Michelle Nelson is a forward-thinking retail expert who turned her passion and dreams into success and reality. Through hard work and perseverance Michelle has built a million dollar pet retail business from ground zero! As the owner of The Pet Authority and having survived the rise and fall of five other pet stores in the small community of Albert Lea, MN, she understands the daily struggles that retail owners face when competing against big-box retailers and online retail giants.
We’re lucky to have her as an Official Pet Boss Nation Mentor!
Michelle is passionate about helping her fellow retailers successfully navigate the daily struggles of managing employees, inventory management, marketing, developing systems, cash flow and so much more.
Dani was born into a dog enriched household and started out in the world of show dogs and competition training. She’s studied dog training under notables Karen Pryor, Ian Dunbar and Bob & Marion Bailey and has most recently completed a two year program with Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog Trainers. Dani is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer with a Certification in Training and Counseling from the Academy.
After many years of dog training on the side of a career in the art world, Dani opened A Place for Paws, a doggy daycare and training facility in 1999 in Ohio. Soon after that, she started to manufacture raw food and single ingredient treats for local distribution. Then two years ago, she purchased an existing brick and mortar pet business, now called Paws on Main.
“I’ve been to many retailer training seminars, but always a mix of other industries. No one has done a retreat for pet retailers and I am excited to be a part of a giant mastermind! Being able to connect to other independent pet retailers, face to face, sharing stories, combining efforts to compete is, to me, an invaluable prospect.”
Beth Staley, Happy Dog Barkery, Downers Grove, IL
“I signed up to get more in-depth education for business owners, how to drive sales, lead employees, fix burn out, etc. Also looking to connect with other business |owners that are supportive and who are willing to share ideas and strategies. Most other events in this industry are not focused on the business owner. “
Kristi Andrews, The Barkery, Tewksbury, MA
What are the dates of Camp Pet Boss?
April 30 - May 3, 2019
Will Camp Pet Boss be back again next year?
We're not totally sure, actually. Since this is the first year we're hosting this event, we'd like to go through the experience before committing again. So if you're on the fence, this is a great reason to jump in now, as the opportunity may not happen again!
Who can attend this event?
At least one guest should be a pet industry professional. Spouse, Partner and Friends rates are available if you want to bring your most important people with you. But because of our very limited room spaces, every person must purchase a ticket to come to Camp. Some discount can be arranged for non-pet industry / non-business owners friends or family. If you're interested in those rates please email us at email@example.com
What should I do to prepare?
You don't have to do anything special, other than bringing your travel and petcare necessities. We encourage you to bring a laptop or ipad, chargers, or a notepad, and business cards, of course :)
Where does my dog sleep?
With you, of course!
Do I bring my own dog food?
Yes! Because all our dogs eat many different kinds of foods, and because there are many different approaches to feeding, Camp Pet Boss does not provide meals for the dogs.
What is the property like?
The facility for Camp is 600 acres of fields, woods, and lakefront. Camp is adjacent to a private beachfront for swimming. The property is NOT fenced in completely, but there is lots of room to roam.
What is your vaccine policy?
We require that all dogs be up-to-date on their rabies vaccines (we do accept the 3-year rabies vaccine). We also require current vaccines or titers for distemper and parvo. Bordetella is strongly recommended but not required. We do accept titers for those who vaccinate less frequently. Dogs should be free of fleas before attending camp. We recommend some form of tic prevention prior to camp. If your dog has some type of health issue which makes vaccination contraindicated, please contact us so that we can discuss your situation.
Is there refrigeration for raw dog food?
There are a couple of community refrigerators available for those who need to store raw dog food while at camp. Refrigerator space is limited, priority is given to medications and dog food that must be kept cold. For personal drinks or snacks in your room, we strongly recommend a cooler.
I have special dietary needs (ex. Gluten free, vegan, vegetarian), can meals be accommodated for me?
The dining hall staff do their best to accommodate various dietary needs. Please be sure to let us know at least 2 weeks prior to camp if you have special dietary needs.
How physically demanding is camp for the human?
Camp does take place in a large outdoor setting. Indoor sessions are a short walk from the lodge building, while the beach and some outdoor activity areas are a longer walk. A person does not necessarily have to be “fit” to enjoy camp, but should be able to spend time outside in various weather conditions, walk on gravel paths, and be comfortable getting a little muddy/dirty.
Can I bring my children?
Camp Pet Boss participants must be 18 years of age or older. We love children, however, we have found that having younger participants at camp does have an impact on the camp community, therefore we do maintain an 18 years of age or older policy. If you would like to bring your family, we encourage you to take the off-site lodging option. You can attend Camp Pet Boss, while your family enjoys many of the area attractions and recreational activities.
Do I need to bring a crate for my dog?
If your dog can reliably be left alone in your room without causing damage, then you do not need to crate your dog. If your dog has separation anxiety, is prone to chewing/scratching on things or is not fully house-trained, then yes, please bring a crate.
How far is the Amtrak station from camp?
About 10 minutes.
What are the closest airports?
The regional airport in Madison is about 45 minutes away, Milwaukee airport 2 hours, and Chicago O’Hare about 3.5 hours.
Do I need to bring my own bedding and towels?
Depending on the room, there are full size and twin beds, some rooms have bunk beds to accommodate multiple people in a room. The Camp provides a pillow, sheets, and a blanket. There are washcloths and towels available in your room. There is no housekeeping during camp, so you can bring additional sheets and towels if you would like. There is a washer/dryer at camp available.
Is there a general store at camp for things like ice, toiletries, snacks, etc?
The Pet Boss Boutique is on-site and sells Camp Pet Boss merchandise (clothing, accessories), dog treats, office supplies and other items. Camp Grounds are located within a 1-2 minute drive from a nearby grocery stores, big box outlets and gas stations.
What if it rains?
If it rains, we get a little wet. Activities continue as scheduled at Camp Pet Boss unless it is a downpour or thunderstorm. Many of our outdoor activities have secondary indoor locations, but we also have rainy day alternative programming-just in case! No one likes the rain, but we’re ready!
What are the rooms like?
Our Camp facility offers lodge rooms with private bathrooms, air conditioning and heat, and “real” beds (queen and twin size). The cabins come with all of the charm of children’s overnight camp, pretty basic with wood floors, electricity, screened windows, and nearby centrally located bathhouses with showers, sinks, and toilets. We strongly recommend campers add the little touches of home to create their camp home-away-from-home for the weekend.