Starting your own business is exciting and risky at the same time. According to the US Small Business Administration, 30% of new businesses fail within the first two years; that number jumps to 50% within the first five years. It is highly likely that the failure rate of dog trainers is higher. Why would that be? Very few people have the natural ability or expertise to be efficient at all aspects of running a successful dog training business. That is where our experience comes into play. By franchising with us, you get access to a proven business model that drastically increases your chance of success.
We are excited to offer dog trainers and/or entrepreneurs across the country the opportunity to run their own Paw & Order franchise. Whether you are a dog trainer struggling to succeed or someone who has always dreamed of running your own business, a Paw & Order franchise might be just what you’ve been looking for.
When Elissa Weimer-Sentner started her business in 2013 (under a different name), she quickly found success in her approach to dog training. She grew very quickly, and in 2016, she changed her company name to Paw & Order. That’s when business really took off. It was at that moment we thought it would be great to give others the opportunity to capitalize on not only our company name, but also our overall business model and approach to dog training.
Easy implementation, low startup costs, and a proven business model makes this an opportunity you don’t want to miss out on!
The dog industry is HUGE. There are approximately 90 million dogs in the US – that’s a lot of dogs that need trained! Because of the growing rate of dogs per household, the demand for dog training is also on the rise.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of animal care and service workers (including dog trainers) is projected to grow 16 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Part of this is due to high turnover, since many give up due to a lack of success.
There are many “dog trainers” out there, but many either don’t have the proper skills and/or knowledge to successfully train a dog or, more commonly, they don’t possess the other skills needed to run a successful business. But as a Paw & Order franchise, you’ll be equipped with everything you need to succeed (including a great company name).
Complete a short pre-application form.
We will conduct an initial phone interview to discuss this exciting opportunity. If after that initial call, both parties are still interested in moving forward, we’ll conduct a follow-up interview via video chat.
If we feel you would make a great addition to the pack, you will then fill out a more thorough application, including a credit and background check.
If everything is in order, we will take care of some legal business, and then have you complete some online courses created by us before before having you come to Pittsburgh for one-on-one training. This immersive training seminar will include how to operate the business, and of course, how to train dogs and their people.
You can get started soon after you complete training. You can start out slow, or you can be aggressive, it will be up to you!
We want you to succeed! We take great pride in our brand, and want to ensure it continues to be associated not only with great dog training, but also with superior client relations. So we will be here to support you throughout the lifetime of your business.
If you’re not, that doesn’t disqualify you from owning a Paw & Order franchise, however, it absolutely disqualifies you from being a dog trainer. We always say training the dogs is the easy part, it’s training their humans that is the challenge! But if you are interested in investing in a Paw & Order franchise with the intent of hiring someone else to be the trainer, then stick around, this might be for you.
It doesn’t matter! Paw & Order founder Elisssa Weimer-Sentner completed a highly selective Professional Dog Training Program in 2012 and officially began her career as a dog trainer without any previous dog training experience. Back then, her website, phone calls, and marketing support was all outsourced so she could focus on her clients. Within a year and a half, she was so busy that she had to bring on an additional trainer in order to handle demand for her services. In November 2016, her and her husband re-branded the company as Paw & Order, and business really began to flourish! She now has 6 dog trainers working with her, as well as a full-time office manager, a full-time training assistant, and her husband who manages marketing and operations.
As a Paw & Order franchisee, you will go through our intense training program, where we will teach you the art of dog training, as well as how to operate the business. You will shadow all of our trainers, and you will get hands on experience working dogs that are actively in training. But your education won’t end there. We will invite you back once a year to our annual franchise conference where we will reinforce training techniques and discuss any new methods that we may have started utilizing. Plus, you’ll have access to us any time for support.
Who doesn’t? We have clients who tell us all the time they wish they did what we do, which is one of the reasons we decided to offer franchises. Being your own boss is rewarding enough, but to be able to work with dogs and truly help dogs and their owners lead happier lives is the real reward of what we do!
Franchise fees in general can range from less than $10,000 to upwards of $5 million, but the majority of franchises in the US run from about $50,000 or $75,000 to about $200,000. A Paw & Order franchise fee is $19,900. This start-up cost is low because this is a new opportunity, so our introductory franchise fee is heavily discounted for a limited time. The franchise fee could potentially be lower depending on the franchisees knowledge of dog training and/or business operations.
Additional start-up costs are extremely small because you don’t need to invest in a facility. If you want to offer Board & Train services (where you take a dog and train it at your house or facility for 2 to 4 weeks), that would only be a hefty investment if you choose to purchase or build a facility. You can elect to run this service out of your existing home, but you must ensure you abide by any local zoning laws and you must have an adequate sized fenced-in yard, as well as ample room indoors to conduct training.
Yes and no. If you want to start off slow, then yes, you could run it by yourself. There are many individual dog trainers out there, many of whom do it as a side hustle, because they love working with dogs. But as a Paw & Order franchisee, you’ll receive more leads than someone who is doing this as a side job. That means you will be very busy answering phone calls and online inquires via email, so you may have to turn down clients. You would not only be responsible for training dogs and their owners, but you would also need to handle incoming leads and manage all the operational components of the business. Our recommendation is to have at least 2 individuals to operate a Paw & Order franchise.
Obviously we cannot predict how successful your individual franchise will be. Factors that will play a role in how much money you could make include your location, your dedication, and your structure/service offerings. If you are interested in a Paw & Order franchise, fill out the pre-application, and we can discuss your sales potential during our telephone interview.
We do not currently finance or guarantee the obligations of the franchisee. In the future, we may elect to offer limited financing to the franchisee. But there are various outside finance options available.
No, you can run a Paw & Order franchise entirely out of your home. However, having a facility or a home zoned appropriately, and with ample space for training, you will be able to make more money by taking on Board & Train clients.
This website and the information contained herein does not constitute the offer or sale of a franchise. There are certain states that require the registration of a FDD before the franchisor can advertise or offer the franchise in that state. This franchise may not be registered in all registration states and may not offer franchises to residents of those states or to persons wishing to locate a franchise in those states until compliance guidelines are met. The offer and sale of a franchise can only be made through the delivery and receipt of a Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD).