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Business Idea Alert: The Dog Daycare Mania


ATTENTION, DOG LOVERS AND BUSINESSMEN! We have a great news for you. You can now turn your passion and love for dogs into a profitable business venture.


The dog daycare industry is one of the fastest rising industries in the business world. As a matter of fact, a study found that North America, and specifically the United States, has the most number of dog owners, followed by Brazil, and China coming in third.


Before diving into the nitty-gritty of this business idea we have for you, let us first take you through the history of dog daycares and how they came to be.


Dog daycares, also known as ‘doggy daycares’ are a combination of the traditional daycare and the traditional kennel industry. It is a fusion of the two.


As traditional daycares provide care for children, the same goes for doggy daycares where instead of children, dogs are the ones being taken care of.


As early as 1987, the first modern daycare for dogs opened in New York. Later in the 1990s, the dog daycare industry started its steady increase and growth.


This growth may be attributed to many factors: economic development, increased standard of living and more couples choosing to live a childless life, opting instead to adopt dogs.


Dog daycares have become the ideal business for pet lovers not only because of their continually increasing potential and development as a profitable business, but also because of the sense of fulfillment and satisfaction it gives the business owners.


Experts and veterinarians alike agree that putting dogs in daycares actually has a very positive effect on the dogs. University of Colorado Dr. Marc Bekoff agrees with this, saying that the idea provides a useful function.


Board-certified Veterinary Behaviorist and international lecturer/author Dr. E’Lise Christensen further says that daycares for dogs can be a great outlet for getting exercise and social enrichment that dogs need.


If you want to pursue franchising a dog daycare business, you must consider several factors in order to ensure that your chances of success will be increased.


One factor is demographics. You will need to make sure that you choose a location where the business can reach its full potential. You would want to put it in an area where there are lots of people and families.


Another consideration would be the possible expenses that you may incur in beginning as well as in the course of your business. You need to make sure that you are financially ready. Costs of marketing, advertising, housings, kennels, supplies, dog food and worker wages, among many others, can stack up.


You may also need to secure the necessary licenses and business permits that your city or state requires. Different states have different laws so expect the licensing fees to range from $500 to $2,500, with the average cost being $1,000.


All in all, doggy daycare centers still stand to be one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. Venturing into it requires a lot of research, thorough studying and training. If you are a dog lover whose passion lies in business as well, this may the perfect business venture for you.


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