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Dog Training Classes

Throw a bone to fellow dog lovers who need a little help keeping their pooches in line.

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Dog Training Classes

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Becoming a dog trainer and starting a business teaching people how to train their dogs can be both a personally rewarding lifestyle and a profitable business to operate. There are millions of dogs in North America and, while a great number of them are well trained, there are an equal number of dogs and owners that would certainly benefit from participating in a training or obedience instruction program.
 
As the adopted owner of a 90-pound, extremely strong and stubborn Rottweiler, I can personally attest to the many benefits that both myself and Dana have received by enlisting the services of a professional trainer who ran both of us through the trenches, so to speak. The starting point for launching a dog training business is to first become a professional certified trainer.
 
While this is not an expensive or difficult certificate to acquire, it does require you to have a love for dogs and a desire to assist dogs and dog owners to lead a more rewarding and enjoyable coexistence. The training classes can be conducted from a fixed training location or on a mobile basis wherein you go to the client’s home.
 
In both cases the current rates for one-on-one training are in the range of $30 to $40 per hour, while group rates (up to six) work out to approximately $5 to $10 per hour per student. Selling books on training and obedience topics to clients, as well as specialty dog foods and equipment such as leashes and collars, can also generate additional revenue.

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Pet Businesses

Online Dog Training

Show other dog owners the ropes on handling their pets, and even help them find trainers near them, all on your own Web site.

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Online Dog Training

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

It is time to roll up your sleeves and get to work building a Web site that specializes in providing dog owners with helpful dog training tips and techniques. There are many options in terms of the type of information and services this type of Web site could provide to visitors, including:
  • An online directory of dog trainers from coast to coast.
  • Digital video broadcasts of live dog training demonstrations and online instruction.
  • New articles and information about dog training posted daily by the top dog trainers in the country.
There are also many ways for this type of Web site to generate income including selling advertising space on the site, selling dog training programs, books, and videos, or charging dog trainers a fee to be listed in the online directory.

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Pet Photography

Got a passion for pets? Take their photos.

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Pet Photography

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

As an animal lover, I cannot imagine a business that would be more fun and rewarding than operating a pet photography service. Unfortunately, I am not a very good photographer, but if you are and you love pets, then what are you waiting for? Start a pet photography service!
Owners of dogs, cats, reptiles, horses, champion livestock, birds, and even fish can all be potential customers. Full-time or part-time, operate the service on a mobile basis, from a homebased studio, or from pet shops, or combine all to cover all the bases.
Making the experience fun for pets and their owners will also go a long way toward securing repeat business and a ton of referrals, so liven things up with pet costumes, themed backdrops, and by offering pet videotaping services, complete with music, titles, and special effects. Likewise, to boost profit potential also offer a wide assortment of products that customers can have their pets’ photographic images transferred onto’key tags, greeting cards, calendars, mugs, hats, T-shirts, sports bags, and bumper stickers.

The Market

Pet lovers.

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Pet Businesses

Pet Breeder

If you have the passion and patience for animal care, you can bring up top-notch pets for families with specific preferences.

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Pet Breeder

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

If your motivation for starting a pet breeding business is purely for profit, then buzz off. The last thing the world needs are more puppy mills. However, if your motivation for starting a pet breeding business is because you have a keen interest in a particular breed of animal and you also have a keen interest in ensuring that the animal is sold to a caring family, then this is the business for you.
 
Chances are you are going to have a very rewarding business future both personally and financially. Additional considerations for starting a pet breeding business include qualifications, business location, registration, association memberships, and marketing skills and abilities. Once established, a professional animal breeder might not need to advertise, as word-of-mouth and referrals spread fast in this industry.

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