Do you love pets and are you looking for a small business opportunity? In addition to the fun and personal satisfaction of working with a clientele of furry, finned and feathered creatures, a pet related business can be a very lucrative venture. So let’s explore some great ideas and discover how to do what you love and love what you do!
Americans spent $69.51 billion on their pets in 2017, up from $66.75 billion in 2016. This number has been rising steadily since 1994.American Pet Products Association
Socialization is the process of preparing a dog or cat to enjoy interactions and be comfortable with other animals, people, places and activities. Without this vital learning stage, your pets may find it more difficult to accept things in their environment as normal – many things like unfamiliar human or object can give them cause for anxiety.
Socialising your pets carefully is all part of being a responsible pet owner, and there are plenty of ways you can ensure this process goes as smoothly as possible.
Among the most profitable and enjoyable pet-related careers are:
- Pet Boarding Service Operator, Animal Blogger
- Animal Toy Maker, Cat Café Operator
- Unique Pet Store Owner, Pet Photographer
- Luxury Pet Hotel Owner, Pet Clothing Designer
- Doggie Day Care Operator, Pet Health Expert
- Pet-Friendly Hotel or Cafe Owner
With puppies and kittens, their social development starts before they leave their mother through interactions with the rest of the litter. This is why they are not supposed to leave their mothers before a certain age, as missing out on this vital time could impact their temperament and behavior in later life.
Once this period is over, puppies and kittens will be more cautious and wary of new people and experiences. That’s not to say socialization shouldn’t continue, otherwise you will limit your pet’s development. Ensure you continue to introduce them to new experiences after this time to mould them into a happy and emotionally healthy adult.