How To Start a Dog Daycare Business

If you love dogs, then starting a dog daycare business makes good sense for you. You will be able to devote time and affection to the dogs while working.

Many people think of their dog as their best friend; even when their actual kids go off to college or move out, these people will still want someone they can trust to watch over their best friend while they are on vacation or at work.

The first thing to consider when starting a dog daycare business is what type of services you wish to provide. Do you want to offer grooming, bathing, walks and daycare or a combination of these? It is a good idea to go through an obedience class and a class in canine behavior, since you will be working with dogs of all different temperaments and backgrounds. Many classes like these are held through local pet stores or animal shelters. If you want to offer grooming services, it's also a good idea to get training in this area.  You can offer to work as a volunteer for your local animal shelter to pick up a few hours of real-world experience in grooming.

You will need to check into any licenses that you may need for running a business and whether there are any permits that you may need to obtain before starting your business.

Next, you will want to determine how you are going to get started in your business as far as finding financing and purchasing your products. You may choose to buy them locally, or from an internet supplier. You may want to ask around in your area if you are not familiar with any companies that sells dog supplies.

Next, figure out how many dogs you think you will be able to accommodate and look for a place big enough for that number of animals. You do want to take into account that you will need to have plenty of water available, and will also need places for the dogs to exercise.

Once all of that is in place, think of a name for your dog daycare business and start advertising either by handing out business cards, posting a sign or even radio spots on your local radio station. These would be the cheapest ways to advertise in the beginning so you aren't spending too much money but you are getting your name circulated around the area. You may also try to circulate your name in the community by printing fliers on your computer and placing them on cars, in laundry mats, grocery stores and gas stations for people to see.

Later on, after your business has picked up you can try advertising in your local paper or maybe even a billboard - but these methods can get expensive, so you may need to wait a while before trying to tackle that expense.

There are many different types of dogs and dog owners; look around and see what they are most interested in, as well as what interests you personally, and get started with your dog daycare business. 


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