10 Pet business ideas-The ideas below range from pet-based products through providing pet services that involve working with animals, but you won’t find any pet business ideas on the list that involve the retail breeding and selling of animals. As a long-time Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals supporter, this is something I’m vehemently opposed to.
1) Doggie Daycare
Another pet business idea on the same theme, the Doggie Daycare has very similar pros and cons. There is an increasing need for this kind of pet service as more working people are discovering that dogs left alone day after day while the owner works can bark and be destructive. On the con side, though, you may find this a difficult business to locate because of zoning regulations and municipal bylaws.
2) Dog Training/Obedience
If you can do this and do it well, you can probably write your own ticket. There are an awful lot of people out there who don’t have enough time or skill or both to train a dog properly – but for some reason, have bought one anyway and now need someone to train it. Venue is not necessarily a problem; facilities to run dog training classes can be rented.
Learn more about How to Start a Dog Training Business.
3) Pet Training
If you’re a really skilled animal trainer, and have an interest in media, maybe a pet business specializing in training animals for film and TV is for you. Remember Morris the cat? Lobo? Moose, the Jack Russell terrier on the TV show Frasier? Some animals become huge stars. Hollywood Paws (based in Los Angeles) is an example of a business that trains animals and their owners to work in the entertainment industry.
4) Pet Finding Business
Are you the kind of person who enjoys solving puzzles? Maybe you’ve even thought of being a detective at some point. If so, you might put your sleuthing skills to work running a Pet Finding business. You can help distraught pet owners get their loved ones back and make money too. Tracker dogs join growing industry to help owners find lost pets (Steve Hendrix, Washington Post) profiles one such business, Pure Gold Pet Trackers, that uses the tracking skills of a golden retriever named Sasha to find people’s lost pets.
5) Dog Walking
Another dog-related service that busy pet owners need is to have their dogs walked regularly. The key to success with this pet business idea, I would think, would be time management. You’d definitely want to have enough clients so you could take x number of dogs out for a walk at a time, rather than just walking one and then returning it to its owner.
6) Dog Grooming
Dog grooming is a very popular pet business as walking is one of those chores related to dog ownership that many people would rather pay someone else to do rather than do themselves. Another reason for its popularity is that, like pet sitting, it’s quite a flexible business idea. You could operate a dog grooming business as a mobile service or run it out of a retail shop, for example.
7) Pooper Scooper
While we’re on the subject of chores related to dog ownership that many people would rather pay someone else to do rather than do themselves, don’t forget poop scooping. This involves visiting customers’ properties on a weekly or monthly basis and collecting and disposing of dog feces.
Yes, it’s dirty, messy work but so are lots of things that people do to make money. On the pro side, there’s no special training or equipment needed and you can easily operate this business from home.
8) Pooch Couture
Pets, children – the difference between them has blurred considerably in the eyes of many pet owners. So many dog owners like to dress up their pets, creating all kinds of pet business opportunities to supply dogs with fashionable, good looking gear. (Cat owners know that they’ll be lucky to get away with putting a collar on little Tiger, let alone anything else, so the opportunities for creating and selling cat gear are much more limited.) Once again, you can create the couture yourself or distribute someone else’s.
9) Pet Supply Store
All kinds of pets need supplies and gear, and pet owners seem to like the convenience of being able to “one-stop” shop. This kind of pet business seems to be dominated by franchises, but it is still possible to start your own business from scratch. Such a business could also supply pet-related services as well, such as dog grooming. (Picture an in-house “dog spa”, for example, surrounded by products.)
10) Pet Business Marketing
The key to success for many small businesses is to find and fill a niche market. Pet business marketing is an example of this. There are so many pet businesses now that it’s possible to run a successful marketing business that caters to the needs of pet business owners exclusively. Fetching Communications, for instance, provides everything from blogging placement and social media through trade show campaigns exclusively for pet businesses since 2003. If you have the marketing expertise, pet marketing might be the business you’ve been looking for.