If Pets Had Thumbs Day is March 3rd: What Would Your Dog Do?

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We have all seen some bizzare holidays pop up in our calendars, but this one really tickled me – “If Pets Had Thumbs Day”.

This holiday is the perfect day, for all dog owners, to imagine what life would be like if our dogs actually had opposable thumbs!

Here’s some PAWsome things I think they would get up to:

 

Open The Fridge

Bottomline, there would be no food left.

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Text You To Ask You To Bring Him Back a Bone

If dogs have thumbs, they would have phones too!

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Take a Selfie

I mean who doesn’t like taking selfies, they would probably use Snapchat filters too *sigh

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Actually, Clean Up After Himself

If only this was true.

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Use the Computer

Be careful they don’t sell the cat on ebay.

dogsHog The Remote

Next thing you know – they will be signing up for DOGTV.

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Hitch Hike To The Park

Dogs love the park and I’m positive, if they could, they would hitchhike there everyday.

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Read The Newspaper

The ‘Daily Dog’ would be a hit!

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So there’s all the wacky things we think dogs would do if they had thumbs, but the possibilities are endless! What do you think your dog would do? Comment below.

 

Protect Your Reputation & Manage Customer Satisfaction With 123Pet Reputation Management!

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The internet has dramatically changed the way people choose where they spend their time and money. Long gone are the days where people had to choose a pet groomers through suggestions from family and friends.

With the rise of Yelp, Google and Facebook – 75% of consumers now search online to discover a business, and 84% trust online reviews as much as friends! Those stats are scary, but in reality this gives you the opportunity to outmaneuver the competition and gain clients that were difficult to reach in the past.

There are so many potential online locations that your clients could leave dog grooming reviews  – this makes managing your online reputation tricky. That’s where 123Pet Reputation Management can help!

Get Proactive – Protect Your Business Online

Your reputation is everything and with customers posting dog grooming reviews on a variety of different platforms, we understand – it’s tough and time consuming to stay on top of everything!

123Pet Reputation Management will help you manage customer satisfaction all in one spot, so you can identify and address issues before they can boil over and transform into a potential threat to your business.

Responding quickly to both good and bad dog grooming reviews is very important, as you show all prospective clients reading your response that you care about delivering a great pet grooming experience.

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Monitor Your Dog Grooming Reviews & Respond Easily

When a client reviews your groomers, how long does it take you to see and/or respond? A quick response is especially vital when it comes to an unhappy customer, a dissatisfied customer will tell between 9-15 people about their experience.

Some businesses will even offer unhappy customers a special discount or promotion as an apology. Offering a customer 50% off their pets groom, because they were dissatisfied, will give you the chance to make their next experience a positive one and possibly win them back as a client.

123Pet Reputation Management allows you to respond to positive & negative comments from one simple dashboard. See a detailed overview of your online reputation so that you can see at a glance: how many reviews you have received from Facebook, Yelp & Google, when the reviews were received and how many were approved or disapproved.

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Encourage The People Who Love You To Tell The World

Dealing with negative reviews is one thing, but how do you persuade your best customers to leave a great review of your business?

With 123Pet Reputation Management you can send automated texts and emails to clients (of your choice) asking them to review their experience with you. Don’t panic – if the review is not good you can disapprove and send a quick response to show them you acknowledge the issue and are outlining the steps to rectify the situation.

Client sends a great review? Encourage them to tell the world with our automated tool that post them to Yelp, Facebook and/or Google. Grow your likes, shares, reviews and social media engagement!  

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Combining an excellent reputation online and using powerful software to manage that reputation will help you secure more pets, reach a wider audience and keep your groomers a ‘bark’ above the rest.

Want to learn more about how 123Pet Reputation Management works? Call our pet experts at (800) 376-0123 to find out more!

How to Run a Successful Kennel Facility

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Dog are an important member of the family. So, if people need to board there dogs, they’re going to be choosy. As they should.

There are about 9,000 boarding kennels for dogs in North America. Chances are there are at least 2 or 3 choices for customers to consider in your area.

Each kennel is as different as the next. From the play yard experience to the extra services that you offer but the most important thing is a positive experience for your customers and their dogs.

Here are some things to consider for running a successful kennel facility:

The Atmosphere

You should invite your customers to tour your kennel if they are considering. Showing your customer around should make them feel more at ease.

Set up an appointment. When they arrive, show them the layout, play areas, and living/sleeping quarters and make sure they walk away with a feeling that their dog would be safe and happy staying in your boarding facility.

Running a Successful Kennel Layout

The floor plan should have at least three specific areas. A pickup and drop off area, social and play areas, and quiet sleeping areas. There should be gates between each area to keep dogs where they belong.

Make sure you have efficient security and monitoring capabilities. You’ll want all your staff to be aware of everything happening in the facility at all times.

