IS A DOGGIE DAY CARE BUSINESS RIGHT FOR YOU?
of the reasons you may be considering starting your own doggie
day care business are because you love dogs and want to be in
business for yourself. Or maybe you want to take more control
over your own life and are simply sick and tired of the corporate
While these are perfectly good reasons to consider
this business, it's important to take a realistic look at the
rewards as well as the challenges of starting a doggie day care
business and what you should look at to determine if you have
the "right stuff".
First, let me say that focusing on the doggie
day care business is a smart choice since the shifting demographics
in the United States show lots of promise for this type of a service.
The typical client is two adults who both work
and have no children. These two-income "families" have, in effect,
made the dog the child of the family and are quite willing to
pay for their pet's happiness and wellbeing. These types of owners
know that a happy dog is a tired dog and understand the pitfalls
of leaving their dogs home alone all day while the're away at
With 38% of all households owning at least one
dog, this positive trend of more dogs and less time bodes well
for the industry.
WHO IS SUCCESSFUL
IN THIS BUSINESS?
People in the doggie daycare business come from
a wide variety of backgrounds. What they all share is a love of
dogs, a desire to run their own business, are self-motivated and
have good people skills. While dogs will be your focus during
the day, keeping the person on the other end of the leash happy
is just as important. No dog has ever been known to write a check!
It's also important to understand that owning
and operating a doggie day care business requires long hours and
lot's of hard work. Since most people drop off their pets on the
way to work and pick them up on the way home, you, or someone
on your staff, will need to be there when your first customer
arrives until the last one goes home. 6am - 8pm days are not uncommon.
HOW MUCH CAPITOL WILL YOU NEED TO GET STARTED
How much will it cost to create a doggie day care
facility and get it up and running? Well, a lot depends on how
many improvements you plan on making to your space. Extensive
build-outs will cost more while a medium amount of modifications
will cost less.
According to a cross section of active doggie
day care business owners interviewed on the Doggie
Day Care Business DVD, some have opened their businesses for
as little as $10 - $15,000 while some spent as much as $100,000.
According to information provided by the American Boarding Kennels
Association (ABKA) a non-profit trade association, 50% of doggie
day care owners spent $50,000 or less in start-up capital, while
24% spent $25,000 or less.
What they all agree upon, however, is the importance
of having at least 6 months of working capital to keep you afloat
until the business begins to catch hold.
There are many other facets that you need to be
aware of in order to build, open and operate a successful doggies
day care business.
Please sign up for our free 5-part course that
- How to negotiate the zoning maze
- What new owners must learn about managing a dog pack
- Deciding how many dogs to care for
- Tips for screening new dogs AND owners
- Marketing tips and budgets
- Profitability projections & more!