Starting a Doggie Business - NEED HELP

Got a new, young, furry love in your life? This is the place for you to ask all of your questions-big or small! Just remember that you are receiving advice from other dog owners and lovers... not professionals. If you have a major problem, always seek the advice of a vet or behaviorist! Most important is to remember to have fun with your new fur baby.


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Barked: Wed Nov 14, '12 1:01pm PST 
I have always wanted to start a doggie business. I have 4 ideas. Can you vote on which one you like/would go to the most? Thank you!
Becky + Gizmo.

IDEA #1big grinoggie Diner
The sun is shining. The air is crisp. And the dogs are at play. Why not take a break, sit down and have a bite to eat with your pup?

Introducing the Doggie Diner - the first outdoor café created just for your pup. Walk up and order from our full menu of gourmet meals including a steak & sweet potato pie, a lamb & rice plate, and our favorite – the bacon & egg soufflé. Or stop by the treat bar featuring 10 distinctive flavors for him. He can even try before you buy! All meals and treats are sized with your dog’s appetite in mind, ranging from ‘snack’ to ‘BLD’ (breakfast, lunch, dinner). And don’t forget about dessert. We have doggie ice cream and muttshakes. At the doggie diner, all of our ingredients are made from the highest quality. We believe our pets are our family. Feed him the best!

And don’t worry, we have a few cold drinks for you. So sit back and enjoy the Doggie Diner.

IDEA #2: Gizmo’s: a community center for pets

Wish you had a place to turn to for your pets? A one-stop shop you can trust for recommendations, classes – and even the latest toys? Introducing Gizmo’s– a community center that brings together pets, their parents and all the community has to offer.

At Gizmo’s you will find locally sourced unique dog accessories, toys and gifts. We also have gourmet food and treats made to order from local pet owners. Visit out daily calendar to enroll in classes in puppy training, dietary needs for cats & dogs and even pet CPR. We take pride in offering the latest information for owners so you don’t have to do the digging on your own!
We find, one of the best resources is other the dog owners like you. So we offer bi-monthly events like our ‘biscuits & brew BYO’ and ‘adopt a pet’ so owners have a place to meet, socialize and share.

Become part of our family at Gizmo’s!

IDEA #3:For the Love of Pets – a health & wellness shop

Feel like the big pet stores aren’t in touch with the needs of your pet? Introducing For the Love of Pets – a health and wellness shop dedicated to keeping pets happy, healthy & vital.
At Love, our shop is organized by what you pet needs. If Fido is anxious, enter our soothing section that has everything from traditional items like thunder coats to lavender oil pillows to help calm him. In longevity, we offer vitamins & supplements along with dietary brochures, books and low fat snacks. At play, you will find all the toys that encourage healthy exercise of both body and mind. All of our products at Love are made In USA, and locally sourced because we believe that pets deserve the best.

We also have a healing center with acupuncture, massage and reiki therapists available for sessions. At our spa, we utilize only the highest quality organic shampoo and treatments designed specifically for your pets’ needs.

Don’t settle for a something generic solution for your pet. Visit us at For the Love of Pets and we will find a solution that is right for you and your pet!

IDEA #4:
Pup N Play Café

Tired of boring, dirty dog runs? Wish you had a play place to bring your dog to year round? Come visit Pup N Play Café - the first in-door play center for dogs (and people) of all sizes. Our K-9 turf grass is odor and bacteria free and covers our 2,000 square foot large dog park. Most of the action happens here - pups and people socialize, dogs run into the tree house and play along the agility course. If your little one needs a slower pace, we offer a smaller run with all the same activities, but in mini size.

Need a break from all that play? He can dive into the 20’ chemical free indoor pool. Or have him scamper onto the ramp and one of our staff members can guide him into the water. We even have life vests for the inexperienced swimmers!

And for you? Take a seat in our café which offers a full menu of treats, coffee and free WIFI. Whether you are looking for an hour of fun – or a full day. Visit Pup N Play – where every day is play day!

Woo-woo- whineybutt
Barked: Wed Nov 14, '12 1:21pm PST 
I think a mixture of #4 and #2 would be amazing. smile
Jewel, PCD

8.6lbs of fury- in a bow!
Barked: Wed Nov 14, '12 1:59pm PST 
Agree, combine #2 and 4.

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Barked: Wed Nov 14, '12 2:51pm PST 
Hey, if you want to go big, go all out and combine 2, 3, and 4. A local hang-out where you and your pup can play, swim, or chill out. Have a learning section for classes/agility. A relaxation/spa area, and a shop...all rolled into one! Now that would be high-end.

Gotta say though, are you actually starting a business, or getting ideas for like a writing project or something like that? Because I actually had to do that before, come up with a business and all that it would entail. Either way, you got some great ideas!way to go
Shiver Me- Timbers- "Charlie"

My Little Dog, a- heartbeat at my- feet.<3
Barked: Wed Nov 14, '12 11:46pm PST 
I like most of the ideas, but the first one would scare me, to be honest. Too many issues that could crop up from people's dogs going after other dogs food/treats, and too many issues that could happen from them fighting, resource guarding, etc. With so many dogs, it's guaranteed to happen. It's a disaster waiting to happen.

Also, in any of these situations - if people are sitting down, eating and on their laptops... who's watching the dogs? And more to the point... You run the risk of ill-mannered dogs jumping at people, or jumping at people for their food.

I like #2 and #3.