Perhaps it is time to examine your puppy’s potential. Man’s best friend can be a great asset or your hardest working employee. A simple google search yields hundreds of dog related businesses. If you have a passion for pooches, perhaps a dog based biz is right for you. Below are just a few tails we found on the net and elsewhere.
Traditional Dog Business
No not that kind of dog business, I’m barking about veterinarians, breeders, trainers, and groomers. All of these businesses require some expertise, training, and background working around various breeds and a tolerance for all canine temperaments. Many of these can be rewarding careers and pay handsome salaries. Other non traditional business will help fill a need or are based on personal experiences.
Products for pets
Creating that unique product for pets and their owners can be a business worth exploring. Who would ever think a dog might need sun glasses? Doggles .com does and has a wide assortment of Dog Goggles, pet sunscreens, car windowshades, a variety of clothing, and accessories.
Long life glow-in-the-dark dog collars are now being manufactured by Exiglo who normally makes safety products for home and office.
If you are a carpenter or woodworker you might consider a part time gig making and selling customized dog houses. Indoor and outdoor models can be highly decorative or be more appealing than the plastic igloo at the local pet store and may be marketed to upscale neighborhoods. One could also create DIY kits.
What unique product can you think of? ….doggy waterbeds with magic paws… hmmmmm
Dogs make great companions for the disabled and for the elderly. However, pet ownership may not be possible due to living arrangements, finances, or physical limitations. A well trained dog can be taken for frequent visits and provide health benefits that go beyond the obligatory nature of attending staff interaction. Studies have shown that petting an animal lowers blood pressure. Dogs owners can also benefit from the human interactions and help they provide. There is usually a snack or other rewards for the dog too.
Lets face it, our dogs get dirty and cleaning them up in our own house creates another mess. DIY dog washes charge dog owners a minimal fee to wash their dogs and offer a convenient selection of shampoos, dog food, toys, and professional grooming service for the non-DIY’ers. And they clean up for you. How profitable one can make this type of business relies on the dog population you can serve and a great deal of local marketing. David A. Grass has written a guide if you are interested in starting your own DIYDW. Start your own self-service dog wash
Doggy daycare and Dog spas also fall into this category.
Some breeds of dogs are natural herders and workers. Many are used on farms to drive cattle and sheep into desired areas. But David Marcks, Founder and President of Geese Police, Inc., puts his highly trained border collies to work ridding public spaces and golf courses of unwanted Canada geese without harming the geese.
Hollywood also is on the look out for cute and well trained animals as extras or as stars. Do you own the next Benji, Spuds McKenzie, Beethoven, or Marmaduke?
Branding with Dogs
Since most people have had positive experiences with friendly breeds of dogs, they are often used in advertising. Each breed has a particular social stereotype , so selection of a dog to use is critical. A cartoon dog that sends a message or tail wagging pup can easily help draw customers into the message beyond the typical marketing speak. One United Kingdom cartoonist even set about to create a value conscious dog who could be licensed for a seal of approval. Search google for “Buddy the value dog”. True dog lovers might even have a business or calling card with an image of their favorite breed or personal pet.
Whether you are an avid dog lover, animal marketing guru, inventor, builder, groomer, or trainer, dogs have a functional place in our society and can bring profit and happiness to those fortunate enough to interact with them. Woof!