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Social Space

Your staff should watch spaces where dogs interact with one another. They should have training in dog behavior and know what to do if a fight breaks out.

Every dog should have access to play space. Very social dogs can mingle together and play. More reserved or skittish dogs need their own patch of grass.

Ensure your staff know how to decide where clients dogs fit best. Get as much details from the client as possible about their dog and discuss where their dog will be happiest.

Quiet Space

Make sure your kennel offers a quiet place for dogs to sleep, eat and relax.  This space should be plenty big enough to fit a crate or individual kennel in. All dogs should have their own spot to sleep.

It should be a comfortable temperature, clean, and well lit. Make sure these quiet spaces present good hygiene and clean equipment.

Allow clients to bring their own dog’s blanket, bedding, bowls and any comfort items to make them feel more at home.

Hygiene and Safety

Dog kennel spaces should all be clean and orderly. Walking spaces should be clear of debris and clutter. You don’t want any dogs to get hurt on stray tools or equipment.

Play areas should be in good repair and fenced in for safety. Check for broken toys or equipment in the play yard.

A mixture of grass and dirt makes for a paw-friendly play zone. Too much concrete can cause paw pads to bruise or scrape.

Bad odors are a sign of poor hygiene practices. Poor hygiene can lead to sickness in pets. Make sure your kennel abides by kennel cleaning practices.

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Your Staff

Make sure your staff are creating a good first impression. Make sure they are always acting friendly and smiling. A happy environment for people should mean the same for dogs.

Your staff should have been trained in dealing with dogs. Make sure anyone you hire has the correct certifications and credentials.

Make sure your boarding facility has enough staff for the number of dogs in the building too!

Offer Extra Services

Running a successful kennel will require offering extra services for a fee. Here are some things that you could offer to make every dog’s experience even better:

Doggie Daycare

Doggie daycare is like child care, but for dogs! It’s great for those pups that need a place to play while mom and dad are at work.

Doggie daycare can be a great option for unsure dog parents, as they can use your daycare as a trial run before they leave there dog overnight.

Obedience Training

Have you ever considered offering training for dogs whilst they stay at your kennel? This can be a great way to make a bigger profit as clients will pay for training whilst their dogs stay at your facility.

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Socialization Training

You could also offer socialization training. This can be very beneficial for dogs that live only with people and do not socialize with dogs very often and an be a great incentive for clients to bring their dogs to your kennel instead of a competitors.

Grooming

Does your kennel facility offer grooming as an added service? Owners love to pick their dogs up clean and groomed! Your boarding kennel should offer a grooming service to make extra money and encourage clients to choose you as their boarding facility.

Food and Medication

Running a successful kennel could include providing high-quality food for the dogs staying with you. You can also offer to give medication for the dogs that require it.

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Reviews and Reputation

To run a successful kennel, you will need to have a great reputation around town. Make sure you have a strong social media and web presence.

Try persuading your staff to review you on Facebook or Yelp. Ensure if people google search for kennels in your area you appear on page 1.

Running a Successful Kennel

Not all kennels offer the same services, practices or staffing. It’s up to you to get ahead of your competition. Take some time to visit successful kennels to see how they run their business.

Are you a pet professional looking for the right software to organize your business? We can help! Contact us, here.

Doggie Daycare: Everything You Need To Know

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Eighty-five million people in America are proud pet owners. 60 million of those people are dog owners. Dogs are like family to families, and they want to ensure the best care of them possible. But when you need to leave for an extended period or are unsure about keeping your dog home alone for a few hours, dog daycare could save the day.

What stops most people from placing man’s best friend in dog daycare is the price. How affordable is it, and is it worth it? If you’re wondering how much does it cost to board a dog, in this article, we’ll take a look at dog daycare prices so you can decide whether or not your furry friend (and you!) could benefit from this service.

What is Doggie Daycare?

Dog daycare is essentially a service provided for owners to drop off their pets when they’re unable to watch them. If you have a full-time job that keeps your dog in a crate the majority of the day, many owners use doggie day to give their dog the opportunity to play freely and socialize with other dogs.

When pet parents go on vacation, some dog daycares offer kennel and overnight boarding. And some pet owners view dog daycare as a chance for their dog to release some energy for an extended period.

What Can I Expect From Doggie Daycare?

There are many benefits to pups who attend dog daycare.

Playing

Most dog daycares offer a play area for dogs to roam and exert energy. They’re allowed access to outdoors (weather permitting) or indoor roaming area. Playing areas should be quite large and safe for all dogs.

Because there’s usually a variety of dogs in doggie daycare, a good company will separate large dogs and small dogs into two playing areas to avoid injuries.

Toys are traditionally included with playtime, although it’s important that they are safety-approved.

Naptime

Dogs need naps, too! Doggie daycare should offer a comfortable place for your pet to rest, usually in kennels or other secluded spaces. If you’re curious about how your dog would get their rest, reach out to the staff to inquire about naptime.

