Waste Stations Improve Public Areas and Trails

“Earlier this month Marin supervisors approved a contract for a pet waste removal service they’ve used before to scour our open spaces twice a week to clean up after dog owners and walkers who can’t — dare I say won’t — pick up after their dogs.  … emptying and relining dog waste cans by the open space gates, and restocking the dispensers holding biodegradable pet waste bags.”

Tidy Turf Pet Waste Removal of Sonoma, California was awarded the job of helping to keep the trails and open spaces of Marin clean, beautiful, pleasant and healthful.

“It’s not an easy job,” said Brian Sanford, Marin Open Space District superintendent.

Read the full article by Vicki Larson, at the Marin Independent Journal, here: http://www.marinij.com/lifestyle/20171113/its-a-crappy-job-but-someone-has-to-do-it

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The Privileging of Pets

People are spending more and more money on pets, increasingly regarding them as members of the family, substitutes for children, or even as companions superior to human beings.   As professionals in the pet care industry, pooper-scoopers must be aware not only of the depth of feeling that people have toward their animals for a number of positive reasons, but also that one of the things they love about their dogs compared to people is the trustworthiness and reliability they find in their furry companions.

This is why it is so important for those who own and manage dog waste removal services to be sensitive to the needs of their clients, provide “no questions asked” satisfaction guarantees with free re-cleaning of yards, ease of setting up service, and above all – reliability and dependability.

This article examines the issue of why “pet humanisation trends continue to accelerate” and why some people would rather trust their animals than other people.  As  writes at The Guardian,  “Who can blame us for anthropomorphising animals when it’s becoming harder to have faith in actual human beings?”

READ MORE:

We treat our pets as people. Is it because it’s getting harder to have faith in humans?

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/16/we-treat-our-pets-as-people-is-it-because-its-getting-harder-to-have-faith-in-humans

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

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

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3D Print Your Own Pet Toys and Novelties

With the increased availability and lowering prices of 3D printers, professional scoopers can now make a wide variety of very specialized items for the office, or for use in your vehicles, advertising specialties, and pet toys with the animal’s name or your company logo on them.

“3D printers can now be used to print a variety of pet products, toys and accessories. Name plates, hamster wheels, dog bones and bird perches are just a few of the endless array of items that are aptly suited for production using a 3D printer. ”

See this Article by by  at 3DPrint.com

https://3dprint.com/186415/3d-printing-for-pet-products/

3D Printing for Pet Products

The Pet Industry is Good for People, Too

“According to that study, pet owners visit their doctors less frequently. Additionally, dog owners who walk their pets at least five times a week have a lower incidence of obesity.

This measure of the benefits of dog ownership equals $250 per year of savings, on average…”

Mike Bober writes about the benefits to society in general that accrue in part to the responsible animal care promoted by the pet industy in this article in Pet Business magazine:

GOOD FOR PETS, GOOD FOR PEOPLE

http://www.petbusiness.com/Good-for-Pets-Good-for-People/