The 2011 Westminster Kennel Club dog show has come to an end (kudos to best in show winner Hickory), but for fans left wondering what itâ€™s like to work with canines, options abound in franchising. Here are a few to consider:
Zoom Room. Founded in 2007 by Jaime Van Wye, Zoom Room specializes in dog-agility training, which involves weave poles, tunnels, teeter totters and other equipment. The company began franchising in 2009 and to date has sold seven units. No previous dog training experience is required to become a Zoom Room franchisee. Start-up costs range on average from $95,185 to $171,160, which includes the companyâ€™s $35,000 franchise fee, plus three monthsâ€™ rent, operating expenses, initial inventory, utilities, equipment, signage, permits, legal fees, training, travel costs, software, marketing support and more.