Business Ideas: Starting a Pet-Based Business

by Danielle Bloom

3 min read

Canadians love pets, and so do plenty of small business owners who cater to this huge market of pet lovers. If you love animals, you can grab a piece of the $7 billion pet industry by starting your own pet business. Small business ideas are plentiful in this ever-growing niche, and after checking out a range of great business models, you can start on a shoestring budget and work your way up.

Pet Sitting

Pet owners have a big dilemma when it’s time to travel away from home for a day or more. They must find someone to take care of their pets at home while they’re away – and that someone could certainly be you. Every city and town in every province has pet owners looking for pet sitters. Pet-sitting duties are often short-term, so you need to build a strong clientele to compete. Jump-start your business by listing your services at sites such as PetSitters.com.

Pet Day Care

A growing number of people prefer to drop off their beloved pets at a pet day care facility. These are clean, well-run facilities that employ a professional staff to feed and care for pets – mainly dogs and cats, but you can choose to accept other types of animals as well. While you can operate this business out of your home, your neighbours may not appreciate the noise. Pet day care operations such as Dogtopia and Canadian Tails Pet Services operate out of commercial spaces or offer lots of open space for pets to roam and play.

Gourmet Pet Food and Treats

Most pet owners care a great deal about their pets’ diets and seek nutritional foods that are safe. You can compete with big-name brands by offering gourmet pet food and treats. If you’re a good cook, you can whip up your own nutritious recipes and sell them out of a pet bakery, or create fresh or freeze-dried pet meals for sale. Dog food and cat food have a huge market, but you can branch out into other pet food markets, such as horses, hamsters, or exotic pets. Check out the Amelia Biscuit Company and Spoil The Dog Bakery for creative pet treat ideas.

Dog Clothing

Make your fashion designer dreams come true by creating trendy designer clothing for dogs. These clothes don’t have to be complicated; all you need is an eye for colour and a little imagination. Companies such as Maple Leash offer dog hoodies, sweaters and adorable costumes. Dog carriers and totes are popular accessories that fit in well with clothing items.

Fun Pet Toys

Have you ever watched a dog or cat play with a favourite toy? If so, you know that the only thing pets love more than food is a great toy. Keeping pets supplied with entertaining toys is big business, and you can get in on the action by selling these toys to eager pet owners. Perhaps you have a unique pet toy product to offer pet product wholesalers. Another idea is to sell unique toys that appeal to certain types of pets. For example, SaltyDogCanada.com focuses on toys for active dogs. The pet business is booming, and you can start a company that caters to pets and their owners. A love for animals and a desire to help pet owners is key to making your pet business a success. Take a look at various pet business ideas, and choose one that best fits your skills and interests.

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