December 4, 2019

Board(ing) Thoughts: Older Dogs Can Teach Us New Tricks!

Just one of the articles from Pet Care Pro Quarterly, IBPSA’s digital magazine for pet care services professionals. Board(ing) Thoughts is our  Pet Care Pro Quarterly feature from IBPSA advisory board members. These thoughts are courtesy board member Kelly Cullum, CEO and owner of Best Friends Furever Inc. (BFFE), a full-service canine care organization with two locations in the Baltimore, Maryland, area employing more than 80 dog care professionals. BFFE entertains between 100 and 200 guests per facility daily with […]
November 18, 2019
Dog and cat on a yellow couch under a white blanket

Adding In-home Pet Sitting to Your Existing Pet Care Business

Just one of the articles from Pet Care Pro Quarterly, IBPSA’s digital magazine for pet care services professionals. Adding In-home Pet Sitting to Your Existing Pet Care Business for Extra Profit By Kristin Morrison Pet care professionals looking to expand their businesses without significant increases in costs can benefit from adding in-home pet sitting to existing services. In-home pet sitting is a potentially lucrative source of profits and repeat clients as pet owners who need in-home pet care typically are […]
November 13, 2019

Including Marketing in Your Pet Resort’s 2020 Budget Plans

Just one of the articles from Pet Care Pro Quarterly, IBPSA’s digital magazine for pet care services professionals. Earning More Revenue and Growing Your Pet Resort Business Faster by Including Marketing in Your 2020 Budget Plans by Andrew Verdesca For many pet resort owners and general managers, handling barks and biscuits is a lot easier than building marketing plans and figuring out a way to fit them into your budget. In fact, with all the priorities on your plate—from managing […]
November 7, 2019

Call for Speakers for 2020 IBPSA Pet Care Business Conference

The International Boarding & Pet Services Association (IBPSA) today announced its “Call for Speakers” for the 2020 IBPSA Pet Care Business Conference & Trade Show happening September 29 and 30 and October 1, 2020, in Orlando, FL. Next year’s gathering of business-minded pet care professionals will be the association’s eighth annual conference. Experts who are ready to bring education and guidance to help increase professionalism, boost business, and improve quality of care throughout the pet care services industry are invited […]
October 29, 2019

New Issue of Pet Care Pro Quarterly (Q4 2019)

The Q4 2019 issue of Pet Care Pro Quarterly is now online in digital format. From your desktop, you can also download as a PDF (just click the “down” arrow from upper left at the link). Another jam-packed with informative and entertaining pet care business insight, news, and trends for pet care services professionals—don’t miss it! CLICK HERE TO READ IT NOW IN THIS ISSUE… The State of the Industry 2019 How to offer special needs/medical boarding Understanding the basics […]
October 28, 2019

Real World Lifesaving Education: An IBPSA Member Story

IBPSA recently received this real world tale of how education from the association helped save the life of this IBPSA Member’s furry guest: “Hunter, a young black Lab, checked in on a weekday morning and proceeded to play in his playgroup. Hunter had been with us only one time before and showed signs of a little separation anxiety. This morning, however, he was playing fetch with the rest of his playgroup. When it was time to come in, our Pet […]
October 9, 2019

IBPSA Pet Care Business Excellence Award Winners Announced

The winners of the IBPSA Pet Care Business Excellence Awards were announced on October 1, 2019, at the 2019 IBPSA Pet Care Services Educational Conference & Trade Show. The awards, nicknamed the Ibbys, were established by the International Boarding & Pet Services Association (IBPSA) to honor those businesses raising the bar for professionalism and success in the pet care services industry. The following winners were determined based on a nomination and independent selection committee process: Club DSS/Dog Sitting Services by […]
September 6, 2019
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Legislative News Update (Vol 1, Issue 4)

As the pet care industry has grown so, too, has related legislative action, particularly at the state level of government. IBPSA wants to make sure our membership stays on top of what could affect them, as well as offer our membership assistance in educating legislators on the facts of owning and operating a safe and prosperous pet care business. Often, legislation in one area can lead to a domino effect across states and countries. In this Legislative News Update, we’ve […]
August 22, 2019

Safe + Sound: Happy Camper Doggy Day Camp & SleepOver

This month, from August 12-18, 2019, IBPSA held its first ever “Safe + Sound Week” inspired by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) event in the U.S. OSHA’s nationwide event is held to raise awareness and understanding of the value of workplace safety and health programs. In the spirit of the week, IBPSA premiered our international tweak of this event for all of our IBPSA Members. As part of the week, IBPSA Members were encouraged to hold an awareness […]
August 12, 2019
Dog swimming in water

Blue-green Algae Risk Information for Pet Care Providers

What do you know about blue-green algae dangers to pets? Last week, IBPSA shared an article from the Austin-American Statesmen about two dogs that had died from the toxic algae after swimming in the city of Austin’s popular Lady Bird Lake. From that article: “According to the Merck Veterinary Manual online, blue-green algae can produce toxins that are poisonous to dogs. Some symptoms of algae poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, jaundice, loss of appetite, stumbling, seizures and excessive salivation.” In response to […]