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First Aid Kits at Dog Daycare and Boarding Kennels

Every camping trip I take with my family, I bring along a first aid kit. We use it - frequently.

Flooring for Pet Care, Dog Daycare and Boarding Businesses

Like the software you choose for your dog daycare, grooming or boarding facility, flooring is where you really want to put your best foot (or paw) forward. Great pet care software streamlines your operations - great flooring is the foundation to streamlining likely the biggest maintenance aspect of your business.

Save Money & Accept Tips with Gingr

Today is a big day for Gingr. We are proud to unveil what is perhaps our most anticipated features yet: in-house credit card processing, tip collection, and e-signatures.

Understanding Credit Card Processing Fees

If you missed the IBPSA webinar on 'little know facts' about credit card processing earlier this month, be sure to get a start on learning more about your credit card processing fees and merchant account.

Best Practices for Collecting Deposits for Dog Boarding Reservations

As you get into another peak holiday season, be sure review your reservation-deposits policies and management practices.  Here are some "best practice" suggestions from our setup and support team regarding how you can manage deposits.

What Matters in Pet-Care Industry Trends

Starting a new dog daycare business? A new dog grooming salon? Expanding into a larger dog boarding kennel facility? Keeping up on important pet-care industry trends helps keep you up-to-date on best practices and competitive in a busy pet-care market. Carmen Rustenbeck of IBPSA delivered a deep look at what matters in pet-care in her recent article on The State of the Pet Care Services Industry. To themes and trends noted: REPUTATION MATTERS As Rustenback comments, “…technology-based marketing companies have been able to sell the consumer the idea that boarding has very negative connotations and any caring pet parent would not put their pet in a “cage” (ibid). Facility-based pet-care businesses need to attend to the reputation not only of their facility, but other facilities as well, so that the tide of all pet-care facilities rises above the ‘ubers’ of pet-care like Rover and DogVacay.

Staff Scheduling for Pet Care Businesses: Tips and Tools

Your staff may be your most important asset. Ensuring you have the right staff on hand at the right times is critical to the success of your pet boarding or dog daycare business. Yet, over-staffing is expensive, and sending staff home can be bad for morale. TIPS FOR TIMING THE STAFFING OF YOUR DOG DAYCARE OR BOARDING BUSINESS You never want to be understaffed, yet over-staffing can erode your margins quickly. First, determine what your staffing 'base' is per day. In other words, what is the minimum number of staff you need on hand when your business is open, if if just for one pet. This number may be one person for a small business, or 5 for a larger business that has multiple types of services. From there, you can determine what your variable daily staff requirements are. Here are some tips and suggestions to help 'fine tune' your variable staffing needs: 1. Know your state & local regulations. Many states require a minimum number of staff per number of dogs in daycare, for example. Consider capping the maximum number of pets to be a multiple of the regulation's specification. For example, if you have to have one staff per 15 pets, make your daily capacity 30, 45, 50 or some other multiple. This way you can target enrollment for maximum profit per staff-member. 2. Encourage or require reservations, even for daycare. When your customers have reservations, then you have a good prediction of the number of staff you will need over the next few weeks. Make it easier by using recurring reservations functions in your software. For example, Gingr enables you or your customers to Add Recurring Dates to the first reservation-request. If the customer wants to bring their pet every M, T, W, Th, F over the next 12 weeks, for example, they can request these easily all at once. You can further Accept all the reservations at once, and then pet will then be counted as a reservation for each day coming up.  Check your Reservations By Date (or date range), per below. 3. Specify estimated check-in times and check-out times on all reservations whenever possible. This is a little extra work when confirming and accepting a reservation, but it will give you valuable data to help determine peak transaction times, when you really need extra help up front checking pets in and out. 4. Review for your future Reservations By Date (or date range).  Checking upcoming reservations helps, especially if you require (or strongly encourage) advance reservations. Your reservation-software should have good reporting to help you get a sense of how many pets you will see on any given day or time-period. Experiment sorting report data by (estimated) check-in time and (estimated) check-out times, so you get a sense of when your peak transactional activities will be. 5. Review Occupancy.  Occupancy reports can help you determine not just what days you will have a certain amount of pets, but what hours you expect pets to be checking in and out. As with sorting Reservation check-in times and check-out times (see #3), you can get a sense of when your peak transactional activities will be and when you are sure to need extra staff on hand. Once you have a sense of when your peak business activities are, then you can determine our variable staffing needs for various days and times for the upcoming schedule. There are many tools to help you with staff scheduling. We recommend a cloud-based software solution, so you and your staff can access the schedule from anywhere. 6. Review historical Reservation By Date (range) reports and sort for check-in and check-out times. This will help you determine trends in peak transaction times. STREAMLINE, STREAMLINE, STREAMLINE Our mantra here at Gingr: streamline your operational processes as much as possible through the effective use of software. From reservation management to payment collection, automating and streamlining work-flows will reduce your staffing requirements, particularly during the peak times determined above. STAFF SCHEDULING SOFTWARE Using an online staff scheduling software program will help you coordinate your staff schedules and related communication. Many of dog daycare and boarding business customers use one of the following staff scheduling programs: WhenToWork - this is a popular online scheduling software: Interested in learning more about Gingr and Gingr's staff management tools? Contact us at or

Loyalty Programs for Dog Daycare (Part 2)

Last week I reviewed some types of loyalty programs found in the services industry:  Last week's Blog.

Continuous Cash Flow with Recurring Payments

Pet care businesses can benefit from establishing recurring subscription payments for dog daycare services.

Introducing Webhooks

WHAT IS A WEBHOOK? A webhook allows one application to notify another that a particular event has been performed. It's like an API, but in "reverse". 

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