Feeding

A long day at dog daycare will probably require one feeding. It’s likely you’ll need to bring your dog’s food, so alert the staff if you plan to do so. Be sure to mention any allergies or restrictions your dog has.

Walks

Some facilities take dogs for walks to let them do their business. Arriving with a leash for your dog is key if you want them walked. Ask the staff if or how they manage potty breaks or if you need your pup walked.

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Qualifications of Doggie Daycare

While each daycare will have different requirements to meet before your dog comes on board, there are some basic standards to adhere to.

Vaccinations

Each dog daycare will require certain vaccinations and vaccination record, and medical history. These vaccinations will need to be updated before your dog can visit.

Meet and Greet

Dog daycare should be a place for all pets to get along. Most daycares require you to come to an interview or visit to ensure the daycare is the best fit for your dog. The staff likely wants to see how the dog will react without you present.

Age

Some places may not accept an adorable rolly-polly pup; there’s usually an age limit.

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Doggie Daycare Prices

When factoring in the cost of dog daycare, it’s vital to remember that you and your dog’s comfort and safety are a priority. If you visit a facility that’s in your price range, but you’re not impressed with the overall business or facility, search until you find one you trust.

Typically, dog daycare is broken up into two ways, full-day or half-day. Each place sets their times, but a full day could range from the time the daycare opens to designated evening time, possibly around 6 pm. Half-days could be considered about 5 hours each day.

Rates will vary greatly, but generally speaking, the average cost to board a dog for a full day is about $12-38 per day, per dog. For a half day, it’s less expensive, about $6-25 per day. Overall, the monthly charge could range anywhere from $200-500 or more depending on rate, dog size, additional charges, and how often your dog stays.

If you have additional pets, there may be a discounted rate for them, but they almost always cost extra.

Some facilities offer packages or weekly passes at a discounted rate. Once you find a daycare you like, ask about their pricing and packages to determine the best price.

Additional services and fees may be offered or charged outside of regular care, such as extended walking, application fees, late charges if you are late picking up your pup, drop-off charges, cancellation fees, pet-grooming services, administering medications, and possibly emergency vet costs if something happens to your dog.

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Other Things to Consider

Choosing a dog daycare or kennel should not be difficult, but accept the first one you see. Here are a few other factors to think about.

Location

If you’re working full time, try and choose a daycare in close proximity to your work. You can potentially avoid late charges this way.

Cleanliness

Doggie daycare should be kept clean and tidy. Mess should be dealt with appropriately and quickly.

Adequate Staffing

The recommended ratio of human to a dog in dog daycare is 1:15, to handle any problems that might arise with dogs. If you see a lack of staffing, try another location.

Only The Best for Your Pup

Dog daycare prices can seem steep, but the freedom, care, and attention your dog receives are worth it. When they’re happy and taken care of, it’s one less thing to worry about.

Let us help you with your doggie business! Visit our website today to discover our award-winning software.

123Pet Software Joins Forces with PupKeep!

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DaySmart Software, the parent company of 123Pet Software, has acquired North Carolina’s PupKeep, a cloud-based pet service software company. This acquisition will allow 123Pet Software to expand their daycare, boarding, kenneling, and training solutions into its grooming salon and mobile pet grooming software.

“We are passionate about providing a platform for pet services professionals that not only makes their lives easier, but allows them to deliver superior customer service to their clients,” says Kraig Jacobson, co-founder of PupKeep.

“We’re excited about the synergies between 123Pet and PupKeep and know this a great opportunity to take PupKeep to the next level, expand our software’s capabilities, and reach an even broader audience of pet groomers, daycare facilities, kennels, and pet professionals. We are extremely excited for what the future holds for our customers and our employees.”

As part of the acquisition, DaySmart will open a new office in Raleigh with immediate plans to hire three new software developers in the first quarter, according to the release. PupKeep founders Brandon Ray and Kraig Jacobson will stay on as employees of the company and leaders of this growing team.

“Kraig and Brandon have created an excellent platform and support system for the kenneling and pet daycare industries, and we’re thrilled to be adding them, their expert team, and their technology to our business,” says Jeff Dickerson, CEO of DaySmart Software.

“Their approach to the business problems faced by these professionals is borne out of first-hand kenneling experience and has been continually informed by their customers. That level of industry-specific expertise and dedicated customer attention is what DaySmart prides itself on, and we look forward to seeing what they’re able to accomplish as members of our team.”

To find out more about what this new acquisition offers our clients- check out our new 123pet care packages!

 

National Mentoring Month: Meet the Owners of Mucky Pup

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National Mentoring Month is dedicated to raising mindfulness around the importance of mentorship, which is particularly powerful in the world of small business. Young entrepreneurs and professionals can benefit greatly from the guidance of a seasoned pro who has succeeded in their desired career track.

