Where a dog Can Be A Dog.®

The Camp Bow WowSuccess Story

The Original Vision: In with Camps & Out with Kennels

The impetus for Camp Bow Wow comes from our founder’s personal experience. Heidi Ganahl didn’t want to leave her dogs in a kennel when she and her husband had to travel. A traditional kennel has dogs locked in cages for most of the day. The dog is let out two or three times a day for bathroom breaks. If they get play time, it can be just as stressful as being caged — either the dog is put into a dog run by itself, or the already-stressed pooch is put with other dogs in an environment that lacks consistent human supervision, which can be dangerous.

“My husband and I traveled a lot and I could not find a place that was good enough for my animals, so I came up with this really cool idea.”

Heidi Ganahl holding puppy Ganahl’s idea was a summer camp for dogs — the kind of place a dog might design for himself if he could. A boarder gets a comfortable Cabin with a cot, a fleece and room for his dog-mates if he’s from a multi-canine home. He gets all-day play – indoors and out – with other dogs his size and temperament. Most importantly, they’re under constant supervision. At night, in Camp Bow Wow’s temperature-controlled environment, soothing music is piped in to help tired pups get to sleep. She designed a space that was good enough for her dogs — and for millions of others, too, as it turned out. Customers fell in love with the concept as soon as it debuted in 2000. Entrepreneurs fell in love when franchising began in 2003.

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At Camp Bow Wow, we believe that we exist to support franchise owners, franchise owners exist to support dog owners, and that dog exist to make life awesome! Dogs move freely throughout our "Houndquarters" in Denver, with pet gates for each office door so our fur friends can join us for the workday.

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Multi-unit owner Jordan Murray of Pittsburgh describes himself as “your average, casual dog owner” while wife and franchise co-owner Barbara is the more dog-obsessed of the two. They’d been shopping for franchise opportunities in the early 2000s when they came across Camp Bow Wow.

  • Jordan and Barbara Murray
    “We had two dogs at the time and had been leaving them with her parents, who were getting into their 70s. We never trusted a typical kennel,” he said. When the Murrays saw how Camp Bow Wow treated dogs — like the beloved family members they are rather than just animals — they were impressed. Not only did they love the sustainability and earnings potential, they knew they’d found the right solution for their dogs. “They had webcams and all-day play. We finally felt we’d found a place where we’d feel comfortable leaving our dogs.”



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