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Bark Busters Franchise Cost & Fees

Date of Incorporation: 1989

Franchising Since: 1994

U.S Headquarters: Englewood, Colorado

Country of Origin: Australia

 

Business Description: Dingo Enterprises assigned its Master License to offer Bark Busters franchises in the United States to Dingo, Inc. in January 2001. Dingo, Inc. is the exclusive Franchisor of Bark Busters Franchises in the United States. Dingo, Inc. grants franchises for the operation of businesses which provide dog obedience and behavioral training, related pet education and support services, and the sale of related pet care products.

 

Franchise Offer: Dingo, Inc. is offering Bark Busters franchises which enable franchisees to provide dog behavioral therapy, obedience training and support services in the comfort of their customers' homes; to offer group obedience courses and puppy training at veterinary and pet store outlets; to sell certain pet care products, and to educate their customers regarding dog psychology.

 

Financial Assistance: Neither Dingo nor any agent or affiliate currently offers direct or indirect financing. The franchisor does not guarantee the franchisee’s note, lease, or obligation. The franchisor reserves the right to receive referral fees from lenders or brokers who assist its franchisees in obtaining financing.

 

Training and Assistance: Franchisees will commence training with one week of home study. Franchisees will then go to two weeks of classroom training, which will be held at the company’s Colorado headquarters. After the first year the franchisee has been operating his/her Bark Busters Business, the franchisor will offer him/her one or more supplemental training course(s). At its discretion, the franchisor will hold periodic individual or group mentoring sessions to discuss operating problems and methods, and local advertising and marketing techniques. The franchisor will hold an Annual Conference at a location of its choosing. The franchisor may also hold national or regional general conferences to expand on topics covered at the Annual Conference or to cover other topics we deem important to the System.

 

Territory: The franchisee will receive an exclusive territory in which to offer dog training, obedience, and therapy services, and to sell Bark Busters Products directly to dog training clients and veterinarians. Dingo offers two types of Territories: Full Market Territories and Small Market Territories. The boundaries of a full market territory will be delineated by zip codes, and based on a population of approximately 36,000 to 38,000 dogs. The boundaries of a Small Market Territory will be delineated by zip codes, and based on a population of fewer than 36,000 dogs. Dingo does not guarantee a minimum number of dogs will be present in the franchisee’s Territory.

 

Term of Agreement and Renewal: The term of the franchise agreement is five years with an option to renew for an additional five years if the franchisee satisfies the pre-conditions to obtaining a Successor Franchise.

 

Obligations and Restrictions: For Full Market Territories, the franchisee must directly supervise and participate full time in the actual operation of the Bark Busters Business, and devote at least five days per week throughout the year (minus vacation time) to the operation of the Bark Busters Business. For Small Market Territories, the franchisee must directly supervise and participate in the part time operations of the Bark Busters Business, and devote at least 24 hours per week on average throughout the year, minus vacation time, to the operation of the Bark Busters Business. If the franchisee is a business entity, the direct, on-site supervision must be done by a person who owns at least a 1/3 beneficial interest in the business entity. Vacation time may be taken at the franchisee’s reasonable discretion as long as business operations and Customer Service Standards are maintained as outlined in the Operating Manual. The franchisee must offer and sell only the Bark Busters Products and the Bark Busters Services that the franchisor has approved.

 

Total Number of Units: Approximately 400 franchise locations worldwide.

 

Investment Tables:

Initial Investment:

Full Market Territory

Name of Fee Low High
Initial Franchise Fee $37,500
Training and Territory Fee $19,500
Travel and Living Expenses for Training $1,800 $3,000
Start-up Advertising and Promotion Package $2,500
Start-up promotional materials $1,600 $2,600
Public Relations $800 $1,000
Insurance $900 $2,000
Inventory and Supplies $1,000 $2,900
Vehicle $0 $17,000
Tools and Equipment $500 $4,500
Additional Funds (3 months) $3,000 $4,600
Total $69,100 $97,100

Small Market Territory

Name of Fee Low High
Reduced Franchise Fee $20,000
Training and Territory Fee $19,500
Travel and Living Expenses for Training $1,800 $3,000
Tools and Equipment $500 $4,500
Start-up Advertising and Promotion Package $1,500
Start-up promotional materials $1,600 $2,600
Public Relations $800 $1,000
Insurance $900 $2,000
Inventory and Supplies $1,000 $2,900
Vehicle $0 $17,000
Additional Funds (3 months) $3,000 $4,600
Total $50,600 $78,600

 

Ongoing Fees:

Name of fee Amount
Royalty 8% of Gross Revenues
Marketing, Advertising and Promotions Fund Fees 2% of Gross Revenues
Local Advertising Expense 3% of Gross Revenues
Toll-Free Number Fee $120 per year
Insurance Cost of insurance
Technology Fee $450 to $800 per year
Computer Software and Hardware Upgrades Cost of computer hardware and software upgrades
Ongoing Inventory Varies based on the franchisee's sales
Supplemental Training Fee Up to $500 per attendee. Franchisees must also pay the travel and accommodation expenses that they and their employees incur in attending Supplemental Training. These costs may range from $500 to $1,500 per person.
Annual Conference Fee Up to $500 per attendee. Franchisees must also pay the travel and accommodation expenses that they and their employees incur in attending the Annual Conference. These costs may range from $500 to $2,500 per person.
Local or Regional Seminars, Meetings or Programs Franchisees must pay their own expenses as well as the expenses their employees incur in attending these meetings. Costs may range from $500 to $2,500 plus an estimated $50 for materials.
Additional Training Fee $5,000
Successor Franchise Fee $1,500
Transfer Fee $2,500 to $15,000
Legal Reimbursement Fee $750
Prospect Generation and Processing Fee $1,500 to $2,500
Franchise Broker Resale Commission Fee will be negotiated with broker
Operating Manual Replacement Fee $500
Additional Assistance Varies based on need. The estimated range of fees are $0 - $50 per hour plus travel costs.
Audit Cost of audit plus 18% interest on understatement (or the maximum allowed by state law)
Indemnification Will vary under circumstances.
Cost of Enforcement or Defense Will vary under circumstances.
Liquidated Damages $10,000 for each idea, concept, product, process, application, or customer that the franchisor loses as a result of any violation of the Franchise Agreement.

Date of FDD: 2012

The above information has been compiled from the FDD of Bark Busters.

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