Yet finding a mentor—or the right mentor—can be difficult as an up-and-comer. That’s why DaySmart Software, the makers of 123Pet, is committed to supporting and educating entrepreneurs.

In the spirit of National Mentoring Month, we sat down with 123Pet customers Jackie Boulton and Deb Cameron, sisters and co-owners of Mucky Pups, to discuss their careers. Jackie and Deb opened Mucky Pups in 1996 and have grown from up-and-coming entrepreneurs to grooming business experts. Here is the story of their careers and how they transitioned from mentees to mentors.

 

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Q: What is your favorite part about running a grooming shop?

A: First and foremost, we enjoy the dogs and the clients, and doing what we love every day. There are pros and cons, but it’s nice to have the control and flexibility we have as owners. I started grooming at a local shop in 1986 and Deb followed two or three years later. We grew up with animals, horses and tons of dogs, so it was in our blood. Once Deb saw how much I was enjoying grooming, she followed along. We get along really well, obviously.

When she chose to leave the salon where we both worked in the winter of 1995, we got talking about what we wanted to do. We didn’t want to leave pet grooming but didn’t want to work for anybody else. Starting our own grooming shop was something we could do together.

Q: What are some the biggest challenges you face as a small business owner?

A: The biggest thing that comes to mind is staffing. Finding dog groomers is difficult, but finding good dog groomers is even more difficult. There aren’t a lot of schools in Canada. Once you find a skilled groomer, the biggest challenge is hanging on to them.

Q: So, how do you attract and retain talent?

A: What separates us is that we pay better than a lot of local grooming shops. Our employees work hard, so we like to reward them and make sure everyone can make a decent living. We are also very busy; there’s always work for them to do. The harder they work and the more motivated they are, the more money they can make. That’s something we have above other salons that seem to struggle financially.

We didn’t start a business to get rich. After 23 years, we are still in the shop doing the same things that our employees are doing, including cleaning kennels and doing shampoo jobs. We do the mundane tasks, and that’s what gives us incentive to succeed.

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Q: Who is/was your business mentor? How did they become your mentor?

A: We discussed this and decided our mentors were our parents. Our dad got Jackie a job grooming at a local place, Barking Lot, in 1986. He knew the business owner and kept telling her how good I would be at the job. The owner ended up taking a chance on me and the rest is history.

Our parents were small business owners. They had a little bakery called the Daffodil in Calgary for a long time. We grew up watching them, and they instilled their morals of working hard, being honest and being ethical. Our dad never got to see how our careers in grooming grew, but he would be so proud of us. The biggest thing our mom gave us was moral support. She was someone to lean on and talk to; she shared advice on day-to-day issues and would tell it to us straight.

Q: Why is it so important for small business owners to have mentors?

A: It’s really helpful to have guidance, advice and support—not necessarily from another groomer, but just a small business owner. How would they handle certain situations?

In the past, there were times we didn’t like the way our superiors handled things. It’s a big reason why we left the previous business we worked at. We poured our soul into the shop for 10 years as if it was our own, but there was a lack of respect in the workplace. In this case, our past experiences taught us what not to do. We thought, when we had our own business, we would treat people the way we want to be treated. We would be helpful and understanding. Hopefully we have stuck to that—we think we have.

When our employees do something that isn’t quite right with a customer or dog, we show them the best way to do it. We teach them how to speak to customers, even when they’re upset, so they can handle those situations and make them better for those customers, their dogs and for each other.

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Q: What advice would you offer to aspiring groomers?

A: The advice we give our employees is the advice we tell ourselves every day: work hard, love what you do and be dedicated. Many aspiring groomers think that they will get to play with dogs all day, but ironically, that’s the last thing we have time to do. Most people are very surprised by how physically and emotionally draining it is.

You need physical support to wrangle struggling dogs, and you need emotional support when the job gets tough. Many of our clients are on their third or fourth dog with us, so you go through their lifecycles together, and we get very attached.

In addition to loving what you do, you need to understand why you like it. Grooming requires enormous amounts of patience. You’re dealing with dogs, and each have their own little quirks or may have behavioral problems. You need “dog sense,” which many people don’t have. We recommend shadowing a groomer before paying money to go to school. You need to be a strong person to be a groomer—it’s a high-burnout job.

You also need to continuously educate yourself. Don’t get stuck in ruts for the way you do things or the equipment you use. In fact, always upgrade your equipment! When we first started, we used one big calendar and a pencil to keep track of scheduling. Many groomers are still doing this, or using a 5×4 index card to keep track of client information, which requires a lot of manual work and filing.

Once our business scaled, we saw a need for software. Today, we use 123Pet software across two processors, monitors, tablets and our phones—anytime, anywhere. We use many of the software’s features—such as text and email reminders, which save a ton of time—and there are still more we’re learning about to gain visibility and raise or lower our bottom line. If groomers want to be busier, they should invest in software.

