People Want to Spend More Money on Pets

Always give the customer the option to spend more money, because lots of them want to.

“The trend to treat dogs like children is becoming increasingly popular,” added Jancy Ulch of K. Sutherland PR. Ulch represents both Bella & Beau and Planet Dog, both of which cater to humans who seek to give their pets special treats.

“This may be due to the growing population of young, working professionals who aren’t quite ready for children, but still want something to spoil and love,” Ulch continued.

Read more at SupermarketNews.com:

Humanization of pets drives spending

http://www.supermarketnews.com/winning-pet-care/humanization-pets-drives-spending

Is it Crazy to Hire a Pooper-Scooper? It’s Crazy NOT to Get That Mess Cleaned Up.

 

“The major concern with animal waste is that it is nasty stuff in it that can either make you sick or make the environment sick. Animal waste, like human waste, contains bacteria and viruses that if it gets into water bodies that people use can give them all kinds of nasty things, the most common of which is stomach flu.” — Jon Devine, a senior attorney at the National Resources Defense Council

Read more in this article at LifeHacker.com:

How to Keep Your Dog from Destroying the Environment

You + Dog + Yoga = Doga

It’s axiomatic in the pet industry that anything that can be sold for people can be sold for dogs. The trend of dog lovers increasing the amount of money they spend to express their love of dogs and include them as family members continues.  It is a good time to be in a business that helps people with their dogs.

Read the story by  Claudia Romeo at BusinessInsider.com:

Dog yoga is London’s latest fitness trend aimed to help you bond with your pet

http://www.businessinsider.com/dog-yoga-class-london-bond-pet-doga-funzing-animal-2017-9

Is it Time to Hire Help?

A recent article at Dogtec.org has some useful ideas for scoopers who are running up against the limits of their time.

“Most dog service businesses are one-person affairs. If you run one, you know what it’s like to juggle a multitude of tasks and wear too many hats at once: Trainer/walker/sitter/daycare or boarding operator, administrative assistant, marketing manager, bookkeeper, accountant, customer service rep, even janitor.
We find in our business consulting work and when on the road speaking at conferences and seminars that many dog pros are exhausted by the pressure of keeping up—or the stress of not being able to. When we suggest hiring some help, the reaction is often shock. “Oh, I couldn’t do that. I can’t afford it.” The question is, “Can you afford not to?”

You can afford it. Really.”

READ MORE at http://dogtec.org/articles/hiring-you-deserve-some-help

Dogtime Article: Tapeworms in Dogs

Tapeworms In Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

Mike Clark writes about a subject of great importance for all pooper-scoopers in the article at Dogtime.com

“If you see the signs of tapeworm infestation in your dog, [LET THE CLIENT KNOW SO THEY CAN] get to the veterinarian immediately so they can prescribe treatment. Here is what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for tapeworm in dogs.”

Read more at http://dogtime.com/dog-health/55775-tapeworms-dogs-symptoms-causes-treatments#lDdSXeSWPIpVkHZ6.99

 

8 Essential Tips from PetMD

8 Essential Tips for Picking Up Dog Poop

“No one likes scooping pet waste. It’s messy and smelly, but cleaning up is a very necessary part of being a responsible pet parent.”

Read more about Effective Ways to Scoop the Poop, By Victoria Schade, at

http://www.petmd.com/dog/slideshows/8-essential-tips-picking-dog-poop

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