A little soul searching is also required.“Know before going into it that it’s more than just kissing kittens and playing with puppies,” says Sherry L.
Suhosky, president of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters.
Factors like increasing pet ownership (especially relating to adoption) and progressing consumer preferences toward pet care has caused the industry to nearly double over the last decade.
Currently, the demand for high value pet services like doggy daycare is at an all-time high.
“It can be a very physically demanding job and you’re alone a lot.
Treat this as a business -- not a hobby.”Read about 7 Benefits of Owning a Small Business Starting your own pet care business can be daunting, but it can also be very rewarding.If you’ve ever considered starting a dog daycare or kennel business, now might be the time.If done properly, owning a kennel business can be quite lucrative; and, though this type of business may not be for everyone, providing a safe and secure place for peoples pets can offer a very rewarding career to those that love pets and their parents.Or, simply volunteer time at your local SPCA or animal shelter.All these options could provide invaluable experience and knowledge of the industry and save you time, money, and headaches in the future.You will likely need a kennel license and vendor license but, don’t take our word for it, every location is different.Contact your appropriate state, city, and county offices regarding licensing and taxes for new businesses.For starters, our company was born out of the needs of animal shelters and, in addition to previously owning a kennel and dog training business, we have spent 20 years developing relationships with shelter and kennel professionals and the surrounding pet community.Suffice to say, this experience has helped us deeply understand some of the key success factors (and mistakes) in opening a kennel business or doggy daycare.Location is particularly important for doggy daycares and grooming businesses where clients will be dropping off their dogs more often.Having a location that is in their neighborhood or on the way to work is a great selling point.