Starting a Dog Day Care Business is a fast-growing service business that’s catching on in many areas of the country because people really do love their dogs.
The local dog daycare near my house charges $250 per week, per pet. And that’s if you drop off your pet just 3 times per week. A full week and you’re paying $450.
Do the math.
But take into account the cost of the space, the insurance costs, and the costs of running a business and the numbers don’t add up as quickly as you’d expect. But it is a business where you can make plenty of money.
But they also have lives away from their beloved pets. And if you can help these pet owners go about their everyday lives without the stress and worry of taking the dog out or feeling guilty because he’s at home, sad and lonely, you’ll be able to capitalize on a growing trend of Doggie Daycare Centers.
Dog owners love the option because their pets will get exercise and socialization in a neutral territory. That way the owner can go to work and not feel as guilty coming home to a dog loaded with energy because he slept all day.
It’s a different business from starting a pet-sitting or dog walking business because it requires physical space (that you rent or own) that is typically regulated by each state (although check with your state or town).
It’s also different from an overnight stay kennel, because the dogs are only brought in during the day while their owners are at work. Some people even bring their dogs to a Dog Day Care center so their dogs can simply socialize with other dogs.
People won’t stop getting pets even when their time is already limited. A lot of families have two income earners who don’t have the time it takes to care for a dog.
That’s why dog daycare centers are popping up all over the place. People are renting out empty spaces or buildings along busy roads and putting up shop.
Valuable skills/Requirements for the Pet Business
Dog training and handling experience is a necessity. Just because you love dogs doesn’t mean you’ll be able to handle the various personalities.
You’ll also need to check with your local town or state regulations and requirements. Trying to set up your center without getting the proper registration and licensing is certainly asking for trouble.
You should also learn to appreciate the love the owners have for their dogs — you’ll be dealing with them everyday.
The center will need to consist of an enclosed yard in addition to indoor space for inclement weather. Kennel cages are also a necessity and often a requirement.
You need to bonded and insured and you should check with a lawyer for any further legal requirements or suggestions.
This business can be started for less than $2,000 if you already have the space and the permits that may be required in your state. If you plan to run this business out of your home, you also need to check with your local requirements with regards to the zoning laws.
If you need to rent a facility and can’t do it on your own property or property you own because of local zoning laws or regulations, the cost will be higher.
If you are going to run the center from your home, check with your homeowners insurance carrier to see what the allowances are and how much you will need to add to the policy.
Pros or Cons
This is not an easy, get rich quick business. But once you set up shop you will be surprised to find the number of people who don’t want to keep their pets alone for long periods of time during the day.
A Dog day care center allows the owner to go off to work and forget about having to worry about a dog’s depression or loneliness.
If you like dogs (a lot of them, all at once) this is a great business to get into and it can be very profitable.
A clear indication of trends of by looking at future employment statistics throughout the country.
And according to the US Department of Labor, employment within the animal care and service is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2010.
Looking at this one bit of information is a clear indication that pet ownership will continue to grow at an escalated pace throughout the country, giving anyone interested in the pet-care business a great outlook.