10 Things I Bet You Didn’t Know About Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique

What Amazing Things are Happening at Splash and Dash?

Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique is a special place for dogs and humans alike. There is no other pet grooming salon on the planet quite like it. The company was founded on core values built from the perspective of being a loving pet owner. Like many of our shop owners, Founder and CEO, Dan J. Barton was fed up with taking his Yorkie pup—Mercedes—to mediocre big box grooming stores. The service was lousy, the prices were high, and everything felt impersonal. Dan wanted a grooming salon that treated Mercedes the way he would. A place that was trustworthy, safe, and pampering. A grooming salon that was affordable, where customers could get everything they needed for their dog, and the haircuts were too cute. Right then and there, Dan decided to start Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique—a pioneer in the grooming industry.

The idea was to combine all the amenities of high-tech big box stores with all the friendliness of your neighborhood mom and pop shop. In this way, Splash and Dash can provide top quality service to customers while being able to expand business rapidly.

A strive for excellence is how Splash and Dash earned a myriad of awards, including the most recent Entrepreneur’s 500 ranking: ranked at 59th! More importantly, customers sure seem to love their dog’s haircuts.

What Customers are Saying

Below are some real Yelp comments from satisfied customers who visited one of the Splash and Dash locations across the country.

“This place is awesome. My min pin comes home so relaxed that he sleeps for hours.  Anyone who knows Min Puns knows thus us a blessing. Customer service is too notch. The aromatherapy stays on my furbaby all week. It is the best!!!”

—Felisa C. Fairburn, GA

“We love Splash and Dash and so does our older fur baby. The staff is very caring and take the time to listen to our concerns. Our Rex has arthritis and they were very gentle with him and he came out of there looking great. I highly recommend Splash and Dash!”

—Deirdre C. Chester, NY

“Absolutely loved how they treated my Ellie!! She was so soft and her coat looked better than I’ve probably ever seen it. John and his staff are amazing!! Def found our new groomer!!”

—Lacy B. Fort Worth, TX

What Makes Splash and Dash Unique?

1.Safety-First Grooming

This should go without saying for all groomers but sadly not every facility uses the safest pet handling techniques. At Splash and Dash, we use a slip-free tethering. This keeps your dog secure in a humane way. We also use self-locking facilities and self-latching kennels to make sure dogs cannot get loose and put themselves in danger. Dogs with mobility issues can use our easy-access ramps to get into the tub or grooming table. Last, we use non-heat air blow drying, only when necessary to make sure dog’s skin dries in the healthiest way.

2. Signature Monthly Membership

Customers can keep their dogs fresh and clean all month long with the unlimited dog bathing and brushing. Starting at $39.95, the service is convenient, affordable, and has zero hassles. The membership also entitles customers to discounted prices on additional spa services.

3. Invigorating Spa Treatments

At Splash and Dash, we believe we should treat our pets like family. They deserve a true spa day complete with aromatherapy, effervescent pawdicure, facials, a deshed service, and nourish conditioning. All these spa treatments not only help a dog relax but are amazing enrichments to their overall health. Medical issues like skin irritations, infection, and matting are all prevented with these spa luxuries. Splash and Dash groomers also perform doggie dental. This can save customers time and money by preventing veterinary visits.

4. Time-Saving Technology

The software applications used at Splash and Dash are all proprietary and developed specifically for our shop owners. Franchisees benefit from being able to handle all back-office operations through one convenient dashboard. Customers get email and SMS notifications for appointment reminders and pick-ups and also have the convenience of booking online 24/7.

5. Eco Friendly Toys & Shampoo

We want to do our part in reducing the carbon ‘pawprint’ our dogs and shops have on the Earth. We do this by using eco friendly shampoos and using water conservation hydro surge technology, with less waste. We also provide recycled toys and products so customers and mother nature can feel good about purchases.

6. All-natural Human Grade Dog Treats

Our “Keepin’ it Simple” treat line is made with human grade formulas with 7 ingredients or less. This means the same standards put into human foods are placed onto the treats that Splash and Dash carries. All treats are sourced and made in the U.S. and are 100% healthy for your pup…and you!

Keepin’ it Simple:

  • Human Grade Ingredients
  • Made with healthy stuff like sweet potatoes, blueberries, pumpkins and chia seeds.
  • Non-GMO
  • No Corn or Soy
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Colors
  • No Wheat
  • No artificial preservatives or chemicals

7. Valet Carry-Out Service

Everything we do at Splash and Dash is for our customers—both two-legged and four. We know customers are busy. That’s why they come to Splash and Dash! Our valet carry-out service makes it so that customers don’t have to wrestle with a leash or carry heavy dog food bags from the store. We’ll do it for you!

8. Cute Cut Guarantee

We want your furr-baby to look their best! This is why our owners are the ones to relay your wishes to groomers. You’ll always be speaking with ownership. Shop owners make sure there are no miscommunications. But, no one is perfect, and if for any reason, you’re not 100% satisfied with your dog’s haircut, we’ll fix it for free.

9. Fresh Modern Spaces

Splash and Dash stores are open, bright, and inviting. This means that a shop doesn’t smell like a wet dog and the place is nice and clean!

10.  Our Founder’s Promise

If you or your dog isn’t 100% satisfied for any reason, we’ll make it right. This is our promise.

At Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique we believe our dogs are family members and should be treated as equals. Dogs deserve to get the same enjoyment and quality of life as humans, to able to be comfortable, clean, and healthy, and eat delicious foods that provide them with the nutrition and energy they need. This sentiment and love translate into our motto—Live Dirty. Play Clean.  Let dogs be dogs—go out, get dirty—then come into a Splash and Dash to get cleaned up.

