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Salty Dawg Pet Salon Announces National Franchise Expansion as Pet Care Industry Sees Explosive Growth

With three locations in Georgia, Illinoisand Texasthe premium dog grooming brand is looking to expand its national footprint

NORMAL, sick., May 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — As the pet industry continues to experience explosive growth, with 63.4M households with at least one dog – Salty Dawg Pet Salon, the premium dog grooming brand that challenges people to “Pet Differently,” has announced its national franchise opportunity. Salty Dawg Pet Salon has innovated the approach to pet grooming with an organic solution: sourcing from licensed hairstylists and barbers and providing them with an exclusive dog grooming training program to go from human-style to pet-style. our furry friends.

“When people visit a salon, they expect quality haircuts, styling and service, and they expect an experience,” says Salty Dawg, co-founder and CEO. Jean Kansky. “Why should your pet be treated any differently? At Salty Dawg, we create a safe and loving experience that leaves your pets feeling as beautiful as they look. We’re excited to expand our imprint, to provide an unprecedented opportunity for our franchise partners and a unique grooming experience for dog parents nationwide.”

Kanski founded Salty Dawg Pet Salon in 2018 when he noticed typical grooming shops took his Springer Spaniel to camera and left her in an anxious state when he visited. Kanski, owner of the Paul Mitchell School with locations in four states, dreamed of redefining the grooming experience by creating an accelerated process to teach licensed hairdressers and barbers how to groom animals. Turning his dream into reality, Kanski teamed up with Winn Claybaughfounder and co-owner of Paul Mitchell Advanced Education (the franchisor of over 100 cosmetology and/or hairdressing schools operating under the Paul Mitchell School brand), and Gary Ratnera longtime expert in the beauty industry with over 40 years of experience in retail, real estate, store operations and franchising.

With their strong experience in the hairdressing industry, the three co-owners offer connections to prestigious talent pools, giving Salty Dawg an array of options when it comes to finding pet stylists. The brand strives to develop relationships with potential candidates in the beauty industry to ensure that the stylist’s mission and that of the brand align. Plus, Salty Dawg’s bespoke training program adapts to the stylist’s individual learning style, allowing them to thrive. This approach, replicating that of the Paul Mitchell School network, has resulted in talented and prepared animal stylists who feel confident in their transition from human to animal clientele. This attractive program not only trains candidates but provides a successful career path.

“Salty Dawg’s unique approach to attracting and training stylists is certainly a key ingredient to our success, but what really sets us apart is our culture,” adds Claybaugh. “We’ve built a culture of being kind, structured around meeting three basic needs: helping our customers and our pet stylists feel safe, belong, and have purpose.”

Claybaugh developed the “Be Nice” culture when he founded by Paul Mitchell school division. This translated into a national phenomenon, leading Claybaugh to become a best-selling author and speaker as well as the dean of more than 100 schools nationwide. Implementing its approach at Salty Dawg Pet Salon has helped the brand provide a welcoming community for customers and employees. The brand is also committed to pursuing philanthropic efforts.

Although Salty Dawg may be a new player in the pet grooming industry, the brand’s founders have been in the beauty and hairdressing industry for over 40 years and have an impressive track record of investment. in their communities. To date, the co-founders of Salty Dawg have helped help the Paul Mitchell Schools National Network raise more than $23 million for charitable purposes, including $700,000 for animal-related nonprofits, donated through the Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation. The main animal-related grantees are the American Humane Society, the Best Friends Animal Society and the Morris Animal Foundation. “One of my fondest memories was working personally with the Trustee, Chairman and Spokesperson of the Morris Animal Foundation. Betty Whiteas we raised $520,000 for the animals she loved so much,” says Claybaugh.

With three sites currently in operation in Georgia, Illinoisand Texas, the grooming brand is actively seeking single and multi-unit franchise partners in 41 states. While they encourage those with franchise experience to apply, Salty Dawg’s accessible system is also designed to accommodate new franchise partners. Above all, Salty Dawg Pet Salon wants partners who embody Salty Dawg culture and love dogs. Including franchise fees, the initial investment for a Salty Dawg Pet Salon location ranges from $145,300 for $414,000.

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About Salty Dawg Pet Salon
Founded in 2018, Salty Dawg Pet Salon “animalizes differently” with a unique, service-focused culture inspired by the “Be Nice” culture found in the Paul Mitchell Schools network. Our seamless, stress-free environment allows pet parents to feel good knowing their pets are having an amazing experience. Our accelerated process allows licensed hairstylists and barbers to build on their previous training in scissor cutting, clipper-on-comb technique, and knowledge of hair texture, skin tone, and nail condition to become competent and confident pet stylists. For more information visit

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