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Starting A Pet Business Is Easier Than You Think

If you are thinking about starting a pet business, you've come to the right place. The pet care industry is almost entirely made up of small businesses. Businesses in the pet care industry are traditionally family owned and many of them started from home.

With the proper education and experience, starting a pet business is as easy as finding your first client. No matter what your goals, education plays an important role in finding success. If you are interested in how we can help, you can read about our options below.

Starting a Pet Business

How We Can Help

The Academy of Pet Careers has the courses and resources to help anyone start their own pet business. All our programs and resources have been created by experts in the industry with proven results to back them up. Here are a few ways we can help you:

Business Coaching

Jump start your business by signing up for one-on-one coaching from our business consultant. Joe Schifano has managed and operated a multi-million dollar pet care facility for the past decade. With experience in boarding, day care, grooming, and training, his expertise is guaranteed to help you find success. Learn More


Designed for pet business owners, we have created a community that brings together the most comprehensive knowledge in pet care. Learn from others in your industry, find a mentor, share ideas, or browse endless resources to help your business succeed. Learn More

Dual-Certificate Programs

Diversify your studies through one of our Dual-Certificate Programs. We have designed these programs for business owners and leaders. Learn a combination of skills in dog grooming, dog training, animal behavior, and business. Learn More

Online Business Courses

If you are looking to take your business to the next level, you will love our online courses. Whether you are just getting started or already have a business, learn the skills needed to excel your business. Learn More

Pet Business Ideas

Depending on your location, the needs of your clients, and your ambitions, you can choose from many business models. Most people choose to start small, and many of them make a good living working for themselves. Others may choose to invest in a larger business and have people work for them. Either way, the income opportunities are there to create a comfortable lifestyle doing what you love. Here are a few types of pet business ideas to get you thinking:

Pet Sitting

Pet sitting has grown in popularity over the years due to it’s low barriers to entry and income potential. Anyone can start a pet sitting business if they have a phone and neighbors. You can build your client list without spending a dollar in marketing, because the pet industry is referral driven. So long as you serve your customers well, you will always have new client requests.

Dog Training

As a dog trainer, you can be very flexible, because training can be done anywhere. You can work from home, rent a space, or focus on training in the client’s home. Because many dog kennels and retail shops don’t have the expertise to do dog training, it is popular for trainers to partner up with them. As a result, it can be very rewarding because of the potential to share customers and give your start-up a boost.

Dog Walking

Dog walkers provide a mobile service that allows them to travel large areas, servicing a variety of clientele. This model is more popular in urban areas where there are high densities of pet families to service at a time.  Many pet sitters choose to add dog walking and pet transportation to their services because of how well they compliment each other.

Dog Grooming

Grooming businesses are one of the most diverse in the pet care industry. Since the demand for quality groomers is so high, it is not hard to get a grooming salon off the ground. Whether you groom from home, open a grooming salon, or buy a van and start a mobile grooming business, there will always be customers seeking you out.

Boarding and Day Care

Dog boarding and day care are the largest and most profitable pet service. As a result, kennels and day cares can offer stable income with very little labor costs. Kennels also have the ability and resources to easily add supplementary income sources such as grooming, training, and retail. If you are thinking about starting a pet business and you can get funding, a kennel can offer opportunities that no other pet businesses can.

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Things to Consider When Starting a Pet Business

Before you get started, it is important to ask yourself the following questions:

  • Who is my customer and how will I reach them?
  • Do I want to work from home or open a location?
  • Do I want to have employees or work alone?
  • How much time can I dedicate to my pet business?
  • What kind of funding can I get for starting a pet business?
  • Finally, what kind of education do I need to succeed in my pet business?

Why A Dog Groomer Should Learn Training

The job of a pet groomer is extremely hands-on. Having the handling skills of a dog trainer will go a long way in preparing you for how to best handle your dogs as a groomer. With these skills, it will be much easier to do your job, and you will be able to groom much quicker.

Why A Dog Trainer Should Learn Grooming

There are always jobs to be found as a groomer, if your training career doesn't pan out. If you wish to run your own business, having the ability to groom dogs opens up even more revenue potential for you. Either way, it will keep you more stable and financially secure.