Camp Bow Wow―Where a dog can be a dog®

Heidi Ganahl  


Founder, president and CEO of Camp Bow Wow, Heidi Ganahl owns the largest pet care as well as women owned franchise in North America. Camp Bow Wow―the largest global doggy day care company, and a $50 million leader in the $47 billion United States pet sector now has 115 camps, one Canada camp, 25 home buddies, and 30 behavior buddies franchises.  Interest in potential franchisees grew after being featured on America Online. Camp Bow Wow’s future is growth with a goal of 500 units in the next four years, then international growth to Australia and the United Kingdom.

Ganahl financed Camp Bow Wow herself by putting her own equity and credit into Camp Bow Wow, which is never recommended but she knew the franchise business concept was best for her and her passion since she enjoyed growth, public relations and marketing, and charity.

She created the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation, a nonprofit organizationdedicated to improving

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the lives and health of dogs.  Her greatest accomplishment is being at the forefront of a collaboration that has found homes for 5,000+ dogs.  Ganahl advices to, follow your gut, collaborate, and don’t listen to the nay-sayers when following your passion.

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