 

The Pet Industry Goldmine: Facts and Trends to Know

If you are a pet owner or manage your own business in the pet industry one thing is for certain: You know the pet industry is a goldmine. With new technology and advances in care for pets, there is no sign of the industry slowing down anytime soon.

Pet owners want the best for their loved companions. And pet industry businesses want to make sure they are capitalizing on the latest market trends. Are you staying up to date with the latest pet industry trends? We can help.

We’ve put together a list of the latest trends to help you care for your pet or your business. Stay on top of these new pet industry trends and you’ll be getting the best for your pet or businesses:

1. Pet Industry Trends: Going Natural

It’s tough to underestimate the organic and natural food markets. In the United States alone organic and natural food sales forecasts to hit 6.8 billion in 2019.

But the new frontier in pet care is a drive toward natural foods as well. The global pet food market is expected to be worth $98.81 billion by 2022.

And much of that growth could be due to natural foods for pets. There are a number of trends in the pet food industry alone. These include clean labels, a healthy focus, and fewer processed foods.

Pet owners want  the same focus on health and wellness for their companions as they do for themselves. Businesses need to be aware of this trend and make sure to cater to the health food desires of their pets and owners.

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2. Mobile Grooming

With software apps, virtual businesses, and an increased focus on client satisfaction it’s no wonder that mobile pet grooming is set to explode.

You can hire a car through Uber. You can order grocery delivery online. Why shouldn’t pet grooming be just as easy?

Teeth cleaning for pets is another aspect of this trend. What could be easier than setting appointments, processing payments, and handling the business of grooming with a smartphone or iPad?

With technology support, mobile grooming can exceed the standards of traditional grooming and offer ease and convenience. Plus, business owners can equip their mobile enterprise with other aspects of the latest trends. You’ll be cross-marketing services on the road in 2019 with mobile grooming.

3. Pet Photography

We all know that Americans love selfies. But coming in at a close second is how much we love photographs of our pets.

Pet photography is one of the newest pet trends. It takes our love for pet photography and places it in the hands of the professionals. Pet owners want to see their loved companions in the best light.

The best pet photographers  love animals, have a great sense of style, know the market, and can handle pets to get the best results. With some photographers  charging $150 per session  there is a lot of opportunity for revenue and income in the pet photography industry.

Plus, industry professionals can leverage their grooming, dog walking, or pet care business to include pet photography. The best photographers have their own marketing embedded into their work. Just think, every pet owner who shares a photo you’ve created will be doing your advertising for you!

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4. Loving the Luxury

With all the attention to photography, great food, and mobile solutions the focus on luxury should come as no surprise to observers of the pet industry.

From high-quality food to boarding solutions and retail products there is a growing trend toward luxury in pet care.

High-end pet services are one of the many areas of the pet industry that is  seeing significant growth.

Pet massages, spas, spray color, and limo rides  are among the services pet owners are willing to pay for. Luxury isn’t just in the pampered experience though. Pet owners are investing in luxury goods and collars for their companions.

Leather, jewels, and custom designs  are all trends in dog collars. Pet owners want luxury in goods and experience for their loved pets.

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5. Technology Trends

When is the last time you went anywhere without your smartphone? Well, pet owners want the same technology benefits for their companions as they have for themselves.

Technology allows owners to monitor the behavior of their pets. It also lets them stay connected to their companions.

There are  monitoring tools like Fitbark  that let owners get to know their pets even better through technology. In addition, many of us are aware of GPS positioning services that let us locate our pets.

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6. Pet Waste Removal

The best industry trends address the needs and desires of owners. And what more can owners ask for than an easy solution to the worst part of dog ownership?

One of the fastest growing trends in pet care is pet waste removal. One company grew from a $150 initial investment to a business with just under $9 million in annual revenue. This company now operates in 24 states. Removing pet waste is a trend that allows owners to focus on enjoying their pet.

They let service providers deal with the headaches of waste removal.

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7. TV for Dogs!

You never thought you would have to share your TV with your dog, right? Turns out some dogs like TV too and signing up for DOGTV is becoming a popular trend.

DOGTV was the first television experience created for dogs to relax and entertain them, allowing you to leave a little love on when heading out of your home. DOGTV is not just a TV channel; after all, our dogs don’t binge watch their favorite shows as we do. But, they do experience happy stimulation and comfort from the scientifically developed sights and sounds that it provides.

8. The Dog Person’s Dating App

Find someone you really DIG, on the dog person’s dating app! This app allows dog owners (or anyone who’d like to snuggle up to a dog owner) a chance to meet fellow single canine lovers.

Dogs show us how to love unconditionally, so it is only fitting that they are part of the soul mate search. The app shows pictures of potential matches with their dogs. Each person creates a profile and then the app will fetch five compatible matches a day. Once a person finds someone they are interested in meeting, the app offers dog-friendly bars, restaurants and parks to meet at. It’s a goldmine!

