SALEM — The Salem Planning Board gave conditional site plan approval Tuesday to Wolf Pack Canine — a dog daycare, kennel and training service — to set up at 346 South Broadway, Unit 4. Meanwhile, another dog daycare business, Puppy Paradis, is opening down the road later this month.
Wolf Pack Canine will accommodate up to 55 dogs on any given day at its 4,250-square-foot space. The business also plans to construct at the rear of the building a new outdoor play area with a solid wooden fence.
The daycare will be a cage-free environment with an indoor relief station with built-in drainage. Attendees with stay with the dogs at all times, and the pets will have one or two half-hour breaks in the outdoor area. Dogs will be separated by temperament, age and size.
Overnight boarding will be available in 8-by-4-foot raised kennels.
Basic obedience training will be an additional service.
William Fagan is starting the business with his cousin, Jared Wolf. Fagan would own the business initially, and Wolf would become a partner if all goes well within the first year of being open, Fagan told the Union Leader Wednesday.
Fagan operates a couple of machine shops in Massachusetts, and Wolf has more than 10 years of experience working with dogs. For the last five years, Wolf managed and operated a similar business in Reading, Mass., called K-9 Top Performance.
While Fagan lives in nearby Methuen, Mass., and Wolf in Haverhill, Mass., both men have ties to Salem.
Fagan said he’s investing about $100,000 to set up the business, using his own savings. He said dog daycares have been an emerging industry for the past five years, with more pet owners opting to leave their dogs in more interactive environments as opposed to leaving them home alone all day.
“I think what sets us apart from other dog daycares ... is we offer training,” Fagan said.
Board members asked about how waste disposal, odors and noise will be handled.
Fagan told the board that solid and liquid waste will be vacuumed with special shop vacuums and disposed of off-site by a waste removal company in Derry called Turd Herders. Fagan said he performed a sound test with a trained 85-pound German shepherd that was commanded to bark for half an hour straight, but people in adjacent units could not hear him.
“It’s apparently sound proof,” Fagan told board members.
Fagan said the plan is to open the business on Sept. 1. Eventually, he hopes to grow the business to accommodate more dogs, and offer additional services like grooming and retail.
Wolf Pack Canine is the second kennel company to be approved in Salem in recent months. The town’s planning board gave conditional approval to dog daycare and kennel business Puppy Paradis on April 23, which will be located at 484 South Broadway.
Puppy Paradis is planning an open house event for July 21 to mark its official opening, according to Alex Batista, who is co-owner with fiancée Amanda Paradis.
They are currently renovating the building, which was vacant. Batista said they will have an outdoor play area, and that they will be able to host about 30 dogs in their 2,200-square-foot space.
He said the market is ripe for expansion.
“Demand outweighs supply right now. A lot of facilities are not taking more dogs in,” Batista said.
He said this is their first business, but that Paradis has experience as a dog watcher.
Batista said they have invested more than $200,000 in the business so far with financing from Triangle Credit Union in Nashua.