Friday, June 27, 2008

101 Best Businesses for Pet Lovers!

Mum and I are really lucky. We get to spend all the time together, work together building our pet businesses and marketing business, meet new pet lovers, and spend all our time doing what we love.

Want to turn your passion of working with pets into a career? Check out 101 Best Businesses for Pet Lovers, a new book that helps you know what you need about starting and succeeding in a pet business of your own.

The book outlines careers such as pet photographer, pet party host, dog groomer, greeting card maker, masseuse, doggie daycare owner, pet sitter, pet product inventory and manufacturer and many more. And shares info on how to get started, what you need to begin your new career, how to market, start up costs and much more.

We enjoyed perusing the book, got a few great tips for our clients, and even dreamed of starting yet another pet business of our own!

101 Best Businesses for Pet Lovers

101 Best Businesses for Pet Lovers


  1. My mom had a kindergartner who wasn't very interested in phonics and sight words (whatever they are), but she loved dogs and horses and loved to draw. My mom thinks she's gonna be a great pet artist someday. Either that or a children's book illustrator--and there will be a dog on every page! Woofs, Kharma

  2. Choosing a Dog Walking Service

    Walking your dog Dogs need fresh air and exercise to maintain their health. Some breeds, such as herding or working dogs, may need much more exercise than others. Dog walkers can exercise your dog when it's hard for you to find the time, or if you have mobility problems. When interviewing dog walkers, find out:

    * Does he or she have a genuine love for dogs? Ask to set up a meeting with all of you present, including your dog. Make sure they get along and have a good rapport.

    * How many dogs do they walk at the same time? The walker must be able to safely manage the dogs in case a situation arises. Some will offer "group walks" (usually less expensive) as well as individualized walks for those who prefer personal one-on-one dog walking time.

    * For group walks, your dog should be walked with other dogs the same size and energy level. A tiny Yorkie, for example, won't appreciate getting inadvertantly stepped on by a big enthusiastic lab. Likewise, a young, energetic pup won't enjoy being held back out of deference to a senior dog who wants a leisurely stroll.

    * Will your dog's fitness level be taken into account? Dogs who are out-of-shape or overweight will not be able to immediately take off on brisk walks. Young dogs or working breeds may need more than the "average" amount of exercise. The dog walker should be able to custom-tailor walks for your dog.

    * What experience do they have? Someone who's an experienced handler and who knows how to ready doggy body language is ideal. Not only does your dog walker need to be able to read your dog's body language for signs of stress or something that's 'not quite right'... he or she also needs to read the body language of other dogs they may meet while walking.

    A knowledge of basic first aid is also useful.

    * On-leash or off-leash? You should be able to ask your walker to keep your dog on-leash, if that's what you prefer. Some dogs may not return on command to someone they don't know well. Arrange a consultation meeting to determine what's best for your dog.

    * Will the same person walk your dog all the time? If the walker is away, who will take his or her place?

    A tired dog is a happy dog!!


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