Exciting New Updates!
We have an update releasing later today with various features that we have been developing for a few months. Below you will see the different features with videos and screenshots to better illustrate today's release. We have also made a blog post with all of this information so you can share with your staff.
Memberships Now Available!
For our businesses who are integrated with our credit card processor Card Connect, we are releasing the ability for you to create memberships and have them automatically billed to your customers. You will be able to set the renewal period for monthly, annually, or other increments that you prefer. You can sign customers up for a membership in your office or they can sign up and pay directly through the mobile app. When your customer signs up for a membership they will receive a monthly package with whichever services you would like to include in the membership. When their membership renews the next month, their package credits will reset and they will be given their membership credits on that date. To set up your memberships click the heart logo to see the video below:
To track and edit your memberships, we have created a "Membership Report". To access this report click "Manager" -> "Reports" -> "Membership Report". In this report you can toggle to see which memberships are active, cancelled, or inactive. You can also click "..." to modify, cancel, or delete the membership, or view the financial transaction in the payment register. To see how to use the "Membership Report" click the heart logo to see the video below:
Bar Code Scanner Update
With this release, we have added support for USB bar code scanners. There is nothing more for you to do than to plug it in and start scanning. In "Settings" -> "Pricing" -> "Retail Items" you can add "UPC" codes into your retail items. This will direct the scanner as to which item you are looking for. When you are inputting UPC codes you can simply scan an item and the UPC code will be entered. You can also search for items in your settings by scanning an item with an inputted UPC code. At checkout, if you click on the "items" tab, you can scan your item and it will find that item and add a quantity of one directly into your checkout. If you scan the same item again it will add another item as long as there is availability.
In our "Messages" section, we have added a "deleted" tab that will house all of your deleted messages. In this Deleted tab, you can also restore deleted messages. Any staff with "message access" will now be able to delete and restore messages, previously that was a manager/owner permission.
In the main message "Inbox" thread we have added a yellow highlight for messages that customers have sent to your business that staff have yet to respond to. You will see the yellow highlight in the "Updated" column in your inbox.
Another update in our messaging platform is the addition of templates. You can use templates both when you create a new message or when you reply to a message. To create a new template simply write the content you would like the template to say directly in the message and click "Save As Template". This will save the template for you to use in the future. To use a previously saved template, simply click on the drop down "template" selector and you will be able to choose which template you would like. Once selected, the template will load directly into the message. See the screenshot below for more detail:
New Payment Method Tracking
With this update, we have added the ability for you to customize which forms of payments you take and track. To access this you can go to "Settings" -> "Payments". In this section you can select which payment methods you would like to enable. Please note that tracking non integrated payment processors such as "Paypal" will NOT link directly into your Paypal account but will track which payments you log in Paw Partner were Paypal transactions. See the screenshot below for more detail:
Backdating Reservations Now Supported
With today's update, we are now supporting the ability to backdate reservations for all segments of Paw Partner: Boarding, Daycare, Grooming, and Training. You are now able to change the dates of the reservations before, during, and after a pet is checked out. Note that if you are modifying "Checked Out" reservations, your modifications will NOT also modify the payment register. If you want a payment modified, you will also need to modify the transaction directly in the payment register.
We are excited to be releasing these features today. We have a bountiful amount of features that we are continually working on so keep an eye out in the "Updates" section for all the new features releasing on Paw Partner. Thank you for being a part of our Paw Partner family, and please let us know if you have any questions or need any assistance at all to Support@pawpartner.com.
Grooming Repeating Reservation Update
We are excited to release a new update to allow staff to be able to create repeating grooming reservations. This update only allows staff to create repeating reservations, customers will still have the same reservation process as before.
Creating A New Repeating Grooming Reservation
To create a repeating grooming reservation you must do so in the groomer dashboard. This will not be available through "Quick Reservation" or "Create Reservation". In the groomer dashboard, go to either a groomer's calendar or the overview calendar. Note that whatever service and add-ons you select for the first reservation will be duplicated to the repeating reservations. In the groomer calendar, follow these steps:
- Select a time and date on the calendar to make the reservation.
