Yes, you can certainly run a dog business from home, but depending on the type of business you will have a number of different requirements.
For instance, if you are selling dog treats, you will need a business license to sell them locally or to countries like Canada with relaxed requirements, but you will need a business license for every state you will be doing business in because the laws are enforced at a state – not federal – level.
For a dog breeding business, you’ll need a business license, and depending on your state and the number of puppies that you will be selling every year, you will likely need a breeding license as well.
Doggy daycare and kennels, if run from home, will likely require a planning permit for building up the necessary holding areas and you will need a license specific to the type of care – with one for ‘daytime’ care only, while a full-kennel with overnight and long stays needs a license of its own.
Finally, if you are offering grooming services, this will just require a business license although safety certification and a formal education -while not required- will definitely help your business.
In today’s article we’ll talk about dog businesses, such as grooming, selling treats, breeding, and boarding. We’ve collected popular questions on various aspects of dog businesses that should give you helpful information to help you to design and start your own dog business.
Let’s take a look at what people are asking the most about this lucrative business!
Table of Contents
- How can I start a dog business from home?
- Dog treat sales
- Dog grooming
- Dog Breeding
- Doggy Daycare or overnight boarding
- Can I run a kennel from my home?
- How do you start a dog business?
- Can you make money boarding dogs?
- What is the most profitable dog to breed?
- How many litters can a dog have a year?
- Can I sell dog treats from my home?
- Can I groom pets from home professionally?
- Do I need the same license for Doggy Daycare as for overnight boarding?
- Do I need planning permission to start a home dog business?
How can I start a dog business from home?
That will depend on the type of dog business that you are starting, unless you intend to start one that provides many services at a time. Let’s take a look at some of the basic requirements.
Dog treat sales
You will need to obtain a business license to sell your treats locally and licensing for any state that you intend to do business with. Some countries, such as Canada, only require that you are licensed to do business locally to sell your treats there.
While no official licensing as a groomer is required, you’ll still need a business license. Aside from this, safety certification from the AKC can help your business and you should consider an online or physical course or an apprenticeship at a business that provides this option, such as PetSmart or Petco.
Aside from this, you’ll have to decide if you are running the business from home, a different location, or from a mobile grooming van.
To start as a breeder, you will need a breeding license, though the requirements will vary from state to state. In most cases, if you intend to sell more than 2 – 5 litters of pups then a breeding license and a business license will be required.
Doggy Daycare or overnight boarding
Aside from your business license, soggy daycare and overnight boarding will typically require specific licensing. A doggy daycare license, for instance, only covers businesses that provide day care only. Overnight kennels will need a license that covers 24 hour care.
Can I run a kennel from my home?
Yes, you can run a kennel from home, though you will need a business license and you will likely need planning permission from your local housing authority to build up the kennels that you will be using, as well as a license specifically for animal boarding.
This will require an application followed by an inspection of the premises.
How do you start a dog business?
When you know what services you will be providing, the first step is getting your business license and then the appropriate licensing for the services that you intend to provide. If building is required, you will need planning permission as well, and once you have the location prepared and licensed, then you’ll need to market your business.
Social networking sites such as Facebook can help to advertise your services and you can also register with Google business to help people to find your business and to encourage useful feedback. Beyond this, it is a matter of time and patience to build up returning clientele to ensure the future success of your new dog business.
Can you make money boarding dogs?
Yes, you can certainly make money boarding dogs, and it doesn’t have to be a large number of them. Many dog boarding businesses market their services as being more personal and take on fewer dogs so that they can provide more attention and nice little perks like fresh-baked treats every day.
Get creative with it and remember that 68 to 70% of American households have pets – so the market is quite lucrative indeed!
What is the most profitable dog to breed?
If your dog business will be focused on breeding, then there are a number of very profitable breeds that you can start with. Rottweilers, Golden Retrievers, and French Bulldogs are good examples of popular dogs that you can breed for sale.
Do a little Googling and you can get a good idea of the price and overall demand for certain breeds and this will give you a larger pool of choices for starting your own breeding business.
How many litters can a dog have a year?
Most dogs will be able to have up to 3 litters per year, with the average number of pups being around 6. Most dogs may be safely bred until they are 5 years of age, after which you should check with your vet before breeding them again.
Can I sell dog treats from my home?
Yes, you can certainly open a dog business focused on treats that you run from your own home. You’ll need a business license to get started and you’ll need to label your ingredients honesty to avoid any trouble down the line from the FDA.
Other than this, you’ll require a business license for every state that you do business in, though some countries like Canada will allow you to ship your product there with only local licensing in your location required.
Can I groom pets from home professionally?
Yes, you can groom pets form home, and while no special licensing other than your business license being required –in most cases, as city and state laws may vary
That said, you may also need planning permission if you intend to build any extensions to your home for the purposes of this business.
Do I need the same license for Doggy Daycare as for overnight boarding?
No, in most cases, these will be different licenses. A doggy daycare license will be good for hosting animals during the daytime only, while an overnight long=stay type kennel will require a license specific to this.
Do I need planning permission to start a home dog business?
If you will be providing grooming, boarding, or even is you need to build kennels for breeding, then planning permission will most likely be required. As this is not regulated federally, you will need to check the local laws for your city and state.