith.com 1-888-Dog-Smith (364-7648)

A dog training school or dog training college will give you some of the ABC’s of dog training, the basic mechanical skills and some training recipes. The DogSmith teaches you about the science of dog training and dog behavior. We tech you how to market your business, how to get new customers and how to offer such great service that you will keep your customers for life. The DogSmith also sets up your quick books financial file for you, teaches you how to use it and offers support when and how you need it. We are invested in you and your business. When the training ends, the support begins.


Join The DogSmith – Learn How, Ready Why!

In today’s economy, owning your own DogSmith Dog Training and Pet Care 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 with the DogSmith systems and methods we take the expense of a trial and error approach out of starting your own business. In addition, because of our mission, vision, ethics and values combined with 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!®
There are franchise territories available across the US.

Visit www.DogSmithFranchise.com and take the tour and request more information from Charles Sealy, The DogSmith Franchise Director. No Obligation, Call us Today!
1-888-Dog-Smith (364-7648)

Read what our current DogSmith Franchise Owners say about being DogSmith Business Owners

The Top 20 Reasons Our Franchise Owners Love Being DogSmith Certified Dog Trainers & Pet Care Business Owners

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1-888-Dog-Smith (364-7648) ext 2

DogSmith Franchise Operations
Rick Ingram
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1-888-Dog-Smith (364-7648) ext 3

Here are a few links that really spell out the DogSmith program and explain how comprehensive it is.  If you have not yet viewed our 5 minute webcast presentation, click here.  To view the DogSmith Franchise brochure, click this link… The DogSmith Brochure.

The DogSmith
Franchise Services
1778 Linda Lane, Bonifay FL

Phone: 888-Dog-Smith (364-7648)
Email: NikiTudge@DogSmith.com
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The DogSmith Mission

The DogSmith exists to enhance the lives of pets and their owners by improving their relationship and the quality of the life they share, through;

  1. Providing professional support and training to Pet Dog owners.
  2. Supporting and assisting animal shelters and rescue organizations to minimize the number of unwanted animals.
  3. Offering affordable and professional care to family pets so that pet ownership is never a burden.

The DogSmith Vision:

Every DogSmith will work toward a world where people and their pets live together to the mutual benefit of each. Through our efforts, skills and training, we can significantly reduce the number of unwanted pets and provide abused, neglected, and abandoned pets an opportunity to find their “forever home”.

The DogSmith Key Values:

  • Do no harm.
  • Emphasize a ‘holistic’ approach to dog training and pet care by attending to the physical, emotional, and environmental well being of pets in our care.
  • Support, through our Canine Rescue Resources programs, humane societies, animal shelters and rescue organizations.

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DogSmith FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why should I join The DogSmith Dog Training & Pet Care Franchise?
    There are literally dozens of reasons to join The DogSmith Dog Training & Pet Care Franchise. For starters, opening your own DogSmith dog training and pet care franchise allows you to capitalize on the leading Dog Training & Pet Care business model in the United States. If you’re looking for a national company providing a unique opportunity in a recession-resistant multi-billion dollar industry, then this is it. The DogSmith provides you with the perfect opportunity to abandon your cubicle and join other entrepreneurs doing what you love for a living. The DogSmith leadership team has over 40 years of business management experience committed to supporting you in pursuit of your goals.

    With The DogSmith you will be part of a dynamic team of professionals where you will learn not only to be a dog trainer and canine behavior counselor but you will also learn how to operate a comprehensive pet care business. As a DogSmith you will have access to the most progressive training methods, curriculums, behavior analysis tool kits, franchise library knowledge base and our ongoing education and support systems. Our franchise system also provides you with a proprietary marketing system, DogSmith Brand Standards manual, proprietary marketing collateral and assistance with sales, training and financial management. One of the most valuable aspects of joining The DogSmith is you will have access to our registered marks, logos, and tag lines. You will be provided with proprietary operational and business systems, methods, software and programs at shared costs which greatly reduce your overhead expenses while giving you leading edge technical advantages over your competition.

    Other key advantages to the DogSmith Franchise are that your franchise is scalable so you will never be limited to being just self-employed. By optimizing the opportunities for multiple income streams and leveraging the resources of your employees and contractors you become a true business owner.

    Finally, by joining The DogSmith you hit the ground running avoiding the expensive and frustrating “trial and error” period that most individual new businesses go through. From our strategic and tactical marketing plan to our startup pack containing everything you need to begin marketing your business from the ‘get go’, you greatly minimize the cost and time between opening and profitability.

  2. How much capital do I need to invest into a DogSmith Franchise?
    The initial and only cost is $38,000. This includes your Franchise fee, The DogSmith certification training and includes ongoing education and support via teleconferences, webinars & DogSmith webcasts. Furthermore we continue our support through our annual DogSmith conventions and onsite training workshops. The initial fee also includes your start-up pack which contains everything you need to get your business up and going. Your website pages, toll free number set up, email account and preferred vendor accounts are also included. Any additional investment depends on your personal situation and how you will be structuring your business. Many franchise systems will advertise their fee but you will soon discover that in addition to their initial fee you must also pay a training fee and other additional fees before you can launch your business.
  3. What background and experience do I need to be a successful DogSmith Franchise candidate?
    The DogSmith selects candidates based on their natural talents. We then train for skill and manage and support for quality. We are looking for individuals who enjoy working with people and animals, are reliable, ethical and have a strong drive to succeed. The ideal candidate will also be self motivated, organized, professional, and punctual with a passion for customer service.

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