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Get Easy Access To The Goldmine!

Once you realize the amount of opportunity with the pet industry trends the only question is how to make the most of it.

With the right tools, processes, and technology you can watch your revenues soar when servicing pets. As long as you have the right tools you can make the most of the pet industry trends.

Pets with Purpose: Why Is Training Your Dog So Important?

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Training for Dogs

Owning a dog can bring lots of joy to your life. But obedience training for dogs is a vital part of socializing them. Without the right training, your dog will struggle to integrate with your friends and family, as well as other dogs.

In some cases, this can be stressful or embarrassing. And in serious cases, it could have devastating consequences.

As a good dog owner, it’s your responsibility to ensure your dog is properly trained. Ideally, you should bring your dog to obedience classes when it’s still a puppy. During this time in your dog’s life, your dog will be a lot more receptive to training and will have a greater capacity for learning.

Obedience classes are also a great place for your dog to get some experience interacting with other dogs. In this article, we give you all the reasons why training your dog is important.

It Teaches Your Dog Life Skills

When you properly train your dog, you’re giving it the skills it needs to live peacefully among humans and other animals. You might think that domestic dogs have easy lives compared to how they’d live in the wild. But living in a human household puts pressure on your dog that it needs to learn to deal with.

Failure to properly train your dog could result in destructive behaviors. For example, they could become anxious and chew up your furniture when you’re not around. Or they could also behave aggressively towards people or other pets.

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Alleviate Stress

If you don’t properly train your dog, you’re doing it a lot of harm in the long-run. Well-trained dogs can integrate well with humans and are generally calm and relaxed.

On the other hand, if your dog hasn’t been properly trained, it could be aggressive and scared. If your dog displays anxious behaviors, you can help them by making them feel more secure.

If they’re fearful of visitors, you could set up a baby gate that can separate them from the visitors. You could also simply put them in another room.

On the flip side, if your dog is over-excitable and jumps up at visitors, you should train them to greet people properly without being so boisterous. It’s important that these kinds of things are addressed early on, as they could cause the dog or other people to be harmed.

It Helps Avoid Conflict

It’s important that your dog gets experience socializing with other people and other animals. If your dog is uncomfortable with others, it could lead to conflict and perhaps even injury to your dog or someone else’s pet.

It simply isn’t practical to keep your dog away from other animals permanently. Inevitably, your dog will be approached by another at some point in time. In order to avoid anxiety or aggression around other animals, your dog should interact with others regularly.

Taking your dog to obedience training for puppies when they’re still young is a great way to do this. This doesn’t necessarily mean your dog needs to be enthusiastic about playing with other pets. Some dogs would rather not play with others.

Your dog just needs to be comfortable around other animals, without showing any signs of aggression or anxiety. If your dog doesn’t get this kind of exposure, there’s a chance that they’ll react aggressively when they run into another animal.

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It Can Help You Understand Your Dog Better

Obedience training is about much more than just educating your dog. It can also help you to gain an understanding of your dog’s needs.

When it comes to training dogs, there’s a lot of misinformation out there. Many people inadvertently make their dogs anxious without even realizing it.

When you go to obedience training for dogs, you can be sure you’re getting good advice.

Your Dog Will Behave When Left Alone

One of the most difficult parts of owning a dog can be leaving them on their own. It’s inevitable that you’ll have to leave your dog home alone at some point. When that time comes, you need to be able to trust that they’ll behave properly.

Dogs that haven’t been properly trained might bark and howl for hours on end or they might chew up anything they can get their paws on. Not only can this sort of behavior be very costly, but it can also result in noise complaints being filed against you.

When a dog engages in these kinds of behaviors, it means they’re not in a good state of mind. When you train your dog well from an early age, it reinforces good patterns of behavior and reduces separation anxiety.

In the majority of cases, a dog that misbehaves when it’s left on its own can be taught to act correctly with the right kind of obedience training.

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It’ll Help Make Your Dog Safer

A dog that doesn’t listen to commands is in danger. The world is full of hazards that dogs might not necessarily understand.

For example, a dog doesn’t have an understanding of what a road is. If your dog doesn’t listen to commands, they could run into the road and get hit by a car.

When a dog is well-trained, they’re safe from the majority of danger, as they can be directed to avoid it. It’s good practice to teach your dog to sit and wait before crossing the road. When this behavior is ingrained into your dog, they’ll even do it if they get separated from you.

Obedience Training for Dogs: Better Late Than Never

Of course, the best time to train your dog is when it’s still a puppy. But it’s never too late to train your dog. Despite what conventional wisdom might suggest, you can teach an old dog new tricks!