- Select a pet.
- Select a service.
- Select any requested add-ons.
- Next to "Repeat Reservation" click "Select Dates".
- A pop-up window will appear which will allow you to select your desired repeating options.
- Review the selected dates.
- Click "Create Reservation".
See this video for more detail:
Adjusting Conflicting Repeat Reservations
When you select your repeating reservations, the dates you are selecting may conflict with a full groom schedule, closures for holidays, staff time off etc. When there is a conflict for a repeating reservation, that reservation will be highlighted yellow and will have "Waitlist" as the status. This is because there is a conflict and that reservation can't be made. You are easily able to change this reservation by clicking the "Adjust" button.
When you click the "Adjust" button a pop-up window appears where you can change the desired reservation to a different time on the same day, you can select a different day, and you can even select a different groomer. After adjusting the conflicting reservation the status will automatically update from the status of "Waitlist" to "Confirmed". Click "close" in the top right of the screen closing the pop-up window. This conflicting reservation will then be resolved and move onto the next conflict or you can click "Create Reservation" and your repeating reservations will be created.
See this video for detail:
Multiple Grooming Add-Ons Have Been Created
With this release you are now able to select more than one grooming add-on. Next to the add-on there is now a drop down selector where you can choose to add up to 5 of those add-ons. See the photo below for more detial:
New Text Message Use Report
For our customers who have text message integration with Paw Partner you will now have a report showing your text message usage for the month. Our Text Messaging plan is $10.99 per month with 700 messages included and 2 cents per message after 700. Previously, since Paw Partner didn't have this report we had been giving unlimited messages for the $10.99 fee. Beginning in December 2021, the message plans will go into effect. The text message overages will be processed the first business day of the following month. For example, December's text messages will be charged the first business day of January. To access the text message report go to
Manager -> Reports -> Text Message Report
Note that the text messages seen in this report and charged are ONLY text messages sent by the business. Incoming text messages are completely free to you. You have full control over what text messages get sent. We have full customization over what triggers a text being sent by your business. To view and change what texts are sent by your business go to:
Settings -> Messaging
Next to "Enabled Text Messages" select the check boxes for which events you want texts to be sent for. See photo for more details:
Updates for 11/4/21
Today we have three small updates to the grooming and training sections in Paw Partner. Below are the updates for both grooming and training in Paw Partner.
Today Tab Now Showing Kennel Number For Boarding And Daycare Pets
In the "Today" tab of the groomer and trainer dashboard, we have added the boarding/daycare service and kennel number under the "service" section. See photo below for details:
Service Count Number In The Groomer And Trainer Calendar
In both the individual and groomer/trainer overview calendars we have added a number under each staff member. This number correlates to the amount of services booked for that staff member on that day. See this photo for more detail:
Staff Name Added To Cells In Groomer/Trainer Overview Calendar
In both the Groomer/Trainer overview calendar, we have added the staff name every four hours in the background cells for you to more easily see which staff member is on which lane. We have also added the staff to the bottom scroll bar as well. See photo for detail:
Thank you all for the great feedback we appreciate you helping us make the platform better!
New Booking Updates For Group Training Classes
Today's release features a new way of booking group training classes. Based on feedback from our businesses, we have updated the look and flow of making a reservation for a training group class. After the update, when selecting a group class, instead of having a calendar view pop up, we now list out all of the classes in one continuous view. It is separated by month to limit the amount of scrolling needed by large facilities.
Business staff will always be able to see all classes. Full classes will have a red banner instead of green making it easier to see which classes are full. Customers will only be able to view full classes if the waitlist is enabled. If waitlist is not enabled, then full classes will not be viewable for customers. If there are no classes available for the month, you can easily toggle to the next month. We have also added a "Next Available Class" button that will take you to the next available class when there are no classes available for the remainder of the month.
Please see the screenshot below and let us know if you have any questions or feedback about this new feature!