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Bark Busters Franchise Cost & Fees

Date of Incorporation: 1989
Franchising Since: 1994
U.S. Headquarters: San Diego, California
Country of Origin: Australia

Business Description: Bark Busters North America, LLC, the franchisor, is offering franchises which enable franchisees to provide dog behavioral therapy, obedience training, dog bonding programs and other associated services as well as support services in the comfort of their customers' homes, to offer group obedience courses and puppy training at veterinary and pet store outlets and other approved areas, to sell certain pet care products, and to educate their customers regarding dog psychology, dog agility, scent discrimination, tracking and trick training, etc.

Franchise Offer: Bark Busters North America, LLC licenses franchisees to use the trademarks and copyrights (the Proprietary Marks) of and to operate a Bark Busters Business.

Financial Assistance: Neither Bark Busters North America, LLC 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 does not receive any consideration from third party lenders for any placement of financing by its franchisees.

Training and Assistance: Franchisees will commence training with 1 week of home study. Franchisees will then come to our training facility for 3 weeks of training, which will be held at the franchisor’s San Diego, California, headquarters, or other locations selected by the franchisor. Franchisees will then be visited by a Company representative who will spend 3 days in the franchisee’s territory to advise the franchisee on marketing training. Franchisees will then complete your training by spending 1 week in training at the franchisee’s home office under the guidance of the franchisor’s training team via internet, emails and webinars, discussing pre-opening operations in the territory. After completion of the training session, a company representative or local franchisee will assist franchisees in their area for a minimum of 3 days, maximum of 4 days to assist with training and marketing assistance. Further assistance will be conducted via email, Barknet International, Webinar, Forum advice, the Help Desk and telephone, video conferencing assistance and on-site assistance if required, at the franchisor’s discretion. Assistance with respect to preopening and opening activities will be conducted as appropriate and as determined in its reasonable business judgment. Any supplemental training may be requested by franchisees or the franchisor may require franchisees to go through supplemental training to ensure compliance in the Bark Busters’ 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. The boundaries of a standard territory will be delineated by zip codes, and based on a population of approximately 35,000 to 175,000 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. Franchisees may purchase additional zip codes by paying an additional fee when available. The size of the territory depends on population density. The franchisor does not guarantee a minimum number of dogs will be present in the territory.

Term of Agreement and Renewal: The term of the franchise agreement is 5 years with an option to renew for an additional 5 years, if the franchisee satisfies the pre-conditions to obtaining a successor franchise.

Obligations and Restrictions: If franchisees are an individual, they must directly supervise and participate full-time in the actual operation of the Bark Busters Business, and devote at least 5 days per week on average throughout the year, minus vacation time, to the operation of the Bark Busters Business. Vacation time may be taken at franchisees’ reasonable discretion as long as business operations and Customer Service Standards are maintained as outlined in the Operating Manual. If franchisees are a business entity, the direct, on-site supervision must be done by a person who owns at least a 50% beneficial interest in the business entity. The franchisee must offer and sell only the Bark Busters Products and the Bark Busters Services that the franchisor has approved.

Estimated Number of Units: 350

Investment Tables:
Initial Investment
Name of Fee Low High
Initial Franchise Fee $37,500 $37,500
Training and Territory Fee $19,500 $19,500
Travel and Living Expenses for Training $1,800 $3,000
Tools and Equipment $500 $4,500
Start-up Advertising, Internet Promotions Package and Vehicle Advertising $3,500 $3,500
Start-up Promotional Materials $0 $0
Public Relations Program $0 $0
Insurance $900 $2,000
Inventory and Supplies $1,000 $2,900
Vehicle $0 $17,000
Additional Funds (3 months) $3,000 $4,600
Estimated Total $67,600 $94,500
Other Fees
Type of Fee Amount
Royalty 10% of Gross Revenues.
Local Advertising Expense 3% of Gross Revenues.
Big Dog Website $36 per month.
Toll-Free Number Fee $120 per year.
Insurance Cost of insurance.
Technology Fee $450 to $800 per year.
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 $3,500 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/Sale Franchise Fee 15% of the Gross Sale Price or value of Transfer of Franchise not to exceed $15,000
A fee of $5,000 training fee payable by the purchaser, when an established franchise is sold.
Legal Reimbursement Fee $1,000
Addition of Partner/Shareholder/Member to Franchisee 15% of 50% of Current Value of Business.
Non-Compliance Damages $27,000 for breach of Franchise Agreement by Franchisee resulting in Termination.
Additional Assistance $0
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 $20,000 for each idea, concept, product, process, application, or customer that the franchisor loses as a result of any violation of the Franchise Agreement.

The above information has been taken from the FDD of Bark Busters. Year of FDD: 2015

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