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
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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 […]
August 8, 2019
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Sustainable Solutions for Pet Waste Disposal

Just one of the articles from Pet Care Pro Quarterly, IBPSA’s digital magazine for pet care services professionals. Read the current issue online here. The Environmental Protection Agency in the U.S. has posted on its website “Do You Scoop the Poop?” an informational PDF produced by Rhode Island Stormwater Solutions. In it, as part of a discussion on animal waste as “one of the many seemingly small sources of pollution that can add up to big problems for water quality, […]
July 26, 2019
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Say “I Do” to the Dog: Pet Care Services for Weddings

Just one of the articles from Pet Care Pro Quarterly, IBPSA’s digital magazine for pet care services professionals. Read the current issue online here. “Dogs at Weddings: How to Include Your Dog in Your Wedding” (Country Living) “The Do’s and Don’ts for Including Your Dog in Your Wedding” (Southern Living) “28 Meaningful Ways to Honor a Pet at Your Wedding” (Martha Stewart Weddings)  Wait, that wasn’t everything Martha needs you to know… “Everything You Need to Know About Having Your […]
July 25, 2019
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Power Outage: Are You Ready, Pet Care Pros?

A power outage can happen unexpectedly and virtually at anytime and anywhere, whether your utility company is rural or urban. The city of New York recently suffered back to back blackouts, leaving tens of thousands in the dark, including pet care providers (and the pets they’re caring for). The best way to deal with a power outage is to be proactive in preparing for one. Make Power Outage Planning a part of your overall Safety and Emergency Preparedness Program. To […]
July 22, 2019
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Board(ing) Thoughts: Stepping Off the Hiring Ferris Wheel

Just one of the articles from Pet Care Pro Quarterly, IBPSA’s digital magazine for pet care services professionals. Read the current issue online here. NOTE: As a supplement to the article, below, IBPSA Members are invited to attend the free webinar, “Recruiting, Interviewing & Hiring: A Completely New Concept for Finding the Right People,” on July 31, 2019. Log into your IBPSA Member dashboard to learn more and register under Events. By Jessica Finnegan Board(ing) Thoughts is our quarterly feature […]
July 19, 2019
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Legislative News Update (Vol 1, Issue 3)

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. In this Legislative News Update, we’ve got some very interesting legislative news that caught our eye and a survey that will […]
July 17, 2019
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How to Grow a Pet Care Business to $2 Million in Revenue in Five Years

Just one of the articles from Pet Care Pro Quarterly, IBPSA’s digital magazine for pet care services professionals. Read the current issue online here. IBPSA advisory board member Alex McKinnon examines Social Pet Hotel & Daycare’s formula for success. The North Carolina pet care business with locations in Pineville and Charlotte, one of the most competitive markets in the U.S., was founded by Amy and Bill Hillis who have built a team that in just five years has taken them […]