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If you love dogs, it makes sense to have a job that involves them in one way or another. Some of these jobs can be done at home, others you’ll need to go out to work. If you do a job that you love, that involves animals you love, then it’s not like working at all! Here are 5 dog business ideas for you to contemplate.

Dog Walker

Dog Bakery Business

You can start a dog bakery in your home, sell treats online, or even get a stall to sell them.

Learning how to get started, along with all the legalities, can take time, especially if you’re trying to find out all the information yourself. It’s best to follow a course that will show you how to do everything step-by-step.

Watch this free workshop which will show how to start a dog treat bakery in 3 easy steps!

Dog Walking

Anyone can start a dog walking business, no qualifications are needed, however, it is wise to know some basic first aid skills and learn about the laws because you will need to know these.

Books to consider:

First Aid for Dogs: An invaluable guide for all dog lovers.

Pet Bakery Business Startup: How to Start, Run & Grow a Trendy Pet Bakery Business.

Walk Yourself Wealthy: The quick, easy and no BS guide to transforming your passion for pooches into an insanely profitable and fun dog-walking empire.

Consider a DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service) This will show clients that you are a trustworthy person and they will be more inclined to book you.

You will also need a dog walker’s insurance in case anything goes wrong.

There are many things to think about, such as your service hours, what you’re going to charge and how many clients you’re willing to take on.

It’s worth setting up a WordPress blog to advertise your services, post pictures and write posts about the daily walks with the dogs that you care for. This shows potential client’s what to expect when they book through you.

You may wish to use a service like Rover. Rover will help get you started in the quickest possible time. They have a booking system and plenty of potential clients who use their website.

Dog Boarding

To board dogs, you will need a license from your local council as well as insurance. You’ll charge a fee by the day to look after other people’s dogs.

Narps UK is a useful site that will make sure that you are set up the correct way and they have their booking system that you can use for a fee.

Selling Dog Products

Set up an online store or physical store selling dog products. Sell a whole range, or focus on a few things like clothing, collars and leads. If you’re good at sewing, why not make dog bandanas and sell them?

Some companies like The Paws will dropship products for you. This method is where you advertise the products on your e-commerce store, and then when somebody buys from you, you place an order with the supplier and they ship it to your customer. Read my post about dropshipping here.

Dropshipping is a great method if you’d rather work at home and you don’t have the room to store wholesale products.

Try EKM free for 28 days and set up a store straight away!

Dog Grooming

To learn dog grooming, you don’t need any qualifications, so you can enrol in any course of your choice. Here are some courses to consider:

Oxbridge Home Learning – Level 3 Introduction to Dog Grooming Diploma. A flexible dog grooming course. Explore the day-to-day duties of a groomer, and gain essential knowledge such as how to perform health checks, care for different coat types, and everything you’ll need to know to launch your own dog grooming business.

City & GuildsCity & Guilds dog grooming courses can help you become a dog groomer or build on an existing career in the industry.

Learn Direct Dog grooming qualifications and training courses. Learn Direct have courses catering to entry-level and experienced groomers, you can learn all there is to know about hygienic canine care.

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