Business Gone to the Dogs?

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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

Social Services

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.

Dog Wash-o-rama

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.

Working Dogs

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!

Energetic And Growing

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When dogs get bigger, stronger, heavier and faster, you really have to watch carefully. When they are running around and after each other in great excitement, they can so easily run into you accidentally and quite unexpectedly. It is most unfortunate when a person has been accidentally knocked over by a dog who may be one of the friendliest you could ever wish to meet. So take great care and watch for other dogs, especially when they come racing up behind you.
For a puppy, the important thing is for him to meet people and get used to seeing, hearing and investigating things in the outside world. When he grows up, he will still need to be taken out, so that he does not become bored or frustrated by being kept at home all the time.

You should not walk a puppy too far when he is very young, otherwise he will become exhausted. Remember, his bones and muscles are growing and he will soon become tired, just like we all did when we were very young.

Although a puppy may be very energetic, do not run with him on the leash. In fact, it is better for you to walk slowly. The reason for this is that puppies often dash from side to side in front of us, quite unexpectedly at times, and we must be very careful not to tread on them. By walking slowly you have a much better chance of avoiding such frisky puppies. But if you run, you won’t have much chance of avoiding your puppy if he suddenly cuts in front of you. Not only can the puppy be injured, like having his leg broken, but he can also become afraid of your great clumsy feet.

When out with your pet, you will pass many things that may appear to be strange and threatening to your dog or puppy; his natural reaction will be to move away from those things. If you allow that to happen without trying to help him overcome his fears, your dog or puppy will get worse and never want to go up to such things. When you see him become frightened or unsure about a particular object, let him out on the full length of the leash so that he can feel free to move around in a fairly large circular area around you. This is known as the dog’s area of independence. This will help the dog, particularly a puppy, to feel more at ease and give him time to settle down and overcome his fears. Treats are perfect in this situation.  Taste of the wild coupons are available these days to help on your purse.  Don’t pull the leash tight or shorten it, otherwise the dog will start to panic. Now start talking to and examining the object by slowly running your hands over it. Very soon your dog or puppy, thinking that he is missing out on something, will gradually come up to it, sniff it and probably start wagging his tail and thinking the whole thing is great fun. I have often turned to my client and said, “Your dog feels unsure about the ticking water meter,” or, “That green garbage bag bellowing in the breeze is disturbing your dog. Have you ever spoken to such things before?” With an astonished look on his or her face, my client declares in a somewhat uneasy way, “No, I haven’t!” “Well,” I reply, “Now’s your chance!” I demonstrate first and then ask him or her to do it by quite simply talking in a reassuring manner while slowly running his or her hands over the object. Within a very short time, the dog investigates the object and the owner realizes the importance of the exercise. While you are examining the object, talk to your dog by saying something like, “Oh! What’s this then? You have a look at this. That’s very good. Oh, you clever little dog! There now, isn’t that cool, huh?” Now take your dog a few steps back up the sidewalk, turn around and walk by that object again; talk encouragingly as you do this. See how your dog thinks it is great fun. There he is, wagging his tail. He’s not afraid anymore, is he? And why isn’t he afraid? It is because you have supported your dog and carefully introduced him to such things so that he is quite happy about meeting them again in the future.

You can use the same procedure when introducing your dog or puppy to other dogs he may meet in the street. As you approach the other dog, talk quietly and reassuringly. By doing this, not only will you support your dog or puppy, but you can also have a calming effect on the strange dog. Keep your leash just slack but on the high side so that your dog doesn’t get his legs over it. As the dogs sniff each other and revolve around, you must walk around, too, so that you are always on the opposite side to where the other dog is. Never let the other dog come between you and your dog. If there was a fight, you would not be able to pull your dog away. You will probably see the hackles come up on the necks, backs and tails of the dogs. This is not a sign of aggression, but a sign of caution. Each dog doesn’t know what to expect of the other. With calm talking you can get them to relax and you will see the hackles come down. The tails will then wag freely, and the dogs will want to play.

If your dog shows fear of any strange object, examine it and encourage your dog to meet it.