I have always had a great love of dogs and had dogs when I lived with my parents – the first thing I did when I moved out on my own was buy my dog Bella. I became unhappy in my job and watch a film one weekend with Jennifer Lopez walking 6 dogs down a beach and I thought that would be an amazing job! And so Kelly’s Canines was born!
What was the hardest part of setting up your own business?
The hardest part had to be taking a financial risk. I got myself a little part time job in a local estate agents and spent my afternoons pushing Kelly’s Canines. Working long days for little money was hard work but well worth it in the end.
How did you manage with household duties and running your own business?
To begin with I was very lucky and had lots of help for my partner who works from home. It is always important to take time out to do other things so this made cleaning etc my ‘thinking’ period. But now the business is up and running successfully I have a lot of time at home to do household duties.
When did you set up the business?
I set up Kelly’s Canines in May 2009. But I didn’t run it full time until Jan 2010
Why and when did you decide to franchise Kelly’s Canines?
I decided franchising was the way forward in early 2011. I already have one member of staff and so to grow the business any further without still being able to work it would be hard. After a few people came to me and asked if I wanted them to set up a Kelly’s Canines in the surrounding villages it seemed silly not to look into Franchising.
What’s your favourite and least favourite part of your job?
It’s hard to pick out a favourite part of my job as I love so many different aspects of it, obviously working with different dogs each day is great and I love puppy visits, but I also love that I’m my own boss and I choose my working hours and lifestyle! The least favourite part is the amount of poo I have to pick up! Lol
How do you deal with shy or awkward animals?
Working with shy animals is always challenging. It’s so important to build a bond with each dog who comes to us, especially if they are home boarding with us for a few weeks. We spend a lot more one and one time with them and gradually build a trusting relationship.
Have you any pets? What breed are they/ what are their names?
Yes we have three dogs, Roxy is our Boxer. Bella is our Patterdale Terrier Cross and Daisy is our Maltese cross Shi-Tzu. We also have two rats called Carlisle and Kimba.
What’s the best food and music for new puppies?
It’s hard to say which food is best – there are so many and it comes down to breed and personal preference. What I can say is don’t be shy to ask what’s in the food you are giving your dogs. There can be a lot of chemicals in dog food and so it’s important to find a food with a good balance of everything your pup needs. Music wise... Mine are Britney Spears fans.
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