Please, come on in and enjoy your friendly staff and beautiful shops. Take advantage of all the things we do to make it easier for you so that you can care for your pup with zero hassles.

We couldn’t be more excited to meet you and your pup!

Live Dirty. Play Clean!


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The Big Six of Running a Small Business

Are you Ready to Start Running a Small Business?

Expanding your horizon and leaping into your entrepreneurial dreams can be one of the most liberating and difficult things one can do in a lifetime. We are conditioned to believe that stability comes in the form of a traditional career path. College, interview, office job, and a 401(k). However, many of the entrepreneurs holding positions at multinational corporations started out running a small business. Big ideas start in small places. Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Mantel, Disney, Amazon, and Google are invariable major players in the business the world. 

Another thing these companies all have in common is they started in a garage. Now, we’re not saying that quitting your job this second and finding a new place to park your car is the best way to start running a small business. The lesson entrepreneurs should take away from icons like Zuckerberg or Larry Page is that rags to riches is possible with the right variables. These variables are not an inherent thing some are blessed to be born with, while others miss out. The derivation of success is a combination of passion, tenacity, and vision.

Opening a startup, buying a franchise, and running a small business take these same three variables. Like any situation in business, without having a systematic method to determine your success, leaves things up to chance. Business isn’t a gamble.

Business is a calculated risk.

Read further to study how adopting tactics and business philosophies can help attain huge personal successes while running a small business.

1. Honing Your Vision

Proverbially, courage is 50 percent fear. Making a courageous decision in business means believing in your ideas and goals but also being savvy enough to know the risks. Believing in your idea is the belief in yourself. An entrepreneur can have what seems like a full-proof business model, to begin running a small business, but fail to execute if they don’t believe wholeheartedly that they can handle the pressure.

Visualize yourself running a small business. What does this look like? Are you running a startup software development firm? Are you working alongside animals in the pet industry?

What makes you happy?

Knowing what to expect can help channel inhibitions into actions. Once you find an industry, market niche, or concept that you are passionate about, this will help you with the initial configuration you need delineate before starting up.

2. Research & Data

Before you can begin running a small business, you need to know the ins-and-outs of the industry you choose. This means homework! Business success is contingent on writing a pristine business plan. The process of writing out a business plan forces you to organize your thoughts and imagine unforeseen possibilities. This will also come in handy if you need to pitch your small business to a loan agency or find a partnership.

Points to Include in a Strong Business Plan:

  • Industry Analysis
  • Customer Demographics
  • Demand & Needs
  • Business Model
  • Overview of Competition
  • Risks
  • Implementation Plan
  • Financial Projection
  • Financial Needs

Compiling the data and key metrics surrounding your small business is the difference between failure and readiness. Remember, your goals should more than financial profit. Goals should encompass the why of business.

3. Getting Started

Fear is paralyzing. The best way to prevent getting inhibited by fear is doing the research to know what you’re up against. Still, many continue to make excuses on why they shouldn’t get started. “It’s not the right time.” “I’m just too busy.” “I need to think about it more.”

Stop. When you justify fear, you become your own Achilles heel.

Admittedly it is hard to gauge when the right time to open is. Sometimes it’s a gut feeling, other times, seismic shifts in our lives tell us it’s time. Reliance on these situations works but also keep in the mind the timeliness of the market. An advantageous moment in the marketplace might be the best signaling that it’s time to get your operation running. For instance, if your vendors operate seasonally and are running discounts or there is high demand for your service or product, this might be your moment. Running a small business is a constant finger on the pulse to keep overhead low. Lack of cash flow is one of the biggest causes of failure, so look for strategic opportunities to get started or expand.

4. Find the Right Support

Surrounding yourself with the right people from the bottom to the top increases your chances of prevailing in the business world. Finding a mentor, attending conventions & networking, or even buying a franchise are routes to getting the training and support you will need to adequately run a small business.

Visiting your local SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) chapter, a resource partner of the Small Business Administration can help pair you with a mentor. Retired executives have an abundance of rich information to help steer your business. Subscribing to literature—business magazines like Forbes or Entrepreneur can also help you enter the dialogue of your industry. Buying a franchise is one the safest routes. A franchisor will train you and your team with proven methods for success.

Hiring the right people is also vital. Make sure the people you choose to employ are on board with your vision. Equally important, is that they possess the competent skills to be able to perform their job duties and help brainstorm around issues that will inevitably arise.

5. Kneading Out the Issues

Ask anyone running a small business, the notion of smooth sailing is a myth. Problems will arise. When they do, it’s important to be prepared for them and to act decisively. Consider this: you open a retail store in a high visibility area. A year into opening, a major construction project begins blocking access to your new store and cuts off foot traffic. Your sales start to plummet. How do you work around this?

  • What about competition?
  • Do you have the resources to begin scaling?
  • What is securing your products or services?
  • What makes your business unique?
  • Have you had a successful local marketing campaign?

Many issues are preventable. The key to working around these problems is foreseeing them and having a contingency plan. If you have your pathways mapped out it’s easier to steer around dead ends. Even unpreventable situations can be planned for. If construction begins on the street in the front of your store, this is the best time to get your e-store up and running.

6. Discipline & Accountability

Taking your entrepreneurial vision and transforming that idea into a functioning and profitable business takes discipline. Losing focus or momentum can be another huge inhibition. One of the strongest gym franchises—Anytime Fitness—stayed true to their roots and the outcome was favorable. By focusing on what they were good at, the gym franchise grew hugely. The same is true for Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique. Finding a market niche in a growing industry propelled the pet franchise company forward. Focusing on what works can take a company far.

Discipline works harmoniously with accountability. Make yourself accountable to your team, your customers, but most importantly yourself.


We at Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique wish you the best of luck running your small business! For more information on tips for success click here.


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