If your furry friend is having behavioral issues, obedience training for dogs might just be the answer. Training your dog can be a challenge, but the rewards are worth it. When your dog is properly trained, you can take it on all kinds of adventures without worrying about their behavior.

Want to find out more about good places to take your dog? Then read our blog post!

9 Places All Dog-Lovers Need To Visit At Least Once

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Dog Friendly Vacations

The average American worker has just about two weeks of paid time off every year. That’s not very much in the grand scheme of things, which means you need to make the most of it.

You’ve probably thought of many dream vacations but never considered what it would be like to bring your dog. Or you may have decided it’s too difficult to find a dog friendly vacation with proper lodging and places to go to for activities if you have a pet with you.

But we’re here to tell you that there are a ton of awesome dog friendly vacations you can take with your dog. All it takes is a little planning and research. Check out this list of the best dog friendly vacations and start traveling today!

1. Hike the Appalachian Trail

If you have an adventurous spirit, then there is no better trip for you than hiking the Appalachian Trail with your furry best friend. Imagine navigating the expanse of nature with your dog, it truly sounds magical.

But, in order to take this trip, you will need to do a bit of planning. There are a couple paths on the trail that don’t allow dogs.

In addition, you will need to take precautions to keep your pet fed, hydrated, and safe. That starts with making sure you have enough dehydrated dog food for the trip.

You should also purchase booties for your pet if you plan on hiking a lengthy distance. You will need to treat your dog for fleas and ticks before the trip to ensure they are properly protected.

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2. Visit the Grand Canyon

Although it’s a national park, the Grand Canyon allows dogs on the South Rim trail. This is a great place for viewing the expanse of the canyon.

But, they, unfortunately, don’t allow dogs on the inner canyon trails. This is for the dog’s safety as well as the safety of wild animals. However, they do offer a kennel at the south rim where your dog can be dropped off for the day.

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3. Head to Washington D.C.

The nation’s capital is replete with well-manicured walking trails through heavily wooded parks and around the national monuments. In this highly walkable city, you will be able to take your pet almost anywhere, so long as you don’t go inside.

In D.C. that’s not really a problem. There is so much to see and do outdoors. Try taking a walk through the Tidal Basin, hiking the trail through Rock Creek Park, or taking the ten-mile stroll out to George Washington’s house at Mount Vernon.

Even in the winter time, D.C. makes a nice place to visit with your pet. The winters are mild and snow is rare.

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4. Take a Spin Around Austin

Austin’s slogan is, “Keep Austin Weird” and what better way to do that than by bringing your silly pup along on vacation with you.

Austin is an excellent city to bring a pet to since they have so many pet-friendly bars and restaurants. It’s highly likely your dog won’t have to leave your side the entire time you’re in town.

You’ll love the live music and incredible art scene and come back for the food and friendly people.

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5. Hit the Beach in California

While some dogs don’t like the beach very much, others love playing in the sand and jumping in the waves.

While dogs aren’t allowed at many beaches in the United States, there are some cities in California that are especially pet-friendly. Try checking out San Diego and work your way up the coast along the Pacific Coast Highway. The fresh salt air and winding road give way to scenic views that will leave you breathless.

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6. Visit Bar Harbor

While it’s no California, the beaches in Bar Harbor, Maine have their own beauty. Try checking out Acadia National Park with your four-legged friend.

One great thing about the people in Maine is it seems they have no problem with your dog tagging along. In the Bar Harbor area, there are plenty of ferries, day cruises, and carriage tours that will allow Fido to sit right alongside you.

If you have any energy left for exploring, make sure you check out the excellent lighthouses in the area. Maine is known for the beauty of those aging buildings.

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7. Soak Up the Sun in Key West

If you have always wanted to take your dog on a Carribean vacation, but don’t want to put it through the pressure of taking a long plane flight into a foreign country, then Key West is an excellent spot for you.

As we mentioned earlier, most dogs love the beach and will have a great time bouncing around in the water. But Key West is also known for its bars and nightlife scene. Bring your dog along and you’ll be sure to make lots of friends on a night out.

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8. Expand Your Horizons in Montana

Montana is also known as the Big Sky state because of the incredible expanse of sky you are able to view on a nightly basis. Out there the stars seem to jump right out of the sky.

Bringing your pet on dog friendly vacations to Montana is a great way to make them part of this magical experience. While your dog might not know what’s going on, they will enjoy the feeling of openness and the ability to reconnect with their wild side.

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9. Get Creative in San Francisco

You wouldn’t think San Francisco would be on the dog friendly vacations list but if cities are more your thing, it could be fun to take your dog to the big city. San Francisco is known for its hills and winding streets. If you start walking, there’s no telling what you will come across.

San Francisco is home to many outdoor gardens and sculptures. Take a walking tour of the city and get lost.

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Dog Friendly Vacations are the Best

Dog friendly vacations are an excellent way to bond with your best friend while seeing a new part of the country. Bringing your pet along will give you happy memories that last a lifetime.

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Dog Grooming Prices: How Much Should I Charge?

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Dog Grooming Prices

The right pricing strategy is vital to your pet grooming business. So how much should you charge? Here’s everything you need to know about dog grooming prices.

An important part of setting up your business model will be establishing your prices. Yet, it can often be tricky to determine exactly how much to charge your clients. Do you offer a single price that covers all services, or upcharge depending on the specific treatment? Do you charge more for different sized dogs, and if so, how do you set the pay scale? These are just a few of the questions you may have.

Today, we’re discussing how to set your dog grooming prices. This way, you can rest assured you’re charging your customers a fair and balanced rate. Interested in learning more? Let’s dive in!

Check Out Local Dog Grooming Prices

It goes without saying that as a dog groomer, you’ll want to research your local competition. It might be tempting to offer prices lower than the “going rate” in your area. Yet, keep in mind that this research is primarily intended to give you an idea of what’s out there.

Check the local online reviews, hop on the competing social media pages, and, if you can visit the shops to check out what they’re offering and how much they’re charging. Then, use this comprehensive knowledge to help guide your strategy. But remember, successful groomers stand out by their quality, professionalism, and technique, not always their price point.

Calculating the Value You Bring

When determining how to set your dog grooming prices, it’s important to consider exactly what you bring to the table as a groomer. Also, think about how much your customers are willing to spend for the solutions you provide.

Not sure where to start? Think first about what sets you apart. Are you an expert at small breeds, able to get them to look show-worthy in a matter of hours? Or maybe you offer a de-shed that can save homeowners tons of time and money cleaning their house? You might also specialize in deep-cleaning canine teeth, or a homemade oatmeal bath treatment, or a long line of spa options that customers can’t get anywhere else.

Now think about how much those services are worth to the people who call on you to pamper their pooch. You’ll obviously need to calculate your personal costs to gather the supplies and provide the labor to make sure you turn a profit. Yet, it’s just as important to think about the services in terms of perceived value.

In other words, how much do you think your customers believe your services are worth? How much time are you saving them? What about energy and other resources? Working from here can be a valuable place to start.

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Critical Price Factors to Consider

To ensure your time and effort are appropriately compensated, you’ll likely want to charge more depending on specific price factors. Common considerations include breed size, temperament, and the number of services to be performed.

Let’s start with breed size. A groom for a Great Dane would typically cost more than one for a poodle, though this might not always be the case. You’ll also want to factor in the actual services provided. Some dogs may be more high maintenance than others and will carry a bigger charge regardless of size. Concerning temperament, you may want to consider charging more for dogs that are aggressive or extremely timid, as these dogs will require extra attention and care and can take longer to groom.

Lastly, the number of services to be performed is perhaps the most important factor when developing dog grooming prices. Is the dog coming in for a routine wash and nail trim? Or does he require teeth brushing, gland expression, and de-shedding? What about a deep moisturizing treatment or a specialty shampoo soak? You may want to consider establishing set packages that cover the basic, mid-range, and premium levels of care. Then, adjust from there depending on the other two factors (breed size and temperament).

Basic grooming packages are typically set at between $30 and $90 depending on your region and the price of living. You can establish a percentage upcharge for the mid-range and premium levels, or offer these services à la carte if desired.

Setting Pricing Standards

As you’re setting up the packages and upcharges described above, consider whether your prices will be set as a per dog fee, or as an hourly rate. Payment by the hour will guarantee that you’ll at least get a set amount of money for your time. As such, it is a desirable option. The primary issue with charging by the dog is that there could be unexpected delays or issues that may cause you to work overtime on a particular animal for no extra pay (think of working extra hours as a salaried employee versus an hourly one).

If you opt to charge by the dog, be sure to take into consideration its weight and the condition of its coat. For example, a young dalmatian might cost less for a basic package than a medium-sized cocker spaniel, though both are receiving the same services.

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Perks and Discounts

When brainstorming your dog grooming prices, you may want to include some rewards and perks that can be extended to your return clients. This type of incentive is great for building a client base (especially for new groomers). It also encourages your clients to share your business with their friends.

One of the most common rewards is a frequent customer appreciation discount. For example, if a client sets a standing appointment each month, you can extend a 5% discount on return services. This type of offer won’t be too hard on your bottom line, and could actually work wonders to boost it.

Smart Software: Helping Your Pet Business Thrive

As you prepare your grooming business for launch, chances are that pricing and payments aren’t your only considerations. You’ll also be thinking about operations, marketing, logistics, booking, and more. As you take this next step forward, we’d love to help. We offer comprehensive software solutions designed to make owning a pet-centric business easy and effortless.

Feel free to take a look at some of our main features, as well as the valuable add-ons we offer. If you have any questions or would like more information, feel free to contact us or leave a comment below and let’s connect!